I will soon have the opportunity to do something many of us dream of... building a prototype lab for mechanical/electronic product development. I have my own short wish list, with a few items noted below. I'd really enjoy hearing what you'd include! There may be tools/software/equipment that I've never seen & would love to have in the shop. We are converting a closed 12' x 15' office that is attached to the main office area. So, loud & smelly items may be a concern. I do have a door, and a LARGE window into the main office area. Yes, it's a fish-bowl, so I will have to behave myself, no explosions .
I'd like the benches & shelving to look really nice, I think this will be a functional 'show-off' area. If any of you know of some quality benches & storage systems, let me know. Milk crates, concrete blocks, & 2 x 10s just won't do... (as much as I like to use them )
Let me know what you'd put in your dream R&D/prototype shop! Keeping in mind, most of our products will fit in a briefcase, small mechanical/electronic items.
Adjustable/configurable work benches.
Shelving units & bins for parts & material stock storage
Storage organization 'Per Project', maybe larger bins
3D printers (FDM & SLA)
Small CNC mill/lathe (Sherline)
Well stocked tool box
Wheeled Cart to move things to/from shop area
Anything too large/loud/smelly could be located in our shop area.
Thanks for your input! I'll update this thread with before & after pics. Hopefully, it will help & inspire others!