Tools List

Here are a selection of necessary and useful tools for your team. You’ll obviously need to purchase the basics such as the right screwdriver, hex keys, and drill bits. For a bit more precision and the ability to dabble in custom, opt for a drill press and bandsaw. A router might be useful for teams interested in working with wood, a great material for prototyping (and also for final iterations!)

Necessary

  • Safety glasses. Wear them when you’re using power tools. Seriously.

  • Philips screwdrivers, assorted sizes

  • Hex drivers and hex L-keys
    • 7/64” hex (Actobotics and TETRIX)

    • 3/32”, ball head for set screws is discouraged (TETRIX)

    • 2.5/3mm hex (goBILDA)

  • Nut drivers and wrenches
    • 5.5 mm hex nut driver/wrench (REV)

    • 7 mm hex nut driver/wrench (goBILDA)

  • Drill and drill bits

  • Pliers, needle-nose and locking

  • Metal file (sandpaper not recommended, you’re not working with wood)

  • Quick lock clamps (2+) or vise

  • Hammer and mallet

  • Centerpunch

  • Hacksaw (cuts through steel shafts)

  • Wire stripper/wire cutter

  • Zip ties/Velcro ties

  • Electrical tape

  • Stainless steel ruler and rafter square

  • Sharp pencil or very fine permanent marker

Helpful

  • Bandsaw

Caution

A bandsaw cannot cut through steel shafts!

  • Impact driver

  • Drill press

  • Miter saw with non-ferrous metal cutting blade

  • Dremel (use sparingly; Dremel =/= bandsaw)

  • Grip tape

  • Caliper

  • Soldering iron

  • Heat gun

  • Router or table saw

  • Jigsaw

  • Metal brake

  • 3d printer

A 3d printer, CNC machine, or laser cutter greatly increases your ability to create custom robot designs. For most teams, buying a CNC or laser cutter is way beyond their budget, but you might be able to get access to one through school, local college, or nearby makerspace.