The bulk of our code is Python and we'll use a number of different applications to write it, depending on what we're coding and what device we're on, but generally we use Visual Studio Code and if we're in the CLI then we'll often make code amendments in Nano.
As is often the case with writing software, there are many ways to achieve the same (or very similar) results and I believe this is often the case for hardware too. Just take a look at how vastly different the Pi Wars robots have been in previous years, but all setting out to solve the same challenges. For us, it's about sticking to what we know and what we can achieve with the tools we have on hand. We can't list every tool we use, well we could but you'd soon get bored of scrolling down the list, so below we've listed the main ones.
- Wanhao Duplicator 6 3D Printer
- Precision Gold A55KJ Soldering Iron
- Heat Gun, used for heat shrink tubing and heating up acrylic sheet for bending
- Vernier calipers
- Handheld acrylic sheet scribe
- Wire strippers
- Dupont terminal crimper
- Various craft knifes
- Side cutters
- Long nose pliers
- Hot melt glue gun
- Various files and saws
- Various screwdrivers, spanners and sockets
A small selection of the tools we use.