Regular Member Meeting 20140313

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This meeting will be held in MIBS SRC3 format.

Time, location

20:00, Dallas Makerspace

Approval of prior minutes

Prior minutes

Officer/Committee reports

Committee chairs are requested to provide their reports in writing. Reports can be short bullet-points.


  • The Makerspace continues to gain new members at an amazing rate.
  • We are still working on finding a new space. We have contracted with a real estate broker to help negotiate.


File:Feb finances.pdf

Committee Chairs

  • 3d Fabrication Committee - Andrew Falgout
    • Filament stocked, printers working repaired. Life is good
  • Amateur Radio Committee - Benjamin Groves
    • We have an official Google Groups and email list
      • [email protected]
      • Email Ben if you wish to join and he will gladly add you
    • Amateur Radio Technician license class announced
      • 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29
      • We will hold class in the Monroe Classroom when it is available, otherwise we will hold in the Board Room
      • Open to non-DMS members
      • Free, except for a $14 exam fee at the end of the course
    • Amateur Radio Committee Meeting on Saturday 3/15 at 5:00pm
      • We will have returned from Waco where we picked up some equipment donations
    • We are planning a Software Defined Radio hack session/seminar in May
  • Aerospace Committee - Romeo Espana
  • Automotive Committee - Aaron Leiter & Michael Lass
  • Bio Committee - Andrew Floyd
    • Our Oyster Mushrooms were a success
    • Kombucha, Tinctures, and Vinegar Pickling Projects are in progress in the bio lab!
    • We appeared again at Sci-Tech for the press. We should be appearing in the April issue of Frisco Style!
    • There should be a "Biology You Can Eat!" class happening at Sci-Tech this month, I do not have a concrete date yet.
  • Civic Hacking - Stephen Wylie
    • It was great to see several new faces at our meeting last Saturday!
    • We are looking to have staggered workdays for coders and workdays for Open Data evangelists every few weeks. The evangelists will promote the benefits of open data and civic apps to governments & organizations, and the coders will help make these benefits into a reality. If you'd like to volunteer your skills for your community, add yourself to our Wiki page:
    • Speaking of our Wiki, we have info on upcoming hackathons, local events, and resources, so go visit it now. Also sign up for our mailing list: [email protected]
    • Stephen is thinking about hosting an "Introduction to Socrata Open Data API" class & programming workday near the end of March; more details TBA. This would be a good time to learn what open data can do, as we'll examine several types of datasets and how to query them for our own apps. Some familiarity with JavaScript is recommended.
  • Classroom Committee - Gus Reiter
    • Accomplished
      • took inventory
      • now maintaining the Meeting Room as well.
      • swapped TVs in the Meeting Room with the one in the Ladybird Classroom
      • build cabinet in the Monroe Classroom (mostly)
    • still in the plans:
      • order supplies to provide equal services to all rooms of responsibility
        • vga connectors
        • display ports
        • dvi
        • audio only
      • labeled boxes to find supplies:
        • monitor cables
        • monitor adaptors
        • network cables
        • cleaning supplies
      • document how to use the equipment
      • solidify communications between members of the committee
  • Creative Arts Committee - Haley Moore & Julio Nieto
    • Wide format printer is up and running.
      • Steve Reeves is doing scheduled training sessions every week or so, and you can also get one on one training from trainers on the committee.
      • Put up nice signage for all the rooms
    • Second computer
    • 4 sewing machines
    • Taught a mold making class, planning another
    • Seeking submissions for the Desert Bus Craftalong
  • Electronics Robotics Committee - Daniel Jackson
    • In-Depth Oscilloscope class this Saturday at 2pm.
    • We are having mess issues on the benches again, please clean up after yourself or the next thing I'll build is an ED-209 (Robocop).
  • Financial Committee - Paul Brown
  • Foundry Committee - John Kuhlenschmidt
    • Had a viewing party on Feb 19 on Pottery
    • Build a table for use in Enamel / Silver Clay Torch-Firing for use out in the Foundry
    • Come watch the how-to DVD called "How to Throw on the Potter's Wheel" by Dee Schaad on Feb 19 7-8pm.
  • Laser Committee - William Petefish
    • Fixed another HV issue.
    • Targeting laser is fixed.
    • Reminder: You don't have to join the committee to be trained on how to use the laser.
    • Reminder: Don't save your work to the desktop of the computer. It WILL be erased. Save it in the proper folder in the Thawspace drive or the network drive.
    • Reminder: The laser committee does have a list. ([email protected]) USE IT if there is an issue with the laser. Don't try to repair it yourself.
  • LifeMakers Committee - Lisa Selk
  • Mill Committee - Bryan Gangwere
    • A plan has been developed for training
      • There will be multiple levels of training
        • Beginner - Supervised Access
        • Advanced - Unsupervised Access
      • Supervisors are currently being trained
      • Once trained, supervisors will develop a curriculum
      • Once the curriculum is developed, Beginner level classes will be offered
    • The HAAS is fully operational, but has some glitches that need to be addressed
      • CRT blanks out occasionally, requiring a tap to bring it back up
        • Best case - A loose connection
        • Worst case - A new $600 monitor from HAAS
      • The tool changer jams during changes occasionally
        • This was reported by the seller. There is a component on the mill that needs to be cleaned that will hopefully correct this
      • Y Limit switch errors out occasionally
        • It was cleaned on 3/6, hopefully this will fix the problem
    • An RFID interlock is being developed to restrict access to authorized users
  • Operations and Facilities Committee - Andrew LeCody
    • The new storage rules are now in effect for the project storage shelves. The shelves are now much more usable, rather than being full of junk for months on end.
    • A new router has been ordered, as the one we are using is failing. It should arrive on Friday.
    • We built a 2nd computer for the Studio (with Deep Freeze installed) and a computer for the HAAS Mill.
    • Paul Brown has installed an announcements system that uses speakers placed throughout the space to notify members of events/classes.
    • We are looking to build additional personal storage shelves or change one of the project shelves to personal storage.
  • Photography Lab (Darkroom Committee) - Nicole LeCody
  • Public Relations Committee - Cone Johnson
    • Several new classes including
      • Fine silver metal clay
      • Intro to enameling
      • Silicone mold making
      • And many others - see calendar
    • More classes planned including
      • Letterpress
      • Kinetic sculpture
      • Felting 'paintings' + sculptures
    • Volunteer t shirts for etsy event - still tbd
    • Etsy meetup at DMS on March 1 cancelled due to weather (ice); rescheduled
    • Upcoming events
      • TEDxUTA
      • Tyler Mini maker faire
      • Frisco MMF
      • Austin MMF
    • Some effort towards
      • finding other volunteer opportunities for DMS in the community
      • getting more people in the door for tours
      • expanding internal events
      • finding other external events like MMFs
    • Other
      • Lemons race - PR cmte didn't really do anything but the team that worked on and drove the car really generated a great deal of enthusiasm on social media - great success!
  • Workshop Committee - Greg Needel


Note: The normal cut-off time for agenda items is the Sunday prior at 11:59pm.

Old business

New business

TEDx@UTA (Oguz Yetkin)

TEDx@UTA will be March 22nd 2014 at

University of Texas at Arlington Rosebud Auditorium 300 W 1st St, Arlington

We will be having a table and installation. I'm currently working on the installation right now (Oculus Rift based remote presence robot). I would like approval for funds for the Oculus Rift and the related hardware. Anyone else who would like to help me can contact me at [email protected]

New Metal Fabrication Committee (Andrew Floyd)

I'd like to propose a new committee for Metal Fabrication in order to acquire such new equipment as able to promote all types of metal working at the Dallas Makerspace, to train any and all individuals about safe use of metal fabrication technology, and maintain a clean, orderly, and safety focused shop space.

First and foremost, we'll need our own inert gas storage cylinders, specifically 75/25 blend argon. Currently we only have one argon cylinder, meaning only one machine can be run at a time. More cylinders means more running machines, which translates into larger classes and more welding activity at DMS.

Second, a Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding machine. Specifically a Miller Diversion which is a small water cooled machine suitable for stainless steel and aluminum welding. Our new committee will have the means and expertise needed to reliably train individuals and groups how to TIG weld with this machine.

Third, we will need our own Hypertherm/Thermadyne plasma cutter with a 3/4" thick material cutting capability. This plasma cutter may be used by hand to cut pieces of material to dimension, and in the future with a plasma table to CNC cut workpieces.

We recognize the serious investments that this equipment represents, but we know that with new equipment we stand a better chance to offer reliable tools and training to the membership without the uncertainty of faulty machinery or costly retrofitting.

A high-balling estimate is around 6000 dollars for all of this equipment. But we have the expertise and membership interest in Welding to support this. I'll have a price list with me!



20140313 2015

2026 AndrewL calling meeting to order.

2026 AndrewL adjourning meeting (due to lack of quorum 17/23.3 .)