FamiLAB 10x

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We're moving on up!

FamiLAB 10x is the working name of our new space! The name stems from the fact that it's 10 times the size of our current space.

New Address

1355 Bennett Dr.

Unit 129

Longwood, FL 32750

Please DO NOT park, visit, or occupy space at this building until Dec 1st, or per a move plan email.

Preliminary Rules

We'll get together to agree on a set of rules for the new space. For the time being, please adhere to the following:

  • No modification of walls, electrics, plumbing, etc. until we have a process in place. We need to build consensus on any changes.
  • We have to run modifications by the landlord (who is also a member). Please direct communications with the landlord through a board member. We'll have a lot of requests early on while we move in, so lets funnel it through one person.
  • During the move, we are only bringing in what is in the existing space. Anything above and beyond that should be agreed to by the membership. Ten times more space doesn't mean ten times the junk.
  • Don't "claim" space. Again, we need to come up with a process to balance personal property with the needs of the space, and get everyone to agree on it.
  • Don't fill up the dumpster at the current space.

Current Layout


Utilities / Services

  • See Treasurer (Ian) for details / questions
  • Dumpster (Locking) - 2 cubic yard dumpster, every other week pickup, $35 per month starting Dec 1st.
  • Liability Insurance - $1M policy, effective Dec 1st
  • Progress Energy, cutover scheduled for Dec 1st. PLEASE CONSERVE POWER - THIS IS OUR LARGEST MONTHLY FINANCIAL RISK!
  • Internet - 8 down, 1.5 up (possible static ip), being funded by the building owner. In return, we will manage an internet-connected security system. Install scheduled for approx Dec 1.

Stuff to purchase

  • Folding chairs + rack to store/move them
  • Banquet tables
  • Full size refrigerator
  • Parts Storage: Extreme Makeover Lab Edition
  • Raw materials rack (for plywood, acrylic, etc)
  • Railing or similar preventative measure for dock high area
  • Ball pit
  • Short throw projector for classroom area
  • Open/Closed sign for the public? Maybe a FamiLAB custom build?

Stuff being donated or "leased" to FamiLAB

  • Pledged Equipment - Can get get preliminary approval to bring this stuff to the lab from the membership?
  • Aaron's Soda Machine - I think we have agreement on this already?

Potential Zones of Workspace

  • "Store Front" for visitors and first impressions
    • Brochures and membership packets
    • RFID registration capability
    • Finished project museum
  • Classroom & Presentation room
  • "Think Lab" for coworking and basic hand tool use
  • "Make Lab" for high end equipment
  • Soft hacking area (sewing machines, kiln, etc)
  • Soldering & Rework area
  • 3d printer village
  • Stage for famiband & DJ booth

Proposed modifications

Mack's Suggestions

Ian's Thoughts

More Power

  • Any electrics must be up to code. In conduit at a minimum.
  • 3 phase available, not in our panel.
  • Dave Woods has an electrician.

Kitchenette Area

  • Sink
  • Fridge
  • Microwave, Toaster
  • Outlets (GFCI)


  • Occupancy limits
  • Structural improvements (stairs!)
  • Signs
  • More fire extinguishers
  • More eyewash
  • Directions to the hospital :(

RFID Access Control

  • Front door to start - Aaron has the lead
  • Later: door to shop
  • Later: major equipment control

Energy Monitoring

  • Project to monitor our electrical consumption and avoid power bill surprises
  • Some great open-source projects out there - see http://openenergymonitor.org/emon/ for one example
  • Need someone to propose a budget and then own the project - this will be a huge part of how we maximize our funds!
  • Ian will donate a Nanode to this cause...
  • Skycraft has some nice big transformers for current monitoring, I think