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This page is for items that add capability or comfort to the space and are generally a one-time purchase.

Note: Strike-out items which have been acquired

Tool Crib

  • Storage Bins for large tool storage (TBD)
  • Storage Bins for fastener storage (TBD)
  • good propane/mapp torches good pipe cutter wrenches sockets allen keys bigger cordless flashlight more earplugs


  • Linksys/Cisco SGE2010P 48 port gigabit POE switch. we have enough, but if more show up we will use them

Electronics Lab

  • Stanley Vidmar or similar small-parts cabinets, ~1000 total parts, ~400 of them should have ESD bins
  • Cadex C8000 battery analyzer. ;)
  • Vector network analyzer
  • Current probes for oscilloscope.
  • High-impedance differential probes for oscilloscope. (No need to go beyond 1.5GHz)
  • Cat-5/5e/6 cable verifier/certifier/TDR, out of calibration is fine, just for teaching
  • Preheat station for benchtop rework
  • Reflow oven for SMT assembly
  • SMT-package air nozzles for our hot air station
  • SMT reel storage shelves, something like http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/SMD-SMT-Reel-Shelves_60033824729.html or http://www.all-spec.com/products/R1836BR-7.html
  • Desktop-size PCB shear, 12" throat would be plenty
  • CompactFlash cards, since you know you're never using 'em again
  • Grommets, grips, glands, strain-reliefs, bend-radius-limiters
  • http://ctm-inc.com/html/d-subminiature.html mostly the 9 and 25 variants, but a whole set would be sweet (also http://www.greenlee.com/catalog/Knockout-Sets/KNOCKOUTS/Elec-Connector-Panel-Punches-and-Dies )
  • Swing-arm magnifying lamps that don't suck (hospital surplus?)
  • Small (12-inch?) HDMI-input display for Beagles/Pis on the bench
  • Electron microscope
  • High-speed (1000+ fps) camera
  • X-ray machine
  • 10 MHz distribution amplifier for time/frequency standard
  • Atomic clock / GPS-disciplined time/frequency standard
  • Solder pot
  • Stereo / trinocular microscope, boom mount, C-mount camera adapter
  • Solder fume extraction, benchtop or under-bench charcoal absorber and flex arms
  • A handful of ATX power supplies that actually work
  • parts drawers
  • Pogo pins in spearpoint and tenderizer styles
  • Thermal camera
  • Small heat-sealer, for making plastic bags of custom sizes.

Wood Shop

  • CNC Router, ShopBot or similar(Min: 4'x8')see CNC Zone
  • drill press (i3 owned)
  • JET Oscillating Belt Edge Sander — 6in. x 89in

Metal Shop

  • parts washer
  • Lower Gauge shear, roller & brake (Pneumatic/Electric)
  • Water-Jet Cutter
  • Throatless shear
  • Hlydraulic Punch or ironworker
  • English wheel, planishing hammer, etc
  • Brake
  • Stomp shear
  • Roller
  • Anodizing setup (not technically metal shop but whatever)

Welding Zone


  • NdYag Metal-cutting Laser (~$150,000, we can dream!)
  • Downdraft welding table/booths (building, ~$300 steel)
  • Vent hood / arm exhaust setup (~$400 for motor and arm. ~$2500 for freestanding )
  • Vertical Metal Storage (for shop-stock) (~$300)
  • Vertical Metal Storage (for member owned) (~$300)
  • 18" disc grinder (14" minimum, though larger is better, $100-$1800)
  • more Clamps, always more clamps... (whatever they cost)
  • Clamp tree, to hold all the clamps (whatever is built)
  • Water-cooled TIG Welder (of our own) ($4k-ish) (We have a REALLY nice machine that belongs to a member. It's likely to stick around for a good long while, but it'd still be cool to have one of our own, that doesn't have to be quite as nice as his.)
  • Pneumatic Press ($?)
  • Iron Worker (multipurpose shear/press/punch station, $1000-$5000)
  • Anvil (~$200-$500)
  • Propane Forge (~$500-$1000, if home-made, double to triple if bought)


  • Cold Saw, miter angles (to replace the Harbor Freight cheapy chop saw)

Fab Lab

  • different 3D scanner?
  • larger monitor for Virtual Machine

Compute Zone

  • All in one printer, scanner, copier

Media Zone

  • Computer Speakers
  • Computer Tablet (Drawing)
  • Good Microphone
  • MIDI Keyboard
  • Analog Audio interface
  • Good HD camcorder
  • Blu Ray Writer
  • Graphics card GTX 760 or better
  • Higher office chairs
  • Video Lights
  • Video Tripod

Craft Room

  • Multicolor silk-screening apparatus
  • spray booth
  • loom weaver
  • sewing machine
  • serger
  • embroidery machine
  • art supplies
  • painting supplies
  • cross-stitch

Kitchen Zone

  • Floor
  • Walls
  • Stove (preferably gas)
  • Sink
  • Commercial dishwasher
  • Pans
  • Utensils
  • Bakeware
  • Appliances (Mixer, Beaters, Blender, etc.)
  • Counters (stainless steel)
  • Spatulas
  • Measuring and weighing tools
  • Cabinets
  • Mixing bowls
  • Knives


  • MAME cabinet
  • Pinball machines

Jewelry Zone

  • Jewelry hydraulic press
  • Accessories for jewelry hydraulic press
  • Foredom bits and accessories
  • Quality files in steel and diamond surfaces
  • Metal stamps
  • Jewelers bench(es)
  • Good quality forming and texturing hammers
  • Forming tools
  • Jewelers pliers, saws and other hand tools
  • Jeweler’s Miter Vise
  • Sheet metal and wire in non-ferrous metals (copper, brass, silver, etc)
  • Jewelry solder (soft, med, hard and IT)
  • Cut stones and glass cabochons for setting
  • Clay tools (shapers, cutters, texture tools, etc)
  • Metalsmithing and jewelry making books
  • Tumbler and polishing media
  • Lapidary Equipment
  • Flex Shaft
  • V.I.C. 9 Tabletop Casting Machine
  • Crucible and holder
  • Invesment

Kiln Zone

  • All forms of Bullseye and 90 COE compatible glass
  • HEPA shop vac/vacuum
  • Wet Grinder
  • All Lapidary Equipment
  • Clay and Glazes
  • Diamond coated bits and burrs
  • New pressure spray bottle
  • Power strips
  • Clear plastic storage boxes
  • Glass cutting and shaping tools

Commons Area

  • Bean Bag Chairs
  • Coffee Table
  • Concrete Blocks
  • Formica Counter tops
  • Classroom space
  • Projection screen (how big?)
  • Bunk couches
  • Locker type area for members to store personal items
  • Chairs for meeting table and work stations
  • Whiteboards
  • Physical space to sit and chat.
  • Internet connection for laptops & Computer Lab
  • Internet connection for servers
  • Computer parts for community use
  • Lumber - for building a larger center room meeting/project table
  • Lamps
  • 42" LCD display
  • LCD Monitors
  • Book Case
  • Projector
  • Speakers
  • Stereo Receiver

General Supplies

  • Power strips (can never have too many)
  • Extension cords (ditto)
  • chalkboard (brush-on chalkboard paint to turn a wall into a chalkboard)
  • Pneumatic valves (12v coil preferred)
  • Optics Lab