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Business of Machining

John Grimsmo of Grimsmo Knives and John Saunders of NYC CNC discuss their success, struggles, goals and more as machinists, business owners and entrepreneurs.
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May 4, 2018

Hiring is RISKY business...

But Grimsmo’s gotten super lucky so far! Saunders points out that Skye might just have been Grimsmo’s riskiest hire, but so far it’s all good!

How long should it take before hiring = more product produced?

First it’s necessary to get a system set up! Grimsmo is in the midst of switching from temporary solutions to permanent solutions. Looks like it’s time to talk ERP SYSTEMS!

How to sketch a pen without a pen to sketch?

The Johns talk about Grimsmo’s process for designing and making pen parts on the ever slow Fusion.

 

Also, if you didn’t document the process, did you even make the pen?

Grimsmo feels bad about not making progress videos for the pen.

BACK TO BASICS

Sometimes the best improvement you can make to a shop is getting rid of everything that doesn’t make your product. Saunders would tell you BE BRUTAL ABOUT IT! Go for the purge.

On a softer note, you can read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Grimsmo mentions this book as a method of organizing your life.

It’s nice when things take a while.

Okay, this maybe isn’t the case if you’re waiting for Fusion to load, but if you’re learning something new or making a decision, the Johns agree that rushing doesn’t equal results.

 

“Everything of value comes after much hard work” - Grimsmo

 

Are you in the Chicago or Hartford, Connecticut, area? Do you want to meet Saunders and the Saunders Machine Works team? Now’s your chance!

  • Wednesday May 8th Saunders will be in Chicago for the DMG Mori Innovation Days
  • Tuesday May 15th Saunders will be in Hartford, Connecticut, for Matsuura’s Open House.

Both events are free, and the Johns are always thrilled to meet listeners!

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