I love this community and for its helpfulness, responsiveness, positive tone, and deep knowledge. I want to cautiously offer this idea for consideration within the context that nothing we do should compromise the quality of the community. The stewards of this community do an excellent job of nurturing it, so perhaps after consideration by the group the idea will get the public death it deserves, with no offense taken on my part.
What if we have an annual accuracy contest?
OR we could create an ongoing running list and make a to-do when someone moved up the ranks.
- Measurements taken from the accuracy benchmark. Should there be a repeatability element? Average of 3 runs?
- To be eligible, the build must be documented according to a standard template (in the wiki?), including bits, speeds and feeds (or should this be standardized to focus on the machine rather than technique?)
- Standardized material, readily available wherever Maslows may be found.
- 3 Classes of competition: Stock (<$500), Standard (<$1000 US), and Unlimited?
Bragging rights (or maybe sponsors would pony up some goodies). The rank holder as of some annual date could make that year’s trophy with their super accurate Maslow, to be passed on to the next 1st place holder that comes along.
Problems / Concerns / Risks
- Does the competition create negative energy in the community?
- Is a relentless focus on accuracy as opposed to precision or other factors a net negative?
- Drives the accuracy of the Maslow up over time, in a well documented way.
- It might be fun?
So that’s what I could not get out of my head at 4:48am…