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This is my blog about creating a startup LED flashlight business. I'm a designer, fabricator, and strategist and I'm passionate about making ideas real. I believe that products are about people, that they should be built to last, deliver real value, and that we need to do a better job than we have in the recent past.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Haas VF-1 milling a custom flashlight head

This is a video of the final component...the flashlight head! I have the little container to the right of the vise to catch coolant. After the part finishes I dump the container of coolant over the part to clear away all of the tiny triangular chips left from the thread milling. I don't want them to get stuck inside the bore of the soft jaws and then get pressed into the finish on the head. Ask me how I know. Better yet, don't. 

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