Let the podcast go on!
Saunders may have lost his voice, but that’s not stopping these two from putting out another episode.
Get ready, goal set, go!
Grimsmo is hitting lots of goals lately. The team averaged their ideal daily production number for the ENTIRE month of March!
Grimsmo is also on his final steps of purchasing a Swiss Lathe! Learn more about its specs and the steps Grimsmo is taking to prepare for his Swiss in this episode.
Upcoming goals in the Grimsmo shop:
How to Negotiate
It’s not all about getting a lower price! There’s lots of valuable add-ons or conveniences that you can push for. If you’re the customer, you’re in a position of power! Grimsmo talks about what he negotiated for when shopping for his Swiss, and shares some strategies.
Note: Building relationships with distributors HELPS!
Customer service isn’t everything, but it’s the company’s first impression
“They just make it so easy to buy from them, and their product is quality, so why not!” - Grimsmo
Saunders makes a point for the distributor model
“Sales forces are a relic of the past” - Saunders
What to expect when you’re expecting a Swiss Lathe
Grimsmo researches necessary tooling, and preparations he has to make for his new Swiss Lathe. Watch out for a video on Grimsmo’s YouTube channel where he goes into this more!
Lapping machine vs. a great end mill in a great machine?
Grimsmo talks about tools for getting that perfect mirror finish that the Grimsmo team is quickly becoming known for.
“That is the full-Grimsmo machine!” - Grimsmo
BOM goes international!
Saunders is visiting some machine shops around Europe, and Grimsmo tags along to check out the Kern Factory in Germany, and Tornos in Switzerland. While they’re at it, they plan on taping a BOM episode in Germany.
Word of the day:
In other words, Saunders has his 5-axis Haas machine, and he’s spending some time lately getting to know it and CAMplete. He talks about his 5-axis starter kit, and moving up to technology that seemed almost unreachable before.
AND it’s helping Grimsmo thaw to the idea of learning more about 5-axis machines himself.
Becoming Swissish ROUND 2!
Grimsmo talks about his trip to Elliott Matsuura to check out some Swiss Lathes (one of which might just be purchased by the next podcast episode)
It's all about design, baby
The Johns discuss which design programs they use for their machines, and which ones to use with Swiss Lathes.
Bonus at Matsuura:
THEY HAD A ROUGHNESS TESTER! While Grimsmo visits, he gets to check out the roughness of his blades and handles. In this episode he lets us know the EXACT measurements.
Grimsmo bought an Ultrasonic Cleaner, and Skye approves.
“I wash the parts with water afterwards, and they’re cleaner than I could have gotten them before [having the Ultrasonic]” - Skye
Want to learn more about different kinds of cleaners? Saunders mentions this Wikipedia article as a great resource:
The Johns finish off this episode with talk of other cleaning supplies, cleaning methods, and a couple more notes on Swiss Lathes. Stay tuned.
A Stone's Throw Away
The parallels in the lives of Grimsmo and Saunders are uncanny to say the least. Both get the chance to clear their heads--one on Lake Ontario and the other on Lake Erie.
Full Steam Ahead
During one of the most emotional weeks of his life, Saunders watches on Instagram as the UMC-750 and TM3 are delivered in his absence--and that's a beautiful thing. With a team he can rely on, he's been able to focus his attention on who needs it most: with his wife! We're happy to say Evonne's made it through surgery and on the road to recovery!
Grimsmo gives an occupational talk at a local school. By taking
a hands-on approach, he's creating memorable experiences that resonate with the younger generation.
PLANNING FULL SWISS
Grimsmo knows exactly which part the Swiss lathe will play in shop production. In addition to tool holders, drill holders, and inserts, he plans to purchase a 60,000 rpm (not a typo) electric spindle to mill the torx pattern on the screws!
#7 TOOL UPDATE
In last week's episode, Saunders suggested that Grimsmo try ramping down to solve a recurring tool problem. Did it work?
Phil asks a thought-provoking question about whether or not to alternate between OP1 and OP2 on a 5-axis machine tool with 10 pallets. Short answer: It depends.
Higbee Threads? Tell me more!
With the SAGA having threaded parts, this clearly the way to go FULL GRIMSMO!
When high production is vital to your business, planning ahead for down time when employees are down for the count could make or break.
Although Skye thought he escaped the illness that overpowered his co-workers...he spoke too soon. Angelo steps up to the plate.
NUANCE + PROCESS SHEETS?
After Saunders tours Superb Industries, Inc., the Moore Jig Grinder poses a challenging question. How can you incorporate skilled labor into a process sheet?
Patty Cake, Patty Cake, Baker's Man....How Many Backups Should You Have on Hand?
Having doubles of EVERYTHING is not feasible so that means careful decisions about which replacement items you keep. Lead time, cost, and cash flow are just a few!
TRUST YOUR GUT
Big Kaiser goes haywire, causing SMW to begrudgingly scrap an expensive part. While troubleshooting, Saunders has his finger on it but is none the wiser.
NOT AGAIN, TOOL #7!
Grimsmo arrives to a flashing red light and a broken 1/8" flat 4-flute end mill--and this isn't the first time. When it comes to machining the tabs off of SAGA clips, this tool isn't cutting it (pun intended).
Kyocera Insert Update:
After blowing close to one insert per part, the problem is solved. Now, GK can get 200 + parts out of one insert!
From Swissish thoughts to full Swishish, Grimsmo's zeroing in on the machine GK needs.
In addition to the UMC-750, Saunders makes another purchase that will be a game changer.
Maximizing use of the Mill
Grimsmo’s mill was STILL running when he came in this morning! That is one. Great. First.
On top of that, last week was the highest week ever for production at the Grimsmo shop.
“You keep saying that!” - Saunders
Apparently record breaking is the new norm, and Grimsmo is still trying to produce even more.
“Your spindle is only ever down for a pallet change” - Grimsmo
Do you love history and machining? Freedom’s Forge could be a great pick for you! It dives deep into the history of WWII, while also taking technology and available machines into the equation. Plus, Saunders highly recommends it.
The ULTIMATE machine buying guide
Check out the NYC CNC website for important information and tips on financing your machine, and how to find the right one for your needs.
“Most people don’t mind paying for something, they just don’t want to pay for it if someone else didn’t pay for it or got a better deal” - Saunders
“It only matters what goes into the loan documents in the end” - Saunders
Tidying Up, Saunders Style
Saunders doesn’t regret purging the workshop of unnecessary stuff for one second.
Are YOU ready to binge shop tours?
SIGN UP FOR A SAGA PEN
The time has come for the Saga Sign-Up List to go LIVE! Grimsmo launched it this past weekend as a link on his Instagram bio. More information about the pen will go up on the website soon. For now, you can learn more about the Grimsmo custom pen by checking out the Saga Saturday videos
So, real talk. When is the swiss lathe coming?
Grimsmo and Saunders discuss the need for a swiss lathe in the Grimsmo shop now that producing pens consistently is becoming more imminent.
“I just don’t want to spend a ton of money on bells and whistles I don’t need” - Grimsmo
And it’s also a matter of the machine fitting in the shop. But that's a question for another time.
Proud Machining Moments Hit Home
Sometimes you only need an upward glance to find comfort and strength.
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An epic Lakeshore order is a testament to how far you've come but the past is never too distant.
The Taig ER-16 spindle and some cheap double-sided end mills conjure up fond memories of the early days.
Saunders discusses the emotional impact of a "major curve ball."
This health concern causes terror and confusion, but one thing is clear: it puts life into perspective.
"It's not a sprint. It's a marathon."
YOU ARE WHAT YOU WANT TO BE
Although entrepreneurs are driven by behavioral economics such as fear, convictions and outside interactions, at the end of the day, it's decision time. The Johns discuss how their ideas and plans have evolved.
BOOKS TO HAVE YOUR NOSE IN:
"SPEEDS AND FEEDS ARE YOUR THING." - Grimsmo
"YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING YET." - Saunders
CASH CRUNCH: How cash flow management can affect your business decisions.
Goals are easy to declare BUT they ignore the actions between.
The Pen and Knife Balance
With limited machines, Grimsmo is always trying to balance knife and pen production. Sometimes he has to get creative.
Saunders and Grimsmo talk tools, and creative solutions to achieve Grimsmo’s high standards.
“That would work, but it wouldn’t be the finish I want” - Grimsmo
Sometimes the solutions are simple.
“We both figured out at the same time that the live tool needed to go first...it’s just one of those little things that takes forever to figure out” - Grimsmo
SMW Bought a 5 - Axis!
It’s a Haas UMC-750, and Saunders signed the paper work for it last week. It should be delivered in about 2 - 3 weeks (so soon!). Look out for the video on Saunders’ YouTube channel. To make space, they would also move the other machines around a little.
“You’ve got your high-end cell, and your training cell” - Grimsmo
Pro-tip: You don’t want too big of a machine because it makes it very difficult to get to a small part, so you have to solve that by lifting the part up high off the table.
Interested in getting trained in 5-Axis machining? Keep following Saunders for updates on potential classes.
“I’ve always been more interested in showing what you can do with a machine, rather than showing what you can’t do with a machine” - Saunders
Grimsmo’s Future 5 - Axis
“I would get a palletized version...Rob Lockwood sold me on the idea” - Grimsmo.
Listen to the episode with Rob Lockwood as a guest! It’s episode 93 of this podcast.
“I try to push the boundaries for accuracy, not so much for power” - Grimsmo
Failed Lean "Fixes"
Collaborative video between Grimsmo, Saunders, and Jay Pierson.
Where have YOU tried to go lean, and it just didn’t work out?
3D Printing without heat...Can it be done?
Saunders tours a revolutionary 3D Printing company called Fabri Sonic.
“You can put electronics in your 3D printed part!” - Saunders
At the end, Grimsmo and Saunders get into measurement techniques, and solving problems by probing. Saunders mentions that he learned a great technique from Edge Precision’s YouTube channel!
It's cold. It's winter. Who cares? Moving on.
This episode is a hodgepodge of entrepreneurial and philosophical gold nuggets.
From Maslow's Hierarchy to epoxy floors, the Johns cover it all.
Even IF we are in a simulation...it doesn't matter!
After watching the Joe Rogan podcast episode featuring David Goggins, Saunders is particularly fired up!
Joe Rogan + David Goggins Podcast Episodes
Rollercoaster of Entrepreneurial Love
It's normal to get down but maybe you have to get down to get back up. Without overcoming struggle, you can't get a sense of accomplishment.
Getting Social In 2019, and sharing reality!
Grimsmo starts to post Instagram stories daily. Bonus: We get more info on the upcoming Saga Pen!
BUT Saunders and Grimsmo agree that they don’t need to stay up-to-date on everything all the time.
“Use Instagram the way that works for you...we’re not just going for clicks and views, we’re trying to build a community of people who care, and want to see what we’re doing” - Grimsmo
Example of a Reality Check: In Grimsmo’s latest video, Jo mentions that we’re using the old tumbler a little more than the new tumbler lately. And that’s just a reality.
Saunders guest stars in another podcast! It’s called The Edge with Bantam Tools
This company is now owned by Bre Pettis, one of the owners of NYC Resistor, and the 3D printer company, MakerBot.
Growing Pains = Long Term Gains
To think about hiring, you’ve gotta think about firing
Saunders and Grimsmo talk about the difficulties of being an entrepreneur.
“I hired too quickly, and I fired too slowly. The problem with having a bottom performer on your team is that he/she gets all the attention, when the second worst performer flies under the radar” - An inspiring entrepreneur Saunders is quoting
“Being an entrepreneur is something I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy, yet all of my best friends are entrepreneurs” - Grimsmo
Great example from The Eagles Biopic on Netflix
What did it feel like when the band broke up? “It was a terrible relief” - Don Henley
Even when there’s no specific problems with the team, as an entrepreneur, it’s still necessary to constantly be thinking about the future (which includes the future of employees).
Saunders and the Mobile Desk
Saunders gets a backup battery for his computer, and sets everything up to be movable. Now he can move his office, into a quieter space.
Let’s talk about finance! Growth eats cash for breakfast!
“I haven’t yet felt the benefits of running a profitable business” - Grimsmo
Saunders and Grimsmo discuss how to regard the finances as accurately as possible.
“Most businesses fail not because of lack of profitability, but because of cash flow”
The Saga: Almost a Year in the Making
The Grimsmo Shop seizes every chance they get to make pen parts when the lathe isn’t making knife parts.
Grimsmo talks about Angelo’s strategies to tighten those tolerances on the super small parts of the pen.
Lathe is running well, and Grimsmo adjusted the SFM! What is SFM? There’s a video for that.
Saunders has a question for the audience!
The big fan is great for cooling the air, but we want a better climate control system for the summer.
“I wanna buy a beer for an HVAC guy!” - Saunders
ALARM! Wrong tool in spindle
Grimsmo had two pallets alarm out at one custom code that he had put in. It helps protect his tools and his parts with one warning called “wrong tool in spindle”
Spoke Too Soon.
Last week's episode featured Great Mood Grimsmo. He was in high spirits only to find Norseman fixture alignment issues that would plague the team for the remainder of the week. He and Angelo wade through the GD&T lake to find the variance and formulate a possible solution that involves changing the probe tip from 6mm to 2mm.
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For Saunders, Monday morning bestows some thorn-in-your-side gifts. A letter from the bank creates strained relations, a Fusion 360 glitch causes Manual NC to malfunction, and an RFQ response from a vendor that results in a purchase, except they left out one TINY detail.
TELL ME SOMETHIN' GOOD!
As more machinists open their shops to viewers via social media and YouTube, big name companies recognize the potential benefits. The landscape of the machining industry is evolving. While proprietary information is still kept confidential, more businesses are warming up to visitors and sharing. To boot, long gone are the days when the idea of having 2 Renishaw probes on the same machine seemed cray-cray.
What makes the BEST WEEK EVER? Hint: It includes the National Tooling and Machining Association and ZEISS.
Processing Post Processing
If you want to get started on Post Processing, check out the videos on the NYC CNC page HERE.
Spooky Sounds and Stethoscopes: Solved.
The strange noise emitted from the VF-2SS in episode 100 has disappeared. Was it a major issue or a simple fix?
You know what really GRINDS my gears? Quality Control.
Quality and lead time issues with outside vendors provoke questions. Saunders has reservations about bringing a particular process in-house but keeps an open mind to solutions.
Don'tcha wish you had a Bourdelais around the corner?
This episode is a good mix of strategic philosophy and technical discussions. Stay tuned for talks about how to stay motivated AND motivate your team at the same time! Such is the life of an entrepreneur. The Johns will also talk troubleshooting, and favorite tools.
Pass it on
Grimsmo fixed the pass link on the Maker’s Choice “Congrats” e-mail, and now people can pass the purchase link along quickly if they don’t want it. Without that link working, it takes 24 hours for turnover!
What do you want in a knife?
Grimsmo adds a short survey to the Maker’s Choice system so people on the list can answer a few questions and help the Grimsmo team tailor knives to the market.
But this raises the question “how do you differentiate between valuable and non-valuable feedback?”
Grimsmo’s systems may be improved, but he’s not finished yet! Saunders and Grimsmo discuss how to integrate knife customization back into the Grimsmo business model.
“Don’t paint the future with the past. You have a lot more maturity now when it comes to your ability to run product through the shop” - Saunders
The Saga Continues…
The Grimsmo pen is still in the works, and getting prettier by the day. But at 32 rockwell, is the new material for the button and slider too soft? Skye gets assigned the task of clicking the pen all day to find out.
What’s your favorite tool?
Saunders: ¼ inch end mills FTW! There are so many reasons why they’re great!
Grimsmo’s favorite tool? The Leica Microscope. It’s used all day every day at the Grimsmo Shop, and knives just couldn’t be made the same without it.
For those of you who are going to ask about Grimsmo’s Lathe Insert Tool that he mentioned:
VBMT 110302PSF AH725
Slow and steady does not always win the race (if you’re a machinist)
“That’s a classic example of how you think you’re gonna be safer and smarter by going slower and easier, but it doesn’t always mean that” - Saunders
How much is too much lifestyle creep?
“I know there’s life style creep, but I just don’t feel bad about it” - Saunders’ friend
There’s a difference between treating yourself, and spoiling yourself.
The guys elaborate on the first time they met in person at the 2015 Tormach Open House.
Did Grimsmo inadvertently set a precedent when he purchased his first vertical machining center before having a shop to fit it?
The guys get caught up in festivities, family, and friends. This time of year reminds us to cherish time with our loved ones, to reflect, and to ring in the new year with a zest for life.
Tom Lipton's sobering words hit home and leave Grimsmo with goosebumps. Check out the post HERE
IS THIS REAL LIFE?
The Saunders family takes off to D.C. for an impromptu vacation. While visiting museums, he finds himself in awe!
Preventative Maintenance Talks
Be a good machinist by taking care of your machines!
Spooky Sounds and Stethoscopes
The VF2 is making a weird noise, so it's time to get to the bottom of it. Could it be a rotary union coupler issue?
Knife Parts Stocked?
YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!
Sayonara, Kyocera Inserts?
Previously, the SAGA clips decimated insert after insert BUT WHY!?
Angelo and Grimsmo pour through the code to find the place where
old habits die hard. They are pumped to see if adjusting the SFM will solve the problem! Stay tuned for an update!
Find out which machine Grimsmo's got his eye AND a quote on!