For drilling it sounds like you need a drill press and appropriately
sized drill bits. For really small bits you might need a different chuck.
I went to that website and looked at some of the photos. The robots are
bigger than I expected, and look similar to the robots that my high
school students build for B.E.S.T. robotics competition. We get motors
that use 1/4" diameter shafts.
You can search for "best robotics" on youtube and find vids of the
> Every year our best physics students enter the Panasonic Creative Design
> And every year kids come to my lab (work shop) during open lunch lab hour to
> drill, cut, glue and bend materials for their device. My problem is they use
> small DC motors with very small shafts and try attach either a dowel& wheel
> or a plastic axle from a connecting gear set with a wheel. Therefore they
> are trying to drill a 1/32" or less hole in the plastic axle or dowel to
> attach to the DC motor shaft and I do not have anything that small or
> precise. The small lathe I ordered this year was turned down by the main
> office at the last minute so I have decided I would buy a used lathe to help
> the kids out, the physics teacher mentioned I look for a watch makers lathe.
> I looked on eBay but I have no clue what to look for being I have only used
> a lathe in college for one project and that was 20 years ago. Anyone have
> tips on what to look for or know someone selling a used one? Is there a
> place to go to buy used tools like a watch makers lathe? I am guessing they
> do not have motors because they are done by hand right?
> I saw this one $169.99 is a bit high and I don't know if it is complete.
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