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Non-machine workshop essentials?

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Dayana dhanniga

Non-machine workshop essentials?

30/07/2019 at 10:35

For those with existing workshop spaces, what have you discovered to be the tools and equipment (non PP machines) essential to a functional workshop?


What instruments, gadgets, and utensils have become your best friends for an effective work space?

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08/08/2019 at 11:55

hi, there is a guide in progress for both contexts : plastic recycling & PP machine shop as well a project called ‘Open Factory’.

but long story short, that are the essentials everyone should have around :

– bench belt sander (needs modifications for plastic)
– normal bench grinder (with various disc types, ie: polishing) , angle grinder
– cheap MIG welder
– drill press, the biggest you can get, auctions offer those for 300+$
– caliper, height gauge/marker and a variety of other gauges/supports
– stupid cheap little lathe for turning jobs (polishing, grinding and cutting)
– precision jig bench saw
– metal band saw

more or less all for 1-2 K, depends on your network/contacts

the guide is out together with v4 in Oct.

08/08/2019 at 19:16

@cgoflyn2 thanks for your input and glad to hear V4 is working on compiling a list of these things. It seems like most of the machinery you listed is for for post production finishing (except maybe the welder)? Is that a correct assumption?

Any other recommendations for tools/gadgets for machine maintenance? Collecting? Cleaning? Processing?

08/08/2019 at 19:46

I’d consider it basic equipment; also to deal with all what comes along, more likely you’r doing most of your tools, molds, work benches (except hand-tools though) yourself at some point; pretty much of a no B without an A
But yeah, you’re right, this list should be extended for hand and other daily life tools. There are just too many how think buying those machines is all they need and the reason to make a complete guide is also to show the other way around : ie what certain tools can be used for, basically a bottom->top view. That’s also a good way to unveal & learn all the hidden side missions in this trade.
btw: I have no deal with v4, I gonna be still stuck with v3 for quite some time 🙂

08/08/2019 at 23:16

Unless your workspace is in the middle of an open yard, you should have a fume management strategy for your configuration.

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