tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:/posts BuildsByGideon 2020-11-28T04:50:32Z Gideon Harris tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1622138 2020-11-28T04:50:32Z 2020-11-28T04:50:32Z Become the Teen Your Boss Wants to Hire

Through a lot of reading and talking with people, I've found that there are quite a few things you can do early on as a teen that can propel you really far! 

One of those things is becoming someone that your desired boss would have a hard time not hiring you. For the most part, actual work experience isn't something you can have under your belt, so you will have to compensate elsewhere. 

I've found that if you put yourself in your boss's shoes, you can get a pretty good idea of the kind of person they would want to hire. No matter what the field of work, genuine interest plays a massive part in choosing someone to hire. Showing that you're interested in the work and proving that you are someone who will learn on your own is massive; just by doing that, you set yourself apart from most of your peers. The problem is how to show that you are the kind of guy that does go above and beyond the call of duty? 

Having a blog or Instagram page is an excellent way of doing this. I really like Instagram because it's free to post, and you can get a really nice visual overview of the posts when you visit someone's page. A blog is really nice for longer story formats, where you have the freedom of showcasing your project better. Doing this also gives you the ability to improve your writing skills and pick up the terminology for the industry you want to work in. 

Key takeaways:

1) There are so many small things you can do as a teen that can massively increase your chances of getting hired

2) Put yourself in your desired boss's shoes and ask yourself what kind of person you would hire

3) Showing interest and willingness to spend your free time learning more about it sets you aside from your peers

4) Starting a blog or Instagram is an amazing way to showcase what you've done and get the message across that you are a guy who enjoys working in that industry. 

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1622136 2020-11-28T04:49:09Z 2020-11-28T04:49:09Z Strive vs Survive
I've found that I feel two major things, and they define how I show up for those around me. Those two things are striving and surviving.

If you're sick, down, or depressed, you tend to have a self-centered outlook on life, and I see this as the survival mode. I find that if things don't pan out the way I expected at work and I'm absolutely exhausted when I get back, I don't feel like assisting those around me. I don't look for opportunities to serve and give. This leads to inaction in my own projects and a blah feeling, which causes me to sit on the couch for hours watching videos.

Compared to the strive mode, where you are going places, you make and set goals, you push for bigger and better things, and you're excited to see the challenges you might face. Being in the strive mode, you are the most giving and want to build people up; you want to do something great! You're ready for anything and want to take on new projects and fight big battles!

Getting out of the survive and into the strive mode has been something I've been trying to figure out for some time, and I think part of the reason is how much you do day today. If you're constantly pushing and rarely take a breather, it drains you and puts you in a state of trying to survive the day. Brendon Burchard uses the method of leaving your feelings and emotions when you transition to a different work or situation setting. He does light meditation, releases all the pent up emotions from those things he just finished and came into the new situation with a clear mind and ready for anything that might come!

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1622083 2020-11-28T04:48:23Z 2020-11-28T04:48:24Z Motivation & Mindsets - Consistency Over the Long Term
Something I read and hear from many great leaders is consistency. Doing something regularly day after day!

The major problem with doing something consistently is sustainability. Is what you're doing something you can continue doing weeks, months, or even years down the line? Weathering through the times when you really don't want to do it, and yet continuing. I've found two major camps in accomplishing any goal: motivation, and the other is a mindset change.

Motivation can be found in anyone; everyone gets motivated by something; if not, we wouldn't get out of bed in the morning, we wouldn't have a will or reason to live and go brain dead or otherwise. Motivation is something that can take someone's potential and actualize it. It's getting someone almost 300lbs to eat healthily and lose nearly 100lbs in a relatively short time period. It's the drive for going after something. However, it doesn't last; motivation fades as things start to slow down or get into a rhythm and we become desensitized to what we've accomplished, and without a clear vision for the end goal, there is a lapse into old behavior. I always thought that motivation, once had, would keep you going forever, it would take you leaps and bounds, and that's what would generate more motivation and energy. This is true to a certain extent, but after a while, it becomes commonplace, or we lose interest in the goal.

Having that thought of "I'm going to lose motivation sometime down the line" in the back of your head as you're going into a new project or idea sets you up for success. You can then ask yourself, "alright, I'm going to lose motivation for this, what will I do when I don't feel like it anymore," and that's something that I've found you need to answer before going for a goal, if not you will fall off the path. If you set in place small changes that you know you can consistently do over the long term, you will go much farther, even though you feel like you could move mountains initially, and doing small things doesn't make any sense.

Motivation is something that gets you started; mindset is what keeps you going.

Key takeaways:
1) Everyone is motivated by something; if not, they wouldn't have a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
2) Motivation is a huge power, but it's not sustainable; there must be a mindset change for lasting impact.
3) Sustainability is more important than doing something big at the moment.
4) Making small changes, in the beginning, feels counter-intuitive, but can keep you going over the long term
Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1621556 2020-11-26T17:52:46Z 2020-11-26T17:52:46Z The Most Rebellious Thing You Can Do As a Teen
I am extremely grateful for my family. I've grown much closer to my parents and siblings this year and have much deeper connections with each of them!

I'd say one of the biggest mindset changes I've had this year was asking and taking the advice of parents and mentors. In the past, I would want to figure everything out on my own, and I still struggle with this, but I've come to realize that there really isn't anything new, and most of what I am going through has already been figured out or gone through by others. So why not just take their advice, and save me the headache? This has been a question I've asked myself a lot when I go down the path of trying to do things all on my own. I think the answer is pride. I want to be the guy who figured it all out; I don't want to take assistance as it could be seen as weak.

But on the other hand, I absolutely don't want to be the guy that goes along with the crowd. Coming to find out that many people try to figure things out on their own is the "popular" thing to do, turned me away from wanting to do that. So started my journey of asking, researching, and testing solutions to problems I was having, and going about it in a non-conventional way. Asking my parents for advice and heeding it is about the most rebellious thing I can do!

All my life, I wanted to be extraordinary, different. Starting in my teens to work toward setting myself up for the future has been one of the most "different" ways I can be. I don't want to take the heavily trodden path; I want to take the path that few have gone. I want to take advice from people and not disregard it.

Key take away:
1) There are so much value and wisdom from those more experienced than me, and just asking can save you many headaches
2) People want to help you
3) Taking advice from older, wiser people is about the most rebellious thing you can do as a teen.
Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1621555 2020-11-26T17:52:00Z 2020-11-26T17:52:00Z 2020 - Best Year of My Life!
I can say without a doubt that 2020 has been the absolute best year of my life! I've learned so much, and my motivation to really kick off my career and personal well being to new levels!

One of the biggest changes this year was my weight-loss! I am very thankful that I was able to find and follow the weight-loss plan that I did. It was significantly easier than I expected, and I lost nearly 100 pounds in 7 months! I'm not quite at my goal weight, but I will be pushing for that before the year concludes.

Another big area in my life. I am very grateful for is my work. During the midst of Covid, my boss decided to hire me on and had to jump through some legal hoops to do so. I've been very blessed to have him as my boss/mentor, and he's taken me under his wing in many ways, teaching and challenging me with many projects I wouldn't see for years at other shops!

I've made the most life changes this year and had so many opportunities to serve, love, and grow. I would almost say more than all my previous years combined! Though many have struggled during this time with work and uncertain futures, I was able to rise above the feeling of "it doesn't matter, it's Covid, I can give myself some leeway" and taking advantage of the opportunities given. I'm not saying this to boast, but to encourage those struggling with the feeling of, I can wait, to say no. Now is the most important time for everything; your life is defined by your now. Sitting on your phone for just one more hour is not going to be good for your long term health and happiness!

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1621554 2020-11-26T17:51:17Z 2020-11-26T17:51:17Z Do It Anyway - Making the Hard Decision To Stay on Track
It's Thanksgiving morning today, and I'm out for my 3-mile morning run!

I am absolutely not looking forward to it, and the temperature is freezing outside right now. The one thing that's keeping me going is that it's just what I do, and I don't really have a choice in the matter. I've found that you can actually train yourself to do things almost unconsciously, even making decisions without thinking about it. Not going on this run would be as weird as jumping off a cliff into a pool of icy water. I don't really enjoy going out in the freezing wind every morning, but it gets better after your body starts to warm up.

Another key reason for running, this morning of all mornings, is to prevent the idea of overeating from getting into my head. If I haven't done anything productive or helpful in the day, I typically don't do anything productive or helpful for the rest of the day. I'll think to myself, "I already messed this day up; what's another bad choice going to do?" and that leads to overeating, poor moods, and poor performance.

Another huge thing I have to fight against is the thought of "it's the holidays, it doesn't matter, I can make an exception just for today" that's great and all, but without pre-defined restrictions leads to self-indulgence and sluggishness. I don't even properly enjoy the foods I want to eat because I have too many of them. Having specific plans for what you do is super important and gives you clear guidelines as to what is too much or little.
Key take ways:

1) Do it anyway; you may not like it right now, or even in a few hours after
2) Having something, anything, that you accomplished sets your day off on the right foot
3) Not doing something good or productive may lead you not to perform as well as you could later.
4) Don't let holidays be an excuse to pause good habits
Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1621192 2020-11-25T18:12:43Z 2020-11-25T18:12:43Z Video Content Creation System Building
One of my goals before 2020 ends is to upload 100 videos with written formats to my blog, Instagram, and YouTube. I calculated that if I do three a day, six days a week, I can manage to squeeze it in before 2021!

Time is of the essence with these videos, so I'm not focusing on the image quality, sound, or even speaking. I want to get as much content out there as possible and improve things along the way. I had to build a system for creating these videos, a simple step-by-step process I can follow to minimize wasted time and energy and get in my daily quota. Right now, it takes about 20 minutes from start to finish of each video, which means coming up with the topic to talk about, writing, editing, recording, making thumbnails, and uploading to social media.

My process is to find a topic to talk about, limit myself to only talk about that particular thing, and write no more than three paragraphs on it, then a takeaway at the end as something I can use to ensure I cover all the topics in the video and helpful for readers. I briefly edit the post and record the video. From there, I take a screenshot of the video and bring it into my already setup thumbnail creator, one for YouTube and one for Instagram. I'll upload the video directly from my phone to YouTube without content or image, and while that's uploading, I'll upload the Instagram post. Finally, I add the last detail to the YouTube channel, imbed it in my blog post, and publish it.

Key Takeaways:
1)  Reaching difficult goals isn't that hard if you have a plan and process
2)  You don't need perfect quality to get out there; you can get much farther just by showing up every day
3) Build systems that are easy to follow and don't take a lot of time
4) Enjoy the challenge!
Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1621171 2020-11-25T17:28:55Z 2020-11-25T17:28:55Z Alternatives to Pop Music
I hear all the time from great leaders that being aware of what content you're putting in your head is huge!

I find that if I listen to a lot of music with depressing or sad lyrics, it will often bleed into the rest of my life. It's like there's a guy in my head listening to it as reality, and that subconsciously makes me not feel like doing anything. The results come out as sitting on the couch longer or procrastinating tasks I need to get done, and the feeling of it doesn't really matter. Brendon Burchard says all the time, "Garbage in, garbage out" you will inevitably come in contact with down or depressing content throughout the day, but limiting your contact with it, I've found, will greatly improve your mood and motivations!

I really enjoy pop music; the tunes and upbeat feel about them is delightful; however, the lyrics are seldom appropriate or uplifting. I didn't want to remove the pop genre from my playlists completely, so I decided to try something new. Still listen to pop music but in different languages. Hear me out; you get all the benefits of the tunes and vibe of the songs and the good singing, without having to listen to trashy lyrics! Plus, you get the added benefit of being different and trying new things; I found that this opened a whole new genre that I previously wouldn't have even thought of!

Key Takeaways:
1) Be aware of what you put in your head; if its depressing content, that will move over your mood and motivations
2) Filter out bad music, replace it with an alternative
3) Listening to pop music in different languages gives you all the benefits of what you already enjoy consuming, without having to hear garbage lyrics.

4) Trying new genres and music styles from other countries open your pallet to genres you may have never heard of before. It also makes you different!

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1621162 2020-11-25T17:25:52Z 2020-11-25T17:25:52Z Morning Workout Routine Building as a Teen
I've found that building a regular and consistent morning schedule is massively comforting always to have. No matter what happens in the day, I've got something that will be constant, and I can expect that in my morning routine.

I always do something in that routine that is always making me grow, or at least not fall backward on progress. I find doing this gives me a sense of, if everything else goes wrong today, at least I did something in this morning that got me a tiny bit farther than yesterday. I alternate weightlifting and running in the mornings for 6 days a week for my own workout routine. For my gym workouts, I'll heavily focus on one area of my body and push hard on that area for about 30 minutes. Today was leg day, so I did many weighted squats, leg raises, leg extension, and lunges with DBs. I always have a 5-minute warm-up and cool down on the elliptical that gets my heart rate up and loosens any stiff muscles.

Talking with someone I greatly look up to, he mentioned that training on weightlifting machines is not an idea, or rather, not the most bang for your buck. Basically, if you are using a machine at the gym that specifically targets one muscle in your body, it does a magnificent job building that one spot. However, the benefits of doing free-weights are that you get the muscle-building everywhere and not only those you're trying to target. Like with a bench press, if it's a hydraulic machine one, you don't need to worry about balancing the bar, so you don't get that added strength training. You're building muscle for it to be used, and the chances of you lifting something that doesn't require balance to some extent is very unlikely.

I've also heard that you build the most muscle when you are at the end of your strength. It forces your muscle to go past the point at which it had stored muscle and tells your body to grow that area. Talking with the owner of the gym I go to, he shared with me his workout process. He outlined doing 3 sets of max weight (12, 10, and 8 reps), then doing as many reps as you could do at a lower weight (typically 60% of your max) for 35-45 seconds. It confuses your muscles and gives you new overall max weight strength and endurance for doing more reps!

I am by no means an expert in any of this, but through a lot of trial and error, I've got a pretty decent system down, and I'm able to do it, which is most important consistently!

Key takeaways:
  1. Routines are good; they give you something that you can count on and feel good about
  2. Exercising your body or brain consistently, even small is amazing; it gives you a sense of accomplishment even if you do nothing else the rest of the day.
  3. Machines are good, but free-weights are best.
  4. Push your muscles past their comfort point
  5. Making your front hard push in the beginning, then smaller, longer endurance training, builds a well-rounded muscle. 

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1621017 2020-11-25T04:54:08Z 2020-11-25T17:50:27Z The Compound Effect - Doing Small Things As a Teen Consistently
Reading through the book "The Compound Effect" by Darren Hardy, that got recommended to me by one of the guys in my mastermind group.

The book basically outlines that making small changes in the present makes huge differences in your life long term. It's the whole parable of the king, the wise man, and the rice. The king wanted to reward his advisor for an excellent piece of advice, and the wise man replied, 'the reward is more than enough for me that you took it.' But the king insisted, and the wise man said, alright, you could reward me by giving me one grain of rice on the first day, then double it each day for each square on a chessboard. And the king thinking it ridiculous said it would be. The first day the king sent the single grain of rice on a platter followed by a great parade of people, mocking the wise man in his weird request. As it came to pass, toward the end of the days, there wasn't enough rice in the entire country to fulfill what the king had promised.

The compound effect is massive, making one simple small act here and now can reap huge benefits down the line. The key is consistency, whatever it is, almost however small it is, as long as you are consistent in it, you will go far.

It's been hugely comforting to hear that again in another book and gives me great encouragement to continue being consistent in the things that don't necessarily give me a lot of value right now, but I know will down the line!

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1621014 2020-11-25T04:53:21Z 2020-11-25T04:53:32Z How I Find Good Learning Resources as a Teen
The biggest part of furthering yourself is finding good resources that teach you well and teach you the right things.
I've found that if you look up "how to do better in school" or "how to make money fast," you will get thousands of videos, blog posts, and courses. Wading through all of that is extremely difficult and very time-consuming, plus you don't know what's good and what's BS.

Most of what you get when you do the first search or couple searches is pretty basic information and businesses trying to sell you something. You want to move past this and find the meat of the content. Learning how to do that well is a valuable skill to have in your arsenal.

Thus, I had to put together my own system for finding the right content and doing so in an efficient manner. The basic principle goes: google the broad subject question, speed read and watch a few videos to find the terminology, google the new terms and repeat until you find what you're looking for. Along the way, you will typically discover if it's even worth diving further into or just giving up on the idea.

Key takeaways:
  • Finding the right content is difficult and requires you to be intentional about how you find your learning resource.
  • Many people use general searching terms to do quick promotions and feed off the people who are only mildly interested. You want to move past that and find the real meat of the subject.
  • Google broad subject, find the subject's terminology, search the new learned names, and narrow down your focus. 

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1621008 2020-11-25T04:50:45Z 2020-11-25T04:50:46Z Writing - Early Teen Years to Now
Something I've noticed from a lot of great leaders is their ability to speak and write well. You really don't have to be the best in any given avenue, and just being able to speak and write with confidence gets you miles ahead of the competition. People with good writing and or speaking skills really stand out; if they can clearly voice their thoughts, they get more attention. This makes sense; someone who can ask a good question stands out more in our minds than someone with a long-winded or common one.

This is a good and bad thing. Individuals with greater talent in any given subject may not get as far and so not have the opportunity to develop their talents fully. On the other hand, someone not quite as bright as the first now has the chance to soar above and make greater strides in their career.

My parents greatly encouraged us from a young age to start our own blogs and write posts about topics we are specifically interested in. They would review what we wrote and sat down with us to improve it and be more specific. Since then, writing has become almost as natural as talking, and I often only need to write a post in one shot and have little to no need for editing it. Writing a 3 paragraph post on what I worked on that day took me upwards of 2 hours to write. Now I'm able to blow through it in about 15 minutes!

  • Writing is critical to get your message across, and doing it well makes you stand out.
  • You don't have to be the best; you just have to be able to speak or write better than those around you.
  • It's good and bad; the guy with more talent may not have the same opportunities as one with less, but a good speaking or writing ability.
  • Personal story, how I got started years ago from my parent encouraging us to do it regularly. 

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1620421 2020-11-23T18:59:19Z 2020-11-23T19:28:00Z Building My Own Learning Course
I've found that there is almost no limit to the amount of information you can find for free online, and a lot of courses, be it college or otherwise, are just people who condense and put that together in an organized form of teaching. Finding relevant information that can impact your life is the difficult part. 

I've read many business and performance books that don't have specific relevance to my life right now, being only 17. This is good and bad, bad because you have to do all the work to improve yourself and you may waste time working on things that don't help. Good because you can go much farther and faster than through courses, plus all the knowledge you gained that wasn't relevant to you now maybe, later on, thus being an investment.

Because of this, I've had to change my mindset on learning from others and actually test out the advice given and see if it works for me. I also realized that a lot of the greater performance books have very similar information between them, and the key thing that makes one stand out from another is primarily how they deliver it. This doesn't mean that one book is "better" than another, but might connect better with certain people over others.

  1. Knowledge is everywhere and free
  2. Teaching yourself takes a lot of work
  3. Not everything is relevant, and that's okay
  4. you learn much more on your own, and stuff that doesn't apply now will later
  5. Performance same general concepts, one might connect over another

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1619836 2020-11-22T06:19:11Z 2020-11-23T03:26:24Z Morning Routines

I really started to get interested in the high-performance world was when I got turned on to Brendon Bruchard. 

One of the major key things I got from him and absolutely caught my attention was his consistency in showing up every day, always moving forward, and not having big ruts. 

He figured out how to plan out your life in such a way that keeps you always going, living every moment intentionally, and enjoying time with loved ones without the stress of work or education getting in the way. 

He talks a lot about building regular routines, eating right, and planning your time in blocks throughout the day. I've experimented quite a bit with my own workout regimens and still working on optimizing it. But I've come down to a six-day week morning workout routine run and lift weights each day, one alternating the other for six days, the last thing before I start my day at 6:30 AM. I start each weekday, waking up at 4:30; I get dressed and read from the bible for 15 minutes while sipping my coffee. I then review my 'Life Plan' and plan my day out in a journal, setting my mind on the things coming up in the day to stay focused.

It was definitely difficult waking up every morning at 4:30, but I've found huge benefits from the regular daily routine; I've got a mostly clear mind, I have my blood pumping and heart rate up, and I have my quiet time to gently meditate and read. I really enjoy spending those moments on my own, before the rest of the house gets up, just being in the moment and not ruminating on stresses in life. 

I'm still a beginner in building my mornings, and I know I will make many changes as I go! I by no means have a perfect routine, and I am not as 'present' as I would like to be. I also have a hard time sticking to my plans for the day, except when involved with other individuals.

Brendon Burchard, someone I look up to and has been the backbone of much of my learning in the high-performance world! 

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1619616 2020-11-21T06:09:16Z 2020-11-23T02:57:02Z Remembering Things Longer - Moonwalking with Einstein

I was recently listening to a podcast episode by Cliff Ravenscraft, where he shared his experience trying out memory retention exercises he learned through the book "Moonwalking with Einstein" by Joshua Free.

I picked up the book on audible this morning and am a few chapters in, and it's got me absolutely captivated with the ideas and concepts outlined!

The main practical takeaway I got from it is when trying to remember things like lists, or people, you can tie those new instances to existing memories and places. Everyone has an easier time remembering physical locations over numbers or raw things. Joshua gave an instance where he was challenged to remember a list of fifteen to-do items. Initially, he could only remember a few of the first on the list, but he could recite them flawlessly once he was taught to tie those objects to specific memories. 

For example, let's say I have a shopping list with the following items:

Flour, Plastic bins, milk, cheddar cheese, chips, cinnamon, paper plates, olive oil, and chai tea.

I brought up an image of my home; I walked up to the mailbox and opened it to a poof of flour in my face. I then walk past my brother's car, and he has it jacked up on four plastic bins under each wheel; walking past that to the front door, I see a cow, mooing loudly to be milked. I step through the front door and look at the key bowl, only to find it overflowing with yellow cheese. I walk to the stairs and begin to ascend them, but there is a crunching noise under my feet, and I look down to see piles of chips on every single step, and each makes a louder sound than the one before. I reach the top of the landing, and it's a blur of brown; it difficult to breathe, and I'm almost choking on the cinnamon in the air. I walk to the bathroom to my right and find the toilet seat covered in paper plates, stacked all the way to the ceiling. I walk past the bathroom and look into my brother's room to see his brand new water-cooled computer flowing with a transparent green liquid. It's getting pumped from a 50-gallon bucket of olive oil in the corner of the room; it's some new thing he heard online that makes your computer run much faster. I run to my bedroom only to find a giant Starbucks venti chai tea latte drink sitting in the middle of the room. 

You're really building a story, a walkthrough in the first person of your known locations. The more outlandish the object you're trying to remember in the story, the better. If it was commonplace, like the cheese in the refrigerator, it would blend into the background and wouldn't be memorable. 

I haven't yet gotten to how you can use this for remembering things like a deck of cards, as using places would take a long time to build, and you would eventually run out of things in your mental rooms. But for remembering list items, it works wonders! I still can remember almost every single item from the example Cliff Ravenscraft gave teaching his daughter these ideas. 

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1619518 2020-11-20T22:29:05Z 2020-11-20T22:29:05Z Machinist Apprentice | Anodizing | Day 114

Getting these kits sent out to get anodized today! 

Only have ten made so far, but my boss is eager to get this out the door, so we're doing a smaller initial batch to get them going!

This project is a kit assembly that one would receive with a few tools to put it together and use as a desk toy. Each piece consists of four operations, two before anodizing, and two after it comes back to highlight certain features. I'm really excited to see the finished product and eagerly wait for the return! 

I spent the remainder of the day working on programming a toy truck for a marketing campaign. It will be a 5-axis project and the truck 3D model I recently finished up, so I'm pretty excited to see the actual vehicle in hand!

I have next week off, so there probably won't be any new posts on this Instagram page until the end of November!

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1619214 2020-11-20T04:43:02Z 2020-11-20T04:43:24Z The Start of Something Great!

Starting a new idea venture, sharing what I am learning in personal development and the following is my first post and first of hopefully many videos, I plan to upload and share my experience!

One thing I find in common from almost every autobiography, business books, and great leaders is some form of the phrase "I wish I knew now at an earlier age". 

Wisdom is something I think everyone wants, but the means to gain wisdom is not always easy. For my own generation, there is a massive disconnect between parents and their children. We will often discount the wisdom from our father or mother and consider it not relevant or "old fashioned" where in reality, they are sharing with us mistakes they made and how to avoid them for ourselves. 

I am very rebellious, rebellious from my own generation. I cannot stand being just like everyone else, I want to be different, and one major way I've found to be different is doing my best to take advantage of the wisdom shared by older, wiser individuals and do my utmost to understand and apply them to my life. 

I want to take the fifth commandment, "honor thy father and thy mother," and take it to a further level than it is commonly seen. There are amazing rewards for showing honor and following their commands, as well as recommendations! 

Not everything I've learned is useful or connects, but it's worth trying out, for the things I have found helpful have been huge life changers!

I rest in the knowledge that I will never be in the know. I will always be a student; the second I think I have "arrived" is the second I slow my capacity for gaining new thoughts and insights. 

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1619061 2020-11-19T21:47:15Z 2020-11-19T21:47:15Z Machinist Apprentice | Bandsaw Repair | Day 113

I spent a good portion of the day just cleaning up the shop and restoring it to its former (mostly) organized glory!

The small manual bandsaw has been out of commission for a few weeks now due to a worn-out belt on the lower wheel, so we've had to use the larger, self-feeding one to cut all the raw stock. I spent a frustrating hour cleaning the wheel from the old rubber and plastic bonder that sealed the belt to the metal frame. Getting the new belt on proved to be much easier of a task, and after letting it sit in a bath of hot water for a few minutes, I was able to get it on and set the bandsaw back up again!

Unfortunately, the little guard plate that goes around the blade was lost years ago, so my boss used a make-shift plate of acrylic with a slice to the center of it to prevent anything from falling and getting caught in the blade. I was given the task of making a new guard plate out of some scrap aluminum stock, so after a few quick measurements, I came up with a simple design in Fusion360! 

I'm actually quite pleased with how little time it took to design, program, set up the machine, and run the part! All in all, there were maybe twenty-two minutes of work before the piece was complete. I only needed to do a single operation, so once it was finished, I flipped it over and surfaced the top until I got my desired thickness! The fit was a little snug, so I filed the edges a bit to get it to sit better.

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1618703 2020-11-18T21:49:56Z 2020-11-18T21:49:57Z Machinist Apprentice | Fusion360 Surface Molding | Day 112

Working on a 3D design project today and got to explore some more of Fusion360's design features!

I was tasked with re-creating a vehicle only product images provided by a third-party source. I have no access to technical drawings and wouldn't even know how to use them properly to re-create the car's 3D model.

I started this project a couple of weeks ago and had mostly finished the model; however, there were some small design changes my boss wanted me to make machining it easier. One was to make the top cab half of the vehicle parallel from the bottom base to the roof, to contour the whole top piece with a single swarf toolpath. 

The whole upper cab consisted of a 3D surface and was tapered from top to bottom, so conventional "block" modeling wouldn't work in this scenario. I ended up using a loft toolpath and drew two reference sketches to pull the model from. This created exactly what I was looking for, and I had vertical lines connecting the two surfaces.

One of the problems I ran into, though, was making small edits to these 3D surfaces, like the top roof of the cab, which had a crowned shape from one end to the other. I was brought into the whole 3D design world primarily using what I call the "block modeling" method; the basic idea is you start with a sketch, pull it into a 3D model, from there, I either add or subtract from the design until I get my desired shape. 

I started looking more into the different design capabilities of Fusion360 and found that the surface modeling would work really well for my purpose! The surface design method creates flat planes, intersects with one another, and then trim and stitch what you have leftover to create a solid model. Compared to the solid modeling method, you can only create solid objects and aren't able to remove faces.

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1618414 2020-11-18T00:21:40Z 2020-11-18T00:23:15Z Machinist Apprentice | Delrin Pins & Personal Experience | Day 111

I finally finished the eight sets of Delrin part today and got them shipped out!

This was quite an intense job, with a fairly short timeline of a week to get all these pieces out, but I've learned quite a bit from this job, which makes it worth the stress I went through!

I finished the final set of parts this morning, which consisted of facing the backside and chamfering the edges, which required a straightforward setup. I used parallels to hold the piece upright in the vice. A hard stop at one side for repeatability, decked the top off manually by one thou to ensure I had a flat surface, measured it, and offset the height to get the correct tool offsets and dialed my work zero to one of the holes. 

Though frustrating at first, I'm actually starting to enjoy setting up vices and finding the center of holes using my Mitutoyo tenth indicator. I'm starting to get the hang of it, and setting up a vice takes less than five minutes; compared to when I started, it took me upwards of twenty! And I've got my hole location time from forty minutes to about six!

All in all, the time taken for these parts comes out to about 32 hours over 1.5 weeks, which isn't too bad considering the learning curve for this new material!

One of the features of a few of these pieces is some location pins placed outside the parts. Initially, I thought I would have to machine these directly into the stock, but my boss consulted the client, who said it would be fine to drill and use pins instead. My boss made the pins for these pieces due to the time crunch to get the order out, and I found it very interesting how he went about it.

He used a scrap cut-off stock from the previous parts, set it up in the vice upright, then used a 1/8" endmill and interpolated the pins from the top down with a very slight ramp. This left each pin in its own little pocket, and he took another pass down from the top, this time only cutting two tenths (approx 1/20th the thickness of a human hair) off the side of the pin. I asked him afterward why he made the parts the way he did, and he said that the interpretation from the top was because all the cutting pressure would be found up and down and not side to side, thus creating an almost perfect part. 

He also said that the two-tenths cut was to clean up any tool drifting from the cut before. Before cutting the pins out, he put a layer of tape over the whole block of stock, which would keep all the pens upright and prevent them from moving around while getting sawed off. Finally, he used a slitting saw blade and took two passes on either side of the stock to cut the parts loose leaving a few thou in the center to keep them from getting marred by the saw. The pins came out looking absolutely beautiful, and every single one was within a few tenths!

Getting the pins put in place was also extremely easy and only took a few minutes to do each piece. My boss set up a small plate equal to the desired stick out the length of each pin and showed me how to use an Exacto knife to gently scrape the pin's side that would be inside the part. This would allow the air to escape while putting them in, and I wouldn't have to force anything down. I then flipped the plate over and pushed the pin through it into the part until it was flush with the top surface of the guide block.  

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1618077 2020-11-17T04:47:51Z 2020-11-22T21:52:12Z Emerging Men Mastermind Group

I've wanted to join a mastermind group for some time now and was recently allowed to apply for one hosted by View From the Top, specifically for young men!

A mastermind group typically consists of 5-8 people getting together regularly to discuss ideas, keep one another accountable, and set future goals. It's basically a converging of several brains together to create a "supercomputer," from which the name mastermind came. Most mastermind groups are centered around business, and the one I am joining is divided between career, family, faith, and personal development. 

I led this group through a close family friend who I was asking for advice on starting my own mastermind group, and he referred me to Paul Edwards, one of the men in his own group who mentored younger people in his church. He invited me to apply for the young men's View From the Top, which then led to an interview, and later got accepted to join!

I was asked to record a short video introducing myself to the rest of the group and decided to post a copy of it here for future reference :)

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1618038 2020-11-17T02:07:43Z 2020-11-17T02:07:44Z Machinist Apprentice | Complicated Delrin Parts | Day 110

Finally, getting the last of this Delrin project finished up and got the final pieces' first operation!

This last part really threw me for a loop, and when picking up the initial stock for it, I mismeasured the size of it, leading to a rushed order that only arrived this morning. The piece has very minimal features and could almost be done in a single operation; however, the tricky part about it was its size. 

This piece is fairly similar in shape to the skateboard truck assembly I made a few weeks ago, with a flat plate, then a large block in the center. Because of the large block in the middle, the machine would take quite a bit of time removing the material from the sides. I was able to shave a bit of time off the complete run by manually cutting out the corner pockets in the vice before putting it back on the fixture plate to finish up.

Delrin is an interesting material to say the least, its got hard solid chips when cut with a sharp endmill, but with dull ones, it gums up quite bad. It also can fluxuate and move depending the temperature, which really confused me when I found my parts a thou or two under after pulling them out of the machine, then nearly spot on a few minutes later.

The maximum flute length we have is barely 1," and the part is approx 1.5"; this requires multiple stepdowns, which leaves marks on the finished surface from the tool depths, as well as chatter from the endmill jumping around. Unfortunately, there wasn't any way of fixing this on the machine, and would have to be cleaned up by hand with a razor blade, taking very light passes until the surface was smooth.

Once the first operation is complete with these last two parts, I can hold it in a vice, deck the top, and chamfer the edges before shipping everything out!

I also was able to finish up the final drilling and pocketing operations for the other parts, using the jigplate I setup last week (see previous post). Had no issues setting it all up and ran through each part smoothly!

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1616190 2020-11-14T05:20:59Z 2020-11-14T05:34:25Z Machinist Apprentice | Delrin Peices | Day 108-109

For these larger pieces, I'm using 5" round stock cut into slabs 1" thick. The benefits of using round stock are the greater strength in the material with the parts holding together better, and with it being round, it makes setup extremely easy. The downside is a material waste since the parts are rectangular, there is a significant portion of the disk that gets thrown away. 

I ran into some issues when cutting the parts out where the contour toolpath would snap my endmills when it did the lead-out. Since these parts have flat walls, I'm able to use contour toolpaths to cut it out of the main block; the problem I ran into was with the tool exiting the material, it would pull out to the side crash directly into the remaining stock. Unfortunately, the contour toolpath is a 2D operation, so it only reads the geometry you reference and nothing else. 

One solution was to drill a hole down to the bottom to have the tool move into the hole before retracting; the downside is that you have the extra run time with the tool change and drilling. Another solution was to remove the lead-out and have the endmill pull straight up at the end. This isn't ideal, as if there is any vibration, the tool would leave a mark on the side of the part. 

I talked to my boss a bit, and he said in Mastercam, the contour toolpath does a spiral down to each step in the same spot; this creates a naturally occurring hole in the side of the part. This got me thinking about what I could add to the contour toolpath in Fusion360 and emulate this same idea. By default, the tool has a short, 90degree angled lead into the contour, but space is a bit tight for the endmill to retract without hitting a wall. 

Playing around with the lead-ins and lead-outs, I found that you can change the 90deg angle significantly higher than I initially thought. After setting it at 200 degrees, I got a really smooth double arc that curves in on itself before leading into the contour. This was exactly what I was looking for, and it created a small bump in the side of the contour with plenty of room for the finishing endmill to retract in! 

Once I got all the disk-made parts finished up, I set up a jig plate in the vice for each of the parts' final operations. There are a few small features, like holes and small pockets to clear out on the sides of the parts that I didn't have access to in the first two operations. Instead of setting up some soft jaw setup, I'm able to use the back wall of a flat plate to brace the pieces upright and take advantage of a pin to use as a hard stop, thus creating a repeating work origin with each tool set off the top of the part. 

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1615691 2020-11-12T04:26:15Z 2020-11-12T04:26:15Z Machinist Apprentice | Fusion360 Quick Tips | Day 106-107

Making enormous progress on these Delrin parts, got into a "flow state" where everything is moving really smoothly and effectively with so far no mistakes. It's not as fast as I could probably push it, but I can't really afford to make mistakes on these pieces.

The geometry of each piece is fairly similar, so creating the CAM template library has been extraordinarily helpful in the parts' programming. 

I'm also putting together a new system of operations for setting up the models for programming. The basic premise is to import the model into a new workspace, then create a manufacturers model and set up the stock as a solid model directly tied to the design's geometry. I'm finding that the stock's actual location isn't as critical as I once thought; it can be moved almost anywhere to encapsulate the piece; it just can't be moved after the first operation has begun. 

From there, I set up a "sub stock model," which is typically a plate that matches the width and length of the stock, but the height matches that of the part. In this, I can create reference geometry and/or location features for the CAM program. For an example of these Delrin parts, I made a 3D model plate with a few holes that I can use to locate when flipping the part over, and I'm able to use this sub-stock as a hard refrence. I find that adding this sub-stock model directly into your CAM setup files works really well and even acts as blocking off of milling certain features I don't want to touch until it gets flipped over. 

Another neat trick I picked up from my boss is securing the material down on the fixture plate. I'm using double-sided tape to hold it down, but to ensure that it's had a proper adhesion, I take a bar of metal and clamp both ends down across the plate, thus creating an even and applied pressure. It's a bit of a pain to move around, but I haven't had any Delrin issues coming up yet, so it's worth it in my books to prevent mistakes.

For some of the larger plates where I don't have long enough 0.25" pins, I'm using old endmills to slide the Delrin plate over, then remove them after it's properly secured on the fixture plate. 

I'm actually quite enjoying using the fixture plate, I haven't used one up until this point, and it's proven to be an excellent way of quickly locating multiple operation jobs! I'm currently trying to figure out a way to combine some of the tricks I've used for these fixture plate workholding setups over to a vice style. I really enjoy the versatility of the fixture plate. Still, I can definitely see how it's not ideal for some harder materials, especially those with many features. 

Currently working on the final few sets of parts using 5" round stock for square-ish pieces, which I'm really excited to share in my next post!

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1614746 2020-11-10T04:29:37Z 2020-11-10T04:29:37Z TELE - Content Posting - Exclusive Look

I will occasionally reach those times in my life where I feel kind of lost, and like what I'm working for doesn't really have a purpose or I'm not gaining traction. A ship drifting in the ocean of life, occasionally hitting islands of inspiration and purpose, but always by accident and never intentional. There'd be several periods where I would have a period of time where I am excited and focused on a goal for the future, but I would inevitably fall off course and lose interest in the idea. 

I took a chance on an excellent book by Michael Hyatt titled 'Living Forward' on building an envisioned future, then reviewing and revising it regularly to stay aligned with moving to your ideal life. 

Two weeks in advance, I planned for a perfect day of complete focus and escape from my normal work; I would go to my favorite place, the beach, to write my Life Plan. I envisioned a peaceful, lightly overcast day alone on the shoreline with a pen in hand, letting my mind run free with ideas! It would be just me alone with my thoughts; I wouldn't talk to anyone that day, from morning till evening, I would be dedicated to this plan! I would come back refreshed and focused with a clear vision on the next actionable steps I could take in my life. 

I really hyped myself up for this day. I started the morning off just right, with the longest run of my life before the break of dawn in a quiet, upscale neighborhood, returning to a hot cup of coffee with some lively discussions with one of my closest friends and got caught each other up with our personal lives and wellbeing. Leaving for the ocean shortly before noon, I made it to a lovely course beach full of happy people showing their smiles through their facemasks. This will be an amazing and productive day!

After finding a comfortable spot on the rocky shoreline right above the ocean spray, with the sunlight shining down on my laptop screen, I got down to putting my thoughts into a structured plan showing me the steps I need to take my life to the next level. After a few minutes of ensuring I wouldn't get distracted by reading my messages and giving myself the peace of mind knowing that there wasn't anything or anyone waiting for me, I put my fingers on the keyboard and started writing! I got a few paragraphs in on my expected 14-page life plan before I took a break for lunch.

I climbed to the top of the steep hill overlooking the scattered camp of tents by the ocean and enjoyed my chilled fried veggies, sausage, and cheese, as the warm fifty-degree wind blew by. After spending an hour enjoying the view and lightly meditating, I got back down into my focused mind space, where I cranked out a few pages before it was time to go home. I left there knowing I put in a good hard day of focused and intentional work, not succumbing to procrastination and distraction. I enjoyed a pleasant evening with friends huddled in the corner, furiously writing the last few pages before heading to bed. 

My life plan was not pretty, but I was able to get the basics out, and having an imperfect plan was not ideal but I had something to work off of. I didn't put it off that day and I was able to build and edit it over time to more closely match my envisioned future. I am not entirely happy with my focus that day and definitely could have done a better job setting myself up for success by preparing in advance for those inevitable distractions. However, I came out with a product of my work, and that is why that was one of the biggest pivotal changes in my mindset. Producing an imperfect result, something that can be refined down the line.

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1614739 2020-11-10T03:06:24Z 2020-11-10T03:26:36Z Machinist Apprentice | Delrin Cutting With CAM Templates | Day 104-105

I got to work on these Delrin parts this morning, and I'm extremely pleased with how my new CAM system is working so far!

As mentioned in previous posts, I'm working on building a CAM template library inside of Fusion360 for specific sets of toolpath operations to speed up workflow and reduce the programming time. I'm taking my time making small tweaks to the program for these very basic 2.5 operation parts and ensuring everything works just like I want it with no changes done on the machine. 

Once I got the first set of parts finished and CAM templates saved, I could do the second in about 30 minutes. Granted, they were almost identical, but the process of setting up the stock, machine coordinate system, and updating each toolpath from the template still would have taken me a pretty good amount of time to do from scratch.

I find the manufacturer's model increasingly useful and works surprisingly well even under small changes with updating all the reference geometry. It was also useful to set up programs even if you don't have all the information yet, like your stock material size. You can create a box around your material, setting the origin point to the center of your part, so when you scale it, it scales on all sides.

For this particular project, I'm using a double-sided tape workholding method to fixture my work on the table. The first operation consists of facing the top surface, doing the minimum amount of work necessary to get that side finished, and drilling the location pins. I'm using a grid fixture plate drilled with 1/4" holes and have my work zero set to one of the pins' center. This allows me to drill two location holes on the first side, then when I flip it over, I can use one as my work zero, and the other sets the rotational origin, giving me incredible accuracy.

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1612809 2020-11-05T22:52:24Z 2020-11-05T22:52:44Z Machinist Apprentice | Templates & Delrin Parts | Day 103

We just got a contract for a few different sets of parts today, and I'm really excited to build on my template library!

These pieces will be made in Delrin, and while building the toolpath template library, I also want to build a set of tools specifically for cutting this plastic, along with specific stepdowns and feed engagements. Fusion360 has actually got quite a bit built around making tool templates, and I think building an almost automatic system isn't all that complex. It will just take a lot of time and energy to do. 

Since this project will be in Delrin, I will be making the parts differently compared to working with metal. These parts have the majority of the features on one side, and minimal work needs to be done on the other, so I will be able to use double-sided tape and pins for holding and locating my work. 

In the picture above, you can see how I set up my workpiece, taking advantage of the manufacturers modeling workspace and setup my stock there; this allows me to have a mostly clutter-free design space where I keep the 3D model separate from my CAM work, which sometimes involves external geometry references. I set up one set of the parts in a line, one in front of the other with as little space between them as I could get a 1/8" endmill through while still leaving room to clean them up. I've got a considerable margin on either end of the row of parts I will use to drill location holes. This piece plans to cut the first side's surface (to break the tension) and then do the bare minimum work. When I flip it over (using two pins at either end to keep it in the same spot), I will finish each piece and cut them out from each other. Doing it this way gives me a way to locate each piece while getting the most rigidity.

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1612563 2020-11-05T04:31:45Z 2020-11-05T04:34:29Z Product Development | Anodizing | Duif Workholding

I just wanted to put out an update for the Duif Workholding Project.

Unfortunately, I've been getting swamped in my other work, and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to allocate the time needed to make substantial progress. 

I finished up the remainder of the 10 baseplates and decided to do a tumbled surface finish. I found that the 'beaten' matt look to it is really appealing, and I think it makes it look more solid, which adds to the overall feel of the product. The next step is to anodize these and get the last two parts finished up before I can start marketing and selling them!

I am considering trying to do the anodizing myself and looked into the process a bit. From what I understand, it's a fairly complex process that doesn't require too much effort once setup. 

Reviewing a few videos on the matter, I've found that there are only a few steps to do it. You start with washing all oils off your part using a degreaser and lye. You then bathe it in a tub of battery acid and distilled water with a power source that actively sends electricity to the piece, the positive connection to the part hanging down off a rod, and the negative to a plate of lead (or cleaned aluminum) and let it soak for a few hours to get it 'anodized,' basically the process right before coloring. 

Once it's been anodized and thoroughly cleaned of battery acid, you then put the parts in a boiling bath of water and dye for a few minutes before it's finished. This is just the general outline of how it's done, and there is a lot more to the process than what I outlined above.

One of the great resources I found on this topic is a video made by ShopBuitl on YouTube entitled 'How to Anodize Aluminum', where he outlines the method he used and some of the tricks he picked up.

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1612470 2020-11-04T22:54:29Z 2020-11-04T22:54:30Z Machinist Apprentice | Systems vs Time | Day 102

One major investment that will bring the most value, in the long run, is building systems rather than trading time for your outcome. Before I dive into this, let me preface it with how I define systems and time. A system is something that is pre-built or a series of steps to take in a given order. For example, a system of getting a machine warmed up would be a checklist to follow, a few tasks outlined in a specific order. It's not necessarily the work itself, but what comes before the work. 

The major benefit of setting a system in place is that it removes the number of mistakes made. If something is proven, and you follow the same steps, you should get the same outcome. It reduces the amount of human input, which is where the root of all problems comes from, thus lowering your overall workload. The goal is to spend as little effort on the tasks that don't move the needle.

The downside to having a system is the time and effort it takes to build and even follow. It's not a simple transfer of work where you can move your time spent setting up the machine over to a checklist, but rather a thought-out process while you're going through it doing your best to optimize and remove the possibility of errors. 

Building a system gives you the time and freedom to work on other projects while your system works for you. It may not be the fastest way to do something, but it's proven, and you don't have to spend time trying to start it from scratch. 

In the case of my boss, who's been in the industry for 40+ years, he already has the knowledge and system built-in, so he doesn't spend very much time trying to figure out how to go about programming a specific part. In situations like this having a system isn't as critical but definitely still beneficial. He's built up an amazing speed for his work over time through repetition of working on so many different prototypes. There still is a certain amount that is just grunt work that doesn't require a lot of mental focus to get done, so having a system, or in this case, pre-set toolpaths already programmed greatly reduces the amount of time spent on the overall program. 

I drew a quick line graph showing the relationship between time spent in effort with systems versus scratch each time. The blue line represents starting from scratch with each project method, which has a moderate amount of effort and steadily gets lower. Whereas the orange line denoting the systems-based method shows a large upfront amount of effort required to put it in place, then drops below the blue line and steadily gets lower from there. You can see that the short term, starting from scratch with each progress brings you the most value for time spent, and you steadily get better, but the systems-based method has you pull a lot of effort to build it, but when it's set in place, it requires little effort to do the same amount of work. 

I'm primarily referring to manual, mindless work that doesn't require much thought to do. With the more complicated work, you want to have that direct mental input to do things manually. 

Harris Family
tag:buildsbygideon.com,2013:Post/1612014 2020-11-03T22:37:55Z 2020-11-03T22:47:52Z Machinist Apprentice | The Amazing Pocket Clearing Method | Day 101

One massive, dare I say life-changing thing I learned from this rocket project is the power of the pocket clearing toolpath, and except in rare cases, I think it's greatly superior to the adaptive clearing. Saying this is going against the grain a bit and maybe a bit controversial, but hear me out. 

Clearing large shallow areas with an adaptive clearing toolpath doesn't make sense when it's completely enclosed; the calculated feed to get the same bite for each cut is definitely ideal, but in most cases, adapting from a pocket will often have equal run time going to and from the cuts, thus spending 50% of the tool movement cutting the air. If time weren't a concern, then adaptive clearing would almost be the best case in every situation.

The major downside to the pocket clearing method is that you are typically putting the tool at odd loads, and in a lot of cases, you even slot the material you're cutting. Depending on how fast you have the machine running, it could chatter quite a bit, thus leaving a bad finish. But if you calculate your stepdowns to allow for slot clearing while running full speed, you don't have to worry about taking corners too fast. This may mean that to clear a deeper pocket, it takes multiple roughing stepdowns, but it would save quite a bit of time in the long run.

Even better than the time-saving aspect of pocket clearing is how versatile it is in getting into tight spaces. Adaptive clearing won't typically let you cut a groove that isn't at least double the tool diameter, or it will take a million small steps in a circular motion down the path. I wasn't really aware that the Pocket clearing method actually allows you to take slots with minimal clearance side to side. This, coupled with the smaller stepdowns, allows for some fantastic speeds while producing a great looking part!

For this project I was able to contour the part, avoiding the pins that keep it in place, and simultaneously finish both walls all with the 3D pocket clearing toolpath. It is truly amazing and will probably be my most used toolpath 

Harris Family