The Rules of ShapeOko

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Rule #1 — You will run out of M5 washers.

Rule #2 — No matter how much you talk about Rule #1, newbies will not believe it, and they will still run out of M5 washers.

Rule #3 — You will be surprised by the accuracy of the machine, you will never get bored watching the machine work.

Rule #4 — You will be frustrated by the occasional inaccuracy and mystified as to how to correct it.

Rule #5 — You will be amazed (and embarrassed) at the places you will find little white flecks of HDPE (Corollary — dust collection is never good enough to satisfy one’s significant other).

Rule #6 — You will crash the gantry, dig the tool into the spoil board, and make noise which will annoy your neighbours.

Rule #7 — No matter how cool your latest upgrade or project is, some significant person in your life will be bored by your talking about it.

Rule #8 — You will consciously choose to discount shipping from the cost of the machine due to the need to place multiple orders ’cause of that one little bit which you forgot to order the previous time. At some point you'll sleep easier if you just stop trying to account for all expenses related to the machine.

Rule #9 — There is always one more part which you need, one more run to the hardware store which must be made, one part out of stock at this store (but hopefully in stock at the next), one more upgrade which will make your machine perfect. You know you’ve gone wrong (or right) when they know your name at the hardware store and ask how your project is going.

Rule #10 — No matter how much you upgrade your machine, it is still a Shapeoko (and all upgrades to machines must be recorded in one’s signature line and documented in the wiki).

No one is a professional Shapeoko user.[1]