The Tech Lab is not a manufacturing facility. Users focus more on one-off personal projects, and sometimes iterative prototyping. Make it. Break it. Change it. Make it again.
The Tech Lab’s emphasis is also not on hosting highly-specialized and expensive software when other options are available. Getting members up to speed with available alternatives – either open-source or low-cost is a priority. That said, there are sometimes no options available for specific equipment and so we try to find the most workable solutions for our members.