Member Meeting Minutes for July 1, 2015

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Minutes by Agenda Topic

  • Attendees
    • Gene, Scott, Eli, Anthony, John B, David k, James G, Volker, EJ (online), John L.,
  • Called to order at:
    • 1935

New Members

    • James Gabriel, David Kapetanovich,

Recent Events

  • June 18th - Model Railroading Club
    • Shop clean moved everything around. Looking for solutions to storing the layouts. May have a layout ready for MakerFaire.
  • June 20th - Music & Technology Club
    • No report,
  • June 22nd - Linux & ROS Install
    • Anthony and Jonathon showed up.
  • June 25nd - Intro to ROS
  • June 24th - Tesla Club
    • No report.
  • June 27th - LUG
    • 20 persons. Presentation about iredmail(?).
  • June 28th - SHOP CLEAN!
    • Working area cleaned up. We now have access to tools!

Upcoming Events

  • July 6th - Software/CS Group Meeting (Autonomous vehicle focus)
  • July 8th - Tesla Club
  • July 11th - WPLUG
  • July 13th - UV Club (Autonomous vehicle focus)
  • July 15th - Members Meeting
  • July 24 - 26, Power Wheels at Detroit MakerFaire


Potential Evening talks/events

  • Jon Lewis, Database talk
    • Working on it. Volunteers to contribute content are welcome.
  • John Balacko would like to do a talk on use and selection of ICs.
  • Interest in another Game Night. Board games, Artemis, ... Afer Detroit.
  • We need content... Who want to

Learning Tracks

  • Arduino Track
    • Next up... Sensors!
      • July 25 1-5pm
      • Geno, Event needs to be on event bright and web site.
    • Then... Motor Control

Shop Projects / Updates

  • Power wheels
    • For Detroit, needs cleanup of body, connections rework, ...
    • New project... Autonomous power wheels racer!
    • This will be in addition to the Hack to Future
      • Racing at NYC Maker Faire separate from power wheels race
      • Right now its HackPgh vs Microsoft
      • Let Eli know if you want to work on it
  • CNC Router
    • End stops are here. No status on the installation. EJ will send schematics and be available.
    • Talk to Bob, Chad, Alex to learn to use it
  • Laser Cutter
    • Out of stock for chiller, Waiting patiently for it to come back in stock.
      • Must use purchased ice due to the water from the ice goes thru the laser.
  • 3-D Printer
    • Currently down. Almost ready to come back up.
    • Eli and Chad were working on it.
    • BoXZY gave us new extruders.
    • If you want a private class see Eli, Alex, or Chad.
  • Foundry project by Alex and Wesley
    • Waiting for Alex to get build list sent to us.
    • Waiting on Alex to bring in his kiln for shop use.
  • Server
    • Both servers are up and working. Working on static IP addresses.
  • Open Source Brewing
    • Waiting for cooler weather for brewing.

Old Business

  • Sign Ideas
    • Chad took the photo.
    • Picture and dimensions sent out last week.
  • Move members meetings from Wed to another day?
    • Fill it out!
    • Geno give info on updates.
      • Monday Tuesday and Wednesday are most popular. Saturday is 4th place.
  • Detroit Maker Faire
    • Too late for projects for Detroit. Power Wheels is the only accepted project.
    • Detroit Faire is July 24-26
      • We need to see who is going... Like a few days ago... if you want to go you need to talk to us NOW!
      • Powerwheels appearing to be pushed by Locomotive.
      • We will not show projects
      • We need to know who is going to Detroit Maker Faire for power wheels ASAP. (I put this in twice on purpose)
      • Need to figure out hotels ASAP
      • PGH maker faire people are staying at the best western (Same as last year). Book again?
  • Pittsburgh Maker Faire October 10 and 11.
    • The call for makers is out! GOTO makerfairepittsburgh.com!
    • HackPGH will have a booth with shop projects. You still need to register!
    • REGISTER!!!!! REGISTER!!!! REGISTER!!!!
  • Lets talk about making the space more inviting and nice.
    • Use lift to put Power Wheels out of the way.
    • Labeling the workstations, 3d printer, laser cutter, wifi password
    • There are new barcodes on each machine... scan it and it takes you to the wiki page!
      • Feel free to edit it! Make it better! The more info the better!
    • Want to clean something and make shop better? DO IT!
    • Things to do for volunteer hours
      • On whiteboard below TV!
  • We need to get rid of some stuff here at the shop.
    • ATM - You have 2 weeks to start a project with it or it goes...
    • Old Oscilloscopes - Recycle?
  • Mill
    • Sold out from under us.
  • Crafts area
    • Don't put anything in front of any working area!
    • Needs to be more attractive and organized
    • We should be able to show it off


  • 2nd power wheels car in addition to Delorean
    • Internal HackPgh competition
    • Have the shop fund the cars?
    • Discussion about EJ motion to the list will be at the next meeting.

New Business

  • Raspberry Pis connected to the network need a shelf to sit on.

Move to Adjourn

      • Adjourned at: 2035