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  • 18 Jan 2017 8:04 PM | Kevin Smith (Administrator)

    Well, after many months we have finally moved into the final phase of installing an electronic key system at the lab. We have been working on this ever since we had some thefts at the lab about a year ago.

    The whole system was bench tested by our members and works great. Today the electric door strike was installed in the door frame. It turned out to be way more money than we expected but at least we know that our assets will stay where we put them from now on.

    Once it has been installed, the keys that members use to access the space currently will no longer work.  The new system uses electronic key-fobs to open an electric door strike. We will be distributing the key-fobs as soon as the final wiring is in place and tested. Keep an eye on your emails for details.

  • 24 Dec 2016 3:57 PM | Kevin Smith (Administrator)

    In laying out the various spaces in the lab we have come across a couple of minor problems.  The upper floor is just too lightly constructed to have 20 people up there. This means that we cannot use it for a presentation area and classroom as planned.  In addition I have been trying to find room to bring the sewing machines back and set up a proper sewing area. The perfect solution is to use the upper floor as our sewing lab as well as an office and library. 

    To get things off the ground we will be cleaning and re-organizing the upper floor early in the new year.  The sewing machines can then be brought back from storage. we will stock up on all the additional gear we need such as needles, thread, cutting mats, scissors, etc. and should be ready for some introductory sewing classes by February.

    We will also continue to search for an industrial sewing machine to fill out our complement of machines so that we can sew leather and other heavy fabrics. If anyone knows of one at a bargain price please let one of the board members know.

  • 16 Dec 2016 4:33 PM | Kevin Smith (Administrator)

    Merry Christmas everyone, and I hope you have a happy new year to go along with it.

    CrashBang Labs has undergone some changes over the last few months and will be a few more as we move into the new year.  I would like to update everyone on where we are and where we hope to go next year.

    • First of all we have this new website. It is not perfect but it is working and allows us to track our membership and accept Paypal payments for renewals. It will also allow us to produce newsletters, do group mail-outs to members, and keep information on potential sponsors. There are a bunch of other capabilities that will help with our communications and organization.
    • We also have a working store.  Not much in it right now but we hope to produce some merchandise using the equipment in the lab such as the laser cutter, CNC router and 3D printer. If we can come up with a couple of items with sales potential it will bring some much needed dollars into the lab. the software that supports the store is currently free and will stay free as long as we keep the number of individual items below 10.
    • A new floor layout for workbenches and equipment is being implemented at the lab.  This should provide enough workbenches for a number of members to work on their projects independently and still allow room for socializing and presentations.

    Coming up in the new year we will be tackling a couple of major initiatives:

    • First of all we will be pursuing some sponsorship to help cover our ongoing operational expenses.  Membership has been slowly creeping up and that also helps with our expenses.
    • A series of presentations and educational seminars is planned for 2017, both for members and for the general public. We already have a long list of topics and there should be something to interest just about everyone.
    • We finally have a proper set of financial records so we will be able to track our revenue and expenses and plan for the future.
    • Pegboards will be installed to organize our tools and an inventory of all the available tools in the space will be undertaken. We will be seeking donations in order to fill out any gaps in our equipment list.
    • A major cleanup and re-organization of the downstairs area will be undertaken in order to separate the useful bits from actual junk.
    • We will be re-organizing the office to get our files in order and create some processes and procedures for operating the space that will allow everyone to get the greatest enjoyment out of working at the lab

    That's about it for now. We have made some significant progress in 2016 and I am really looking forward to 2017.

    Again, Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year!

  • 11 Sep 2016 4:48 PM | Kevin Smith (Administrator)

    We are currently testing new software which will (we hope) solve several ongoing problems at the same time.

    The Wild Apricot software is primarily for managing memberships of non-profit corporations like CrashBang Labs but it can do much more such as:

    • Link with Paypal to accept membership payments.
    • Automatically send out renewal notices when membership payments are due (templates for the letters are provided).
    • Create and manage our website, including forums.
    • Keep track of donations and accept payments online.
    • Manage the event calendar, including accepting payment for seminars and courses that we put on.
    • Manage Blog entries such as this one.
    • Keep track of the organizations financials.
    • Produce and send out regular newsletters (templates are provided).

    The management of these things has been very haphazard in the past so we are very excited about this new software environment and hope to open it to all our members in the very near future.

  • 11 Mar 2015 6:33 AM | Anonymous

    Using the blog gadget, you can add a blog to your Wild Apricot site to provide timely updates and information to your membership.

    By using Recent blog posts, you can display a list of the most recent blog posts, with links to the full posts. The list will include the date of each post and the name of the poster – with the name linking to their profile if available.

    For instructions on inserting, moving, and deleting gadgets, see Gadgets.

  • 11 Mar 2015 5:36 AM | Anonymous

    You can create as many different blogs as you wish. You can limit access to a blog by placing it on a restricted page. If you make the page public, you can still use the blog gadget settings to control functionality for visitors and members.

    You can read more about setting up blogs on our Blog help page.

    If you are looking on more information on how to use blog, you can find it here.

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