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Jim Dallam


For those of you I have yet to meet, know that I am a long-standing member from the Hive's first year and currently serve as the HIVE's Treasurer.

The Hive has had two treasurers since it's founding. Craig Smith was the founding Treasurer in 2009 and served for the Hive's first four years. I am a former Hive President (2012) and board member (multiple years) and have served as Treasurer continuously since 2013. I guess my biggest Hive joy so far has come from leading our Power Tool Drag Racing initiative in the 2013-2016 years when we staged races in Cincinnati, Columbus, Louisville, Detroit, New York City, and San Francisco before it got to be too much.

I recently reached "senior citizen" status. My personal story has evolved in recent years so I will provide a brief overview of my checkered past for inquiring minds. I am married to wife Joanie and we lived in Cincinnati for 30+ years where we raised our two daughters, Emily and Sarah. I grew-up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a full appreciation for great cajun food and the Mardi Gras "laissez les bon temps rouler" (Let the Good Times Roll) approach to life.

I have a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State. My early work experience was in special machine design for factory automation and early CAD/CAM software development. For the past 30+ years I've provided national and international collaborative R&D project management for machine tool builder Cincinnati Milacron (through multiple re-organizations and company formations). I accumulated a well-stocked home shop and have many assorted hobby interests. I retired from my day job in 2018.

The wife and I have down-sized and relocated from Cincinnati to be closer to family. We now have a smaller home in Louisville (near married daughter Sarah) and and even smaller 2nd-home in Greenville, SC (near married daughter Emily and our first grandchild Julia). I have parted-out many of my home shop machines between Hive13 in Cincinnati, LVL1 in Louisvile, and Synergy Mill in Greenville, SC. We split our time 51/49% between homes and travel, making it back to Cincinnati every-now-and-then. I am a member at all three makerspaces and highly recommend the retired life.

Feel free to reach out if you want to contact me; and cell 513.300.5164

HIVE13 Projects

Hive projects I'm working on:

Other Projects

Other projects not directly related to the HIVE


  • Machine Design
  • CNC
  • NC programming
  • Woodworking
  • Blender

Skills Wanted

  • Electrical Engineering