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|Jim Graham Bldg, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC
|Jim Graham Bldg, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC
|SplatSpace will be hosting a club table and a Learn To Solder table
|SplatSpace will be hosting a club table and a Learn To Solder table
|[https://ecgconf.com/ East Coast Game Conference]<br>[https://ecgconf.com/triangle-game-initiative/ Triangle Game Initiative]
|Tue-Thu, Apr 19-21, 2022<br>Tue: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
|Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC
|SplatSpace will be hosting a club table, Tue. 4:00pm - 8:00pm on "Public Attendance Day"
|[https://asheville.makerfaire.com/ Maker Faire Asheville]
|[https://asheville.makerfaire.com/ Maker Faire Asheville]

Revision as of 14:43, 18 April 2022


April 5th, 2022

Link to join online meeting: https://meet.google.com/roo-ozzn-jne


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


Meeting started at 7:10 pm.

Guest Introductions

Jonathon Powell: just moving to Durham from Raleigh into an apartment with no space. Software Engr. looking to work with the laser cutters and 3D-printers.

Member Reports

Adam N: showed off a CNC house design

from the chat window:
Adam Novak 7:18 PM
Scott Hall 7:27 PM
Wooden lego-like house - CNC build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9eSzyB3QCc
Lego-style hemp blocks to build house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqLXXjvQXgI
Cabin build with pre-fab blocks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJxoOIOFmTk
5 different building systems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvzGfth-mXo

Tom R: talked about removing the mold in the basement area

Ryan P: meeting with high-school makerspaces; learning how to use a CNC; built a couple BOEbot robot kits, and a DObot for the kids at the school he is teaching

C Y: learned how to use the Glowforge laser last week; playing with acrylic designs to make things; wants to learn how to solder

from the chat window:
Eli Hornstein 7:35 PM
you might also be interested in edge-lit acrylic
where it's transmitted into the acrylic and diffused b
engraved areas, rather than just wrapped around the edges

Mark C: using python to learn ...

Pete S: described FPGAs as has been working on with the Triangle Embedded Interest Group (https://triembed.org/), prototypes of board to be available for education; to learn more contact Pete: pete@soper.us

from the chat window:
Scott Hall 8:03 PM
SparkFun's using FPGAs series: https://www.sparkfun.com/fpga,
Arrow Electronics uses and architectures of FPGAs: https://www.arrow.com/en/research-and-events/articles/fpga-basics-architecture-applications-and-uses

Scott H: talked about his musical playing and concerts coming up - saxophone, hammered dulcimer, flute, handbells, and with a choir; arranged a special piece of music: Chase the Clouds Away from Chuck Mangione

Jon V: back from moving to Fayetteville; worked on making game systems for persons with disabilities, including armor, etc., called Larping; contact Jon if you are interested: fivepillarslarp@gmail.com

from the chat window:
Scott Hall 8:29 PM
What is Larping: https://artisansdazure.com/blogs/blogs/what-is-larping
Larping 101, Getting Started: https://whatnerd.com/what-is-larping/

Eli H:

  • mentioned former Splatter Aurora who works at NASA, and Eli mentioned he is the electronics engineer for the group: they are working on an automated system to grow plants in space and harvest them; found that a Dremel-like tool works best; is working out the kinks of the concept prototype they have developed; if you are interested contact Eli at: eli@splatspace.org
  • has been growing tomatoes and peppers here at Splat, you can buy some for yourself -- see message in the Slack #public & #homesteading channels for details; will be holding a grafting workshop on the Saturday Science gathering Apr.15

Blake M: worked on creating some SplatSpace keychains with the laser cutter using scraps; made a wooden box using the CNC machine Ryan Patridge 8:40 PM Eli has me imagining a solution using friction, tension, and a chain-like mechanism. Like a garrote. Then I realized the morbid appropriateness of garroting heads of lettuce. Eli Hornstein 8:43 PM that was actually the second thing we tried, though the equally bad term I came up with was "noose" Eli Hornstein 8:45 PM the amount of force to garrote a head of lettuce from its stalk with smooth wire was prohibitive, we thought about trying to have it spin or oscillate and abrade, like a wire saw used for cutting rock, but the mechanism again seemed pretty prohibitive

Upcoming Events

New calendar for 2022 External Outreach Events list

Some highlights:
Maker Faire Lynchburg Sun, Apr 3, 2022 Randolf College
2500 Rivermont Ave, Lynchburg, VA
Durham CROP 5K Hunger Walk Sun, Apr 10, 2022
Duke University Chapel
Raleigh Amateur Radio Society's Annual Hamfest
Sat, Apr. 16, 2022
8:00am - 3:00pm
Jim Graham Bldg, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC SplatSpace will be hosting a club table and a Learn To Solder table
East Coast Game Conference
Triangle Game Initiative
Tue-Thu, Apr 19-21, 2022
Tue: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC SplatSpace will be hosting a club table, Tue. 4:00pm - 8:00pm on "Public Attendance Day"
Maker Faire Asheville Sat, May 7, 2022 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801
Nuese River Valley Spring Into Trains Show
Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club
Sat-Sun, May 7-8, 2022
9:00am - 5:00pm
Kerr Scott Building, State Fair Grounds, Raleigh, NC SplatSpace will be hosting a Learn To Solder table
Durham's Home Goods Market Sat, May 21, 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm
Black Wall Street Gardens, Downtown Durham, NC SplatSpace invited to Pop Up Shop,
to show how creators work to make the pieces they love
Engineers Day
Durham's Museum of Life and Science
Sun, May 22, 2022
10:00am - 3:00pm
433 W. Murray Ave, Durham, NC looking for SplatSpace participants to host a club table
Recurring Events

Regular events carried from month to month. As usual, check https://www.meetup.com/splatspace/events/calendar for posted events.

Non-Recurring Events

none at this time

Previous Minutes

  • Approved minutes from February 1st, 2022

Recruitment / Retention / Fundraising

Member Attendance
  • 51 Dues-paying (voting) members
  • 16 on-line & 6 members in attendance
  • 13 to reach quorum

Notes from the Special Action Committee:

Old Business

Pinned Items

Permanent items of the Old Business section carried from month to month.

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.)

  • Identify and maintain (online) lists of SMEs (subject matter experts) for each equipment or space. (No Update)

New Business

  • Building maintenance - new policy for Mr. Russel
  • Bathroom situation dire! Toilet paper & paper towels available along the safety wall
  • Door issues
    • Shares circuit with the woodshop, gets tripped sometimes from the woodshop.
    • Discussed options for battery backup. Wifi would also be useful to have on a battery backup.
    • Lock
    • -- Adam N. has been fixing it with a new power supply
    • -- Blake M. looking at possibly installing one for the rear basement door as a backup
  • Glowforges
    • Move one or both to the metal shop to keep the classroom more usable for events?
  • Hire a grant writer to apply for grants? Other fundraising applications.
  • Durham mask mandate going away on March 7th

Officer Reports

  • Have ordered T-Shirts for sale; working on setting a PayPal account for payments
    If you would like one contact Blake at blake@splatspace.org
  • Looking at new places to rent based on some discussion about our rent going up and maintenance issues

  • EBay sales working, stuff is still listed
  • Fixed PC for the electronics bench has been made available
  • Justin is the appointed single point of contact for UDI and Mr. Russell: please don't call Mr. Russell directly -- bring any issues to Justin, or contact board@splatspace.org
    • Bathrooms are now stocked with TP
    • No word yet about the thermostat.
    • I'll follow up with Mr. Russell later this week


Account balances as of 3/31/2022:

+ BB&T + Cash Total - Outstanding - Escrow - 3 mo reserve Non-committed
  $9817.93     $174     $9991.93     $0     $560     $7500     $1931.93  
  $9817.93     $174     $9991.93     $0     $560     $0     $9431.93  

This month's income (cash in):

Member Dues Donations Other Total
  $2709.87     $0     $0     $2709.87  

This month's expenses (cash out):

UDI Rent Linode.com Spectrum Misc Total
  $2400     $7.14     $99.99     $0     $2507.13  

Income - Expenses =   $202.74
Potentially recoverable back dues = $780

Active Member count as of 4/3/2022:
(Active = paid dues within past 60 days)

Membership Type # Members Expected Dues Target # Members Target Dues
Full 33 $1980 27 $1620
Full (Legacy) 7 $350
Associate 7 $175
Associate (Legacy) 2 $40
Student 2 $70
Recurring Donors (0) $0
Total 51 $2615 52 $2545
Monthly Expected Expenses

Current = $2510


Current = $2615 - $2510 = $105/mo

Departing Members: Craig W., Ruth S.

New Members: Claire B., Cynelsa B., Edward P., Frederique Y., Jaime J., Nancy C.

Arrears: 6 members

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


Donations: Thank you to everyone who donates your time and effort to keeping SplatSpace going. Board members, Sunday cleanup crew, event leaders, and our fellow Raptorcorns!

Pending: SplatSpace's Charitable Solicitation License Exemption filing is due May 15, 2022, with the NC Secretary of State. Anyone want to help complete and submit it?


{not present}

Public Relations

  • Scott:
    • New shelf to hold magazines and periodicals in main room; repositioned electronics book shelf in front of counter
    • Electronics bench cleanup/upgrade, sorting of electronics parts, wire spools and cables continues; will be installing a new computer for analysis and schematic work
    • Progress made on the SplatServer, adding capacity, reorganizing file structure, and making it auto-mounted on the various laptops and workstations in the space. Input from members welcome - contact Scott.
    • Bought some supplies from Harbor Freight for use around the space: utility knives, dust brushes, scrapers, acid brushes
  • Eli:

{no additional information}

  • need to add item to next month's new business: we need a policy to handle donations to minimize "Mt Doom" piles taking up space and time.

Trash/Recycling Volunteer

  • Ask for a volunteer