Tools List

Here are a selection of necessary and helpful 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!)


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

  • Screwdrivers
    • Philips, assorted sizes

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

    • 5.5 mm hex nut driver (REV)

    • 2.5/3mm hex (goBILDA)

    • 7/64” hex (Actobotics)

  • Drill and drill bits

  • Hex keys (metric and US standard)
    • 1.5mm hex key (REV)

    • 2.5/3mm hex key (goBILDA)

    • 7/64” hex key (Actobotics)

  • Pliers, needle-nose and locking

  • Metal file (sandpaper not recommended)

  • Quick lock clamps (2+) or vise

  • Hammer and mallet

  • Centerpunch

  • Wrench/assorted spanners

  • Hacksaw (cuts through steel shafts)

  • Wire stripper/wire cutter

  • Zip ties/Velcro ties

  • Electrical tape


  • Bandsaw (cannot cut through steel shafts)

  • Impact driver

  • Drill press

  • Chop saw

  • Dremel (use sparingly)

  • Grip tape

  • Caliper

  • Soldering iron

  • Heat gun

  • Router or table saw

  • Jigsaw

  • Metal brake