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Comment on August 18th, 2014.

There are at least two other significant cost crneets that should be mentioned; software and diagnostic equipment. It’s important to have access to give members access to professional level software, which means Solidworks and Inventor. It’s also beyond the standard electronic workbench tools (power supply, multimeter, soldering iron, etc) a good microscope and oscilloscope can be critical for figuring out what is going wrong. Since this post seems to concern relatively large ticket items I think both software and diagnostic equipment should be mentioned.

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Comment on September 23rd, 2014.

That’s a brilliant answer to an interesting question


Comment on March 5th, 2015.

That’s spot on, Ian. Diagnostic equipment and sarfwote are very important. We are leaning towards Solidworks but need to have the full CAD CAM path covered. We also need to have good space separation and ventilation for specific work areas. We’re still working out how many work areas. Soldering, laser cutting and 3D printing definitely, but woodwork? Welding? Re robots? What’s your choice? I’ve just seen Baxter unveiled and love the idea of having one for Robot Garden.


Comment on April 10th, 2015.

Ian, thanks for the comnemt. We arere taking into account both the cost of software (CAD and CAM) and installation (electricity, ventilation, etc.) for tools where needed. Thanks for mentioning the microscope and oscilloscope since those have been on my list but I till now, I hadn’t heard anyone else bring them up.

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