Equipment fund

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This page is for documenting the performance of the Noisebridge Equipment Fund, which was initially seeded by a $15,000 grant from Google. Since Noisebridge is in a relatively stable financial position, consensus was to spend the grant money on new equipment with John Shutt coordinating accounting and reimbursement (which he's doing here and on an [Ethercalc spreadsheet][1]).

Current Status

There is $5,922.48 left in the equipment fund. This number may not reflect promised reimbursements.

Acquisition Process

List ideas here and discuss with the community to make sure there is interest in a particular piece of equipment and a place to put it. The fund will not cover the full cost of the item — you need to raise half of the cost on your own, and the fund will match the other half. This keeps our fundraising muscles strong and proves that there is legitimate interest in getting the item. Consider setting up a project-specific donation page

Reimbursement will happen through PayPal so that recordkeeping and end-of-year accounting will be easier. If anyone wants to help with accounting, contact John Shutt.


Price Name Approved? Purchased? Notes
$759.49 MakerBot Ultimate 3D Printer Approved, acquired. Trent purchased for and was reimbursed $379.74 from the equipment fund and the other half from project-specific donations
$42 Belt sander Approved, acquired. Nick H purchased for $42 and was reimbursed $20 cash
$29 Chemistry textbooks, C programming book, other books? Approved, acquired. Trent purchased and was reimbursed $14.50
$638.01 A/V equipment, lighting, box fans, tea kettle and hot pots, pipe fittings for lighting mounts, and stage materials for Noisebridge 10th Anniversary Exhibition & Ball Approved, acquired. Jarrod and others purchased and were reimbursed $53. Partial match from broadcast fund.
$106 Dritz Sew You dress form Approved, acquired. Lady Red purchased and was reimbursed $53
$50 Jigsaw, reciprocating saw, hand sander, and power drill Approved, acquired. Trent purchased from yard sale and was reimbursed $25.
$173.55 Pressure washer Approved, acquired. Augur purchased and was reimbursed $86.78.
$203.76 Refurbished PS4 for Noisebridge Dark Souls club Approved, acquired. Trent purchased and was reimbursed $101.88.
$55 Blue Fender Squier Stratocaster from Craigslist Approved, acquired. Lizzie purchased and was reimbursed $27.50.
$100 more lockers Approved, acquired. Kevin purchased and was reimbursed $50.
$75 five OptiPlex thin clients Approved, acquired. Trent purchased and was reimbursed $37.50.
$391.88 Computer mice, band saw, and sheet metal brake. Thank you for getting these! Approved, acquired. Augur purchased and was reimbursed $195.94.
$356.17 new parts for Juki sewing machine and new needles Approved, acquired. Kyle purchased and was reimbursed $98, which was half the cost minus labor costs, which are not covered by equipment fund.
$800 Four Monoprice 3D printers Approved, acquired. Kashif purchased and was reimbursed $400.
$229.28 New curtains for hackitorium Approved, acquired. Kyle raised money to purchase and was reimbursed $110
$642.76 Steel for Sparkle Forge hot area buildout Approved, acquired. Jarrod purchased and was reimbursed $321.38
$323.08 welding gas, cylinder, and wire for the Sparkle Forge hot area buildout Approved, acquired. Jarrod purchased and was reimbursed $161.54 on February 2, 2017.
$760.16 HTC Vive virtual reality equipment and associated content codes and gift card. Approved, acquired. Darryl purchased and was reimbursed $380.08 on January 3, 2017.
$509.13 Printable circuit stuff: ESPON L310 Single-Function Ink Tank, System Printer with Integrated Ink Tank, Prototype Ink Kit Approved, acquired. Chris Venter purchased and was reimbursed $254.56 on December 21, 2016.
$2955.41 Othermill Approved, acquired. Torrie purchased at a discount and was reimbursed $1477.70 on December 13, 2016.
$206.68 SparkleForge Supplies: Welding Cart, Clamps, Magnets, MIG pliers, Bar Cutter Chop Saw Approved, acquired. Jarrod purchased and was reimbursed $103.34 on December 7, 2016.
$346.91 Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4x4 Embroidery Machine Approved, acquired. augur purchased from Amazon was reimbursed $173.45 on November 9, 2016.
$942.78 SparkleForge Phase 2 buildout, "hot work" area. Approved, acquired. Jarrod purchased materials to build "hot work" area of the SparkleForge and was reimbursed $471.39 on November 3, 2016.
$153.88 Welding accessories. Approved, acquired. Jarrod purchased from Amazon and reimbursed $76.94 on October 26, 2016.
$350.00 Lincoln Electric 180 Pro-Mig welder. Approved, acquired. Jarrod purchased in cash from Craigslist and reimbursed $175 on October 22, 2016.
$2169.91 Laser cutter buildout costs. Approved, acquired. Jarrod submitted receipts to John Shutt and was reimbursed on August 9th, 2016.
$1000 New sewing machine. Approved, acquired. Purchased at a discount by Kyle, John Shutt advanced $500 to purchase and was reimbursed on August 9th, 2016.
$160 5lb halotron fire extinguisher Approved, acquired. Purchased by Scotty, who was reimbursed $80 on August 9th.
$100 Epson Stylus Pro 4880 Inkjet Printer (used) with extra ink and roll of paper Approved, acquired. Purchased at a great bargain by Kyle, John Shutt reimbursed $50 from the equipment fund on August 29th, 2016.
$444.38 Axidraw. Approved, acquired. Reimbursed swartzcr $222 from donations to and $222.38 from the EF on Sept. 21, 2016.
Cheap, very safe tooling for working with aluminum pours Proposed by Trent.
New table saw "with a sawstop" - Scotty. Proposed by Torrie.
A very nice 3D printer Proposed by Torrie.
Storage-ish things for the sparkleforge Proposed by Torrie.
Another first aid box Proposed by Torrie.
Big ass cnc router Proposed by Trent.
The most amazing bad actor proof rfid door entrance system ever Proposed by teratoma.
Primarily tile and ventilation work for the SparkleForge Proposed by Scotty.
Welding curtain Proposed by Scotty.
Chop saw with a proper guard Proposed by Scotty.
Replace our lathe with something that’s not completely falling apart and broken Proposed by Scotty.
Floor or tabletop metal punch Proposed by Miloh.
Metal break, available as floor or tabletop model Proposed by Miloh.
Circle cutters Proposed by Miloh.
Dust management for the woodshop Proposed by augur. " i was thinking it might be good to look into a nice powerful motor and a multi-tube octopus-like ceiling fixture that connects to all the work areas. or something like that. something that lets us get all of the dust immediately and with ease, so that people will be more inclined to use it"
Xerox phaser 8560 Proposed by Miloh.