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April 2nd, 2013


  1. Approve draft minutes of the last meeting
  2. Consent Agenda
  3. Officer Annual Reports
    1. President
    2. Vice-President
    3. Treasurer
    4. Secretary
    5. Public Relations
  4. New Business
  5. Old Business
  6. Member Reports
  7. Adjournment



10 new people tonight.

Consent Agenda

Officer Reports


Alan is resigning as president of the club. Proposes we hold a vote for new president next monthly meeting.


I've been talking to Pete about the bad lighting situation at the electronic workstation desk. I found a new LED light system that should work well at the workstation.

Posted a few times about an event coming up this weekend, the BEST Fest at the NC Museum of Science in Raleigh. We'll have squishy circuits for kids and looking for volunteers. First Robotics NC, and several university engineering departments will also be there. Our shift starts at 8:30, and if you work two shifts you get a full lunch.


  • Account balances:
    • BB&T balance as of 04/01: $8,684.99 available
    • WePay balance as of 04/01: $0.00
    • Total balance as of 04/01: $8,684.99

  • This month's income:
    • WePay - $1345.00
    • BB&T Deposits - $50.00
    • Evan Daniel's Dues for one year - $600.00
    • Total: $1995.00

  • This month's expenses:
    • CREH-Snow (rent) - $950.00
    • Jeff Crews lockbox and pliers - $63.56
    • Mill and lathe purchase from Evan Daniel - $600.00
    • Total: $1613.56

  • Income - expenses = $381.44
  • Maintenance fund ($199.01 + $20 - $63.56) = $155.45
  • Tool fund ($1943.69 + $190.72 - $600) = $1534.41

Last month's minutes posted in record time.

Public Relations

We've reached the point where people are "like"ing and re-tweeting our stuff. If you hear of anything cool or are doing anything cool, let me know about it so I can blog it or give you access to blog it.

New Business

Old Business

Member Reports


Visited Hack DC, a hackerspace in Washington DC. Shared three pictures of the space.

Also visited the Natural History museum in DC. Forensic investigators are now scanning and 3D-printing skulls before they start the forensic reconstruction process. The exhibit includes many artifacts from Jamestown.

Displayed a slide show of a small veterinary anatomic pathology lab. The human finger shown for scale exposes the true scale of the exhibit at about 1 inch per foot.


Scott and I spent the day at RARSFest representing Splat Space, TriLUG, and the Triangle Arduino group. Around 200 people stopped by and about 15 people signed up for mailing lists. Money was donated, and several Velleman kits were sold. Enthusiastic response.

Also, we have a real problem with spam on the wiki. The CAPTCHA interface for creating an account does not seem to be effective. Chris and I have formed a committee to fix this problem.

It might be a good time to migrate the wiki content to another hosting solution, as it's currently hosted on Alan's personal resources.

To clean up the spam, we might temporarily suspend write access. When we open it back up, we fear the attacks will resume immediately.

Shaw comments: we discussed requiring manual approvals for editing members about a year ago, but no action was taken at that time.


My 3D printer is finally printing something. The calibration is only about 60% off, and it tends to fall apart after printing for a while. Other than that, it's working perfectly.

I've been trying RepSnapper (http://reprap.org/wiki/RepSnapper_Manual:Introduction).