Member Meeting Minutes for Apr 1, 2015

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Minutes by Agenda Topic

  • Attendees:
    • Jim
    • Bob Berger
    • Gene
    • Eli
    • Scott^2
    • Jonathan
    • Wesley
    • Volker
    • Steve
    • Chad
    • Geno
    • Jet
    • Anthony
    • Alex
    • EJ (Google Hangouts)


  • Called to order at: 7:41pm

New Members

  • None

Recent Events

  • March 21 - CNC Build
    • Excellent job, it works great. Thanks a lot Volker and Chad and Bob
  • March 21 - Music & Technology Club
    • Nobody showed up
  • March 27 - Build for Dirty Ball.
    • Lots of people, sat around, talked, did not build anything
  • March 28th - Arduino Day
    • We missed the boat on that one

Upcoming Events

  • April 6th - Software Club
  • April 8th - Tesla Club
  • April 9th - Steel City Infosec Meetup - Penetration Testing Drop Boxes
  • April 10th - Analog Game Night
  • April 11th - LUG
  • April 11th - Dirty Ball
  • April 13th - UAV Club

Potential Evening talks/events

  • Another Build Your Own Antennas Class
    • Adam wanted to teach this. Something other than wifi antennas
  • BoXZY
    • BoXZY wants to come here and do talk on it soon
  • Talk about kickstarter
  • Jonathan wants to do talk on databases

Learning Tracks

  • Arduino Track
    • Next up... Diyode.
    • Potential date June 13
  • April 11th DirtyBall
  • April 22nd, Earth day

Shop Projects / Updates

  • Power wheels
    • I choo choo choose you!
    • Barrel run May 1st!
    • Build contraption to take a Wiggle Whiskey barrel 2 miles from their HQ
    • We will build a power wheels sized train to push/pull the barrel
    • Chad has parts in his car. This will actually happen
    • Dirty Ball April 11th!
  • CNC Router
    • It's Alive! Did its first cut.
    • about 0.4mm off. We will fix soon.
    • EJ says we should be able to do aluminum
  • Laser Cutter
    • Purchasing new lens for finer etching. Chad needs to do that.
    • Slight issue. If you turn it on, and it doesn't datum. Turn it off, and move the gantry. Turn it on again or slowly move the gantry.
    • Talk to Chad, Bob, Gene, Alex for class
  • 3-D Printer
    • Workstation is up!
    • If you want a private class see Eli, Alex, or Chad.
  • BoXZY! 3D printer/laser cutter/CNC all in one.
    • Parts are in for a Nixie Tube clock
    • In talks to get a BoXZY.
  • Dirty Ball
    • April 11th
  • Foundry project by Alex and Wesley

Old Business

  • Sign Ideas
    • Photo is FINALLY Finished and will be sent out for ideas soon.
    • We are taking ideas from members, send us a sketch, picture
    • Chad will send the photo to the list soon
  • Board is working on determining the feasibility of discounts for 6 months payments.
    • $2 a month discount if you pay for a 6 month membership. Instead of $180 you would be paying $168
    • If you stop being a member within those 6 months,you are refunded, but you lose the discount
    • Vote
      • Jonathan motions
      • All present agree, 2 people did not vote
  • April 11th DirtyBall
    • Huge party at warehouse, creative artsy people, a little risque, crazy and fun
    • If HackPgh would do a cool project for them, we would get in for free, its expensive otherwise
    • Good advertising opportunity for us
    • We need to brainstorm ideas
    • Lets meet during Finish it Friday on March 27, 7pm (We need another date to do this)
  • Chad was at an event at Wiggle Whiskey. He was talking to them about an event with a barrel ride. They wanted to build something to carry a keg.
    • He wanted to use a PowerWheels to pull a train like thing and dress it up like a locomotive.
    • May 1st
    • They are also "down" with us holding an event here as a fundraiser for us.
    • Something about etching an artist's drawing on a mini barrel
    • Lets etch "HackPgh was here", they will never forget us, for good or for bad
  • Doug and Val started talking about an Arduino for Artists Class
    • Don't focus on breadboarding, but work on soldering to wires and other Arduino devices.
    • They are working out the details.
  • HackPGH Shop Hack-A-Thon!
    • Lets fix the shop up. Make it better!
    • What issues do we have with the shop?
    • Make something fun and random to be in the shop. (walls etc...)
    • Possibly open to public, but sign a waiver, can't use big power tools
    • May 30th, 12p - 31st 12p.
  • April 22nd, Earth day
    • Chad wants to launch balloons with sensors to detect smog
    • Red/Green lights that indicate presence of smog
    • Lets meet April 19th and discuss it, setup the balloons, meet at 1pm-4pm


  • Jonathan is working on a server closet for HackPgh
    • Make google hangouts easier via the server
    • Use raspberry Pi
    • Detect people automatically
    • Store HackPgh documents, github

New Business

  • Eli has idea to make a 3d light cube using the same lights as our 2d light board
  • Wplug wants to meet May 23 and June 22
  • We have a new stick welder
  • Alex wants to start a mechanical club. Machining, welding, CNC machining,lathe machining, Internal Combustion engines, gears, you get the idea.
    • Starting May 2nd, 1st Sat of Month 1-4pm
  • Scott^2 has general announcement. CMU has awesome film festival. cmu.com/faces. Admission is $10 for regular people $5 for students. Short 1 hour films. Alcoholic beverages after.
  • Wesley wants to help Alex build a foundry.

Move to Adjourn

  • Anthony motions, Jonathan seconds.
    • Adjourned 8:19pm