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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 13, 2018

It’s Friday today, which means that Saunders picked Grimsmo up yesterday morning to take him on a trip to Kitchener, ON, and visit CAMplete. Saunders is stoked to pick their brains about 5-axis, but they are really just happy to be doing it together!

“If you don’t live in a 5-axis world, you wouldn’t even know what you’re missing” - Saunders

Let’s talk about processes!

Stay tuned for a bonus podcast episode...on YouTube! It’ll be their first video format podcast

It’s ALL about the flow

Grimsmo’s shop is doing well right now with their one piece flow setup, he and Saunders talk about how to set up their workflows and palettes to maximize their productivity.  

How can you improve workflow?

What can The Office teach you about machining? Saunders talks about how The Office and the movie “Deep Impact” inspired him to “seize the day, be deliberate, keep planning, and keep working”. Good news: you can do this well into old age.

Saunders’ “Not a To-Do List”

“One of the things that no one tells you as an entrepreneur is that it can be difficult to not have a boss” - Saunders

Saunders and his wife sit down in the morning to talk business and set a focus area for the day. This turns into a focus list that helps Saunders justify how he spends his time.

What does a “goal” mean to different people?

Article mentioned in podcast: The seven things you must go through before making $1 million in revenue

“Actions have to match the ambitions, or else you’re just making it up” - Grimsmo

Grimsmo’s upcoming improvements: heat treating processes, and the lock bar insert for the knives.

5-Axis Blues Bliss!

Saunders was hesitant at first about going 5-axis, but he is in love with it now!

Jul 6, 2018

Do you have a parallel version of you? Maybe it's time to give them a shout and review the first half of the year with them, you may be surprised. 

John and John have more than just their names in common; they also are in about the same place business wise, and have about the same number of employees. Now all Grimsmo needs is that new shop!

Saunders and Grimsmo discuss the balancing act that is being both a technician and a manager. It comes down to hierarchies, and making employees feel respected and listened to.

Coming soon to a podcast near you: Torque Wrenches, the continuing battle!

Saunders struggles with his Haas and tries to make 5 axis machining simple

“The beauty of 5-axis is that you should have the ability to just do that” - Grimsmo

Locking down the lock bar insert!

We all know Grimsmo strives to make his knives perfect, and now it’s time to improve the reliability of the process. So far everything is going swimmingly, the insert just needs to pass the “spine whacking” test. Which is exactly what it sounds like.  

Lathes, lathes, lathes!!! ...Saunders? Are you still there?

The smallest part that Grimsmo has ever made is going to come out of his lathe, and be put into the lock bar insert. 

Check out Geissele Triggers: https://geissele.com/

FOMO does not apply to Grimsmo...he wants things to happen without him! AND THEY ARE! The team tried out the new Arbor press the other day, video to come out soon on Grimsmo’s channel.

Saunders dream job? High level R&D! Dream vacation? Coming to see the Grimsmo shop! And dreams are coming true next week for both Saunders and Grimsmo, as he'll come by the shop and hang out with the whole crew. Keep an eye out for that video! Who knows what’s going to happen when the two John’s are in the same room!

Jun 29, 2018

If you haven't felt STUPENDOUS lately, this podcast will brighten your day. Get ready for a game of Not Metalurgist Part 1 & 2, a nugget of advice from Brad Southard, and Saunders gets his butt kicked by a 5th-Axis toolpath on the HAAS!

Up the ANTSY?
During the annual Blade Show lull, Grimsmo suddenly finds extra time AND the urge to move on to something new.
Instead of making parts, he's pinpointing areas for improvement and keenly observing his behavioral patterns. #itfeelswrongbutitssoright

IMPROVEMENT NO. 1 <<<<FULL QUENCH>>>>
Thanks to the lapping machine, flat is actually FLAT. However, that means turning a critical eye toward the heat treating process. Grimsmo's idea involves a 2-ton arbor press. Wave goodbye!

THREADMILLING: Are you "doing it wrong?" If it's wrong but it works, does it matter? Ya might be killin' your tool life though! Grimsmo and Saunders discuss multiple passes, spring passes, cutter comp, and macros for tool life management.

VIDEO: Renishaw Probe like CMM

IMPROVEMENT NO. 2: LOCK BAR INSERT + DISGUSTINGLY TINY SCREWS...

 

We Paul Akers'd it!
The evolution of the podcast process represents something bigger.
Grimsmo shares an EPIPHANY when first encountering macros & tool life management--not knowing where or how to start and NOW, he's teaming up with Autodesk to teach it! So, get out your SAGA and get ready to take notes!

The end is nigh for the Super Comfortable SMW Adaptive T-Shirt Campaign---get yours HERE!

MYTHBUSTERS: Keep Torque Wrenches Stored at 0?
The release of the SHOP UPDATE video provokes a litany of comments surrounding stored torque values. Fact or fiction? If you have any empirical data on this, PLEASE SHARE!

Push Cycle Start.
Saunders paraphrases an entrepreneurial, button-pushing e-mail.  Both try their best to give advice for a fellow, overwhelmed entrepreneur.

Failing isn't the only issue. How do you deal with people losing faith in you after having failed multiple times?

FINALLY, 5-AXIS TOOLPATH ON THE HAAS!

Click Image for the IG Post!

 

OTHER LINKS: 

READ: Never Split the Difference

3M Radial Bristle Brush

NOGA Cine Clamp FOR FILMING INSIDE MACHINES

Jun 22, 2018

Where in the world is Saunders now? Stockholm, Sweden! And it’s “life-changing”

How could it not be when it's this beautiful?

This episode is a shorty but a goodie as our two favourite John’s talk production and management at the Sandvick Coromant headquarters, and how it relates to their businesses.

Link to Sandvick Coromant: https://www.sandvik.coromant.com/en-gb/pages/default.aspx

Saunders was allowed to film, so keep an eye peeled for a video about his adventure in Sweden. It’ll come out in the net few months on his channel.

Highlights of the tour:

  • Sandvick implements lean machining into everything, and the company is always improving (sounds familiar)
  • They are hungry for quality and are always pushing themselves
  • Focus on skilled labourers
  • SO much Emphasis on profitability and the bottom line

Grimsmo is awed by how they’re still doing this on a grand scale...and keeping up with production!

Major themes that Saunders noticed:

They have an “ability to stay focused, and ability to say no” - Saunders

“Having that hyper driven focus of what you do, doesn’t mean you can’t do other things later. It just means you shouldn’t do them now” - Saunders

How to be a “legacy company”

Fun fact: Sandvick started having autonomous forklifts in their company in 1989! That’s been normal to them for the past 30 years!

Get ready for some soul searching in future episodes! Hint: it might happen sooner rather than later because Saunders is coming to Canada to hang out with Grimsmo!

Jun 15, 2018

Grimsmo: I'm back...I think.
GK: You sure?
Grimsmo: *rolls into shop at 11pm to feed the lathe* Yep!

Grimsmo's recovered from Blade Show 2018!

VIDEO: Blade 2018 w/ALEC STEELE and more awesome makers!


Delrin Bearing Cage QC Process--DIALED

Debur. Pivot. Slip Fit. Insert Bearings.

While Grimsmo's catching up on Delrin bearing cages,
catch up on SAGA SATURDAY! 

Batch Gone Bad
Admitting a mistake is difficult but imagine admitting it publicly!
Mistakes lead to new processes but make sure your new checklist stays-- in check!
Read: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get things Right 


Forum on NYCCNC.com: Batch Flow VS. One Piece Flow

TALK SHOP RE: Tool Setting
Grimsmo's setting up different tools; touching off and centering them individually by using a dial test indicator in a Noga indicator in a collet. The guys mull over ideas to improve workflow.

DIY CNC Turret Lathe? But WHY though?
- we think we can
- we want a dedicated, highly useful tool to make individual, magnetic, fixture plate hole PLUGS!

VIDEO: DIY CNC TURRET LATHE

Saunders/Hermle Sit Down
Despite the cut-throat nature of the industry, Hermle holds a tremendous amount of respect for other companies who are doing it and doing it well! A rare sentiment these days.

Gorilla Glass Curiosity Assuaged?
Saunders reads the full e-mail aloud.
"It is indeed similar to a Prince Rupert's Drop but a lot COOLER!"-Jason V.

Sized Up and Soured
What happened in Northeast Ohio?
"A Machine tool is only as good as its last mile."

PATREON ASKS, GRIMSMO ANSWERS!
Grimsmo explores different avenues and decisions
that brought him to where he is today.

Cool products. Cool Tools. Staff to support the products and tools.
"Is that a vision or is that just greed?"
Grimsmo feels unfocused but from the outside looking in, Saunders gets a completely different picture!

SMOOTHING
If you're looking for some sweet duds, look no further!

Next on the list: JORTS---jk.

WHO'S LAPPING NOW?

Click Photo to See IG Post!


Eric! That's who. According to him EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE SHOP IS WRONG!

Jun 8, 2018

First thing’s first: Grimsmo’s back from BLADE SHOW, BABY!

To sum up:

  • Awesome team bonding experience. The Grimsmo crew and Brad Southard shared everything (including the booth and the AirBnB)
  • Met SO MANY people during the event, and down in the pit! 

“A great way for makers to connect with their customers.” - Grimsmo

“Meeting people is what it’s all about!” - Saunders

The REVEAL of the SAGA!

Grimsmo did it! He crunched and turned the pen project into a pen PRODUCT!

And, just like Grimsmo, the pen is complicated and unique (especially the mechanism, which could stump an engineer)

Keep an eye on the Grimsmo YouTube channel! There’s gonna be a few videos on Blade Show coming out soon. 

That’s a lap!

Grimsmo not only decided to get a lapping machine, it was delivered on Wednesday! But it’s just a loaner...the new one is bigger, better, and coming in a couple months.

The Negotiator

Saunders raves about the book he’s been reading lately called Never Split the Difference by Christopher Voss and Tahl Raz, which is all about the art of negotiation. It’s an art form, and the masters of it find win-win solutions.

 Sometimes it’s okay to be blown away by the traction this podcast has, and Saunders takes a quick tangent to thank all our great listeners! (like Alec Steele!)

 Our only regret is that maybe we should’ve called it “accountabilibuddies”.

 What does Kate Spade have to do with the growth of a manufacturing business? A NPR podcast episode helps Saunders reflect on staying on track to happiness in your business.

“Growth can be addictive.” - Saunders

“You won’t realize how much energy you lost until you get it back.” - Saunders

OKAY let’s get down to nerding out about the new TORMACH SERIES

Better spindle, better horsepower, much better enclosure, and so much more that it won't fit in this description!

Thinking 5 Axis? So is Saunders; research keeps him focused.

Check out the book The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu Goldratt. It’s an oldie but goodie.

Thinking about IMTS already? So are Saunders and Grimsmo. They’ll be heading to MHub in Chicago the Sunday before IMTS to do a talk at the manufacturing and entrepreneurship event.

Jun 1, 2018

There Ain't No Rest for the....Knife Maker?
Grimso's dragging from pulling a 14.5 hour shift to get the SAGA ready for Blade Show!

Speaking of Blade Show, it's TODAY!
Gathering the team with pens in pockets, GK heads to Atlanta, GA for the World's Largest Knife Show--and it's going to be his best year yet!

If you're headed there, make sure to stop by table 948 to find them!

Tolerances on Tolerances
Is GD&T controversial?
This system for defining and communicating tolerances seems like a great way to employ another lean principle but Saunders senses some hesitance.

Work-Flow for Tweaks?
Numbered egg crates. Low hanging fruit. Multiple Fusion File Updates?


Boring Out Stainless 45RC?
With constant surface speed 350 ft/min (106.68 M/min), the RPM changes make the subspindle sing. That little ditty could be a sign of struggle.

The MAM72-35V has made a lasting impression on Saunders.
Check out the newly released AMAZING Matsuura 5-Axis CNC Show Room and Interview with Katsu Matsuura!

It's about the JOURNEY--not the DESTINATION
Grimsmo's taking advice about capturing the SAGA of the SAGA on film! See the newest SAGA SATURDAY EPISODE! The journey is ALWAYS on PI TIME.

Process Sheets & Manuals Underway
The SAGA is the first GK product with documented process sheets!
Ed creates a Guide to Shipping for SMW.

QUE:The 2-year long Johnny 5 Project
With helping hands from the J5 Guru, the SMW team is making headway at a faster-than-anticipated speed but remember, Rome wasn't built in a day.

Broken Tools - THOSE ARE ROOKIE NUMBERS!
Click HERE to check out the IG POST.

May 25, 2018

GOOD OL' TUG AND PULL
Grimsmo's laser focus on the SAGA means that
attention to other business areas may be lacking a teensy bit.

Machinist Woes
The pieces and parts of your business are running like clock-work but something's missing.

Easy Answer: Get a dose of SPINDLE THERAPY!

Following the SAGA of the SAGA?
If you listen closely, you'll hear the sound of awesome!

Blade Show is fast approaching AND the SAGA's in the 5% tweak stage! Grimsmo's on a quest for honest feedback from those around him. If you're going to Blade Show, make sure to stop and say, "Hi!"

TIME TO TROUBLESHOOT
Grimsmo's trying to drill a 1/4" hole--2" deep but the drills are EXPLODING! Speaking of time, how long do the set-ups take? Touching off each tool = Confusion

"You're reinvigorating my hate (for lathes)!" - Saunders

SAGA SATURDAY EPISODE 1
Saunders gushes over the mechanism but wants to see more about the lead up!

Sharing the PROCESS
Showing mistakes takes guts when you have a reputation for excellence but that's HOW EXCELLENCE is made! Excellence in itself IS a process rather than a fugue state.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & BUSINESS TOPICS
Minimum Product Viability (ARTICLE)
Actionable Items
Legitimate Scarcity

"Your mama was a snow blower!"
SMW team embarks on making the Johnny-5 from Short Circuit and Grimsmo's got only ONE REQUEST.
EDuino makes a cameo for a nano second.

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL
Saunders grapples with a big decision.
"This might be the last one I have in me."

CALLING BUSINESS OF MACHINING PATRONS:
What should the Johns should do while they're visiting together?

May 18, 2018

Saunders is in Connecticut for a Yamazen/Matsuura event. A new technical center was opened; there’s going to be lots of learning to do!

Getting info is great--but info for the sake of info isn’t always a good use of time. You’ve got to know when to get your head out of that Rabbit hole! At the end of the day, you’re making parts, and only need to know so much before getting started.

GRIMSMO PEN PROJECT IS A GO #writeyoursaga
What’s the hardest part about designing a pen? Cutting it on a lathe. Grimsmo works out the final bugs in producing a pen (the Saga), and debates new methods of machining it.

“That should not go on a lathe, but I can do it.” - Grimsmo

Keep an eye out on Grimsmo’s channel for the first “Saga Saturday” video!

Also, is there a replacement for general ER collets? Saunders talks about what he learned from a presentation last week.

Busy doesn’t have to mean stressed, and it doesn’t equal success.

“Make sure you own your business, it doesn’t own you” - Saunders

It's definitely...something! Maybe even a milestone?

Grimsmo can focus without interruption now! It may not seem like a big deal but this is actually a milestone for his business. 

Question of the Day:

How do you market your first product?

May 11, 2018

*YAWN*
Saunders is s bit sluggish from last night's informative
and intoxicating brain picking session after a DMG event in Chicago.

At a customer panel, Devon--1186 mfg and Albert from Machined Concepts share their stories and some food for thought: 5-Axis isn't just for one-offs or complex parts! A great deal of people are using 3+2 machining in a production environment, which is a great way to transition into full 5-Axis capabilities. So, does that make automating a 3-Axis machine worth it? Maybe not.

1186 mfg Tour

A NEW METRIC
Calculating your REVENUE per sq ft per YEAR has its merits.

THE SAGA of the SAGA
Grimsmo gets a blast from the past when he steps into a local spring making shop. With the fitting nomenclature and high quality, custom springs checked off the list, GK gears up to bring as many pens to Blade Show 2018 as possible! Get your Blade Show tickets here!

CORPORATE ESPIONAGE?
Alarm bells are raised when Saunders stumbles across a knife maker who's got a strikingly similar mechanism design...and you'll never guess who it is!

Grimsmo wants to be open about the processes and design for the new product BUT for now, he wants to keep the "secret sauce" simmering for a bit.

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!

Apr 27, 2018

New INTERN for Grimsmo Knives!
At the risk of making the podcast solely congratulatory, Saunders gives his pal a pat on the back.

GK Mother of Pearl Video

FAST LEARNERS?
New people at the shops seem to learn at an alarming rate but processes viewed through a 10-year learning experience lens seem more complicated than they truly are. If it's easy to learn, that's a good sign!

Revising the Welcome Guide
Driving culture is easy via paper but does it accurately reflect the in-action shop culture? The Johns don't have all the answers BUT the questions produce sparks!

MAXIMUM BENEFIT THRESHOLD?
Saunders praises the benefits of living in a digital age from a distance. There is a point at which things are TOO digital. When you start ignoring alerts, it's time to get physical!

WW 195 Taskmaster

NEW CHAPTER--or something like that.
Life journeys are gradual; pinpointing the beginning or end of a chapter proves difficult. Saunders embarks on a more defined focus.

The 7 things you must go through before making $1 million in revenue

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh on Amazon

Set an M01
Should a limit be defined that triggers an automatic re-evaluation of your company?

Rinse, Repeat, and RESCHEDULE?
Grimsmo turns his attention to rescheduling the order of events for knife making and this simple change could be paramount!

Plus, Rob Lockwood, the originator of this podcast is visiting GK tomorrow---and we're jealous!

Apr 20, 2018

IT’S JOH TIME!

And no, that’s not just John’s name misspelled. The Grimsmo team took a field trip to the 2018 Joint Open House last week!  

Trip Notes:

  • Have your codes and questions ready on the cloud. There are SO many people with answers there!
  • Sweet to see an MX 330 in the flesh metal
  • Spent 5 hours at Elliott Matsuura
  • Checked out the Robodrill for a half hour

Keep an eye out for the 2018 Joint Open House video on Grimsmo’s channel!

Can’t wait? Here’s Grimsmo’s video from the 2017 Joint Open House

New machines are definitely in the cards for Grimsmo!

As a laser falls lower and lower on his list of necessities, robots seem more plausible. But could robots take over the Grimsmo shop one day? On the other hand, Saunders couldn't live without his CO2 laser! 

Either way, Grimsmo's gonna need a new machine for the PENS he's officially bringing to market! He shows Saunders the prototype pen, and plans to bring 200 to Blade Show! 

Thinking outside the box

Someone somewhere has the skills you need, don't be afraid to ask for help.  

“That’s the kind of question you need to ask yourself and the industry; here’s the job I need, is it possible? Can it be done?” - Grimsmo

IMTS IS 5 MONTHS AWAY! 

Look out for Grimsmo and Saunders as they run around learning a ton together. 

Grimsmo hiring again?? 

A sixth person is coming to work at the Grimsmo shop for a co-op placement, he's a manufacturing engineering student.

The Irony of Capitalism; "The more successful you are, the better financing is" - Saunders

Saunders reflects on staying competitive. 

Do you remember contour? No? That's because GoPro beat the marketing battle. 

 

 

Everything’s always improving, and software is no different. Grimsmo and Saunders discuss what they’d change about Fusion. What would you?

Apr 13, 2018

Even amidst the morning grogg, the Johns still manage to talk big picture.

Today, is a Matsuura day and MAM-OH-MAM it's going to be awesome. While Saunders is in Connecticut to learn about values that drive Matsuura, Grimsmo heads to the Elliot Matsuura Joint Open House with his team to check out the BROTHER SPEEDIO S700X1.

everybody's workin' for the weekend...but the MAM72 works ON the weekend.

HOW DO WE LEVEL UP?
Well, you can't have your cake and eat it too. Serious
discussion ensues about debt and why it MIGHT be a necessary evil.
One thing is certain: Something's Gotta Give.

Beginner's Guide to Accounting for Machinists and Manufacturing Entrepreneurs

FROM THE OUTSIDE IN
Grimsmo to put himself in a new role
for a different perspective. What would you do if you were
an outside investor looking at your own company?

How I Built This Podcast

Finally, Grimsmo gives an update about knife #1000

Apr 6, 2018

Grimsmo’s wish list is GROWING!

He's lapping up a ton of information about Lapping Machines as the Grimsbros get “pickier with age.”

And hey, a diamond grit is a Grimsmo’s best friend!

Another thing on his wish list is a profilometer, to help measure the smoothness of the each blade’s surface.

Machining in Ohio vs. California vs. Australia. What’s the difference?

whats the difference spongebob patrick

Should you invest in an ERP system?

ERP System: Enterprise Resource Planning

Does business size matter when it comes to considering an ERP system? Or is it just how you use the data?

"Foundations of Mechanical Accuracy" --Call or E-mail Moore Tool Company, Inc. to get your copy!

Never scrape super glue from your inlays again!

Superglue Fixturing Video

To finish off, take a look at this video by SmarterEveryDay as they shoot a bullet into glass.

Mar 30, 2018

GOOOOD MORNING GRIMSMO!

Lego Batman and Knife #1000 make for an awesome start to the day. Between us, this knife is gonna be a MOTHER!

Knife #1000 on IG

Saunders decreases his RPM, which goes hand in hand with meeting his goal for less stress.

ALLERGIC TO LEAN
Maybe you've had a bad experience or maybe it's got too much
hype--Lean may not sound sexy to some but when it's under
the franchise lens, you might do a double take.

Morning Meetings, Meh?
Saunders and Grimsmo discuss COMPANY CULTURE and how to improve it. How do you do it when you're at that awkward stage?
Bubble Wrap Mount on IG

SOCIAL MEDIA MONSTER - Admit it. You're sick of it too!
Saunders posits that we're living in the "Social Media Bubble" but when will it burst? Find out how they tackle comments and different social media platforms. The NYCCNC website forum is behind the paywall to create a troll-free interaction zone.

We want to thank those who offer constructive criticism and helpful advice. You are part of this supportive community that makes all the difference!

Mar 23, 2018

If winter is over, how can Saunders get chilled out? By CHILLING OUT in Australia, of course. Saunders is back from his 12 day vacation with his wife, and is totally mellowed out, dude, but ready to get back to work.  

What was the hardest part for Saunders about being away from the business? Taking a vacation from Social Media Town.

Challenge accepted: how long can you go without using YOUR cell phone? Saunders went 3 days in Australia on a desert island. 

Grimsmo on social media:

“Instagram is there for you to enjoy, you’re not there for it to be consumed. It’s there for you, you’re not there for it” - Grimsmo

Can news be spam?

“Not willing to pay the price of the daily noise [of daily newsletters and surveys] just for the possible benefit” - Saunders

Besides, the Johns can agree that if it’s important, they’ll hear about it from someone else.

Adapting your business to the country in which you’re running it

Saunders speaking about the Australian mindset on productivity:

“That’s the great thing about travelling and seeing other cultures; you don’t have to accept it, you don’t have to like it, but you need to see it.” So, should he cut back on his hustle?

How might one succeed in a place like Australia? Or succeed in another country in general that might not have access to the same resources as America?

Ask where the demand is, and do a SWOT analysis.

Sometimes it’s just about asking the question...“How do I take this disadvantage and turn it into an advantage?” - Saunders

Grimsmo on changes to the business:

“The one change you make is not solo by itself” - Grimsmo

If you make one change, other things have to change to suit that change.

Pierson Shop Tour video on the Grimsmo YouTube channel!

“Jay does a good job at showing the results, not just the things that you’re planning on doing” - Saunders

Question: if you had to set an expiry date on how long something could sit in your shop without you using it, how long would it be? 

Mar 16, 2018

Today, the Johns are 1000 miles away--literally! Well, 15130 km or 9400 miles to be more exact.

Saunders Soup for the Soul
While in Sydney, Austrailia for the Next Generation Manufacturing event with Autodesk, he allows himself to detach, de-stress, and be in the moment. Woosah, for sure!

The GK team is on track to smash their best-month-ever record yet again! Spending a day cutting foam means enough for the month but still leaves something to be desired.

FOG 'N' BOG
Grimsmo installs 2 mist collectors BUT how will he choose to operate it?  Light Switch or Arduino + Powertail, that is the question. Stay tuned for the installation video!

Did you say NOISE POLLUTION?
While not a common phrase in the U.S., it should definitely be a part of machine shop jargon.

Over the ocean and through parking lots to Nicholas Hacko, we go.
This place might have THE MOST ACCURATE MACHINE IN THE WORLD! Plus, a threadmill so small it leaves Grimsmo saying, "I gotta calculate that, where's my Imperializer?" Stay tuned for a video tour.

Meet Angelo in the GK NEW People and LEAN Improvements Video!

REAL ESTATE WOES
How big is too big? Grimsmo's thinking hard about the decision to move to a bigger shop. When leasing, unused space is as bad as unused inventory--lean goes out the window. Saunders offers some great suggestions.

Check out this ENORMOUS space in the New Possible GK Home Video!

6 Boxes of New Material AHEAD of Schedule? YES PLEASE!
Grimsmo gears up to sort through it while Saunders plays with CERA BLOCKS.

There's another machine up for consideration at GK--find out what it is!

Mar 9, 2018

The podcast flashback last week sent the John’s into a whirlwind of comments about what they were up to around Christmas time. It’s amazing how much changes in just a few months!

 

Is there a monetary value to time?

“There are two limitations in life, time and money” - Saunders

As it turns out, time-related stress doesn’t just stress you out, but also your wallet!

 

So, would spending the money to move to a much bigger shop be worth it for Grimsmo?

 

Check out Grimsmo’s latest video on their reconnaissance mission to see a potential new shop.

 

How to Scale Business: Fire Yourself

Here’s some news; Saunders got bored! So...he’s probably successfully fired himself! And it feels so good to know they have the systems in place to make workers autonomous. The next question is what will he do next?

 

In Grimsmo’s corner, Angelo seems to be autonomous on the lathe! Next step: Set up a system and process for business expansion.

 

“Machining is not a spectator sport” - Grimsmo

But the two John’s are going to keep making videos about it anyway. Keep an eye out for Post Processor videos on Saunders channel! It’s amazing how quickly you can go from “I don’t know”, to “let me teach YOU how to do that”.

 

Grimsmo’s putting it write out in the open...he’s developing a Grimsmo PEN! But will it take 3.14x the amount of desired time to make it to market? Who knows, at least he’ll share as much as he can about the process on the way.

 

Keep an ear out for an episode where the John’s talk about leadership/management styles.

 

See you next week, mate! Saunders is headed to Australia, but he’s sticking to the Business of Machining Schedule.

Mar 2, 2018

Today we're time traveling back to December 20th, 2017. This episode is the ultimate podcast throwback!

Saunders tiptoes around a sabotage situation. While success and influence are perceived as a threat to others, keep doing what you love with good intentions.

End of Year Reflection
Teamwork makes the dream work. While certain employees may not generate direct revenue, long term,
they increase market awareness and brand strength. For Saunders, money means you're doing things right. Plasti-Dip = True Happiness.

Threadmilling Video

Grimsmo has a knack for going full bore on tasks even if they aren't the most important.

YouTube: Flop or Hit?
The SMW team makes a hilarious Thanksgiving video that flopped while another simple, straight forward video is all the rage.

Thanksgiving At A Machine Shop

Saunders opens up about losing someone close and how it's impacted him.

Grimsmo stresses the importance of gaining an audience, while they both agree social media is worth their time, having a big audience isn't the end goal; rather, it's a by-product of doing what you love.

Is Oculus Rift compatible with Mac?
Grimsmo’s got a guy! He's happy to answer this question for a friend. Connections will help Grimsmo maximize his company and Saunders thinks transparency will help both of them reach their goals.

 

Feb 23, 2018

Grimsmo returns from L.A. beaming with excitement after meeting with producers in Hollywood and touring Pierson Workholding.

Good friends tell you what you want to hear...best friends tell you
what you NEED to hear.

Like a best friend should, Saunders offers Grimsmo his full support and genuine concern.  Hollywood can make AND break you, especially if you're not privy to its cut-throat nature.
Let's make sure Grimsmo TV is an all-around success!

There's a first for everything!
The Johns experience their first awkward moment --paying the price for making the podcast public.

Pierson Workholding plans to move soon - Doubling in size!
Saunders wants to hear Jay's thought process on replacing his Haas TM-3 with a VF-4SS.

100 perfect Norseman Pivots out of titanium instead of stainless steel?  The Lesson: Better material organization!

ORIGINS
Pinpointing where inspiration, desire, and hunger come from proves to be difficult.

Recommended Reading: The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Engraving fixture post coming soon...make another circle in the parking lot if you must!

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Feb 16, 2018

The John’s celebrate Valentine's Day with episode 54 of the podcast, but Saunders doesn’t have much love for the accounting frustrations he experienced in the past week.

What is the AUTOSWEEP function on Paypal? Stay tuned for a video from Saunders.

Grimsmo’s Lean Machining Lifestyle

Angelo frees up time for Grimsmo to make improvements to the shop. How can you minimize wasted time and effort by getting LEAN?

Entrepreneur. Manager. Technician. Which are you?

The E-Myth Revisited contains valuable insights.

Saunders plays with CMMs at the Mitutoyo Workshop.

FIXTURE FUN

Ever want to learn more about fonts? There’s a documentary for that: Helvetica.

“Why did that tool break?” - Angelo

The Process of Measuring Tool Life

Saunders encourages Grimsmo to go to DMG Mori and play with a Matsura machine with a pallet pool.

Grimsmo’s going to Hollywood! He’ll be speaking with producers this weekend about a potential documentary series.

Saunders was a guest star on the amp hour podcast.

Feb 9, 2018
Yesterday, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launched.  For all of us, it is a testament to our ability to keep pushing the limits.  Make sure you DON'T PANIC!
 
Saunders receives an intoxicating opportunity but it takes a while for the gravity to hit.
Check out the post HERE!
 
PAY THOSE DUES
Although tips for success are plastered everywhere, they won't be enough to get you there.  Getting started is not for the faint of heart or those who don't welcome the idea of a 60+ hour work week.
 
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
 
Mr. and Mrs. Grimsmo attend the Mayor's Gala Ball lookin' spiffy...in threads from the 1790's!
 
THAT YOUTUBE STING
Biting words from viewers take a toll.  
Saunders considers pausing the Wednesday Widgets but for Grimsmo, a foam video takes off!
 
GK Foam Video
How to Care for Your GK
 
Robin Renzetti's INSTAGRAM & YouTube Channel.
 
One month into 2018, Angelo makes a seamless transition into GK, the Norseman fixture is done-- everything's on the up and up.  Saunders and Grimsmo caution themselves about lifestyle creep. Purchases must be preparatory at MINIMUM.
 
Head over to the Business of Machining Patreon
to check out the GK machine shop crash!
Feb 2, 2018

**HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUSINESS OF MACHINING!**

Machine for 10 years, clean your coolant once.
Grimsmo is reunited with his lost chips in this recent
Coolant Cleaning video

Saunders proves his love for combining machining with IoT in the Air Compressor Text Alert video

In a weekend long conversation on WhatsApp about 5-Axis with pallet pool, what used to seem like a trip to the moon is now a tombstone's throw away.

Grimsmo depends on his routine for stress relief but when he falls off the wagon, he finds himself in a pensive mood.  

It's MY CAD model and I want it now!
Saunders wants global CAM variables instead of having to master model.

Jan 26, 2018

The business of the business of machining podcast (you read that right)
Although the podcast is first and foremost a conversation,
the Johns realize its potential to evolve.

Saunders gushes over his MHUB Chicago experience. To be clear, MHUB isn't JUST a maker's space. MHUB provides framework for businesses to succeed as well as make products!

This year, in lieu of a traditional open house, NYC CNC and MHUB present the Manufacturing Entrepreneurship Summit (MES) a day before IMTS (America's Largest Trade Show). MES will be Sunday, September 9th, 2018 and it's FREE!

Register HERE! 

"I want to earn enough to justify the lifestyle I want to live--that is, farting around a machine shop!" - Saunders

Grimsmo determines that constant improvement does NOT equal progress. There's always room for improvement but does it get you closer to your goal? Sometimes Tie Fighters get in the way and other times, they are exactly what you need.

Boxes, Bubble Wrap and Tape: A Medium for Messages?
Unfortunately, your product isn't the only thing that speaks to your reputation. Speaking of tape, find out WHY a gummy tape dispenser leaves Saunders wanting to crawl into a hole.

Coming Soon:
GK's newest employee and SMW's BOSS Laser Cutter.

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