Saturday, February 11th, 2012 Monthly Meeting

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Monthly NTEAA Meeting

Date : Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location : MakerSpace

Address : 2995 Ladybird Lane Dallas, TX 75229 (off Monroe and Walnut Hill)

Website : http://dallasmakerspace.org/blog/

All monthly meetings are free to attend and open to the public.

We had our monthly meeting at Dallas MakerSpace.  It was a very good turnout this month, we were very close to filling the meeting room.  There was some wheres around 20 to 25 people, it is a little hard to count as people kept showing up after we started.  But that is fine to come in late, better to be late than never.  We talked quickly about some upcoming shows, showed some hardware, and had some general discussions about EVs.  Mike H. and Stan had some wooden battery mock ups of lithium batteries to use as measurement devices when planning a battery pack layout.  After the short meeting, we started the movie “What is an Electric Car”, it ran about 75 minutes (We’ll play it again in future meetings, so check the schedule to figure out when) to finish up just in time to go to the shop and look a Bob’s progress and design change ideas along with Stan’s motorcycle conversion.

Stan just got in his new hardware and had them layed out for display for everyone to look at.  Dallas MakerSpace look at expanding to one of the neighboring buildings which would be a larger work shop for personal projects that have an extended build or work time (like converting an EV).  There would be a small fee to “rent” out the space for your project to stay while you work on it.  It would be used for any project that you like and is a very cool idea or people who don’t have a garage or for people with too much stuff in the garage.  The fee isn’t yet figured out as that still needs to be negotiated but hopefully very soon that will be an option.  If that is something your interested in, please get in contact with Dallas MakerSpace and let them know you would be interested in renting a small space to work on what ever project you would like.  We also had a new EV show up that we hadn’t seen before.  This gentlemen (Teodore) came with his Miles EV which he changed the batteries to Lithiums (which dropped a lot of weight), increased the voltage, and change out the transmission to a manual stick shift for greater flexibility.   He had a few other small changes to the Miles EV, but it was pretty neat seeing that EV at the monthly meeting.

We also had a few Leafs there from fellow NTEAA members vehicles and Mike H. showed up in his Ford Ranger EV with a brand new set of batteries which had less than 1 mile on them.  He and I (Jared) changed out the batteries right before the meeting (and a little bit during the movie) at Metroplex Battery.  They are litterally just down the street from Dallas MakerSpace.  They were very helpful and informative, we learned a lot of stuff talking with them after swapping out the battery pack.  We might try some time to have them come chat with us about the Lead Acid batteries world.  Mike and I (Jared) learned a few things chatting with the owner so I’m sure we could all learn some good info from them.  If you have some battery needs, you might want to check out Metroplex Battery, they are a master distributor and carry a lot of batteries for probably about any application your working with.

I hope the people that have been following the website will show up to some of our upcoming meetings because there’s lots of stuff going on right now at Dallas MakerSpace and according to a fortune cookie I got which said “The price of gas will climb ever so higher”.  So come out to one of the meeting, they are free to attend, you can ask as many questions as you like and we have lots of shows coming up in the April and May time frame, so lots of opportunities to come check out EVs.

 

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