Member Meeting Minutes for July 15, 2015

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Minutes by Agenda Topic

  • Attendees
  • Eli
  • David
  • Scott^2
  • Wesley
  • Jim
  • Chad
  • Gene
  • Volker
  • Gabe
  • Anthony and Millie
  • Geno
  • Alex
  • Johnathan
  • Bob


  • Called to order at:
    • 7:35pm

New Members

  • Arjit
  • Steve Mitchell

Recent 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 10th - Tesla's Birthday
    • Talk and demonstration by Luc and Geno. Many people showed up.
  • July 11th - Deutchtown Music Festival
    • Had a booth with musical Tesla coil and vacuum tube amps. Advertised music club and PGH Maker Faire.
    • Talked to many people, potential members.

Upcoming Events

  • July 16th - Model Railroad Club
  • July 18th - Music & Technology Club
  • July 20th - Software Group Meeting
  • July 22nd - Tesla Club
  • July 25th - Class: Sensors Sensors Sensors
  • July 24 - 26, Power Wheels at Detroit MakerFaire
  • July 27th - UV Club
  • Aug 1st - Mech Club
  • Aug 3rd - Software Group Meeting
  • Aug 5th - Members Meeting
  • Aug 8th - Maker Faire Info Session @ HackPGH

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, ... After Detroit.
  • We need content... Who wants to

Learning Tracks

  • Arduino Track
    • Next up... Sensors!
      • July 25 1-5pm
    • Then... Motor Control

Shop Projects / Updates

  • Power wheels
    • Ordering new batteries. Lead Acid. Not Harbor Freight. About $200.
    • No major changes to car for Detroit
    • Eli motions to continue Power Wheels in 2016
      • All members present vote to continue Power Wheels in 2016
    • We need a project manager.
    • 2nd power wheels car
      • Vote on the funds. 1/3 vote Board, 1/3 vote members, 1/3 vote people at Faire.
  • CNC Router
  • Broken! Oh noes!!!!
    • One of the bearings or brushes is toast.
    • Bob Berger is working on fixing 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.
    • Needs wiring and calibration
    • 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.
    • kiln is here for shop use.
    • Alex has BOM done.
    • Please use it for pottery!
    • Talk to Alex to use the kiln
    • kiln will soon have its own wiki page with QR code
  • 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 a few weeks ago.
  • Move members meetings from Wed to another day?
    • Result of survey: 13 people voted. Tied at 46.15% between Mon,Tue,Wed,Sat @7:30
    • 2 people voted that Wednesdays don't work for them at all.
      • The members voted to do a trial of 1st Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday


  • 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.
      • Need to figure out hotels ASAP
      • PGH maker faire people are staying at the best western (Same as last year). Book again?
      • Submissions for those who want to come closing tomorrow!!!
  • 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!!!!
    • Today is the last day for round 1
    • You have until August 15 for round 2
  • 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?
    • Get rid of vending machine?
      • Vending machine to sell electronics is awesome idea according to most members.
      • Gabe is busy, someone else should work on this project. Lets get it done!
      • By next meeting need to have BOM and what needs to be done to get vending machine working
  • New Mill
    • Alex bought it for $600
    • Need extra parts about $100
    • Need to pick it up. An hour north of Pgh. Its heavy.
    • Need to get rid of old useless scrap wood in woodshop area to make room for mill
    • Does shop want to buy it from Alex $700?
      • Wesley motions to buy the Mill, Volker seconds
      • Members vote to buy the mill
  • 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
    • Need extension cord for sewing machine
  • 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.
  • Raspberry Pis connected to the network need a shelf to sit on.

New Business

  • Need raspberry pi rack for pi's next to printer
  • Need composite connector for projector so we can do google hangouts via raspberry pi server
  • John brought in new printer for shop.
    • Lets choose one of the printers to keep, but we need to do research on how much ink costs and etc.

Move to Adjourn

  • Anthony motions
    • Chad seconds
      • Adjourned at: 8:51pm