Asmbly is always interested in acquiring quality tools and machinery for use by its members. This page includes a selection of our priorities for 2022.
If you own one of these machines and would be interested in donating or hosting it at Asmbly for members to use, please email email@example.com for more information. As a rule, Asmbly accepts hosting or donation of working, ready-to-use equipment. If you have a candidate machine that needs some attention before use, we may be able to arrange volunteer support for repairs prior to or concurrent with transfer to Asmbly.
- Stationary combination sander: eg Shop Fox W1712 or Powermatic 31A. Replacing our desktop sanders with a stationary unit would improve capacity and dust collection.
- Tilting spindle sander: eg Laguna SS-24 or Delta 31-484. Our benchtop spindle sander isn't really useful for furniture-sized projects, and a tilting spindle allows sanding bevels without the brute strength sometimes required to maneuver a large workpiece on a tilting table.
- A >20" helical-head planer: eg Laguna PX|22, Powermatic 201HH, or Ironwood P600. We had a nice jointer upgrade last year; one of these days we'll want to upgrade our planer to a similar league.
- A large tilting-head scroll saw: eg Excalibur 21. We have a couple small consumer-grade scroll saws but it can be hard to control a workpiece on a tilted table, and flat they're mostly redundant to the big lasers. A tilting-head saw can make cuts that would be very difficult otherwise. (We'll need two or more matching machines if we get a scroll saw class going.)
- Two more Laguna Revo 12|16 variable-speed midi lathes. Our woodturning classes are always popular and expanding our lathe fleet will allow us to accommodate more students.
- A proper fabrication table: eg Fireball Table or, perhaps more realistically, two or more Arcflat Tables. We currently have a steel fabrication table that's not particularly flat. A machined fabrication table with convenient fixturing would be a huge help to our welding folks.
- A 14" or larger cold saw: eg Precision Matthews CS-350. Our cutoff saws eat blades like crazy. A proper stationary cold saw with secure workholding and flood coolant would allow us to keep blades reliably useable for members.
- A big pedestal grinder with dust collection: eg Jet IBG-12 with stand. Our bench grinders are all smallish and messy. An upgrade would solve both problems.
- a 5C Collet Block set for the mills, with metric and Imperial collet sets.
- a 5C Collet chuck (D6 camlock back) for the lathe
- Manual Vertical Mill, 2+ hp, X&Y power feed and 3-axis DRO preferred: eg Bridgeport or KBC TUM-3VS. Our manual mill's kind of on the small side and doesn't have the rigidity of a full-size mill. We're likewise open to modern or vintage options, so long as it's in good shape.
- Mobile gantry crane, at least 1000lbs capacity. Electric hoist and lifting magnet definitely a plus but perhaps not strictly necessary. This would come in handy for a bunch of applications, but will be needed soon for a single operator to load material in the fiber laser.
- A sheet metal corner notcher: eg Jet HN-16N. We'd definitely want a benchtop model that can be stored on a shelf or under a bench when not in use.
- A second MultiMatic 220. We currently have one MM220 and one MIG welder. Replacing the old MIG with a second 220 would help with TIG classes and allow sharing of consumables.
We are currently renovating our electronics lab to bring our outdated equipment up-to-date. Our full wish list for this renovation can be seen on Digi-Key here and here. Below are a few of the larger items we are looking for.
- Two oscilloscopes, 100+ MHz, 4ch digital bench, eg Rigol MSO5104 Plus.
- Two or more good basic handheld RMS multimeters, eg Fluke 115
- Two or more power supplies 30V 5A with several outputs, eg Siglent SPD3303X.
- Benchtop LCR meter, eg Instek LCR-6100
- Another Thermaltronics TMT-9000 and supplies
We are not currently accepting donations for electronics consumables such as capacitors, resistors, transistors, ICs, etc.
Our new textiles area is off to a great start, but there's a lot of specialty equipment that we'd love to offer our community.