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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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Now displaying: April, 2018
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.

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