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Tools and Equipment List

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In addition to the space and the community, being a member of Robots and Dinosaurs gives you access to a wide range of tools and equipment.  Some of this is owned by R&D, some by Sydney Robot Workshop, and some is on loan from members.


Specialised Robotic/CNC equipment:


General Hand tools:

  • Screwdrivers:
    • There are two boxes of screwdrivers, of a wide variety of shapes and sizes, including Flat-blade, Phillips, Posidrive, and various security bits.
  • Staple gun
  • Craft knives 


General Power tools:

  • Drill press 
  • Sander 
  • Cordless hammer drill 
  • Corded hammer drill
  • Vertical bandsaw
  • Hot glue gun 
  • Heat gun 
  • Engraver 



  • Saws
  • Clamps
  • Hammers & mallets
  • Files & rasps
  • Paint 
  • Handheld router
  • Handheld jigsaw
  • Sandpaper 



  • Hacksaws
  • Metal cutting horizontal bandsaw
  • Lathe
  • Column mill
  • Hammers & mallets
  • Files & rasps
  • Sandpaper 
  • MMAW welder with associated safety equipment
  • Angle grinder


  • Digital Storage Oscilloscope with logic analyser
  • Cathode Ray Oscilloscope
  • Multimeters
  •  Soldering irons & stations
  • Hot air rework station
  • IR Reflow oven
  • Bench power supplies (15A capable)






  • Programming
  • Server (file server/web server/proxy) (ATSystems - Have a dual Slocket @ 700MHz/1Gb RAM machine with tonnes of SCSI in it, low spec but maybe useful to run an internal wiki on?)
  • Laser Rpinter
  • Projector (@jharsem)
  • Motion capture rig
  • Wifi  (@littlebirdceo)



Mundane Misc:

  • Badge maker (@gsta)
  • White boards (@littlebirdceo)
  • Power extension cables (@littlebirdceo)
  • Work lights (@littlebirdceo)
  • Storage systems
  • Lockers
  • A sofa bed
  • Speakers (even cheap ones, for playing music) (@predakanga; @mattjoyce)
  • Amp (@mattjoyce - 2ch DSE & 4ch Sony)
  • A water feature for the foyer
    • Copper waterlilly I made while back with pump & base (@maxnippard)




  • Coffee/Caffeinated Drink
  • Microwave (if it's wanted/needed - Big)




  • Lectures and experts in Arduino  (@littlebirdceo)
  • Reference books
    • Cocoa programming book (@smallkathryn)
    • Many "Gingery" Series books on furnace/metalworking (ATSystems)
    • Several PIC/Micro books, electronic theory books (ATSystems)
    • Several Airbrushing and painting technique books (ATSystems)
  • Magazine subscriptions - e.g. make and Circuit Cellar
    • most issues of make plus new ones as they come out (@maxnippard)
  • Bookshelf for communal books and magazines
    • ATSystems; ~5x7 foot bookshelf
    • The space also has this.
  • Magazine holders (@smallkathryn)




  • Silk-screening supplies and "wet area" (to conduct silkscreening) + vacuum frame (~24x40 inch silkscreen)
  • Letterpress equipment and engraving machine
  • Vinyl cutter
  • Sewing maching



Art Material

  • Airbrush & small compressor (@jharsem)
  • Paints
    • Acrylic (@jharsem)
  • Photographic Lights (@jharsem)



Loan Kits:

  • Different microcontroller  (@littlebirdceo)
  • SBC prototyping 'kits'
  • Library of dev kits




  • Perspex/Acrylic and plexiglass
  • Thermoplastic (HIPS) offcuts (@KeanM)
  • Woodworking tools + wood store
  • Pigments
  • Assorted square/rectangular steel tubing (R3becca)




  • Hoist
  • Engine crane(s)
  • Dyno




  • First aid kit
  • Fire blankets
  • Smoke detectors
    • As fitted in the space, require new batteries, and wiring into the space.



Performance / Film Making:

  • Blue screen
  • Stock of standard clamps / bar extensions
  • Cheap dimmer racks waiting for the lighting desk you bring with you
  • Electric piano keyboard (@smallkathryn - steampunked for a circus show)




  • Change counting machine (surely we could make one)
  • Two cash boxes (helps for managing floats, excess cash, running simultaneous events)





Jon: Happy to donate a PanTilt web camera for security/whatever purposes. Also an  LCD projector or two =).


Kean: I can donate a hot air soldering/rework station (similar to Jaycar TS-1570), and probably some test equipment (bench PSU, old Tek mainframe oscilloscope (100MHz but big), etc), maybe even an old lathe once I upgrade...


smallkathryn: Happy to donate some reference programming books, and I might be able to donate some couches and a fridge


Justin: If anyone is seriously intrested in motion capture I've got a bunch of Ascension Motion Star gear.



adam : i've got a weller soldering station i'm happy to donate + a whole bunch of misc tools and gadgets multimeters and such.


rich: I've got a fairly neat and useful P4 desktop with 2Gigs of RAM and a 17" LCD - it'd make a pretty decent machine for PCB design or machine control?


Mike Horne; [updated] I have 7 upright coat lockers, could be useful to either keep lengths of wood/metal stock in, or could be laid flat and stacked for paint/volatile liquid storage, or tools. May need a ute to pickup in one hit though.



Comments (3)

matt.joyce@... said

at 7:06 am on Apr 24, 2009

What about materiasl and services?

v0rn said

at 1:02 pm on Apr 24, 2009

I have an osc.. it's just a crappy old DSE cheapo, but it works!

David Vernon said

at 3:30 pm on Apr 24, 2009

Have abused my new editorship by adding the mechanics' workshop / performance stuff above!

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