Regular Member Meeting 20160211

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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.



Committee Chairs

  • 3d Fabrication Committee
  • Automotive Committee
    • Expanded our member bolt collection to include standard, if you use a lot please donate
    • 24 Hours of Lemons for April race is underway
    • Centrifugal fan / hovercraft build is in progress, currently working on improving impeller balance, anyone have a dynamic balancing machine?
    • Lift class coming up on Feb 27th
  • Blacksmith Committee
  • Civic Hacking
  • Classroom Committee
  • Creative Arts Committee
    • New Material Acquisitions -
      • CA taking over control of the large format printers
      • Large format HP printer is busted (hahaha it's funny because it's true we will need to call out a repair person)
      • CA will be purchasing a spinning wheel for fiber work nights (training required to use)
      • We have two leather/heavy duty sewing ready clean and cool machines for usage (training required to use - will be with a numerical lock) Train the trainer heavy duty machine happening on the 23rd of this month.
      • Bought some supplies for sculpey sculpture
      • I'm (Nicole) going to be presenting a proposal to the board for something I like to call "Art Two Point Oh" which asks for new sewing machines, more leather stuff, fiber tools, mold making tools, and a dye sublimation setup
      • Thanks to all who have contributed to our donation bins - it helps us maintain the consumables in the room - more adventures to come
      • A member is going to loan us (and teach us) dye sublimation - this is where you can put images on hats, mugs, shirts and a whole bunch of other stuff - stay tuned
    • Special Interest Groups (we are getting it together) -
      • Leather Special Interest Group met this month Marshall Agnew and James Hasty are the contacts for that
      • Meetings will be on 3rd Saturday and 4th Thursday for Feb that's the 21st and the 25th
      • First Ever Costume Special Interest Group meeting Thursday the 18th at 7p
    • Art Shows -
      • Costume/cosplay show is now up - I hope you are enjoying it- lots of talent being shown
      • Next art show is an open call Makers:Make you have one month to get something together to show - open call
    • Room Information -
      • We need help on the 13th cleanup/organize/move around the room work day alone with a short CA monthly meeting (please come)
      • We need to "create more space" and be creative with how we work things
      • A binder has been created and is available (near the front door) that details spending in the CA for all to see - if you are curious take a look just put it back when done. Numbers are updated as I get info from bookkeeping.
    • Fun things -
      • Potluck on the 13th 6:45p (if you want to contribute for mud bugs please contact Liz)
      • Made a specific Dallas Makerspace Creative Arts Instagram and Twitter Account: dmscreativeart (no s) our hashtag is #dmscreativeart
      • Lots of growth happening in class offerings, still looking for different ways to teach/different teachers
  • Digital Media Committee
  • Electronics Robotics Committee
    • Have New Gear in the lab, please play nice. 1 Hakko FR300 Desoldering Gun, 1 Hakko FX888D Soldering Station.
    • Latest Adafruit order has arrived. We have placed six orders with Adafruit totaling $3,685.38 saving about $550 for DMS members.
    • We had a parts/gear purge workday in the eLab. Items going to good homes!
    • Replaced the two Fluke 115's DVMs due to the originals disappearing (one already missing the leads). Please do not take the new meters out of the lab! No really.
    • All the electronics and steppers were scavenged off of the PCB Router. It was covered and marked as do not touch. This is not excellent!
  • Financial Committee
  • Foundry Committee
  • Infrastructure Committee
    • Please continue opening tickets for any issues at DMS. They are forwarded to the appropriate committee.
    • SolidWorks licenses are available to members (limited numbers).
      • Please only request it if you will actually use it.
      • The license is only valid for a year.
      • Please open a ticket as Software>Installation Request to request a license.
    • We're working on wiring the garage door opener so it can be opened from the outside
      • Swiping your badge would open the door, but the CLOSE and STOP buttons would always work.
      • Due to the design of the current access control system, a separate controller is needed which has a separate database, so access would be granted separately.
      • Members requesting access to be able to open the garage door from the outside would need to open a ticket for access to be granted (NOT YET!!!).
    • Fileserver redesign/rebuild is in progress
      • The old server will remain in-place for a few months, and users will need to migrate their data themselves.
      • Member folders will have ACLs in place so only you can access your own files.
      • Committee folders will be similarly controlled, but each committee can decide how they want to control it (everyone can read+write, everyone can read and only certain people can write, or only certain people can read+write).
  • Laser Committee
    • Investigating options for repairing or replacing the Full Spectrum Laser ProLF 36x24
    • Plans discussed in the previous board meeting pertaining to Full Spectrum Laser were called off due to changes in terms from Full Spectrum Laser
    • Discussions with Full Spectrum Laser are ongoing but we are looking at alternate vendors including Thunderlaser, Universal Laser Systems, and MultiCam
    • Chinese New Year is being celebrated so many vendors are out until next week which has slowed down progress
    • New CO2 fire extinguisher on the wall by the Lasersaur
    • Thank you to all volunteers and instructors!
  • Logistics Committee
  • Machine Shop Committee
  • Metal Shop Committee
  • Public Relations Committee
  • Reloading and Gunsmithing Committee
  • Remote Control Committee
    • Progress continues on High Altitude Balloon Project, targeting launch end of April
    • Class on Friday for building planes with dollar tree foam board
    • RC Storage cleanup
  • Science Committee
  • VECTOR Committee
    • We have a confirmed vendor booth at the Texas Pinball Festival for 2016. We will be showcasing our member projects and promoting the Dallas Makerspace. C'mon out and join us!
    • Rodney Black taught a comprehensive arcade cabinet build class last week and provided a demonstration of his impressive Mortal Kombat cabinet which is fully functional and 100% constructed at DMS. Well done, Rodney!
    • We are currently pioneering ways to cut new plastic sets in PETG. Initial tests look very promising.
  • Wood Shop Committee
    • Woodshop has recently seen a large increase in project activity, as a result of lots of new member signups, increased opportunities for training, and because, well, people love to work with wood. This success has brought with it new problems, and so the Woodshop has spent time planning and discussing ways to address these. At our current activity level, it’s just too much for any one person to do effectively, and so the Committee Chairman has begun delegating duties to responsible Committee members, and wants to increase emphasis on development of an effective Shop Committee, and planning, to deal with the increased level of activity.
      • Woodshop is currently focused on the following areas of development:
        • Safety in the shop
        • Expand Training opportunities, offer more classes
          • Woodshop currently offers two “Woodshop Basics” classes per week, and is considering adding a third class. This class was developed by Brian Stout and Tom Cook, and focuses on shop safety, a consistent set of rules and practices, and fundamental use of tools. These classes are two hours long, are a prerequisite to tool use in the shop by all members, and fill up almost instantly when posted. We’ve recently completed training of five more instructors.
          • We’re now doing two Lathe Basics classes per week, and the demand for this class is also very high. Two more Instructors have been trained.
          • Wood Carving continues to be a very popular class, taught once per week
          • We just added a new Pen Turning class, with two instructors.
          • We’re planning to add more classes, on topics like: Joinery, Use of Hand Tools, Finishing, and more. We’re actively recruiting new instructors for these classes.
        • Improve maintenance
          • Rapidly increasing participation is causing an increase in broken tooling and maintenance costs. Regular scheduled maintenance, improved training, floor oversight, and improved planning are needed.
        • Re-organize the shop space
          • New floor layout
          • New dust collection layout
          • New power layout
          • Plan for new tool locations in advance
        • Strengthen the Committee, to improve participation in:
          • Maintenance of Tools
          • Recruitment of Qualified Teachers
          • Training of new Teachers
          • Streamline purchasing and supply acquisition
          • Distribution of information
          • Improve scheduling
          • Improve social opportunities and project cooperation
        • Develop long range capital purchasing plan. Tooling in the shop is expensive, and continuously surprising the Board with random purchase requests doesn’t help.
          • Define current and future needs
          • Prioritize purchases
          • Plan for space and maintenance costs
          • Submit plan to Board for approval and scheduling


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

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