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March 2nd, 2021


  1. Member Reports
  2. Guest Introductions
  3. Minutes
  4. Member Attendance
  5. Recruitment / Retention / Fundraising
  6. Consent Agenda
  7. Old Business
  8. Action Items
  9. New Business
  10. Officer Reports
    1. President
    2. Vice-President
    3. Treasurer
    4. Secretary
    5. Public Relations
    6. At-Large
  11. Upcoming Events
  12. Trash/Recycling Volunteer
  13. Adjournment


Member Reports

Justin has been working on robotic kits, powered by Arduino nano, cardboard, 3d printed parts and hobby motors He is trying to scale them up from wooden dowels to PVC. He's upgraded his 3rd printer to print faster. He wants to sell them as a kit and create tutorial videos for robotic curriculem. https://tubelox.com/

Jay has been toying with this idea for a year: an air sterilization system to kill viruses. Using a 55 gal container, a fan, reflective material, and UV to sterilize air. He envisions it as an open hardware/public plan system. Ryan cites danger of UV-C, Justin referenced safer UV-C being made. Jay also considered infrared transmitters to see if light leaks were occuring, since UV isn't visible and invisible dangers are dangerous.

Scott shared a video in which people made a DIY box-fan HEPA filter.

The following links were posted to chat regarding the air purification discussion:

https://www.buyultraviolet.com/aerologic-uv-air-duct-disinfection-units-four-lamp-high-output https://www.waveformlighting.com/uv-c-led https://physicsworld.com/a/the-potential-of-far-ultraviolet-light-for-the-next-pandemic/

Lewis shared his method of recording meeting audio for later transcription. Blake asked about word-to-text -- Lewis will look into it. Lewis also sold his first set of plants (bee-balm) through his website. He packs the roots in wood chip, sawdust and bubble wrap mailers.

Shandon collects and builds mechanical keyboards and has been working on quick prototyping for PCB design using laser cutting. He has been trying to get an old Commodore64 to add to his retro computer collection.

Mark proxy-reported Andrew R had posted some cool content regarding concrete pavers. Mark says that Andrew essentially presenting a "money machine" for someone who wanted to "make pavers, mark em up, and sell them to suburbanites" youtube channel: homemade modern -- Blake expounded on the channel and its mission.

Blake got his first 3d printer, an Ender 3 ("this is after Ryan bought is 16th Ender 3"). He printed the test prints, and has had good experience with it so far. "Out of the box, it was pretty accurate." He wants to get an auto-leveler, and Ryan started a conversation about why he has one -- but did not use it for reasons he didn't get into. Lewis suggested that it may be cursed. Blake printed an expletive word in order to fulfill his friend's request to "print him a f*** to give." Blake also bought a couple of woodworking books - Workbench Storage and "Make Your Own Kitchen tools" by David Picciuto. On the subject of workbenches, Blake talks about how workbenches used by amateurs often get abused. He describes a frame around a torsion box covered with MDF/plywood that can be replaced as necessary. Blake also laser-etched into mahogany coasters that he made. He is making a 3/4 min video for Splatspace about this process. He also started an epoxy project.

Guest Introductions


  • Approved minutes from Feb 2nd, 2021

Recruitment / Retention / Fundraising

Member Attendance

48 Dues-paying (voting) members
9 members present

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. After some research, Justin got it in focus, but had a hard time getting it to cut. He's found a forum.
  • 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 has some progress on the member infosheet. Mark added some language.

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

New Business

  • Pete Soper's electronic export is still planned, but the space requires more organization before it can happen.
  • Blake's donated laptops are in place. Several are still available, talk to him if you want to use any for projects in the space.
  • Scott has made process wiring up zoned amplifiers to wire up multiple speakers in each room for music and paging system. This is on pause as Scott focuses on shelving and cleanup efforts.
  • The 2nd Splatspace Pizza Cleanup party was successful. The boneyard has been overhauled. A future cleanup party is planned for March 28.
  • 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




Account balances as of 2/26/2021:

+ BB&T + Cash Total - Outstanding - Escrow - 3 mo reserve Non-committed
  $2284.13     $94     $2378.13     $0     $560     $7500     $-5775.87  
  $2284.13     $94     $2378.13     $0     $560     $0     $1724.13  

This month's income (cash in):

Member Dues Donations Other Total
  $1474.02     $300     $0     $1774.02  

This month's expenses (cash out):

UDI Rent Linode.com Spectrum Misc Total
  $2400     $13.15     $89.99     $1.93     $2505.07  

Income - Expenses =   $-731.05
Potentially recoverable back dues = ~$40

Active Member count as of 3/01/2021:
(Active = paid dues within past 60 days)

Membership Type # Members Expected Dues Target # Members Target Dues
Full 27 $1620 27 $1620
Full (Legacy) 10 $500
Associate 4 $100
Associate (Legacy) 4 $80
Student 3 $105
Recurring Donors (4) $300
Total 48 $2705 52 $2545
Monthly Expected Expenses

Current = $2510


Current = $2705 - $2510 = $195/mo

Departing Members: Justine W.

New Members: Emma D., Shandon A., Zach A.

Paused: 1 member

Arrears: 1 members

With our current Membership & Expenses, it will take about 2 years to fully fund our reserve.

  • Note: projection is based on member dues and recurring donations.


Current steps to increase revenue / decrease expenses:

  • Donations: Thank you to Andrew S, Blake, Graham & Tom, for putting the corn in Raptorcorn. Your donations keep the magic going!


Public Relations

  • Member Relations

  • Other

Upcoming Events

note new calendar for 2020 External Outreach Events list

Trash/Recycling Volunteer