Member Meeting Minutes for December 18, 2013

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Minutes by Agenda Topic

  • Attendees:
    • Eli
    • Chad
    • Tom
    • Anthony
    • Scott
    • Jeff
    • Bethany
    • Geno
    • Dan
    • Gene
  • Called to order at:
    • 7:48pm

New Members

Recent Events

  • Thursday Dec 12: Miracle Berries
  • Saturday Dec 14: Into to Arduino Programming

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday Dec 19: Shop Show and Tell
  • Saturday Dec 21: Open PCR/DNA GMO Testing (Members Only)
  • Thursday Dec 26: Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah! - No Event
  • Tuesday Dec 31: HackPGH at First Night!
  • Thursday Jan 2: Lock Pick Club
  • Thursday Jan 9: Analog Games
  • Thursday Jan 16: Rube Goldberg Challenge
  • Saturday Jan 18: Diode Shield (Jan 18th)
  • Thursday Jan 23: Public event - TBD
  • Saturday Jan 25 (tentative): Intro to Processing
  • Thursday Jan 30: Public event - TBD

Potential Thursday Night talks/events

  • Shop Show-and-Tell (Quarterly)
  • Finite State Machines
  • Game nights (Artemis or otherwise?)
  • Rube Goldberg Machine
  • Build your own h-bridge
  • Object oriented software development
  • Sketchup
  • Reverse engineering
  • Stepper motor hack challenge
  • Anyone?

Unscheduled Classes

  • Welding class for members
    • We need to talk to Gabe for scheduling.
    • Waiting on Gabe. Can handle 7-8 students. A few bucks for class materials and pizza.
  • Ham radio test (Feb)
    • Gene
  • Learn to use the 3D Printer!

Learning Tracks

  • Arduino Track:
    • Learn to Solder (done)
    • Intro Programming (done)
    • Diode Shield (Jan 18th)
    • Sensors, sensors, sensors!
    • Intro to Motor Control
    • Advanced Motor Control

Shop Projects

  • Window Lights project - lights in the windows!
    • Gene is working on syncing the prototyping board with the outside display
    • Need to add switch to toggle between board and lights
  • Power wheels
    • What do we need to be ready for new years?
      • 006 needs new throttle
        • Came in and tested!
      • Jeep needs controller installed (needs diode for controller protection)
    • Next year car will be the Back to the Future Delorean!
  • CNC Router
    • Need to make an enclosure for the router.
    • Need a computer with a parallel port, Pentium 3 or earlier.
      • Chad Saw Zhen… she said she may have a laptop that may work.
  • Setup e-stop for tools
    • Gabe has parts, Chad will pick a day to set this up.
      • Started working on it. Looking for a good enclosure for parts.
    • Gabe and Chad to work on RFID control for tool area.
  • Geno is making signal generator for shop. Successfully generated a sinusoidal signal.
  • Eli will implement some "random stuff" dispositioning systems... eventually

Shop Updates

  • WiiMote Whiteboard
    • See Greg or Chad to show you how to hook it up!
  • 3D Printer
    • Bed has been aligned
    • Will order Filament soon
    • Workstation Added for 3-D Printer
    • Soon we will be doing training on the 3-D Printer.
      • TRAINING!!! Talk to Chad, Anthony or Eli!
      • Choose a another date.
    • Pay System
      • We will be using a Gram Scale for now. (Honor System)
      • Pricing @ 5 cents a gram!.
  • Server Rack / Network
    • Nothing has changed.
  • Security cameras.
    • They work!
    • Need to ship old system back
  • Mugs - Gabe is the point of contact
    • $15 each, $20 for mug personalized with text at bottom
  • Misc Unused Tools In Shop
    • Gabe selling mini-band saw, Punch tool and other misc.
    • Other Options
      • Garage sale in... (Wait till the weather breaks).
        • Choose a date. Need to get advanced word out... (Wait till the weather breaks).
      • Donate it to other places (Pass off the junk… I mean share the wealth).
      • Craigslist
    • Items:
      • Mini Band Saw
      • Welder
      • Metal punch (Junior)
      • DVD duplicator (On Craigslist)

New Shop Projects

  • DrawBot
  • Window web interface
  • Fix twitter sign
    • Software Round table working on this!
  • Old video payphone
  • Ideas?

Old Business

  • First Night Dahntahn
    • Cars in parade
    • HackPGH booth!
      • Need volunteers
      • EggBott
      • Window Lights
      • Buttons
      • Ideas?
    • Chad created a Google Doc to coordinate.
    • What do we need as far as tables and chairs/power/etc...
  • Project Parking Passes/Tickets
    • Passes will be approved by Council members, allows project to take floor space for limited time
    • Tickets will be issued to abandoned property, will be removed after period of time.
  • Mini-MakerFaire Planning
    • Chad to take over.
    • Still working on a date.
  • Laser Cutter (AKA Frickin Lasers!)
    • Talking to other People/Hackerspaces to go in on a group buy.
    • Chad expects buy to be ~April
  • Gene suggests participating at FIRST event at CalU, need to register by ~first week of march for volunteers
  • WPI Sample return challenge
    • Will probably not enter for this year, but should start developing
    • Talk to Eli if interested
  • Geno bought Musical Tesla coil kit, wants to start "Tesla club"
    • Will be dedicated to high power electronics etc.
    • First meeting ~Mid January
  • Geno is interested in learning / doing talk on FPGA
  • Chad will create opt-in contact list on Google docs

New Business

  • Scott^2 wants to get HackPittsburgh presence in "new economy working group"
  • Jeff Asked to have a meeting of Ham type people, Tentatively Dec 22, Shop will remain open to general members
    • No objections

Move to Adjourn:

9:03 pm