Member Storage Changes

by on Jan.19, 2017, under Business, News

We’re changing our Member Storage Policy. Currently you are able to lease space to store your items at the space for $10 a month. The pricing isn’t changing. Currently “Open slots are free to use by any member but are communal and not private” This is changing to: Open slots will no longer be used as communal storage. Anything in a section that is not currently being leased will be moved to the Lost and Found rack, or the Catacombs.

This Friday 1/20 we’ll be cleaning out the open slots (with items going to the Lost and Found Rack or Catacombs). If you have anything in this communal storage area please make plans to collect them from the space this Friday or at your earliest convenience.

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Lost and Found and Unlabeled Project Storage

by on Jan.04, 2017, under News

We’re implementing a Lost and Found system. Lost and Found will also serve as a place that members can move a project that is unlabeled to a safe storage place so the owner can reclaim their project.

Remember that we have dedicated member storage and you are expected to utilize this instead of a random nook or cranny in the space to store you projects. If you do need to leave a project or belongings at the space you are expected to leave a note with at least your name on it. If you do not do this you may find your project in the Lost and Found rack.

If you come into the space and you have to move things to free up a working space, move the things to the Lost and Found rack. 

If you come into the space and can’t find something you left, check the Lost and Found rack! 

Every 2 weeks (or less) the Lost and Found rack will be completely wiped clean. Everything on it will go into the garbage or salvaged for parts. Please make sure you are checking the Lost and Found rack each time you visit the space in case you have misplaced or forgotten to label a project.

TL;DR:

Don’t leave your stuff at the space without a note on it. Lose something? Check the Lost and Found rack.

Lost and Found Rack

Lost and Found Rack

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How to donate items to the space

by on Jan.04, 2017, under News

Got some junk in your trunk you’re looking to unload? Think MidsouthMakers may have a good use for it? Check out our newly revamped guidelines for Donating Items to the space!

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Getting Started With Tiny Whoop

by on Jan.02, 2017, under Electronics, Projects, Tiny Whoop

Tiny Whoop is a tiny FPV (First Person Video/View) quadcopter. If you have been to one of our open house events over the past few months you more than likely have been buzzed by one of these tiny helicopters (Sorry!). Wondered what all the fuss was about? Curious about getting your own Tiny Whoop? Here is our getting started guide to get you in the air with the rest of the makers!

How to get started:

Well, since we are Makers and while you can buy a ready to fly Tiny Whoop (~$275) what’s the fun in that? We’re handy do-it-yourself Makers of course we’ll build our own!

Eachine 010

Eachine 010

You can start like many of us did with the cheaper Tiny Whoop Clone: Eachine 010, Eachine TX01 Camera, and a budget FPV Goggles. For around $84 (before tax, shipping) you can be in the air without breaking the bank! You’ll probably want some extra batteries so you can keep flying while recharging dead batteries. Keep in mind that while going this route is cheaper, you will have to wait for the items to ship from the Chinese warehouse (not everything is in stock in the US warehouse).

You can also part out your own flight controller (FC, we recommend the beecore). With an upgraded FC you can use your existing controller/transmitter. You can also upgrade the motors easily and some of our members are experimenting with 3D printing ultra light frames to get even more performance out of their racers.

This is enough to get you in the air and competing with other Tiny Whoop racers at the space. Happy flying, hope to see you at our next Open House Meeting!

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MidsouthMakers 2017 Board

by on Dec.16, 2016, under Business, News

At the December 2016 board meeting, the 2017 Board Member Election results were ratified:

President – Claudio Donndelinger
Treasurer – Cliff Gurlen
Secretary – Chamberlin
Social Media Director – Ernest McCracken

After ratification of the results, Ernest McCracken informed the board he needed to step down from his position. We thank him for his service to the group.

This left two vacancies in the board. Per the bylaws the following members were nominated and voted in to fill the vacancies:

Vice President – Joe Ferguson
Social Media Director – Todd Wright

Congratulations to our 2017 Board!

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