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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: September, 2018
Sep 28, 2018

Get Well Soon, Grimsmo!
He might be under the weather but shop life waits for no one...

--BURNOUT--
When you enjoy working, you have to be more
conscious of that sneaky little thing called burnout. You might not notice until it's too late!

Pride and Humility: The Balance
William breaks a toy at school.

Tony Robbins Total Immersion
Grimsmo and Meg attend a Tony Robbins event and return revitalized!
Love him or hate him the "I'm Not Your Guru" guru
has ways to break limiting thinking patterns and bestow clarity. Using a different framework makes critical decision-making easier.

NEGATIVE NANCIES
As Saunders releases the first of many Johnny 5 videos, the negative nancies get their panties in a twist because of an estimated 2-year timeline. Rome wasn't built in a day...right?

Hesitation Parallels
Saunders has found THE microscope and a jib-crane solution but suffers a case of Paralysis by Analysis while actively fighting lifestyle creep.
From Grimsmo's last video (BACK FROM IMTS 2018!) he's STILL gotta order titanium round bar BUT this order entails more than clicking a button...

Sep 21, 2018

Are you ready to talk technology and tools from IMTS with Saunders and Grimsmo?

I hope so! Because this episode gets nice and technical

The Johns are back from IMTS, inspired, and ready to get back to hustling. They’re happy they can pick up where they left off because of their awesome employees holding down their respective forts while they were gone, and keeping up with the daily grind and processes.

“Make the process the expert” - Grimsmo

Thanks for coming out to the Manufacturing/Entrepreneurship Summit! It was a blast!

In this episode Grimsmo and Saunders reflect on the event and wrap it up with some final thoughts on certain questions that were asked during the Q and A period.

Teaser: Their favourite part of IMTS was talking to and learning from the people, and it’s amazing to see how many parallels there are between entrepreneurs’ stories.  

At the show there were plenty of machines of the future, but what about machines of their future? Still lots!

Grimsmo discusses Swiss Lathes and 5-Axis machining, and Saunders gives some tips on how to get the deepest of information about machines from company representatives at the show.

“It’s almost worth stretching the truth to get a deeper answer about a machine, even its based on a question about a fictional tool” - Saunders

Pro tip: Go to a machine show! Even if it's small, it’s a great place to meet like-minded people and get some answers first-hand.

Looking into a Microscope

Saunders debates getting a super cool microscope from Vision Engineering. Without the show, Saunders might never have found that company.

“Go outside your comfort zone and find something you never would have otherwise” - Saunders

Crush it this week!

Sep 14, 2018

THIS IS NOT YOUR ORDINARY PODCAST! THIS IS AN AWESOME, IMMERSIVE AUDIO EXPERIENCE OF IMTS! 

Energy = Kinetic

People = Inspirational

Podcast = Straight, No Chaser

 

Experience IMTS as Saunders and Grimsmo as they meet people on their way to AB Tools.  BOOM. You're on the podcast!

Sep 7, 2018

Buying Machines for your Business

Grimsmo and Saunders talk about the importance of Customer Service when it comes to buying a machine.

“Just sell me machines and give me service” - Grimsmo

Service is important because....

“Fun Fact: Everything mechanical in the world ceases to work at some point” - Saunders

When it comes down to it, the quality of the machine is going to affect your relationship with that company. Don’t forget to consider a warranty! 

CALLING ALL LISTENERS! Saunders has a query.

The shop in Ohio is getting HOT, and NYC CNC is thinking about getting a climate control system sooner than expected.

Specifications for the project:

  • Our shop is 50 x 80 ft. with 15 ft. ceilings
  • NYC CNC doesn't think more insulation is necessary
  • What are our listeners thoughts on using a mini-split? Link to the definition of a mini-split here. How about on an “Energy Recovery Ventilator”? We don’t want to “cool the country with our AC” (as Saunders’ mom would say)

ALSO, Saunders would like to know if anyone has a CMX 1100, and what YOUR thoughts are on it. What is it comparable to?

Contact Saunders here or at info@saundersmachineworks.com

Lapping up time

Grimsmo can’t wait for the new lapping machine to come in, it’s going to make processes A LOT faster.

Pro tip: Using UpWork to solve your problems also helps you get work done faster.

Choose the right machine for YOU!

The Johns discuss how to choose the right machine for your needs, even when there’s so many solid options out there. The two of them also talk about how to make processes on Grimsmo’s mill more efficient and reliable.

IMTS is NEXT WEEK! And the Johns will be there running around, asking questions, and learning new things.

They talk about what they want to see at IMTS. Here's a little teaser on Grimsmo’s IMTS list:

  • He wants to learn more about machine tracking software

And how about Saunders?

  • Thinking more long term about good coolant management
  • Looking at CMX and DMU 50 machines

Don’t forget to SIGN UP for the Manufacturing Entrepreneurship Summit 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

Sunday, September 9th, 2018 (ONE DAY BEFORE IMTS!) and...it's FREE!

Workshop Topics:

  • Product Development
  • Bootstrap Entrepreneurship
  • Growing & Operating a Job Shop
  • Optimizing Surface Finishes with CAM & Tooling
  • Fixturing Tips & Tricks
  • Lean Shop Operations

Guest speakers: John Grimsmo, Jay Pierson, Tim Paul, Bill Fienup, John Saunders, and Zach Kaplan!

PLUS, AN AFTER-PARTY!

INFO FOR THE MID-EAST OHIO MODEL ENGINEERING EXPO

The Expo is on Sept 29, 2018. AND Saunders is having an open house on the DAY BEFORE THE EXPO! Check out the links below for more information. 

Mid-East Ohio Model Engineering Expo
Info on Saunders’ Shop Tour on Sept 28, 2018

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