Tool Purchase List

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This is how we're planning to organize our tool purchasing. Add your votes where appropraite


Contents

Media

  • Camcorder to record projects in progress, add to blogs, YouTube videos, and promote Splat*Space:
    • Example: TigerDirect P229-1124
    • Cost: $29.99
    • Votes for:

Fabrication

Hand Tools

Circular Saw

Hand Drill

Power Screwdriver

Roofer's Square

Sanding Blocks & Paper Assortment or Sanding Sponges

We already have an assortment of sandpaper from 100 down to 400(?) in the Space. It lives in the fabrication corner on one of the lower shelves.

Paint Brushes

both regular project sizes, and hobbiest's toll-painting sizes

Status: there are several chip brushes that have been donated for use.

CNC

Full Spectrum 40W CO2 Deluxe Hobby Laser

  • Cost: $2,350
  • Votes for: Drew, Jcrews

Vinyl Cutter

Usually available for ~$269. Caveat: the Cameo is a 12" cutter that is easily transportable and cuts very well (I have one) but it currently only works with its proprietary software in Windoze. It may be simple to get it running in Inkscape/Inkcut, or not. Updates as they happen.

  • Votes for: Drew, JCrews, JoeDiver

ECE Workbench

Combined tool

BitScope Pocket Analyzer

    • combines 2-ch 100MHz o'scope
    • 40 MSps 8-ch logic analyzer
    • serial logic and protocol analyzer (SPI, CAN, I2C, UART & analog)
    • spectrum analyser (RF and baseband)
    • arbitary waveform and protocol patterns function generator
    • and multichannel chart recorder
    • Works on MS Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Android
    • costs $325
    • Votes for: Scott, Petesoper

Salea USB Logic Analyzer

  • Because Sparkfun says so.
  • Cost: $149.95
  • Votes for: Drew

Velleman Personal Scope PCSGU250

    • combines 2-ch 12MHz oscilloscope
    • baseband spectrum analyser
    • transient recorder
    • function generator and bode plotter
    • costs $179.00
    • not bad, but not as good a value as we could get, and it won't run on open-source OS's like Linux or Android, and it won't run on a Mac either (is MS Windows only)
    • Votes for:

Velleman Personal Scope Special Edition HPS10SE

    • 10 MS/s
    • high sensitivity - down to 0.1mV/div
    • combines 1-ch 2MHz oscilloscope
    • 128x64 pixel wide screen
    • transient recorder
    • costs $250.00
    • not bad, but not as good a value as we could get, and it won't run on open-source OS's like Linux or Android, and it won't run on a Mac either (is MS Windows only)
    • Votes for:
 +1 by Petesoper. This instrument runs standalone, unlike the others currently on the list.
 The other instruments that require PCs can be the cool dudes for data capture,
 but having something that can be immediately used will be a good thing too.

Other Suggestions

  • Bench power supply
  • CAT5/6 cable tester
  • Carts with wheels that can hold instrument/PC combos