Dan Gelbart's talk on Friday was great and he suggested some great equipment (needs varying amount of money).
This would be a brief wishlist gleaned from his talk (beg, build, buy, whichever works):
(1) Water Jet Machine ($$$)
(2) Plasma Cutter ($$)
(3) Spot Welder ($, can offer to help build it as well)
(4) Clean Room (or rather a Clean Box for Optical and other dust free assembly) ($)
(5) Laser Welder ($$$)
(6) Sturdy Old Lathe ($$)
(7) Watchmaker's Lathe ($$)
(8) Jig Borer ($$$$)
(9) Granite Parallels ($)
(10) Metal 3D Printers (cost?)
Would love to see members want.