Here is a 5-axis robotic arm with open source software that can automate a whole lot of tasks. Dorna has a fully metallic body, so it will last you for a while. The robot has 0.001 inch repeatability, max payload of 2.5lbs, and speed of 150 deg/sec.
Dorna has Nema 17 and Nema 23 stepper motors. It has an Arduino board and can be programmed in Python. You can use it to handle a camera, cooking tools, and everything in between.