we’re still having our Metal Shop Committee Meeting on July 4th. Since the meeting starts at 12pm, and usually all the committee matters besides cleaning are finished in under an hour, we are keeping the time. I did, however, setup a Google Meet for those who can’t be there anyway or otherwise not performing cleanup.
Date and Time
July 4th, 2020. 12pm-1pm for the meeting, 1pm-5pm for the usual cleanup.
- Vote on Chair (I guess I’ll keep at it until/if I get elected to the BoD)
- Vote on the Scribe tool for the Dynatorch
- Vote on whether we want to buy extended support for the Dynatorch
Background on the Scribe Tool
During the time we were closed, Dynatorch went out of business. One of their former techs is currently running an independent shop, and honouring Dynatorch warranties / providing parts and service. This means that production of the machines has become limited as, even if he does have the licensing for the Super B, we now have a production uncertainty for the upgrade parts that were not in the base machine such as the Scribe tool. The scribe tool is a pneumatic rotary attachment that adds an additional sub-Z axis, and allows for marking and engraving along the work area of the machine. This is convenient for a few reasons, such as marking bend lines in such as way that it will survive the heat of the machine, engraving large pieces of metal and sheet that won’t fit on our other machines, etc. It’s kind of like a Shapeoko on a much larger scale. This attachment is available since there was stock, but it is uncertain that it will continue to be available. As such, we need to discuss if we want to purchase it or if we don’t want such functionality in the long term. The attachment is approximately a $2,000 upgrade.
Whether to buy support
In the initial year of the Dynatorch I think we had two support cases. At least one was not solvable on our own, but I can’t speak for other cases where @TBJK dealt with their support. A years worth of support from their former tech will run us about $450
These don’t necessarily need a vote at the moment, but need to be discussed:
- possible furnace donation for heat treating
- teaching status
- general “where we are and where we are going” talk
- Cycle out water in Vapor Hone
- General dust cleanup
- slag on Dynatorch slats
- Install gas cage bollards
- Check all gas cylinder fill status
- check all grinder wheels
- Committee Fabrication Requests (currently have one from Glassworks to make a counterweight attachment for larger kiln)