In the years I have gathered a lot of tools to aid me with building my projects. My workshop constantly changes, old tools leave or get update and I often get new tools for specific projects. This is just a snapshot of the larger tools that I currently use.
Situated neatly under my bed (I do not live large) is my workbench. It is a series of desks with all the tools I need to do my projects. These tools include a cordless drill and reciprocating saw, a dremel, a soldering iron, pliers and wrenches, variable power supply and a large stock of electronic and mechanical components. On this workbench alone I can work on most electronic and mechanical projects. Also at my workbench is a PC with all sorts of CAD software to design parts for my projects.
My current go-to printer for most tasks is a custom Ultimaker printer. It is a DIY printer that I bought half finished as part of an experiment on automated printing. The experiment still has to continue, but the printer itself quickly grew to my main printer. At 200mm x 200mm x 200mm it is my biggest printer and because it is open source I have full control over what it can print. The printhead is an E3D V6 with a full aluminium printbed. The nozzle can be swapped, giving me the option of either resolution or speed. It is not as good with support material, but the Ultimaker compensates this by allowing more different materials to be printed. The Ultimaker constantly gets upgraded to get more performance or features out of it.
PP3DP UP! Plus
I won this printer in the UP! 2013 contest on instructables.com with my GlaDOS robotic arm ceiling lamp. It was quite a surprise to me that it did that well. It is brilliant with support material and is ultra reliable, but the software is limited. This forced me to hack the printer to make it do what I wanted. This ultimately fried the motherboard. It was out for half a year, because parts for UP!’s are expensive, but I got my hand on an donor UP! that had fire damage. The motherboard was fine, and with a new motherboard, it is now back running. The UP! Plus has a build size of 140mm x 140mm x 140mm and mostly prints ABS plastic.
PP3DP UP! Mini
I won this printer in the 3D printing contest (2015) on instructables.com with my Hand in hand clock. The UP! Mini is a smaller and cheaper version than the UP! Plus. It is smaller, has a smaller print area and has less features, but has all the important things that the UP! Plus has. It is as accurate, as fast and has the same amazing support material. The printbed is a respectable 120mm x 120mm x 120mm and it mostly prints ABS. I do not use it often because the UP! Plus does most of the ABS stuff, but it is handy as an addition.