Member Meeting Minutes for November 1, 2017

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Called to Order

  • Called to Order At: 7:43pm


  • Chad
  • Dave Coakley
  • Geno
  • James Hyde
  • Alex Reasinger
  • Joachim
  • Gary Prischak
  • Jared
  • Logan
  • Alan
  • Rob Martin (hangouts)

New Members

  • Jared
    • Works at Peoples Gas
    • Likes making electronic things
    • Likes things that move
  • Logan
    • UPMC engineer
    • Interested in Laser cutter
    • Taking Electronics Class

Guest Introductions


I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn't park anywhere near the place. - Steven Wright

Events for November

  • Lan Party - Fri Nov 3rd
  • Basic Electronics Class - Sat Nov 4th
  • Build your own PC - Sat Nov 4th
  • 3DPPGH - Wed Nov 8th
  • Members Meeting - Tue Nov 21st
  • Shop Clean - Sunday Nov 26th
    • Must come to one shop clean a quarter (instead of Volunteer hours)

* Open for Discussion for 10 min

    • We should do a soldering class for digital fidget spinner
    • Gene Kern wants to teach Xmas ornament soldering class in December
    • AIY Voice Kit based class and learning tracks
      • Rob Martin
      • Schedule for 2018
    • Casting Class
      • Joachim
    • Bandsaw box ala Akron Makerspace
      • Joachim
    • Bio Signals class
      • James is working on it for December

Shop Updates

  • Laser Cutter
    • New honeycomb Bed
    • New Chiller (active not passive)
    • New Laser Tube
      • Broken in shipping
  • 3D Printer
    • Folgertech
      • See Dave For Training
  • New Space Updates
    • Verbal Confirmation of present tenant agreed to move
    • HackPGH members helping present tenant move as courtesy
  • Open for Discussion for 10 min
    • James Hyde looking for extra Windows laptop or desktop for CNC
    • New CNC hardware needs to be installed
  • Bob Berger is working on tabletop CNC machine, waiting for table to be flat, when we move
  • Dave built sled for tablesaw
  • Vending machine now takes quarters, make change in blue bin, for now
    • Need to get bill reader working, Geno, Chad, Jacques
  • Joachim got propane tank, regulator, etc for foundry
    • It sounds like a jet engine and is awesome
    • the tank is in the parking lot
    • Joachim needs refractory sealer and crucible

Project Updates

  • City Ornaments
    • Due Friday Morning

* Open for Discussion for 10 min

  • Joachim working on foundry and camera monitor
  • James will be doing gear cutting on CNC and willing to show how to use CNC and new software
  • Chad made a digital fidget spinner from Oshpark (more fun than regular fidget spinner)
  • Geno working on turning his Tesla Coil into a theremin

Recognition for AWESOMENESS

  • Jesse L - City Ornaments
  • Geno - Vending Machine Updates
  • Dave for spending all his time at HackPGH and helping with everything, DHL with laser tube

* Open for Discussion for 10 min

Move to Adjourn

  • Adjourned at: 8:24pm