we talked about this at the last committee meeting. want to donate towards a lathe - start a go fund me page. that way people can actually put up money.
BUT - as we went over. people are hot to trot over getting a cnc lathe. HOW MANY have actually programmed, set-up and run a cnc lathe. (besides me) exactly zero raised their hands. So even if we get one, it would be 6 months while a class is developed. and i don’t want anyone who donates thinking they get any preferential treatment or have any type of ownership. A donation is exactly that. Cost wise - machine shop (and more departments) are taking a new view on purchases - assuming something costs $5000 that’s 50-100 classes that must be taught to pay for it. my reply to purchase of new equipment will always be “what are YOU willing to do to help us achieve that financial goal”. In the case of those willing to donate - I thank you and the question is answered. For those that contribute nothing in terms of teaching, helping, donating - you have your answer too. Quid Pro Quo.
We are responsible for replacing our consumables which we just did to the tune of $1k which is twice what our monthly stipend is. I’m getting ready to replace more needed items. Want new equipment - bring it to the next committee meeting but be ready to plead your case and make commitments.
@Team_Ceramics and @matthshooter are my role models for committing to teach enough classes to pay for the kilns and Thor sewing machine. you guys can become heroes too.