Tuesday May 31st, 2011

12 members and 2 guests attened the meeting.

Bayview Gallery Night

  • Kevin will investigate if we are allowed to serve alchol at gallery night.
  • We will have another cleanup session on Thursday night.
  • We need more coolers for gallery night.

Machine Shop Safety Lists

  • We need a form next to each machine in the shop stating who has been trained to operate it.
  • Implementing an RFID lock out system is too cost prohibitave at this time.

Zazzle Account

  • Shane is interested in getting some merchandise for the makerspace setup in Zazzle.
  • Ron has created a zazzle account a while back.
  • Shane/Ron will coordinate getting items ready for the Zazzle store.

Website Updates

  • Royce demoed an alternate website theme.
  • When you login to your website account you try out the new themes by clicking on “My account”.
  • Royce has added user pages that allow members to create profile pages on the website.
  • Royce has enabled addtional blog featues that allow organizing blogs by topic and user.
  • Several alternatives to the current website were discussed(Word Press, Google Blogger).
  • We reviewed Michael’s website layout. This looks like it is our best option.
  • Matt, Jason, and Michael will meet next week to work on website stuff.


  • Shane’s poster looks good.
  • The posters are 27×40 inches.
  • Tom is going to have 7 posters printed.

Access Control

  • Royce has updated the access control system to accomodate our new limited membership options. Royce would like to develop a GUI front end for adding users before we start officially accepting members at the $40 per month rate.
  • We would eventually like to have an automatic system for disabling people’s RFID cards if they are behind in their payments.
  • Royce almost has our Square Up account setup(https://squareup.com).


  • Jason has volunteered to give a demo of the Max audio/visual promgramming environment next week Thursday.

Tuesday May 24th, 2011

There were 12 member s and 3 guests at the meeting.

Business Cards

  • We need new business cards.
  • Royce will send Brant the information about the old business cards.
  • We think brant was working on a new design for business cards. He was not at this meeting.

Clean Up Day TODO List

  • Fix the white board.
  • Tool organization for the lab. Need a strip of magnets in the shelf.
  • Masonite to re-cover the tables in the lab.
  • Mount the big TV on the wall.

Rental Spaces

  • We are going to start renting out square in the hanger area.
  • We will move the rental squares If the official rental space that MMS has needs to expand.
  • Right now there is no concern that we will run out of space.
  • Only members can rent spaces.
  • There are a total of 44 squares that can be rented.

New Membership Level

  • We added a $40 per month membership level.
  • Students with a valid student ID qualify for the $40 per month membership.
  • Weeknight’s only membership is also $40 per month. This type of member wil only have access to the space Monday through Thursday.
  • Weekends only membership is also $40 per month. This type of member will only have access to the space Friday through Sunday.

Revenue/Promtion Ideas

  • We need to have a demo every Thursday night to try and attract new people.
  • We need to start offering classes. The makerspace could get $10 per student.
  • Membership coupon. Limited time only half price membership or something similar.
  • Need more regular events for non-members(clubs/classes).


  • Jason will be making a large Jacks game using tire irons for the Greate Milwaukee Race(http://www.greatmilwaukeerace.com/).
  • Where is the guest book from the grand opening? We could use the email addresses in the book to start an announcement only Google Group. 
  • We have two new member Bret and Tim.

Tuesday May 10th, 2011

There were 15 members and 3 guest at the meeting.

  • The landlord will have have pricing for rental squares in the next week or two.
  • Tom will organize the painting of the squares in the hanger area.
  • Brant will be doing some blog posts after the meeting.
  • Richard joined as a member.

Tuesday May 3rd, 2011

5 Guests and 10 Members


Bay View Gallery Night June 3rd.  Bay View Arts Guild members and interested Makers will display their art/wares from 6pm to 10pm at the Made In Milwaukee sponsored event.  The makerspace will contribute $100 toward food/beverages, and will charge no fees to the Artists.  BVAG will pay for a band to perform.  Artists will set up 2 hours prior to the opening, and tare down 2 hours after the opening, or between 10am and noon the following day.  

Tom visited the Quad Cities makerspace – they’re pretty hands on.

Discussed summer time plans of making a giant grill or fryer for a Turduckin.  Unsure what the vegan equivalent is.

Project updates:
Royce: Entry system.  Brent: cutting foam for fiberglass mold.  Adam: Finding a Ferric-Chloride replacement for circuit board etching.  Rich: Making a motor adapter.  Ron: Finishing a super-computer chair.  Tom: Battery charging, table saw slide plans, finishing the additional component bin shelving.

Discussed various vacuum former design possibilities.

Project updates are a big hit at the meeting – we should do this every week.

Sunday is the Milwaukee Electric Car Club meeting.