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Welcome to LVL1!


People doing cool things for their fellow hackers! Shout outs this week go to:

  • David, for winning an argument with ████████████
  • Andy for fixing a Prusa 3D printer. Again :-)
  • Kevin and Patrick for ongoing work on the new-to-us snack machine.
  • Jeff McCord for doing tests and making new material samples for the newly repaired laser cutter.
    • Please use them. Turns out 50% power IS best for cutting, and 25% is good for etching :-)
  • Randy Smith for cleaning up the front room and the classroom for Thursday's WDRB visit and interview.

The Tim VanSant Makership = LVL1's Makership Program

Note: This program is funded completely through donations and NOT through our membership dues.

  • We currently have enough funds to offer a Makership. Please submit an application to become a member of LVL1! See our treasurer to make a donation.
  • Makership Application Deadline is the last day of each month @ 11:59 PM.
  • Submit your project for a chance to win 3 months of LVL1 membership and $100 reimbursement toward your project expenses.
  • Apply at www.lvl1.org/makership
  • If your application is not approved, PLEASE revise and resubmit next month!
  • If you would like to donate ($5/mo) to this worthy cause, see one of the directors and we can set you up!

Equipment Report

  • Both Prusa 3D printers are in working condition.
  • The Rabbit Laser HAS BEEN UPGRADED!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE learn the new system before using the laser.
    • Resources, manuals, tutorials, and information are available in multiple places, such as on two computer desktops, the wiki, the members list, the hackerspace group....

Please make sure that you review the instructions and manual and ask for the training prior to using the equipment.

  • If your project is too big for the table saw, make a smaller project.

Community safety is more important than your personal convenience.

  • If something is broken or needs replaced, please send an email to broken@lvl1.org.
    • Please supply as much information as possible; links to websites or items are GREATLY appreciated. Consumables can be time-consuming to find; broken is not a mind reader!
  • If your project doesn't fit on your shelf or in large member storage, please take it offsite. The boneyard is not your own personal storage shed.

First Time Visitor Info

Are there any 1st time Visitors? There will be a tour at the end of Meeting -- Please sign the waiver of liability

  • Prime Directive: Be Excellent to Each Other
  • Being unsafe is being unexcellent!
    • Minors must be attended by Parent/Guardian! Unattended minors will be inserted into the Matrix to offset our heating and cooling bills
    • Always leave equipment at least as safe as you found it
    • Do not leave equipment running unattended
    • Do not block access to storage or exits
  • LVL1 Means of Communication - http://www.lvl1.org/connect/
    • Our website / calendar is www.lvl1.org
    • Meeting Minutes, equipment information, and projects on our wiki: wiki.lvl1.org
    • Sign up for our Google Group discussion list https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/lvl1
    • Google Hangout https://hangouts.google.com/group/KrvEvKVKapRzznlh2
    • Facebook, Twitter, Meetup
    • learn@lvl1.org - Want to learn something new, get some equipment training, or host a workshop? Want to help facilitate any of these things?
    • broken@lvl1.org - Something broken? Something needs to be restocked?
    • upgrades@lvl1.org - ideas for space upgrades go to Steff
    • directors@lvl1.org - Need to contact those who are ostensibly "in charge"?
  • Culture of Cleanliness
    • Please clean up your mess and keep the space usable for your fellow hackers!!!
    • Get a FREE Clorox Wipe! Clean all the surfaces!
  • T-Shirts are on sale after the meeting in the classroom!!! $10 each
  • FREE stickers by the sign-in station! (You have signed the waiver, right?)
  • We have an Amazon Smile account. PLEASE USE! Shop at smile.amazon.com and tell them we are your favorite non-profit! LVL1 gets .05% back from each purchase at no extra cost to you!

Regular Weekly Meetups

If you would like to host a regular meetup, see one of the directors and we can get you set up!


  • Louisville Sound builders - fortnightly Mondays at 8:00pm, next one on 1/27/2019 (hosted by Chris Cprek)
    • Make things that make noise!
  • Night of The Hat - fortnightly Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, next one on 1/20/2020 (hosted by The Hat)
    • Soldering, Open making


  • LVL1 Open Meeting & Making - Tuesdays @ 8:00pm
  • Directors Meeting - Normally the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 9:00pm, next one on 1/21/2020
    • Open to the public!


  • Woodshop Wednesday! Currently doing ongoing upgrades, cleanup and maintenance. (hosted by Paullllll)


  • Code Night - in the classroom 6:00pm till 8:00pm (hosted by Rob)
    • All languages are welcome.
  • Threadsday Thursday - every Thursday Night, 7:00pm to 9:00 pm (back to our regularly programmed schedule), (hosted by Madeline)
  • Power Racing Series - Back in action on Thursdays, building our 2020 car, usually beginning around 7:00 pm to about 10 or 11:00pm (hosted by Ned and/or David)
    • Build an electric Go-kart out of a PowerWheels


  • Irregular Movie and Open Build Night - every Friday at 8:00pm
    • Watch a movie of wildly varying degrees of quality
    • Or be subjected to YouTube Hour with ████████████
    • Bring a project work on while you ignore the movie
    • Conversely, ignore your project while you watch the movie
    • Group food order (usually pizza, $7/person, or Chinese, $9/person) usually placed around 7:30pm
    • Last Friday, we watched _____________________________________________ (witness our usual Weekly Amnesia Challenge as we all try to remember what movie was watched 4 nights ago!)
      • (Last last Friday, we watched YouTube Hour with ████████████, featuring smoke bubbles, and CG wars fought by AI)
  • Fix It Friday (by appointment only)


  • Cosplay United workshops, one per month, first or second Saturday (next on 3/7/2020) of the month - noon to 4:00pm, (hosted by Randy)
  • Cosplay United open builds, one per month, third or fourth Saturday (next on 2/22/2020) of the month - noon to 4:00pm, (hosted by Randy)

Upcoming Events

  • This Thursday, WDRB will be here EARLY in the morning to do several segments on the Mandalorian Mercenaries workshop on Saturday.
  • February 8, 9:00 am - SUP - Space Upgrade Project - Jeff McCord will be showing us how to use the laser with its new settings WHILE making cabinets for our breakroom area.
    • 9 to 11:00am SUP & new Laser Workshop - spend some time getting familiar with the RuiDa laser control board and RDWorks software.
    • Bring your PC and download the new laser software, RDWorks
    • There will be coffee and donuts :-)
  • February 8, 11:00am - 2:00pm, SID - Space Improvement Day - working on covering/insulating windows
    • FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED, build-your-own-pasta bar! Please come help us help our space!!
  • February 8, 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.: Star Wars: Mandolorian Armor workshop, in the classroom
  • February 22, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.: Cosplay United Open Build time - bring your cosplay costume; work on it with like-minded friends; get help if needed.

Want to host an event? We'll make it happen!


Need help or materials for a project?

Need a project for any materials?

Tell us what you're hacking on!


  • See a director for t-shirts ($10 - cheap)!
  • Tour starting by the front door!

Meeting Notes

  • Attendance: 21 people, 1 new
  • Meeting Start: 8:00
  • Meeting Stop: 8:47
  • Tour Guide: Ned! :-)