You can’t do good work without good tools, and investing in your work environment is a great way to show that your organization values quality of work and planning ahead. Whether in academia or industry, I have seen people order a constant trickle of items from Amazon to meet their robotics needs. Literally dozens of packages arrive with tools and parts, eventually resulting in a set of tools and components that are standard almost everywhere, and that could have been purchased in one fell swoop. If you’re starting a new lab or robotics startup, get ahead of the game and purchase these items early. Your employees’ and students’ work will go much more smoothly and you’ll have a more productive organization (and better morale, because people won’t be kept waiting on parts!)

Continue reading