Member Meeting Minutes for August 20, 2019
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HackPGH member’s meeting agenda for August 20th, 2019
Call to order
- Vice-President Sean called the meeting to order at 7:45 PM
- Simon Heath, President,
- Sean Guzek, Vice-President
- Becky Zajdel, Secretary
- Bethany Klick, Treasurer
- Adam Longwill
- Alex Reasinger
- Kris Kunihiro
- Gil Tygart
- Phil Garrow
- Tom Fetherston
- Charles DiPasquale
- Rob Bedel via Google Hangouts
- Geno Soroka via Google Hangouts
- Morgan Hartley via Google Hangouts
- Ezra Juliar via Google Hangouts
- Steve Owens via Google Hangouts
- Kevin German via Google Hangouts
- Nikhil Shinde
- Jason Toliopoulos
- Emilio Incerto
Quote of the Day
- I always thought HackPGH was a home for the weird and broken people with above average intelligence who were cast out by the rest of society. -- Geno Soroka, hero of Ukraine
- As of the end of July, HackPGH had $25,636 in assets.
- Becky has officially submitted the final application for the $5,000 outreach grant to McAuley Ministries
- We will hear if we have been approved in October, but if you would like to volunteer to teach or help with marketing, please let Becky know!
- Heat Safety project with Uptown Partners
- Becky is still collecting monetary donations and NEW fans
- We accept cash, check, online donations, and/or new fans. Please donate! We can provide receipts.
- Drone Club!
- Simon Heath would like to re-start Drone Club. It will be held once a month and dates can be changed regarding demand.
- Gravel for parking lot?
- Dale has offered to purchase gravel for our parking lot.
- Phil has offered to rake it out.
- Makernet updates
- None at this time. We will get updates from Chad and update the members at the next meeting.
- Our coasters for Fresh Fest were a HUGE hit! We even had businesses try to place "orders."
- Alex will discuss:
- CNC Machine updates and call to Forest Scientific
- They are offering us a $10,000k grant for one of their large CNC machines. They are pre-built, no kits required, and they are in-Pennsylvania and can offer support if we have problems. The two options of machines:
- Maker-Fab Series RMF 48" x 96" CNC Router $20,000 (our price $10,000). This one is made of steel and more rigid, durable, etc.
- Titan Series 48" x 96" CNC Router $17,000 (our price $7,000) This one is made of aluminum and has bolted connections.
- We had a live call with John from Forest Scientific. He answered the following questions:
- Q1: Alex indicated that the base model came with a router spindle. Is that true?
- A1: Yes, but there is a negative in that it is a little louder. The positive is that they outlast routers and spindles from foreign companies.
- Q2: What is the limit on material, can we cut aluminum plates?
- A2: Yes. Ideally the machine can cut woods and plastics, but it can cut aluminum as well. It's all a matter of coming up with the right speeds and settings.
- Q3: What is the collet size on that router?
- A3: 1/2 and 1/4.
- Q4: What kind of motion control system does it have?
- A4: Central control, made in Pennsylvania. It can smooth out a 3D object. Rack and pinion motion control. Over time, the rack and pinion can do better than the ball and screw controls. There is an anti-backlash system that requires less maintenance and less oiling.
- Q5: Advantage of buying from them?
- A5: They are local (two hours away) and thus (unlike a Chinese machine) they can add or change things down the line for us.
- Q6: Any issue with warranty or us doing our own maintenance?
- A6: There is a three-year onsite warranty. We call them and they will guide us through any repairs and modifications. They do prefer that we confer with them regarding any possible modifications.
- Q7: What size motors
- A7: They tend to restrict them between 300-500. That way in public situations it will keep it in the healthy torque and safety areas.
- Q8: Do you really have onsite training included in the price?
- A8 Yes! When the machine gets delivered, Forest will do a "train the trainers day." They work with schools and Maker Spaces worldwide.
- Q9: Will it run VCarve?
- A9: Yes, and any other commercial software.
- Q10: What about shipping?
- A10: Free!
- We will have a vote (open for two weeks) on which CNC machine to get.
- Pottery Wheels
- Alex has been researching pottery wheels and has gotten us a few quotes.
- He reached out to the Ceramics Shop, and they sent us back three options (with three price points)
- Artista tabletop Pottery Wheel ($410) 3-year warranty, does not have foot pedal
- Brent IE Pottery Wheel ($1,048) 10-year warranty
- Brent EX Pottery Wheel ($1,521) top of the line 10-year warranty
- Why get a pottery wheel?
- We currently have a large kiln, and it will go up to cone-8.
- There has been interest in getting pottery equipment, and we can offer new classes!
- Thanks to Phil and Simon have fixed our Sound System.
- We are going to do research and get a kit to repair them
- Trash rules
- We cannot throw out large amounts of "construction refuse" like wood and metal in large clear bags.
- Rule 1. We must use black/opaque contractor bags.
- Rule 2. We must break huge heavy construction refuse into smaller bags.
- Powder coating?
- We need a powder coat gun. Phil has researched quotes from different companies.
- The prices are $86 and $172. The advantage of the more expensive gun is that it's a dual-wattage gun.
- A regular oven would finish and dry the powder coat.
- Do we want to pursue powder coating?
- Becky will look into making sure that the fire extinguishers are inspected.
- We will put out a vote for the CNC machine
- Phil has cleaned up the corner! Thank you!
- Shop clean on Sunday, August 25th 2019. Please come and help out!
Move to adjourn
The meeting was adjourned at 8:57 PM
Meeting minutes written by Becky "The Icebox" Zajdel