Member Meeting Minutes for November 17, 2015

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Minutes by Agenda Topic

  • Attendees
    • Simon
    • Chad
    • John Lewis
    • Josh
    • Alex Rojas
    • Gene
    • Eli
    • Geno
    • Andrew
    • Joachim
    • Alex Reasinger


  • Called to order at: 7:46pm


New Members

    • Andrew wants to join tonight

Recent Events

  • NOVEMBER:
    • Sat 7th @ 1p - Mechanical Club
      • Got the mill running, works well
      • Finished portable table for mill
    • Mon 9th @ 7p - UV Club
    • Wed 11th @ 7:30p - Tesla Club
      • Watched movie about Wardenclyffe, 5 people showed up, some new people from meetup.com
    • Fri 13th @ 6p - Digital Games Night
      • Played Artemis
    • Sat 14th @ 2p - WPLUG
      • Good talk, fixed the wiki, thank you!
    • Mon 16th @ 7:30p Software Club
      • Couple of members worked on projects

Upcoming Events

  • NOVEMBER:
    • Thur 19th @ 7p - Model Railroading Club
    • Fri 20th @ 7:30p - Learn to maker your own Video Game Talk 2 of 3
    • Sat 21st @ 1p - Music & Technology Club
    • Sat 21st @ 7p - Open Shop (for new members).
    • Mon 23rd @ 7p - Open Shop (for new members).
    • Wed 25th @ 7:30p - Tesla Club
    • Thurs 26th - Thanksgiving... Eat turkey!
    • Sat 28th @ 7p - Open Shop (for new members).
    • Sun 29th @ 12p - SHOP CLEAN
    • Mon 30th @ 7p - Open Shop (for new members).
  • DECEMBER
    • Wed 2nd @ 7:30p - Members Meeting

Potential Evening talks/events

    • Eli, basic welding class for members only
      • Sometime in January 2016
    • Raspberry PI networking class: John Lewis and John Balacko
      • Very popular, lets do this soon
      • Update: John Lewis did research for it, got his IR remote for Pi working
      • Probably January 2016
    • Learn Python class, Bob Berger, Simon Heath
      • Simon: Basic Python, Bob: Raspberry Pi, sometime in January 2016
    • Databases, John Lewis
      • John has presentation done, need to schedule later

Learning Tracks

  • Motor Control
    • Geno is taking over.
      • Lets start over from "Learn to solder", "Arduino programming", Diyode Shield, and eventually motor control
  • Electronics Class
  • Change Arduino learning track to Embedded learning track
  • Raspberry Pi learning track

Shop Projects / Updates

  • Autonomous Power Wheels
    • IEEE Robotics society talk about it in December with Gene
      • December 14
    • Continuing to work on it for next year, try to make the car go racing speed autonomously
    • Come to meetings to find out more information, and help out
  • Power wheels
    • Next year, new car, new theme, possible team with multiple cars
      • Eli went to virtual power wheels meeting
      • New rules, Max voltage 48V, can use commercial LiPO batts(need safety docs), allowed racing slicks, no sharp bumpers, no avocados
      • If interested in joining or running the team, send email to the list. Power wheels is looking for new manager
  • 3-D Printer
    • I think it's a record... it's still working!
  • Foundry project by Alex and Wesley
    • Trying to contact casting people from maker faire to help us
    • Joachim has a foundry, offering to help
  • Server
    • New google hangouts server, being used for the meeting right now, video is good, audio has some lagging/crosstalk
    • Thank you John Lewis for setting this up
  • New Mill
    • Working great!
    • Digital Display needs ordered.
  • Fabrication Station
    • Hang the freakin sign already :-P
    • 4 moms chairs going to be stored in Paramount Building
      • Add the stickers and they are gone!
  • Welder
    • MIG
    • TIG
      • Need cart.
      • Need argon gas.

Old Business

  • We need to get rid of some stuff here at the shop.
    • Still need to get rid of ATM.
      • Hey Chad finally contacted the guy... Waiting for response.
    • Vending Machine
      • Being Updated again.
  • Club brochure
  • Rebrand as HackPGH, make the main domain www.hackpgh.org, and have www.hackpittsburgh.org redirect to that

New Business

  • Want to move to new automatic dues payment system
    • Wordpress plugin
    • Sharing the code with other Hackerspaces
  • John Lewis has 250GB hard drive for the new server

Project RollCall

  • Alex made beautiful flower out of foam using CNC mill
  • Chad, selling his pacman table, fixing it up
  • Joachim brought his internal combustion engine
  • Geno is redesigning the soda can theremin circuit

Move to Adjourn

  • Eli motions
    • John Lewis seconds
  • Adjourned at:
    • 8:33pm

Meeting notes by: Geno