[Lab] Makerspace Wish List

Matthew Bells matt at mbells.ca
Wed Apr 29 09:53:12 EDT 2015

Kwartzlab has been adding and pruning the tools for over 5 years now. There is a partial list here: http://www.kwartzlab.ca/wiki/Asset_List


What you really need to consider is initial cost, space, maintenance effort and cost, and how many members use each set of tools (you can see that we have 3D printing, laser cutter, woodworking, metal working, textiles, and a few other misc disciplines). We have lots of small hand tools, but don’t bother inventorying these… many can be picked up cheap from garage sales, auctions, or donations. It is worth splitting these into disciplines and trying to fill out the tools in that area before acquiring ones for another (e.g. become good at woodworking before branching into metal working).


Another thing that has really helped is our artist in residence program. We get someone in for 3 month periods to use the makerspace. Many become members afterwards. More importantly, they tend to use the facilities at non-peak times and are experts in making stuff. This helps direct tool choices.





From: Lab [mailto:lab-bounces at artengine.ca] On Behalf Of Jim
Sent: 2015.April.28 13:13
To: Michael Scott
Cc: lab
Subject: Re: [Lab] Makerspace Wish List


Also one other item would be a Hotwire bow and table for cutting foam material  

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On Apr 28, 2015, at 12:19 PM, Michael Scott <michael.scott at ocsb.ca> wrote:

Ya might want some sheet metal tools, like a brake, shears, roller, English wheel, planishing hammer, embosser, shot peen bag and hammers, and for other metals, welders (as mentioned), Oxy-acetylene torches, plasma cutter (CNC plasma cutter, drool), cut off saw, horizontal band saw, mill, lathe, tube bender.




On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 11:53 AM, Ray Gould <raygould at hotmail.com> wrote:

Hi All
I like the additions Jason.  Here's my take on it:
Think of tools that are hard to move like the tablesaw.  The hand tools are more easily borrowed and transportable.  Regarding the original list, I would add tools for 3D scanning.  This would include kinects and other cameras with stands and software to interpret the data.  I currently use the free versions of NI Mate and Skannect although there are lot's of others.  If someone could pay for the full versions and rent time until they get their money back, or split the cost up front amongst members we would have a pretty kickass system.  The models aren't usually perfect after the scan.  The models will need finessing in a 3D modeling program but I find open source/free Blender works fine.  But compared to modelling say, your own head from scratch, this workflow is a lot easier.  Plus you can use the kinect to capture live animations and record them in Blender. (Check out the video tutorials on the NI Mate site).  All the other stuff sounds bang on to me Steve.
Cheers, Ray.


Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:38:58 -0400
From: jason.cobill at gmail.com
To: lab at artengine.ca
Subject: Re: [Lab] Makerspace Wish List



   I think your list is super interesting - it looks primarily focused on working with plastics and electronics, which seem to be staples of the Maker Movement.

   My dream Maker shop has some overlap with yours, (3D Printer, electronics bench, etc) and a whole ton of "traditional" tools for working with different materials. (I mostly hate plastic)

   The problem with my dream list is that it doesn't make sense to have every tool for every medium (unless you're crazy rich) - I think it makes sense to pick and choose your mediums based on the kind of projects you want to build. I can't 3D Print furniture.... yet. :)

   Hopefully the Ottawa Tool Library will somewhat address the impossibility of having every tool for every purpose. :) 


   When I think about "can I make something" the materials I first go-to are:


   Table saw / Power saw

   Router / Router Table


   Drill Press / Power drill

   Biscuit Cutter / Doweller

   Jigsaw / Bandsaw


   Chisel / Mallets

   Sanding bench / Grinder / Shaper / Sanders / Files


   Rulers, protractors, gauges, calipers


   And cloth:

   Sewing machine


   Cutting table

   Embroidery equipment

   Cards, Spindles, Spinning Wheel



   And glass:

   Blowtorch / Burner

   Tongs, poles, pliers



   And clay:

   Throwing Wheel


   Wire cutter / Blades / Rakes / Sculpting tools


   And PVC pipe:


   Pipe cement

   Heat gun


   And metal:

   Metal saw

   TIG/Arc welder

   Tap & Dies
   Tin Snips

   Carbide drill bits

   Grinding/Polishing wheels





On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 10:43 AM, Stephen Burke <steve at envirolaser.com> wrote:

Good morning,


I am putting together a wish list of equipment that would typically be used in a Makerspace.


Here’s my list so far, feel free to add to it.



Raspberry Pi

Soldering Station




Sewing machine

Hot glue gun

Scan and Cut

Foam cutter

Plastic former


3D printer

3D scanner

Laser cutter


Drill press

Rotary tool

Shapeoko 3 CNC






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