Member Meeting Minutes for March 5, 2014

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Minutes by Agenda Topic

  • Attendees:
    • Jim
    • Adam
    • Eli
    • Geno
    • Anthony
    • Chad
    • Gene
  • Called to order at: 7:37pm

New Members

Recent Events

  • Thursday Feb 20: Digital Grandfather Clock (Luc)
  • Saturday Feb 22: Diode Shield
    • Seven attended
  • Thursday Feb 27: Residential Solar
    • Canceled, will reschedule

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday Mar 6: Lockpick
  • Friday Mar 14: Board Games
  • Thursday Mar 20: Sketchup/3D Printer
  • Thursday Mar 27: Intro to Linux night (using a VM)
  • Thursday April 3: Lockpick
  • Friday April 11: Digital Games
  • Thursday April 17: Oscilloscope
  • Thursday April 24: Hacking clothes?


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 (possibly do Galileo on this Thursday)
  • (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.
    • Gene

Learning Tracks

  • Arduino Track:
    • Learn to Solder (done)
    • Intro Programming (done)
    • Diode Shield (Done)
    • Sensors, sensors, sensors! (Need to pick a date)
      • April 19th
    • Analog circuits (OpAmps)
      • May TBD
    • 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
  • High altitude balloon
    • Will start combined meeting with UAV club
  • Power wheels
    • 006 ——> Delorian!
    • Need to start ASAP
      • Will kick off Weds March 12th
    • Eli got and tested fuses for car.
    • Found a controller for the Jeep (needs diode for controller protection)
    • Not at MakerFaire but maybe PGH Vintage Grand Prix
    • Possibly at the White House
  • CNC Router
    • Eli got a computer (needs tested).
    • We need to finish assembling.
    • Need to make an enclosure.


  • 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
    • Digital USB scope will do that. Geno set this up.
  • 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!
    • Now have Black, Gold and White Filament.
    • 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
    • Need to work out how to remote into server for admin
  • Security cameras.
    • They work!
    • Need to ship old system back
      • Mike Wally came and picked it up.
  • Mugs - Gabe is the point of contact
    • $15 each, $20 for mug personalized with text at bottom
    • In stock in the shop! BUY ONE
  • Misc Unused Tools In Shop
    • Gabe selling 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:
      • Metal punch (Junior)
      • DVD duplicator (On Craigslist)
  • ~May garage sale

New Shop Projects

  • DrawBot
  • Window web interface
  • Refrigerator to TARDIS

Old Business

  • Mini-MakerFaire Planning
    • Chad to take over.
  • 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.
  • 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"
  • Starting an "advisory board" to take input from members who want to have a more active role in shop direction
    • Need formal proposal
  • Vote to rename "Council" to "Board"
    • Vote passes
  • Eli is stepping down from Board (formerly council)
  • Vote for new Board (formerly council)
    • Gene and Greg running
      • Gene wins the vote, welcome Gene!

New Business

  • Eli will no longer be taking minutes
    • After these minutes
  • Anthony proposes to change meeting time to 7:30pm, but strictly enforce
    • Next meeting will start at 7:30, in lieu of objections


Move to Adjourn:

  • Eli @8:28
    • Anthony seconds