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Opening remarks

Meeting Opened by Rick Green on 5/22/2021 11:00am

Member attendance: Rick, Ray, Greg, Darryl, Laura, James, Gary, Barbara, Tim,

Visitor attendance: David

Officer reports

What have you accomplished since the last meeting

  • President - Rick Green
    • Hosting on Friday nights
    • Repaired the SawStop
    • Worked on Library 3D printers
    • Received donations from a former member that is moving away
    • Participated in Artwalk and Demo day.
    • Hosted a 3D printing workshop
  • Vice President - Kat Steel
  • Secretary - NA
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  • Treasurer - Brian Wright
    • Gross income: $1723.18
    • Gross expense: $2650.43
    • Net income: -$927.25
    • Current Balance: $4989.20
    • Notes: We need more members, donations, and other funding opportunities (Grants).
    • Financial report link here:
  • Membership -
    • Numbers report - 20 Full members, 6 members+family, 5 student/retired,
    • Total: 37 active memberships

Host and Volunteer reports

  • Hosts
    • Thursday (Ray): 2 - 4
    • Wednesday night (Matthew): 4 - 5
    • Friday night: 5 - 10, but 5/21 was empty due to the parade.
    • Any issues
      • Woodshop is not being cleaned. Please clean up after yourselves! Clean up sawdust and clean the tools.
  • Marketing -
    • Brian has been posting on Instagram and targeted ads on Facebook. Rick is posting on Facebook, Meetup, Reddit and the Web site.
    • Hosts - send photos to Brian to post online.
    • Kat is planning CNC workshop in May.

Old Business

  • Previous meeting minutes here: http://makerspacemobile.org/wiki/index.php/Member_meeting_4/17/2021
  • Artwalk for May had a lot of people. Only 1 person one from Artwalk showed up at Demo day on Saturday, and she joined.
  • We had our second demo day (Saturday after Artwalk).
  • Landlord has yet to install the promised floodlight out front. More items have been removed from the parking lot. He said we could have the wooden pallets, but not the plastic ones.
  • Dirty room has had a makeover thanks to Ray. Still working to get it better arranged with the new equipment that was just brought in.
  • Need a planning committee for the metal working shop. Ray and James volunteered, and Kat will work with them. Need an update.
  • 3D Printing workgroup last month had only 1 visitor and 1 member.

New Business

  • New members to be voted in:
    • James Walsh
    • Lawson Anderson
  • Elections
    • Need to discuss holding elections since it has now been > 1 year. Need a list of members in good standing.
  • Events
    • Saturday June 19th 10am - 2pm Mobile Elks Lodge Indoor craft and yard sale. We were given a free table to sell stuff and promote the Makerspace. We need to collect some stuff that we no longer use/need to sell. If you have any craft items to sell, prepare them.
  • Future Events planning
    • 3D Printing workgroup - third meeting is today!
    • Need more workshops and/or workgroups to plan and put on the events calendar. Are there any nights or weekends that can be dedicated to a particular topic?
  • New workshop, workgroup and class ideas
    • Inkscape class. Used for vinyl cutters, embroidery machine, CNC machine, and laser cutter.
    • TinkerCAD class for beginners. FreeCAD, OpenSCAD, Blender, and/or Fusion 360 classes for intermediate and advanced. Used for 3D printing.
    • Embroidery class
    • Sewing class
    • Upholstery class
    • Vinyl cutting class (Cameo and Roland)
    • Screenprinting class
    • Wood turning, box making, dove tail joint
    • Gaming group (board games, arcade games, gaming development, VR)
    • Retro computing group
    • Hacking group (SDR, networks, computers, blockchain, etc)
    • Personal finance and investing group (Barbara is interested in this)
    • Patenting and crowdfunding group

Equipment/supplies

  • New equipment this month
    • 2 New dust collectors - a Jet 1HP and a large Delta 5HP (needs 220v installed)
    • Rigid ShopVac
    • Pair of Kobalt roller stands
    • Rockler 17-piece T-track kit
    • Folding work table
    • 1 Sawhorse
    • Metal cabinet
    • Several clamps were donated (pipe clamps and corner clamps)
    • Jet dust filter - needs to be hung from the ceiling and needs a new filter
    • A pair of solar powered flood lights with motion detection. Needs to be installed.
    • Cutting mats for the Cameo vinyl cutters. Includes a 3 pack of 12x12 and a 3 pack of 12x24.
    • Firebrick (for the foundry Kat is working on)
    • Floor fan - Thanks Ray!
  • Equipment wish list
    • Extension cords
    • New jointer would be nice. The Delta has been adjusted.
    • Large, floor standing bandsaw would be nice
    • Foundry (Casting liquid metal) (Kat/Westley)
      • Westley to bring in a Big Green Egg. Need some help getting it to the space. No gas burner - coal only.
    • Forge (knife making, aluminum casting) (Kat/Westley)
    • Plasma cutter
    • Metal working table
    • Ceramics/pottery - Westley is very interested.
      • Need tongs, hammers, safety equipment (gloves, face shields) Westley has a crucible, blower/ductwork, fuel(charcoal), consumables
      • Kat will be in charge of safety and training of all metal working equipment
    • Plumbing for air compressor (Rick Baskin)
    • Sand-blasting cabinet (Rick Baskin)
    • Ductwork for downdraft sanding table - May be able to repurpose the one from the recalled sliding radial arm saw?
    • Ductwork for the new Delta dust collector
    • 3D Scanner. Could possibly use the Kinect.
    • Industrial sewing machine. Ethel is working on getting one - this has been confirmed, and we should have it in a couple weeks.
    • Heat press for Vinyl and t-shirts
    • Hat loom for the embroidery machine
    • Sheet metal for welding table top
    • Brass heated inserts for 3D printer
    • Wire lug crimpers (Ray might have some)
  • In need of service/repair/parts
    • Old MakerBot printer. The stepper cables between the motherboard and the extruders need replacing (at minimum).
    • Wacom screen has died. Appears to be the backlight. Looking into a repair.
    • Wood band saw needs a replacement plug installed. The ground prong broke off.
  • Back in service
    • The metal bandsaw is back in service after having a bearing replaced. Thanks Ray!
    • The thickness planer is operational again. Thanks to Matthew, Greg and Ray for repairing this!
    • The ShopSmith is operational. Thanks Ray.
    • HP Power supplies are operational. Thanks Greg!
  • Next Meeting: June 26th 11am.

Meeting adjourned 12:00pm