Member Meeting Minutes for Apr 15, 2015

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Minutes by Agenda Topic

  • Attendees:
    • Chad
    • Anthony
    • Geno
    • Alex
    • Scott^2
    • Johnathan
    • Wesley
    • Steve
    • James
  • Called to order at: 7:45pm

New Members

Recent Events

  • April 6th - Software Club
    • Geno will try to come up with some fun events for it and advertise more
  • April 8th - Tesla Club
    • Did not advertise, so nobody came
  • April 9th - Steel City Infosec Meetup - Penetration Testing Drop Boxes
  • April 10th - Analog Game Night
  • April 11th - LUG
  • April 11th - Dirty Ball
    • Very fun, 4 members came, good advertising for shop
  • April 13th - UAV Club

Upcoming Events

  • April 16th - Railroad Club
  • April 18th - Music & Technology Club
  • April 19th - Earth Day Build (Switch to Train build wiggle)
    • Will probably build wiggle whiskey train instead
  • April 20th - Software Club
  • April 22nd - Tesla Club
  • May 1st - Wigle Whiskey Barrel Roll

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
    • Began to do nixie tube clock build and make video of it
  • Talk about kickstarter
  • Jonathan wants to do talk on databases

Learning Tracks

  • Arduino Track
    • Next up... Diyode.
    • Potential date June 13
    • Confirmed by Anthony
    • Need to put up advertising for it
  • April 22nd, Earth day
    • Will do Wiggle Whiskey instead. Higher priority

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


  • CNC Router
    • It's Alive! Did its first cut.
    • about .04mm off. Fixed with hammer, Russian style!
    • 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. Very rare issue, not really a problem.
    • Talk to Chad, Bob, Gene, Alex for class
    • 25 cents a minute to use. Pays for power to use it.
  • 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.
    • We will be able to beta test it. Awesome! Super excited!
  • Foundry project by Alex and Wesley

Old Business

  • Dirty Ball
    • April 11th
    • Great Success!
    • Good exposure
    • We let people drive the power wheels car and play pong on the light board
  • 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
  • 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
    • Postpone We need to build the train first!
  • Jonathan is working on a server for HackPgh
    • Make google hangouts easier via the server
    • Use raspberry Pi
    • Detect people automatically
    • Store HackPgh documents, github
    • Board willing to buy hard drive, but needs information. Email to info@hackpittsburgh
  • 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
    • Done, great success
  • We have a new stick welder
    • Gabe says you should not use stick welder inside. Bad idea. Not safe.
  • 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
    • Alex sent the email with the info to the list
  • 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.
    • Already over. End of March, beginning of April.
  • Wesley wants to help Alex build a foundry.

New Business

  • Mechanical club and waste oil foundry. Will use waste oil. Can make blow torch out of oil. Very cool!
    • Gabe has crucible for this.
    • Big 5 gallon kettles. Insulation, air source, sand for casting.
    • May 2nd, 1pm-4pm
  • Steve has awesome party to celebrate buying of his house. Cookout. Cool nerdy stuff! May 2nd. Darksleep.com/party. HackPgh members are invited.
    • Come to mechanical club, then come party!
  • Alex will go to high power rocket launch. Sunday April 19th. Supposed to be bad weather. Please don't be cancelled again...
  • Jonathan needs equipment for google hangouts and server. Should buy equipment first. Try it. Then we will reimburse you.
  • Geno is working on getting HackPgh flickr.com account working. Store videos and photos related to Hack Pittsburgh.


Move to Adjourn

  • Anthony motions
    • Rest of shop says aye.
      • Adjourned 8:30pm