Member Meeting Minutes for Oct 1, 2014

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Minutes by Agenda Topic

  • Attendees:
    • Bob
    • Alex
    • Chad
    • Geno
    • Doug
    • Gene
    • Anthony
    • Stephen at 8:17pm
  • Called to order at:
    • 7:52pm

New Members

  • None

Recent Events

  • September, 20th & 21st - Maker Faire New York!!!!!!!
    • We won!
  • Friday, September 26th - Maker Faire New York Debrief
    • Didn't happen because Eli wasn't here

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, October 2nd - Party at the Paramount!
  • Saturday, October 4th - Shop Clean starting at 1pm
  • October 10th - Analog Game Night
    • Bring your own games or play someone else's.
  • October 12th - Nerd Exchange Podcast Event, Chad takes point
    • Membership feels it's ok to have vendor (ie Comic Book sales) on site
    • They came out on Monday and checked out the space. Going to hold a Marvel vs DC debate and take question
  • Friday, October 17th - Intro to OOP with Greg
  • Saturday, October 18th - HackPittsburgh Birthday Celebration (We're 5 years old!)
    • Officially 9pm-1am
  • Friday, October 24th - Hacking together a costume (or Halloween Hack and Slash)

Upcoming Classes

  • Build your own theremin class
    • Last week:
      • Planning in progress. Geno is almost ready to use a 9 volt battery. Almost ready for a parts list.
  • Adam would like to give a talk/workshop on Wireless 101/Can-tennas
    • Possibly the beginning of November (8, or 9)
  • Soldering class... November 15th. Need to get the ball rolling
    • Need to order kits
    • Advertise
    • Get the tickets up
    • Team effort on holding the class
    • Chad offered to purchase since he has Amazon Prime

Potential Thursday Night talks/events

  • GIS talk (Geographic Information Systems) - James
  • Luc wanted to hold a talk on magnetics. He wanted to do October, but November would be better

Learning Tracks

  • GPS class
    • Progress. This will be the next class.
  • Arduino Track... Next up:
    • Soldering class...

Shop Projects / Updates

  • Window Lights project
    • Gene got a RaspberryPi B+ added. He needs to be shown how to program the Arduino via Pi.
  • Tool Power E-Stop
    • Work is still on ongoing.
  • Power wheels
    • We came, we saw, we kicked it's ass!
  • CNC Router
    • Need to get some wiring done
    • Need to get an ethernet cable to download designs from the internet
  • Laser Cutter (AKA Frickin Lasers!)
    • Operational!
    • See Chad or Gene or Bob for training!
    • Ventilation issues Resolved!
    • $15/hour for the the laser cutter until we determine the cost of operation.
    • Someone crashed the head... We need to be careful. This can result in expensive repairs
  • 3-D Printer
    • Work in progress (Parts are in) Needs assembled.
    • Alex has been working on this.

Old Business

  • New RFID Reader arrived
    • Work has started on integrating the new reader. If you are interested in helping, contact Anthony
    • Needs to be mounted, Chad will help
  • Greg suggested we need to build a bunk couch
  • Movie night for Members
    • Decided to hold a movie night near the week of Thanksgiving
    • James proposed War Games.
    • Chad offered to use Amazon Prime to watch the movie, since he has Amazon Prime
  • Bob wants to start a music and technology club
    • Bob has decided to hold this the second Thursday of every month
    • Doors open at 7pm, runs 7:30 - 8:30pm
    • The name is still a work in progress
  • There is still interest in the train club... Work in progress...

New Business

  • Some wants to use time on our laser cutter for a kick starter project...
    • Chad poses concerns
      • Do we allow non-members to use tools?
      • Does he need to become a member?
      • Do we become tech shop?
    • Points to consider
      • Priority scheduling, large projects yield to short projects
      • Address tool policies
    • This was called to a vote by Doug, Gene seconds
      • Motion approved, Chad will follow up the the person
  • Doug want's to grant Matt Stultz an emeritus membership until such time that he can become a full time member
    • All voted in favor. He will be granted membership with fees waved...

What can we do to make the shop better?

  • Post Flyers!
  • Reverse Graffiti (cleaning with a stencil)
  • Never wet on the street
  • Art student to paint garage door.
  • More external Events!
  • Post your projects on

Move to Adjourn

  • Gene motioned to adjourn... seconded by Doug.
    • Meeting adjourned at 8:54 pm