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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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Aug 5, 2022

Topics:

  • Incremental Business Growth Experiences
  • Real Estate - Build or Buy Existing? Area 419 Tour
  • Baby Brother Speedio Arrives Friday at GK!
  • The Marvel of Rigging CNC Machines
  • Shipping Insurance - Is it worth it?
  • Legal Counsel - Sometimes a Letter Will Do!
  • Chips on Willemin, Inserts, Adding Sharpie, and BANG ON Tolerances
  • Precision Microcast 15 with Christian Wenzel Innolite 
Jul 29, 2022

TOPICS:

  • John & John crashed the Willemin, Okuma & Kern, yikes...
  • Grimsmo getting the Willemin to measure probe length.
  • How to calibrate your spindle probe length.
  • Saunders is finishing us a big fixture plate order.
Jul 22, 2022

Topics:

- SMW Relaunches CNC Training Courses in a New Center!
- Grimsmo Tweaks Grinding Process on KERN
- Should You Max Out Spindles That Run Less Than 20K RPM?
- Brother Speedio + Auto Door Coming to GK Soon!
- International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 
- Okuma Mist Collector Activation Issue
- Reorganizing Endmills
- GERP Update, Inventory, Operations, Tooling, Purchase Orders

 

Jul 15, 2022

TOPCIS:

 

  • We finally get closure on Judd
  • Mama Grimsmo is visitng for the first time since 2019!
  • Grimsmo starts getting great results after a much needed training sesisons from the CMM.
  • Saunders dives into endmills and surface finishes.
  • Metrology!!!
  • Grimsmo has been on a rabbit hole to try to make their saga mechanisims better.
  • Saunders chats about probing issues.
Jul 8, 2022

Topics:

- Saunders opens up about his 11- year CNC companion
- Grimsmo takes on more duties while Angelo attends CMM Training
- Eumachs Sold! Avid CNC Router to cut foam for GK
- SMW Training begins July 19th
- Renishaw Probe Repair & Settings
- Willemin/WileMILL Probe Issues & 3D Printed Key Bracket
- HDPE Plastic Warp: Will annealing solve the lakes/hills?
- Rust Prevention: Looking for Input!

Jul 1, 2022

TOPICS:

 

  • John Grimsmo came in to learn the new Zeiss CMM until 4am.
  • Saunders is experiencing variations on some parts.
  • Learning more about epoxy tombstones
  • The oldest Renishaw probe cracked the glass.
  • Grimsmo provides an update on the Speedio & Tornos oil issues.
  • Saunders has his training class start in only 3 weeks!
Jun 24, 2022

Topics:

  • Task Lists and Being Overwhelmed
  • Hiring Employees, Time Management, Efficiencies
  • Priority List: Dump & Triage Tasks
  • Okuma Fixture Offset Calibration
  • Horizontals with Intrinsic 4th Axis: No rotation around center line!?
    • Tool Orientation in Fusion 360 doesn't seem to work for Saunders
  • Ultrasonic Cleaning Systems
  • Internal Conflict Between Nerd & Entrepreneur:  A 15 Year Debate
  • Robots. Saunders gets random call from a guy at Tormach. Use for demagging material?
  • Horizontal Fixture Overhaul
Jun 17, 2022

TOPCIS:

  • John & John chat about what it is like to be a self taught machinist.
  • Saunders made a little bit of a mistake on the horizontal.
  • The boys chat about having no manager only roles inside their company.
  • Grimsmo got the Zeiss CMM installed to help measure EVERYTHING!
  • The benefits of using glass materials for accuracy.
  • Chip thinning and rubbing on endmills.
Jun 10, 2022

Topics:

Tool Life & Part Finish Issues
Grimsmo & Saunders brainstorm solutions for less than ideal tool life and part finishes.
- Speeds & Feeds
- Brand Loyalty & Tools That Don't Cut It (pun intended)
- Tool Coating
- 2D Contour Wall Finish
- NYC CNC Chip Thinning Calculator
- Coolant VS. Dry Cutting with Through-Spindle Air blast
- Reaching Occluded Precision Features

CNC Machines
- Kern makes a move on skates
- Minor Tweaks to the Erowa Pallet System
- Brother Speedio headed to Grimsmo Knives
- ZEISS CMM, where are you? Also, who is going to learn Calypso!?
- Converting the Willemin from Metric to Imperial

Lives of Entrepreneurs - The Second Half of Your Life
- Hobbies
- Accepting Changes Gracefully
- The Importance of Developing Meaningful Friendships


NYC CNC Training Classes are BACK!

Jun 3, 2022

TOPCIS:

 

  • Saunders is machining parts for Johnny 5
  • What is a tool room?
  • Coolant & air conditioners.
  • Grimsmo has a daunting task to move the Kern over to make room for the speedio.
  • Saunders did an oil change on the horizontal and jammed up the chip conveyor.
  • Knife grinder discussion.
  • Expoy tombstone is in!
May 27, 2022

TOPICS:
- Preparing for Economic Recession Video
- Better Business Decisions: Evolving from a Short Term to Long Term Mindset
- Saunders gets personal about life, ambitions, and expectations
- Make Sure YOUR Goals are Finite
- Softening of Tech Market/Industry, Cash Flow, & Borrowing Money
- KERN Damper Life & Replacement
- FREE WAY TO INCREASE MACHINE TOOL LIFE!
- Okuma Tool Break Detection & Break Control
- KERN Workflow for Bang On Bore Sizes
- Wear Comp, Speroni Tool Presetter for Measuring Tool Diameter
- DIY Tombstone Pour
- Keith Rucker's Video on Concrete Mold for Casting

- Grimsmo's Belt Grinder Advice
- SAGA Pen and Pocket Book
- Precision Microcast with Adam Demuth & Nicholas Hacko
- Turning on the Willemin

May 20, 2022
TOPICS:

 

  • Saunders talks about his origin story.
  • The boys chat about the importance of education, wether school or investing in yourself.
  • Grimsmo is dialing in the issues they are having with the swiss lathe pump.
  • Saunders gives updates on the ever changing LEX ERP system.
  • The boys talk about the movie "The Founder" about the origin story of Mc Donalds.
  • Saunders has 2 new hires starting next week!
  • Grimsmo crashes the tool changer on the Willemin.
May 13, 2022
TOPCIS:
  • Saunders is visiting Wichita State University for Project MFG.
  • Grimsmo has a ton of updates, open house, tornos problems & willemin progress.
  • Saunders dives into the horizontal process control.
  • Mobile machine shops?!?
  • Teaching the teachers.
  • Grimsmo is starting to use their ERP system to track procedures throughout the company.
  • Saunders learns the hard way not to rush a project before a trip.
  • Grimsmo updates on the CMM and Speedio machines.
May 6, 2022

TOPICS:

  • Grimsmo finally have their Willemin machine fully functional and ready for parts.
  • CAM Programming tips and tricks.
  • Material shortages and price hikes.
  • Preparing for a slowdown.
  • Grimsmo has swiss coolant pump issues.
  • Making tombstones for horizontal machines.
  • Saunders will be judging on Project MFG in Kansas next week!
Apr 29, 2022

TOPICS:

  • Grimsmo's Willemin Works!
  • Saga Pen Clips & Workholding Brainstorm Session
  • Brother Speedio & Zeiss CMM: Lead Times Could Cause Time Crunch
  • SWISS CHEESE? A New Pump Could Solve the Tornos Oil/Coolant Issue
  • IMTS 2022 & Autodesk University
  • Saunders talks additional building, Okuma Horizontal Production Workflow, & Re-Starting Training Classes!
  • Digital Depth Micrometers
  • Saunders and Alex embark on a DIY Tombstone Design for the Horizontal
  • Grimsmo Wiki: The Place Where Odd Fanuc Stuff Lives
  • 86 GERP, We'll Take Google App Sheets, PLEASE!
Apr 22, 2022
TOPCIS:
  • Lending companies for buying machines & early payment policies.
  • Sauders root story, attitude towards prepayment.
  • Saunders shop tour with Adam Demult
  • Horizontal machining challeneges.
  • Air compressor maintenance time with Grimsmo.
  • Willemin updates.

 

 

Apr 15, 2022

TOPICS:

- Process Capability Index (CPK) - Six Sigma? 
- Batch Production in the Auto Industry
- 3D Printed Haas Parts Catcher & Grimsmo Knives Fixture Loader
- Heat Treat Sandwich & Stacking Blades
- Vendor Relationships: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE DETAILED PRINTS
- Okuma Post Modifications: Almost a Catastrophe
- GAME CHANGER: The "Compare To" Feature in Visual Studio Code
- Shop Computers & Remote Desktop
- Lights Out Production & Air Compressor Ball Valve Solution

Apr 8, 2022

TOPCIS:

  • Saunders is probing on the horizontal.
  • Grimsmo is finalizing their Brother Speedio purchase.
  • Installing tools on the horizontal.
  • Saunders' had a bad day.
  • Grimsmo Tornos oil updates.
  • Willemin updates & CMM purchases.
Apr 1, 2022

TOPICS: 

- Okuma Horizontal: After Hours Machining Dream
- Why We Bought a Horizontal Video
- Fusion 360: Changing Tools at Master Library Level? 
- Renishaw Probing, Okuma Probing, and Macro Variables
- Fixturing, Solving Tolerance Issues, Post Modifications
- Multiple Tolerance Ranges
- Metrology Tools
- Update on Grimsmo's Swiss Coolant/Clarified Butter

Mar 25, 2022
TOPICS:

 

  • Grimsmo is expanding!
  • Never Split The Difference - Buy Now
  • Dedicating employees are doing so much more!
  • Saunders had a dumpster fire of a morning.
  • Grimsmo probing issues on the Kern.
  • Saunders is thinking about getting a Brother Speedio before Grimsmo pulls the trigger on theirs.
  • Small business healthcare in the USA.
  • CMM fixture plates for Grimsmo's new Zeiss CMM.
Mar 18, 2022

Topics: 

  • Okuma MB-4000H Arrives at SMW
    • 3 Tombstones Loaded
    • Training on Collision Avoidance to Begin
    • Delayed Chip Conveyor Appears
    • Important PSA about Buying CNC Machines & Paying Invoices
  • Zeiss DuraMax CMM for Grimsmo Knives
  • Air Quality Meters
  • Leadership & Management
    • At least we're not THAT person!

 

COMING SOON

    • Manager Meetings at SMW
    • Creations Unlimited Tour with Dennis Rathi

 

Mar 11, 2022
TOPCIS:
  • John & John share their recent persectives on life & sharing information online.
  • Custom quotes in Shopify.
  • Choosing manager, book on "setting the table".
  • Grimsmo is going to play in a CMM room for a day.
  • Saunders provides a horizontal update.
  • Grimsmo is still dealing with swiss althe oil problems. 
Mar 4, 2022

Topics:

  • Grimsmo's Swiss could have an air leak OR a bad batch of coolant
  • Okuma MB-4000H is here but the coolant tank is delayed!
  • Willemin, Kern, and Speedio Updates
  • Saunders shares his tour experience at Creations Unlimited - Video Coming Soon!
  • Decision Making & Organizational Chart Changes
  • Emphasis on Communication, ERP Data Tracking

 

 

GOOD READS

Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Daniel Meyer

Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham

High Output Management by Andrew Grover

Feb 25, 2022

TOPICS:

John Grimsmo breaks down the barrier with a brief history of starting Grimsmo Knives. Its not always easy, but it is the most rewarding thing that they have ever set out to achieve. Personal and professional growth is immense.

Feb 18, 2022

TOPICS:

  • Saunders and his team anxiously await the Okuma MB-4000H
    • Building Inventory + Moving Machines
    • Programming Tombstones
    • Post Modifications: Date & Timestamp & G11 Coordinate Plane Rotation
  • Grimsmo's Eumachs are for sale!
  • Haas chip filter system, Bringing Products to Market, and Small Victories
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Technician VS. Entrepreneur
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