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Richard D.


Longwood, FL
Hometown: Longwood

Member since:

June 17, 2013

What robotics & maker related topics do you enjoy, and what would you like to make or build?

My most prolific activity is woodworking but I also get involved with mechanics and other trade/industry related activities. Most of my projects have been related to fulfilling a practical need or functional task. i.e.: home furniture, accessory, shop tool, utility equipment/storage, jigs & fixtures, etc. I've worked as a carpenter, cabinetmaker, licensed A&P mechanic, handyman and a variety of skilled trade and industrial technician jobs. There's little restriction outside of (ethics, legality, morality and economics) on what I'd like to engage in "making". My finances are extremely limited at present owing to foreclosure and the forces nested within the monetary system of world economics. That's another issue that I'd like to participate in "making" some changes to. For now I'd be happy to help others in their endeavors to make things and meet some new people. I'm relatively new to the Winter Park area of Orlando; I moved here from Miami last October after foreclosure on my home.

Would you like to lead discussions? What topics would you like to discuss?

I don't feel too qualified to "lead" (at least, initially) but I'm quite willing to engage in sharing whatever I can offer that is of use and help to anyone. My attitude is one of considering that we all have something to bring to the table of life and that it behooves us to maintain a cognizant posture toward that premise. I'm most interested in learning about computer technology to improve my ability to build and manage a newer system than what I have now.

Please suggest a few robotics & maker topics that you'd like to learn about (e.g., soldering, Arduinos, mobile robots, making crafts, etc.)

As a former AutoCAD Drafter (in the field of civil engineering,though my interests are more in the fields of construction and mechanics, I've only worked with 2D drafting technology and would like to get involved in 3D modeling and the new 3D printing technology. Next I'd like to learn about the mechanical/technical side of robotics and industrial processes toward designing and fabricating things.

What other interests & hobbies do you have?

My immediate interest is to upgrade my knowledge and currency with computer technology so I can upgrade my old (about 12-14 years) system ; current economics is imposing a bit of an obstacle. I moved here from Miami in October of 2012 most of my time is spent volunteering my services at Northland Church up in Longwood for the sake of focusing upon "healthy and productive fellowship" (actually, its just a matter of "getting my priorities straight". Beyond being a jack-of-all-trades, I'm a former A&P mechanic and private pilot and I just like helping other people with the skills and abilities I've developed over the course of my life.


I am a Christian, veteran (Coast Guard) and a wood craftsman among a whole slew of other interests in technology, science and the arts. Recovering from couple of recent surgeries related to cancer & radiation treatments; "minor life-challenges".

What Richard D. is saying about this Meetup Group

It seems to me to be off to a pretty good start relative to the particular projects of it's current membership. I think its scope and capabilities is going to be more of a long-term process of evolution according to the developing membership and expansion of its "production" capabilities. There's lots of room for growth and development (logistically and geographically) for operational tasks within well-designated, modular-oriented work areas. Their current capabilities for building and fabrication seem rather limited to small electronic projects involving 3D printing, electronics/robotics and a few personal mechanical/recreational projects. My initial assessment, with the limited exposure and awareness I have from just one short visit to one of its "Open House" events is that their greatest resource lies in the creativity and energy of its membership. I'm looking forward to possibly helping out with the development of their operations as opportunities come along..

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