Member Meeting Minutes for January 15, 2014

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Minutes by Agenda Topic

  • Attendees:
    • Anthony
    • Chad
    • Eli
    • Jim
    • Scott2
    • Geno
    • Dan
  • Called to order at:
    • 7:38pm

New Members

Recent Events

  • Thursday Jan 9: Analog Games
    • Great success!
    • Will make this a regular event, probably alternate months between Artemis

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday Jan 16: Rube Goldberg Challenge
  • Thursday Jan 23: Intro to Sketchup
  • Saturday Jan 25: Members only-3D printer certification
  • Thursday Jan 30: Tesla Club pilot
  • Friday Feb 7: Digital games
  • Thursday Feb 13: Public event - TBD
  • Thursday Feb 20: Digital Grandfather Clock (Luc)
  • Saturday Feb 22: Diode Shield
  • Thursday Feb 27: Public event - TBD

Potential Thursday Night talks/events

  • (Recurring) game night second Friday every month, switch between digital(video games) and analog(board games)
    • No Thursday event preceding day
  • (Recurring) Shop Show-and-Tell (Quarterly)
  • (Recurring) Sketchup
  • Finite State Machines
  • Build your own h-bridge
  • Object oriented software development
  • 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

Learning Tracks

  • Arduino Track:
    • Learn to Solder (done)
    • Intro Programming (done)
    • Diode Shield (Feb 22nd)
    • Sensors, sensors, sensors!
    • Analog circuits (OpAmps)
    • 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
    • 006 ——> Delorian!
      • Need to start ASAP
    • Jeep needs controller installed (needs diode for controller protection)
  • CNC Router
    • Need to make an enclosure for the router.
    • Need a computer with a parallel port, Pentium 3 or earlier.
      • Chad talked to Zhen, She said she didn't remember the conversation.
    • Anyone have access to a old computer?
  • Setup e-stop for tools
    • Gabe has parts, Chad will pick a day to set this up.
    • Gable will get another reader. Needed to use the one to this for the door.
      • 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.
    • Is incorporating new output filter and touch screen
  • 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
    • Workstation Added for 3-D Printer
    • Soon we will be doing training on the 3-D Printer.
      • TRAINING!!! Talk to Chad, Anthony or Eli!
      • Set for Jan 25th
    • Ordered Black, Gold and White Filament Yesterday.
    • Pay System
      • We will be using a Gram Scale for now. (Honor System)
      • Pricing @ 5 cents a gram!.


  • Server Rack / Network
    • Now running Minecraft server, in test mode for now
  • 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
    • In stock! BUY ONE
  • 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).
        • When we do… Choose a date. Need to get advanced word out... (Wait till the weather breaks).
      • Donate it to other places (As it was bestowed to us, we bestow it onto you).
      • Craigslist
    • Items:
      • Mini Band Saw
      • Metal punch (Junior)
      • DVD duplicator (On Craigslist)

New Shop Projects

  • DrawBot
  • Window web interface
  • Fix twitter sign
    • Software Round table working on this! (Anthony)

Old Business

  • 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
  • Geno bought Musical Tesla coil kit, wants to start "Tesla club"
    • Will be dedicated to high power electronics etc.
    • Pilot meeting Jan 30th
  • Chad will create opt-in contact list on Google docs
    • contact info for members to contact each other
  • Scott^2 wants to get HackPittsburgh presence in "new economy working group"

New Business

  • Scheduled shop cleanup for Feb 1rst
  • Starting an "advisory board" to take input from members who want to have a more active role in shop direction
  • Council will review
  • Need to talk about potential move to Meyers building, meeting to follow this one (Jan 15th)
    • Dale says he has grant writer available that could help HackPGH for community development etc.
    • Some of our education aspects could help Dale with attaining Grants
    • Could consider paid position, e.g., "general manager"
    • Will meet Sunday at 1:00pm to put together presentation to give to Dale



Move to Adjourn:

    • Gene Motioned, Scott Seconds