Member Meeting Minutes for September 4, 2013

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New Members

Recent Events

  • Thur Aug 22: show and tell
  • Sunday Aug 25: Mini Shop Cleanup
  • Sun Aug 18: PGH mini maker faire
  • Thur Sept 5: Lock Pick (Canceled)


Upcoming Events

  • Friday Sept 6: Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire Wrap-Up
  • Tuesday Sept 10: Open Source Fab
    • Needs sponsor if Jet cannot run
  • Thursday Sept 19: Raspberry Pi PBX
  • Saturday Sept 21: WORLD MAKER FAIRE!
  • Saturday Sept 28: Class - Learn to Solder
  • Friday Oct 4: game night
  • Thursday Oct 10: Reverse engineer laser range finder
  • Saturday Oct 12: Shop clean
  • Thursday Oct 17: Costuming
  • Thursday Oct 24: batteries and conductive liquids
  • Thursday Oct 31: Halloween - no event

Potential Friday Night talks/events

  • Hard drive rescue
  • Costuming (masks, etc)
  • Flat panel speakers
  • Shop Show-and-Tell (Quarterly) (mid March)
  • Reverse engineering
  • Stepper motor hack challenge
  • E-Bikes
  • Residential solar
  • Robot operating system
  • Finite State machines
  • Game nights (Artemis or otherwise?)
  • Food event
  • Rube Goldberg Machine
  • Batteries and conductive liquids.
  • Anyone?

Unscheduled Classes

  • Welding class for members
    • Need a good welder first
  • Ham radio test (late March/April)
    • Geno will find out when Pitt Radio is having test, we will schedule cram for right before
  • CNC milling
    • Need a CNC machine
  • Intro to processing
  • Arduino Track:
    • Learn to Solder
    • Intro Programming
    • Intro to Motor Control
  • Adam Wants to teach a wifi class
    • Chad spoke with him, he will get back to us.

Project/Shop Updates

  • Power Bill
    • Current Bill? 105 (At least it's consistent)
  • Window Lights project - lights in the windows!
    • Gene is working on syncing the prototyping board with the outside display
  • 3D Printer
    • Is printing somewhat consistently, still not ready for public use, but see Eli, Chad, Jeremy or Anthony if you want to request to have something printed
    • Currently qualified MMax users:
      • Eli
      • Chad
      • Jeremy
      • Anthony
      • Bryant
    • Add possible workstation for 3d Printer.
    • Soon we will be doing training on the 3-D Printer.
    • Pay System
      • Gram Scale for now.
      • Will work on pricing. (We need more filament)
  • Server Rack / network
    • Still need to figure out billing. Killawatt... Who is going to do this? (this needs to happen!)
  • Security cameras
  • Powerwheels
  • Mugs - Gabe needs interest level/count
    • Will make a two dozen mugs to start with
    • Have not come in yet as of 9/4/2013
    • $15 each, $20 for mug customized with text at bottom
  • CNC Router
  • Setup e-stop for tools
  • Gabe and Chad to work on RFID control for tool area
  • Misc Unused Tools In Shop
    • Gabe selling mini-band saw and mini-lathe, then use funds to buy small wood lathe
      • Ask gabe to sell Punch tool and other misc. Anthony motions to sell, Jeff seconds, vote passes.
    • Other Options
      • Garage sale in (October)?
      • Donate it to other places.
      • Craigslist
    • Items:
      • Metal punch (Junior)
      • OSCAR (garbage can)
      • Small lathe
      • Benchtop drill press (assuming Mill is purchased)
        • Is it nicks?
      • DVD duplicator (sell)
      • Pile o computers
  • Install outlets on main work table.
    • Jeff?
  • Geno is making signal generator for shop
  • Web site hosting (seems to be working faster)
    • Seems to be faster, will table unless it gets slow again
  • New Hackerspace release forms!
    • Everyone needs to sign this.

Old Business

  • Shop cleanup
    • mini clean Sunday Aug 25
    • Major clean Oct
  • Will implement some "random stuff" dispositioning systems

New Business

  • New Internet Coming soon!
  • Rename finish-it
  • CNC Mill
    • Purchase for $750+250 for incidentals
    • Vote passes

Move to Adjourn:

Jeff, Gene seconds