Member Meeting Minutes for October 7, 2015

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Minutes by Agenda Topic

  • Attendees
    • Chad
    • Alex
    • Jim Freach
    • Wesley
    • Geno
    • John Lewis
    • Scott^2
  • Called to order at: 8:01pm

New Members

  • N/A

Recent Events

  • Monday September 21: Software/CS Group Meeting
  • Wednesday September 23: Tesla High Voltage Electronics Club
  • Friday September 25: Movie Night
  • September 26,27: NYC Maker Faire
  • Friday October 2: Learn how to make your own video game! Talk 1 of 3
  • Saturday October 3: Mechanical Club
  • Monday October 5: Software/CS Group Meeting

Upcoming Events

  • October 10 and 11: Maker Faire Pittsburgh
  • October 12: Unmanned Vehicle group meeting
  • October 13: PittMesh Working Group
  • October 14: Tesla High Voltage Electronics Club
  • October 15: Model Railroading Club
  • October 17: Music & Technology Club
  • October 19: Software/CS Group Meeting

We are table-ing the following items until the next Members meeting on October 20

Begin tabled items

Potential Evening talks/events

    • Scott Holistic Brain talk
      • October 29, 7:30pm
      • Inaugural meeting
    • Eli, basic welding class
    • Simon, make your own video game
    • Arduino/PI networking class: John Lewis and Balacko
      • Very popular, lets do this soon

Learning Tracks

  • Motor Control
    • Geno will take it over
      • Found slides for it, need to get info from Anthony
  • IC Class
    • Scheduled Sept 19th, 6pm.
  • Electronics Class
  • Change Arduino learning track to Embedded learning track
  • Raspberry Pi learning track

Shop Projects / Updates

  • Autonomous Power Wheels
    • SLAMborghini works great. Beat MIT on first day of race, tied with MIT on 2nd day. Did many laps around NYC faire successfully.
    • Won 2 medals at NYC Maker Faire
    • Improvements of the car for next year?
  • Power wheels
    • Car runs, new motor is in place. Took some damage after NYC race, fixed up with new panels/details for Pittsburgh Maker Faire.
    • Ideas for next year? Different theme? Multiple cars? Etc?
  • NYC Maker Faire Sept 26,27
    • We rented a house near the fair in Queens. Contact Eli ASAP if you plan on coming
  • 3-D Printer
  • Needs to have Z Leveled... (Alex, Eli)
    • We did this after the meeting, printer works again!
  • Foundry project by Alex and Wesley
    • No updates
    • Steven Morrisson can help Alex, working on his own foundry
  • Server
    • It works

End tabled items

  • New Mill Updates
    • Alex built table for it
    • The new mill is in place in the woodshop area
    • Need to get it working and start using it
    • Collet set and vice provided by gabe
    • We should buy $200.00 digital readouts.
      • Automates using the mill, easier to use for inexperienced people, faster to use for experienced people.
      • Vote to buy the digital readouts
      • John motions, Jim seconds, all members vote to buy digital readouts.
  • Fabric Arts Area
    • It is now called "Fabrication Station"
    • Lets hang the sign
  • Welder
    • We got more wire.
    • We got a tig welder

Begin tabled items

Old Business

  • Sign Ideas
    • Due Date: September 12
    • 2 submissions in currently
    • Keep submissions open until next members meeting
  • Pittsburgh Maker Faire October 10 and 11.
    • Meet the makers on October 9th
  • We need to get rid of some stuff here at the shop.
    • Still need to get rid of ATM.
    • Vending Machine (Back on the chopping block). (Need to contact Anthony)
      • Functional soda machine over broken vending machine. Yes!
  • Printers need ink
    • Got ink, printer is giving errors, tried to fix with rubbing alcohol, still doesn't work
    • Send it back, get replacement
  • Resurrect the members forum, members only
    • Bad idea, need to keep info in centralized location
    • Document our projects better on the website, not just on wiki

New Business

  • Get new/bigger space for HackPittsburgh
    • Take over space next to us, 1500 sq feet, $1450 a month
    • Paramount Building basement, 3000 sq feet, currently used for storage
      • Move storage stuff to current HackPGH building, move shop there.
      • Make as much noise as we want, within reason.
      • This space has heating and air conditioning!!!!
      • We need to take a tour of that space
  • Raise dues to $50 a month in order to pay for the new building/space for the shop
    • Up to members, we will vote on this, members have final say
    • Tiered membership for $30 a month. Only RFID card, no key, other people need to be here to use shop
    • Create hours when full members are guaranteed to be in shop for tiered members
  • Move WPLUG to October 24th

  • Suggestion to have shop clean once a quarter or once a month
    • Especially important if we plan to move to new space

End tabled items

Project RollCall

  • John Lewis: Media panel
  • Alex: CNC mill conversion
  • Wesley: Metal pendants
  • Geno: Tesla coil theremin
  • Jim: Invented kayak pedal mechanism

Move to Adjourn

  • John Lewis motions
    • Jim seconds
  • Adjourned at: 8:13pm
    • Fastest meeting in history because too busy preparing for Maker Faire Pittsburgh!!!

Meeting notes by: Geno