Member Meeting Minutes for October 18, 2016

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Minutes by Agenda Topic

  • Attendees
    • Cathy
    • Chad
    • Alex
    • Steve Morrison
    • James Hyde
    • Andrew
    • Geno
    • Scott2
    • Jessie
    • Merric
    • Mike
    • Harshad
    • Steve Owens
    • Gene (hangouts)
    • Josh Smith (hangouts)
    • Ryan (hangouts)
    • Adam (hangouts)
    • Jim Keener (hangouts)

Called to Order

  • Called to order at: 7:44pm

New/Potential Members

  • Harshad
    • Works at consulting firm, studies electronics for bachelors, never got a chance to do it, wants to work on hands on projects
  • Mike
    • Lives 100 ft from HackPGH
    • Does software dev for startuptown

Upcoming Events

  • Please see Calendar

Learning Tracks / Classes

  • Basic Electronics part 1
    • Nov 5 10am-2pm
  • Intro to Python
    • Nov 12 1pm-3pm

Potential Talks/Classes

  • Andrew- Intro to Lathe and Mill
    • Near end of November
  • John Lewis- PittMesh DNS/Server talk
    • Intro to Databases, Intro to Git
    • Soap Making class?
  • Intro to Welding, similar to SynHak
    • Lets drive to Synhak to learn welding
      • Akron mini maker faire Nov 5

Shop Projects / Updates

  • Autonomous Power Wheels
    • No updates
  • Power Wheels
    • HackPGH won 2/3 races during Maker Faire PGH
  • 3-D Printers
    • Chris Yohe is fixing the Makegear
    • Ryan will train us on Mendlemax
    • Next 3dPPGH meeting at HackPGH
    • Boxzy is working good
  • Lathe
    • DROs need to be installed
  • Fabrication Station
    • Clean due to Maker Faire party, lets keep it that way!
  • Automatic dues payment system
    • Jim is close to getting it working, did some tests
  • Vending Machine
    • Still needs a raspberry Pi Connected and payments to work.
  • Server
    • Cloud with LED's which lights up when people access server
  • Vaccum Forming Table
    • Jeremy Tiogar

Old Business

  • Need outlets near mill
    • We have all materials, lets just do it
  • Vinyl Cut Open Shop Hours on door.
    • Cathy will do this
  • New Space
  • Lets put Open Shop recurring on Meetup. Excellent way to attract new members.
    • Scheduled for Oct 22
  • Maker Faire
    • Wrap up
    • Awesome party, lots of beer, food, and etc. Other Hackerspaces helped out. Great community effort
    • Special Applause for Chad
  • City of Pittsburgh Ornaments
    • Josh Smith and Jessie are getting close on the PGH xmas tree ornaments, got all materials
  • Things that need done around the shop
    • Update Member Booklet
      • Members vote to make a PDF, email it to new members
    • Maintain Computers
      • Update/Install Autodesk
    • Section Leaders Needed
      • Fabrication Station


New Business

  • Shop lights are dead, replace ballast with LED's.
    • Update: This issue needs to be solved ASAP, members are complaining, dangerous to use machine tools in dark!!!!
    • $200 budget approved by HackPGH board
    • Simon proposes that we no longer lives in darkness
      • Alex seconds
      • All members vote in favor
  • Adam will have a talk on how PittMesh got started, and how a HackPGH born startup can become successful
    • Tim from Grindhouse may also give a talk about his company
  • Ideas to keep shop clean,
    • More parties
    • More public events
  • Dale wants to talk about larger space with us. Made right here wants to partner with us.
    • Share classroom space with us and made right here
    • Board members and vast majority of members don't like this idea, we would lose our identity, other issues
      • Bring up to vote: Should we talk with Made Right Here, listen to what they have to say
      • All members vote in favor to allow Chad to listen, and discuss
      • Dale also said that we may potentially get Harold's space for about $1500/month
      • Raise dues to $50/month, teach more classes

Project RollCall

New Member Induction

Move to Adjourn

  • Adjourned at: 8:40pm
Meeting notes by Geno