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February 2nd, 2021


Member Reports

Justin has been working on getting better at Python. He's working on a project that polls a youtube playlist and detects an object. He describes it as "rough feature detection." This has implications with Augmented Reality Games.

Andrew checked out Raleigh Reclaimed woodworking shop. He said that they offer a lot of different products and services, and that they sell wood slabs. They also have a metal shop. He also went to American Woodyards in search of slabs. He’s working on another table.

Blake built a keyhook holder out of a piece of reclaimed lumber and old keys, which are used as hooks for new keys. He’d gotten locked out of his house. The locksmith drilled his old lock in 30 seconds, and he reflected on how easily locks can be picked/broken.

Pete took an old laptop mobo heatsink, will put a couple Peltier elements on it, and create a mini-refrigerator for flux.

Jade showed a “frabjus” - 30-identical interleaving pieces forming a shiny dodecahedron. He also showed some earrings that he fabricated - www.cofactordesigns.com

Lewis made a bunch of bee balm and lemon balm divisions.

Guest Introductions

Member Attendance

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Consent Agenda

Old Business

ToDo Action Items

(Items carried forward from previous meetings, but not up for discussion this month. Recorded here so we don't forget about them.)

  • Pete Soper reports that the FSL Hobby Laser may not be fully functional, may be out of focus in one corner.
    • Justin will look at replacing the air assist hose and cleaning/realigning the mirrors if needed.
  • Door and Gate system - remains delayed, requires "jiggle."
  • No updates on Training & Accountability (need volunteers)
    • Create a document with a list of tools, include people & doc links as we start making equipment training guides.
    • Identify and maintain (online) lists of SME's for each equipment or space.
  • Lewis made a Splatspace ad/brochure pamphlet and is working on a member info onesheet. Wants to be done with a draft by today's meeting.

Let's make this a permanent part of the TODO Action Items section of the meeting agenda.


  • Laser cutter soundproofing or sound abatement. Heavy curtains, or walls made from soundproofing materials, or relocation of laser cutters. Major problem for members in the classroom, possible source of concerningly loud noise exposure. Mark has egg cartons for laser cutter sound abatement

New Business

  • Identify volunteers to plan moving electronics donations from Fred Ebeling and Pete Soper from Pete's garage to SplatSpace. Waiting to move electronics donations from Fred & Pete until we've finished creating shelves, more storage space, and cleaning up space.
  • Members discussed the need for a Tool Reservation system. Tool reservation system is going to be a calendar, pending web site updates. Blake cites the calendar resources in Google Admin
  • Blake has installed the new laptops in place. If we can get cheap Kensington locks, we should get them.
  • Scott has made process wiring up zoned amplifiers to wire up multiple speakers in each room for music and paging system. This project is on pause right now, as Scott focuses on cleanup efforts and shelving.
  • The Splatspace Pizza Cleanup party was successful. The boneyard has been overhauled. Future cleanup parties are planned (when?)
  • Justin will provide update about the SplatSpace floor plan he created for members to use for planning purposes and reference.
    • Justin volunteered his old Intel i3 system for use in the space for the Glowforge, possibly in the member signin/guest book/reservation system/information kiosk.
  • Discuss centralized, online file storage for SplatSpace documents and files.
  • Google Drive file storage system to implement:

- Ryan shared idea to separare SplatSpace files by access rights: Treasurer Google Drive Folder - contains all files only for officers. President Google Drive Folder - contains all files for general public. Vice President/Secretary - contains all fils for SplatSpace general members.

  • Web team update: Blake, Andrew, Ryan, Justin, and others are still working on the new SplatSpace website. Blake shared about the web site updates.

- Showed the new draft he's been working on. - Blake will invite a small group to soon to do the last push (move the Wiki to Wordpress) and add Stripe portal, then publish the site and update the domain.

Officer Reports


Blake looked into the “buy me a coffee” website. He also got a bunch of Coke with the idea that people could donate a buck for supplies in return for a drink. Similarities to Ryan’s equipment locker.

No report


Account balances as of 1/29/2021:

+ BB&T + Cash Total - Outstanding - Escrow - 3 mo reserve Non-committed
  $3015.18     $94     $3109.18     $0     $448     $7500     $-4932.82  
  $3015.18     $94     $3109.18     $0     $448     $0     $2567.18  

This month's income (cash in):

Member Dues Donations Other Total
  $2485.58     $300     $0     $2785.58  

This month's expenses (cash out):

UDI Rent Linode.com Spectrum Misc Total
  $2400*     $12.55     $89.99     $2.50     $2505.04  

Income - Expenses =   $280.54
Potentially recoverable back dues = ~$220

Active Member count as of 2/01/2021:
(Active = paid dues within past 60 days)

Membership Type # Members Expected Dues Target # Members Target Dues
Full 24 $1440 27 $1620
Full (Legacy) 10 $500
Associate 4 $75
Associate (Legacy) 4 $80
Student 3 $105
Total 45 $2200 52 $2545
Monthly Expected Expenses

Current = $2510


Current = $2200 - $2510 = -$310/mo

Departing Members: none

New Members: none

Paused: 1 member

Arrears: 2 members

With our current Membership & Expenses, we can pay bills through December, 2021.

  • Note: projection is based on member dues only (does not include donations)


Current steps to increase revenue / decrease expenses:

  • Donations: Thank you to Andrew S, Blake, Graham & Tom!

Lewis discussed ideas for recording meetings, and his limited progress on the new member info sheet.

Public Relations


Special Action Committee Report

{ Recruiting, Retention, (Public) Relations }

Upcoming Events

note calendar for 2020 External Outreach Events list -- new list for 2021 coming soon

Trash/Recycling Volunteer