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== Recognition ==
== Recognition ==
 
Everyone involved in moving the Scanning Electron Microscope!
Ben Mendis (sitwon) and haxwithaxe for truck driving!
Zach for improving CNC mill, Laser Cutter, and 3D printer functionality.


== Director Reports ==
== Director Reports ==
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=== Project SUPPLIES ===
=== Project SUPPLIES ===


Still healthy and stable. Willing to reimburse some SEM repairs, though at least a few hundred dollars need to be maintained as a reserve. This month's expenses include:
* $100 in filament from Microcenter.
* $80 in SEM supplies (projected)


=== Project EXPANSION ===
=== Project EXPANSION ===
There have been no objections raised to purchase of a small vertical bandsaw like this one for less than the existing $145 budget:
[[File:VerticalBandsawExample.jpg]]
This should be at least as usable as the last bandsaw. Given our present financial situation, I think we should just get something suitable for cutting CNC mill/laser cutter stock rather than seek a more expensive machine.
If there are still no objections, will select the best one within the current EXPANSION budget, and direct Katie to order it.  Preference will be given to support for cheap, standard blades.




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== Member Reports ==
== Member Reports ==
=== mirage335 ===
==== Prusa Mendel ====
Was on the fence for a while what to do about this beast. After approximately 300 hours of work, there was every reason to expect the last maintenance cycle would be the last. However, multiple spontaneous failures now cast any plans for long-term stability into doubt. Even if we actually did stabilize it, the effort would be sunk into a slow (45mm/s vs. 300mm/s) machine with ever-present alignment issues. First-layer alignment in particular has been particularly difficult to maintain to any reasonable degree. The non-linear surface has been estimated as a 6th order problem.
Current state of the art designs are likely more than an order of magnitude better, using a 'delta-bot' configuration and highly rigid construction from aluminum extrusions. Such designs are not subject to many of the fundamental design flaws our Prusa Mendel suffers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPyet-kDWMQ
Recommend we either purchase one of these, or direct our efforts away from 3D printing for until we are ready to fully polish off our own designs (eg. Optical Table, Flex Replicator, etc).
* $600 - http://blomker.com/index.php?id_product=28&controller=product - Kit, should contain everything. Lack of heated bed necessitates immediate upgrade. Auto-leveling probe by default is interesting.
* $1000 - http://seemecnc.com/products/rostock-max-complete-kit - Complete kit, contains everything.
* $1400 - http://seemecnc.com/products/orion-delta-3d-printer - Fully assembled, just works.
===== Biosignal Amplifier =====
As a reminder, fully operational and documented:
http://wiki.hacdc.org/index.php/Category:BiosignalAmplifier
==== Photolithography PCB Fab ====
As a reminder, fully tested, working, and documented:
http://wiki.hacdc.org/index.php/Category:Photolithography_PCB_Fab
Need to create a 'photolithography materials' box to keep the equipment organized and available.
==== SEM Progress ====
Organized the wiki pages and began research on replacement electronics. Looks like we need an FPGA managing a bunch of I2S ADC/DAC devices typically used on high-end 24bit 192kS/s soundcards. Have already thoroughly investigated the FPGA toolchains, and HacDC should have already have some usable FPGAs to begin experiments.
==== OpenProjector ====
Nearly there, another HacDC member has the final Giant Fresnel lens. Projector construction can commence once lens has been retrieved.
==== Imagnus, Flex Replicator, Optical Table ====
Still in the same state as last meeting. All in progress.
==== Cleanup ====
Literally just disposing of the sheer quantity of e-waste is a problem, owing to past inability to dispose of junk more frequently. Failing other options, Waste Management 'dumpster in a bag' is a possibility, at a cost of approximately $200 (not recommended).




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== New Business ==
== New Business ==
Allocate $x to purchase of a new 3D printer, where $x is $0-$1450 depending on the type of printer decided upon.
=== Ben ===
=== Ben ===
In order to move the SEM I rented a truck and drove it down to Norfolk and back. I would like to get reimbursed the $724.94 for the truck rental.
In order to move the SEM I rented a truck and drove it down to Norfolk and back. I would like to get reimbursed the $724.94 for the truck rental.

Revision as of 18:17, 3 April 2014


Time and Location

April 8, 2014
Called to order at ____ by _____.
Members present:
Others present:
Quorum?
Quorum met?

Approval of Previous Meeting's Minutes

Annual Meeting 2014

Recognition

Everyone involved in moving the Scanning Electron Microscope! Ben Mendis (sitwon) and haxwithaxe for truck driving! Zach for improving CNC mill, Laser Cutter, and 3D printer functionality.

Director Reports

President's Report

Vice President's Report

Treasurer's Report

Here is the financial summary spreadsheet for March 2014: File:HacDC Financials 2014 03.pdf.


Project Awesome

Here is the Project Awesome spreadsheet for March: File:HacDC PA Projects-2014 03.pdf.


Secretary's Report

Director-at-Large Reports

Ben

We moved the SEM! It was quite an adventure and I'd like to thank everyone who helped us out with this.

Zach

Project Awesome Reports

Project LASER

Project BYZANTIUM

Project KITBUILD

Project SUPPLIES

Still healthy and stable. Willing to reimburse some SEM repairs, though at least a few hundred dollars need to be maintained as a reserve. This month's expenses include:

  • $100 in filament from Microcenter.
  • $80 in SEM supplies (projected)

Project EXPANSION

There have been no objections raised to purchase of a small vertical bandsaw like this one for less than the existing $145 budget:

VerticalBandsawExample.jpg

This should be at least as usable as the last bandsaw. Given our present financial situation, I think we should just get something suitable for cutting CNC mill/laser cutter stock rather than seek a more expensive machine.

If there are still no objections, will select the best one within the current EXPANSION budget, and direct Katie to order it. Preference will be given to support for cheap, standard blades.


Project SPACECAM

Member Reports

mirage335

Prusa Mendel

Was on the fence for a while what to do about this beast. After approximately 300 hours of work, there was every reason to expect the last maintenance cycle would be the last. However, multiple spontaneous failures now cast any plans for long-term stability into doubt. Even if we actually did stabilize it, the effort would be sunk into a slow (45mm/s vs. 300mm/s) machine with ever-present alignment issues. First-layer alignment in particular has been particularly difficult to maintain to any reasonable degree. The non-linear surface has been estimated as a 6th order problem.

Current state of the art designs are likely more than an order of magnitude better, using a 'delta-bot' configuration and highly rigid construction from aluminum extrusions. Such designs are not subject to many of the fundamental design flaws our Prusa Mendel suffers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPyet-kDWMQ

Recommend we either purchase one of these, or direct our efforts away from 3D printing for until we are ready to fully polish off our own designs (eg. Optical Table, Flex Replicator, etc).

Biosignal Amplifier

As a reminder, fully operational and documented: http://wiki.hacdc.org/index.php/Category:BiosignalAmplifier

Photolithography PCB Fab

As a reminder, fully tested, working, and documented: http://wiki.hacdc.org/index.php/Category:Photolithography_PCB_Fab

Need to create a 'photolithography materials' box to keep the equipment organized and available.

SEM Progress

Organized the wiki pages and began research on replacement electronics. Looks like we need an FPGA managing a bunch of I2S ADC/DAC devices typically used on high-end 24bit 192kS/s soundcards. Have already thoroughly investigated the FPGA toolchains, and HacDC should have already have some usable FPGAs to begin experiments.

OpenProjector

Nearly there, another HacDC member has the final Giant Fresnel lens. Projector construction can commence once lens has been retrieved.

Imagnus, Flex Replicator, Optical Table

Still in the same state as last meeting. All in progress.

Cleanup

Literally just disposing of the sheer quantity of e-waste is a problem, owing to past inability to dispose of junk more frequently. Failing other options, Waste Management 'dumpster in a bag' is a possibility, at a cost of approximately $200 (not recommended).


Old Business

New Business

Allocate $x to purchase of a new 3D printer, where $x is $0-$1450 depending on the type of printer decided upon.

Ben

In order to move the SEM I rented a truck and drove it down to Norfolk and back. I would like to get reimbursed the $724.94 for the truck rental.

New Members

Adjournment

Adjourned at ______.