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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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Jul 30, 2021

TOPICS:

 

  • CBN Endmill testing.
  • Humble vs confidence.
  • Saunders building accounting data to LEX.
  • Grimsmo is going to use oil on the willemin.
  • Rushing emergency parts.
  • Saunders solves lathe chatter.
  • Saunders playing with a new shop layout.
Jul 23, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Naming Products and Businesses
  • Willemin Update: Oil or Coolant? While the machine can run both, after a 17- year run with oil, the experts advise Grimsmo not to change. Fire suppression is a must!
  • CHANGE THAT WHEEL! Grimsmo creates an alert for the KERN.
  • CNC ALARM: Tool Radius Too Large & Cutter Compensatio
  • Fusion 360 View Toolpath, Show Points, and Smoothing
  • Rodico Putty - Green > Blue?
  • Machine Tool Weldments VS. Castings
  • Resonance VS. Dampening by Spencer Webb
  • Tornos: Cracked Guide Bushing
  • Communication for Small Businesses
  • Liquid Nitrogen Generator?
  • Shipping & Freight (we assure you, there's nothing too large for a freight carrier to lose). 
Jul 16, 2021

TOPICS:

 

  • Grimsmo got their Willemin delivered.
  • How to be eternally optimistic.
  • Ted Lasso - Show
  • The Last Dance - Show
  • Atomic Habits - Book
  • Relentless by Tim Grover - Link
  • Winning by Tim Grover - Link
  • Saunders got their ERP system all knowing.
  • Saunders Marketing director is doing great!
Jul 9, 2021

Topics:

  • Saunders Get Hosed by the DIY CNC Machine Washdown System
  • Plastic VS Brass Quick Disconnects
  • Grundfos MQ3-35 Pump
  • The Worst Freightmare Ever: A Perfect Storm
  • Customs Duties & Warranty Work
  • Ted Lasso - A Dose of Optimism & Leadership
  • Threading 
  • Fusion 360 Imperial VS. Metric for .STL file export & Improved Contour Selection
  • Multi-Part Probing & Renishaw Macros
  • Re-cutting Chips, High Feed Mill, Swiss Cheese Fixture
Jul 2, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Saunders' grandfather has a great quote: "if something is wrong, and it can be fixed, fix it, and if you can't, don't worry about it".
  • International shipping via DHL.
  • Grimsmo bid on his first machinery auction!
  • Saunders is still fine tuning coolant washdown system.
  • Kern senses pallets loading.
  • Airtags to track shipments?
Jun 25, 2021

Topics: 

  • Tour of Miltera
  • CMM machines and Tolerances on Norseman Features
  • Born & Koch - Grinding Wheels on a Mill
  • Sweetwater Sound, Inc. - Business Plans and Visions
  • Willemin Update
  • Stainless Steel SFM & Endmill Chipping
Jun 18, 2021

TOPICS:

 

  • Grimsmo tries to figure out a Kern alarm he has never seen before.
  • SMW got their new DT2 milling machine and it is QUICK!
  • Saunders is taking a Javascript course to edit post processors better.
Jun 11, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Business Problem Solving & Developing Systems
  • DIY Coolant Washdown System
  • Shipping, Customer Service
  • Air Compressor/Drain System IoT Failure
  • Google Sheet To Do List
  • Thingyverse RC F1 Car: 3D Printed Parts & Inspiration
  • Pro-Active Machine Shop Maintenance
  • Learning the KERN - Mid Routine Program Restart: Heidenhain Block Scan, Haas Setting 36
  • Programming G-Code using Visual Studio Code Detecting Syntax Errors
  • Grimsmo Knives Shop Tour Video
  • Fluke Power Meter Determines Power Availability for Willemin
  • Growth Vs. Scaling: Approaching with Caution
  • Sister Tools & Multiple CNC Mills
  • Lathe Tooling & Tool Life
  • Seco Quick Change Toolholder on the Swiss
  • Capto Toolholders for the Nakamura
  • SMW Fixture Plate Packing & Shipping Process


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Jun 4, 2021

TOPICS:

 

  • Being vulnerable & making decisions.
  • Moving and reorganizing areas of both shops.
  • CORE VALUES.
  • Traction by Gino Wickman
  • Saunders installed a coolant washdown system.
  • Chip management & draining coolant.
  • Renishaw probe batteries.
  • Draining air compressors!
May 28, 2021

TOPICS:
- Chip Trapper VS. Freddy
- Machine Shops & Climate Control
- Regularly Scheduling Maintenance
- DIY Washdown system for the Haas?
- 3D Printing a Detent Dropper Mechanism Creality LD002H
- Information and Operations Overhaul at SMW
- Communicating Important Information for Team

May 21, 2021

TOPICS:

 

  • Both John's are reading Traction by Gino Wickman. Has tons of great information.
  • What are the most important numbers to monitor in your business?
  • Do you watch cash on hand on a daily basis?
  • Standardize info without the noise.
  • Grimsmo is trying to machine acrylic, which is tougher than it looks.
May 14, 2021


Topics:

  • Grimsmo shares an update about firing his father
  • How the justice system relates to owning a business
  • Saunders leans toward LEx tracking inventory and communicating with Shopify's API
  • Astronaut Hangout: Outer Space, Infinitesimal Perspectives, & UFOs
  • GK Seco Tool Update
  • Swiss IRL - Setup, Material, Guide Bushings, Turning Centerless Ground Material
  • Willemin - A Customs Nightmare
  • Helpful Advice for Decision Making - More alternatives = Better decisions
  • KERN - Tool Life & Pallet Management
May 7, 2021

TOPICS:

  • This week Saunders & Grimsmo give a deep dive into all their employees and what they do.
Apr 30, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Grimsmo quits (this is a good thing, we promise)!
  • ERP Systems & Purchase Orders
  • Raw Material Shortages
  • Willemin (Mill-ish) coming to Grimsmo Knives from Ohio
  • Haas VF-3 & Haas DT-2 for production at SMW!
  • KERN & lights out production
  • Diagnosing Tool Life Killers & Solutions (Chip Evacuation, Fusion 360 Adaptive with Ramp Taper Angle, tool coatings, through spindle coolant, flute count, magnetism, and more!)
  • Higby Threads, CNC Lathe Love, Master Ring Gauges
  • Dimension Drawings for QC at SMW
  • Fusion 360 FINALLY allows threading with a grooving tool!

 

Apr 23, 2021

TOPICS:

  • How do business leaders spend their time inside their company?
  • Saunders wants to hire a machinist or an operations manager.
  • Saunders did an awesome tour with Area 419.
  • DT1 Favorite machines.
  • "Leadership is being present."
  • Lathe facing passes and how to get the best finish.
  • Saunders QC bin for diamond parts is getting better and better.
Apr 16, 2021

TOPICS: 

  • Area 419 Tour will be premiered on YouTube Monday April 19th, 2021 at 1:30 PM EDT! 
  • Cashflow, Loans, and Post Covid Economic Impacts
  • Grimsmo's purchased a used Willemin
  • Neodymium Magnets
  • Swiss Miss - Saunders Decides Against Swiss for Reversible Inserts
  • CNC Lathe Probing & Tooling Options
  • Business Mindset - The Shift from Preparer to Reviewer
Apr 9, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Saunders is settling in and working very hard on some updates to the shop this past year.
  • Grimsmo dives into new coolant dispenser.
  • Being a parent and teaching your kids cool stuff!
  • Oil vs coolant.
  • Grimsmo talks about ordering two new lathes!
  • Cycle time speed increases across different machines.
Apr 2, 2021

TOPICS:

  • SMW and Grimsmo in limbo between the lone bootstrapper and leader of a team
  • Plurality of Swisses. Saunders and Grimsmo discuss production volume, process reliability, and other decision making factors for buying new CNC lathes
  • I'm Nak sure if I need a Willemin or Nak. Grimsmo and Saunders debate about whether or not the Nak should be let go in favor of a Willemin Mill Turn
  • Sourcing centerless ground 17-4 Stainless
  • Bar feeders & Automation
  • Area 419 Tour of the new shop gets Saunders dreaming big. The tour is set to premiere on YouTube on Monday, April 19th!
  • GK products like the SAGA, Norseman, and Rask increase in demand
  • Superordinate Shop Goals - Giving the team a unified vision
  • Renishaw Probe Replacements = Worth It!
Mar 26, 2021

TOPICS:

 

  • Grimsmo crashed a Renishaw spindle probe on the Mori.
  • Saunders hired an intern just to focus on Johnny Five!
  • Orbit mechanical water timer for filling coolant.
  • Should we both get another swiss lathe?
  • Saunders is reorganizing the whole shop.
  • Doing a night run of pallets is a game changer.

 

Mar 19, 2021


TOPICS:

  • Just Start! Saunders and Grimsmo discuss the importance of context and relativity when it comes to business advice.
  • SNAP OUT OF IT! You may not realize you're in a comfort zone!
  • Work Smarter AND Harder? The age old debate.
  • Intelligence Vs. Diligence & Practice Vs. Skill
  • Lights out production on the KERN
  • Saunders hires out the cleaning and bookkeeping!
  • Odoo ERP at Seneca Woodworking & Using Data
  • SMW got flooded! Delay on/off switches: https://amzn.to/3eU8ZB2
  • Martin upgrades the Shapeoko into a detent track burnishing machine
  • How and when to hire more people
  • Grimsmo talks about the possibility of selling the Nak for a bigger Tornos!
  • Oil Vs. Coolant
  • Ultrasonic Cleaning

 

Mar 12, 2021

TOPICS:

 

  • Saunders' makes something awesome that went to the bottom of the ocean!
  • Machining titanium
  • Fusion 360 Tool Library issues and fixes
  • Catching up on backorders.
  • Shipping delays and organizing.
  • Playing catch-up.
  • Grimsmo gives a deep dive into swiss lathes and purchasing info for Saunders
Mar 5, 2021

TOPICS

  • Learning - The importance of Curiosity and the Dunning-Kruger Effect (overestimating your competence)
  • 3D Printers for Dual Extrusion
  • Pivotal Machinist Moments - Area 419 Tour, Never Stop Quitting Your Job, and the Downside of Bootstrap Mentality.
  • It Figures. After releasing the "How to Get Paid On Time" video, Saunders gets stiffed.
  • Don't Take It Personal! Implementing systems and strategies for handling problematic situations is a MUST.
  • Whip It Good! Haas Lathe Spindle Liner Whipped Itself into Shape?
  • Lights Out, KERN ON. Grimsmo and his team arrive at the shop to find the KERN still running after successfully completing 10 pallets.
Feb 26, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Saunders talks about his experience with quitting his day job and when you should to.
  • Do you spot holes in machining?
  • Saunders goes into a huge rabbit hole of 3d printing.
  • Lathes, Lathes and more Lathes!
  • Hot glue in the shop? What are the uses?
  • Saunders does a shop tour at Area419
Feb 19, 2021

TOPICS

 

  • Does a College Education Matter? Grimsmo and Saunders share their different paths and initial interests BEFORE they got into CNC machining.
  • Someone is looking for a new machinist---could it be you?
  • Optical Flat & Monochromatic Light for Part Flatness @laneymachinetech
  • Grimsmo and Saunders offer each other workable solutions for tool break detection and other quirky issues.
  • Renishaw probing macros and lathe part off techniques
Feb 12, 2021

TOPICS:

 

  • Reaming holes.
  • Endmill coatings and storage.
  • Grob factory tour.
  • Tool like time and replacement methods.
  • Johnny Five returns.

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