January 2019 - Member Meeting

1/27/2019 - Area 515 Member Meeting

Total Number of Members Attending: 11

Total Number of Full Members Attending: 10 + 3 by proxy

Quorum was reached (11 Full Members were required)

Board of Directors Attending:

President: DaveVice President: RaySecretary: BradDirector of Education: BaileyDirector: Jason


Treasurer: MegDirector: Tom

State of the Space

  • 58 members currently

  • We are operating in the black

  • Utilities were $400 in December

    • We should make instructions to put next to the thermostat. Also post copy of last month's utility bill next to thermostat.


  • Since Treasurer was absent, no financial update was given.

Tool Area Updates


  • Loom will be working soon, Bailey will be in charge of training

  • They have also acquired a knitting machine, which is currently at Laura's place

  • Also have a mini-loom which may be suitable for training when large loom is occupied

  • Tile floor has been installed thanks to Tim, et al.

Wood Shop

  • Dust collection system is progressing nicely, staying within budget

  • System will also include 1 or 2 floor pickups

  • About 4 people need to come in some day in order to finish system, a date was not scheduled.

  • The router table was broken from improper usage and new parts will need to be ordered before it works again.

Metal Shop

  • We have the materials needed to upgrade the electrical wiring and conduits. What is needed is time to do the upgrades. Probably won't happen until after dust collector system is finished.

  • Jerry, our landlord, has a mill that needs repairing, we may be able to use it if we can also fix it.

  • We are able to weld now using the Hobart machine, but not the stick welder.

  • We need to get more wire for the Hobart.

  • Dave will ask Praxair about leasing gas cylinders for the Hobart.

  • We also need to get Oxyacetylene bottle, and stargon bottle for Chris's Oxyacetylene torch.

  • We can't use the stick welder until the 220 electrical outlets and wiring are installed.

  • We need to look into welding blankets and curtains. Taylor was doing that until he left, and nobody has picked it up again yet.

Laser Cutter

  • Sharktooth needs new tube

  • Full Spectrum working okay.

3D Printing

  • We may receive the Multi Material Upgrade (MMU) system for the Prussia in late February

  • Caroline is taking over the Cobblebot and continuing work on it.

Upgrading Memberships from Supporting to Full

  • Abigail was nominated for membership upgrade, but vote was postponed since she was not present.

New Social Media Person

  • Bailey will quit all social media posting by the end of February, so new person or persons need to take over the job by then.

  • There are 2 main social media roles to fill:

    • Someone to respond to questions through social media - This person should be, if not a member, someone very knowledgeable about the space.

      • Caroline agreed to look into automating social media questions to forward to the info@area515 account.

    • Someone to post about events on social media - This person could be a non-member.

  • The role of Intern was originally created to handle these responsibilities, but different interns have had different levels of success.

  • Dave volunteered to do some of what is required on Facebook

  • Caroline is working to improve our website and membership automation.

Game Night

  • Next one will be Feb 14, 7-10:00pm

  • Need someone to host in March or April.

  • Ray needs to host an Artemis game night some time.

Upcoming Classes

  • Wearable Tech will be this Saturday, Feb 2, 1-5pm

  • We plan to make a mockup of our booth for DIY or Don't. That is already getting advertised a lot and we want to look our best for it.

  • Web Geeks want to do another Internet of Things (IOT) challenge. May be held at Mainframe studios.

  • March: Soldering class

  • April: Jason's leather working class

  • May: Painting class

  • June: Making Things Fly Camp

Labels & Space Cleanliness

  • Label your stuff.

  • If your stuff can't/shouldn't be moved, send out an alert letting people know. For example, post on the google group.

  • Please let the tool stewards know if you break something!

  • Tool stewards may want to post their phone numbers so members with questions can call instead of guessing and breaking something.

  • We need to purchase duplicate tools for various areas.

    • There should be a tape measure in every room.

    • Tool Stewards should compile list of items their area needs.

    • Each area should have an obvious place for tools to be stored

    • Stewards also need to lockable areas to store delicate tools & instruments

  • We still need to purchase lock out tags.

Security Cameras

  • They are functioning again.

  • We have 7 cameras now, Dave is getting a new computer to control it.

Large CNC Mogul

  • Members expressed the desire to have a large CNC router.

  • Background:

    • Last year Beau H agreed to help design and create a new 5'x9' CNC router based on some motors, motor controllers, and rails he already has.

    • Then in the July 2018, a friend of the space talked about letting us use his Thermwood 5'x10' machine.

    • In late 2018, it was discovered that the Thermwood wouldn't fit through the garage door to get into the space.

    • Nothing has really happened since that discovery.

  • Going forward we have a number of options:

    • Could rebuild the Frankenmogul (though it was only 4' x 4' and most agreed that is insufficient space for the investment)

    • Could design a larger CNC router based on Frankenmogul parts. (The Frankenmogul belongs to Reg so reuse of those parts would up to him)

    • Could continue working on Beau's design.

    • Could try to find a way to get Reg's Thermood into the building. (The biggest concern about the Thermwood is its price. The Frankenmogul was only worth a few thousand dollars, so if someone completely wrecked it on accident, the space would only have to pay a few thousand dollars to replace it. The Thermwood is so expensive that if it is wrecked, the space may not be able to pay to replace it.)

  • Chris mentioned he has the plans for a $900 CNC router machine.

  • Jake and Chris and Brad agreed to work more on this.


  • For March robot night, they will tear down the robot arms.

  • We need to make an official request process to use Jerry's tools.

  • Bailey, Tom & Tim created a table for the side wall in the classroom. It looks awesome.

  • Ryan might be able to get an ultrasonic parts washer. It will require 220 power though.

  • Matt G is interested in stewarding an SLA printer. It would probably go in the laser room because it will need ventilation.

  • Brad is making a hot wire styrofoam cutter for the space.

  • Could we put Jerry's plotter in the server room and turn it into a vinyl cutter

  • Server room needs organizing, Jason can bring some of his left over shelves for the purpose.

End of Meeting

  • Regarding the possibility of another Artemis (a game where different people play different roles controlling a space ship)

  • Quote of the Meeting - "Just don't wear a red shirt."

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