Tools and Techniques - General
tend to be a major, expensive and very personal part of robot building.
Most people build up a collection of their own tools, starting with screw
drivers and hammers. The way that they are used and the way they perform
is as much down to the way a person uses them as to a particular technique.
Therefore all information on techinques listed here is intended as a guide
only. RW101 does not subscribe to the idea that there is a definate right
or wrong way of using tools - just some ways are more effective than others.
Purchasing tools is as much down to budget as anything else, but it is important that any tools bought are correct for their purpose. This may sound obvious, but its amazing how many tools are bought and very quickly break or become damaged. Here are a few very basic tips:
It is always tempting to lend tools out to friends - and borrow other peoples. We say DON'T unless you are really sure you can trust them. You may never see it again and good tools are difficult to replace. If you really must lend them, remember that no one will use it in quite the same way as you, so expect some wear and tear when it comes back. And if you borrow tools, treat them with some respect even if you don't treat yours that way - it's a very quick way to lose a friend.