Maximizing use of the Mill
Grimsmo’s mill was STILL running when he came in this morning! That is one. Great. First.
On top of that, last week was the highest week ever for production at the Grimsmo shop.
“You keep saying that!” - Saunders
Apparently record breaking is the new norm, and Grimsmo is still trying to produce even more.
“Your spindle is only ever down for a pallet change” - Grimsmo
Do you love history and machining? Freedom’s Forge could be a great pick for you! It dives deep into the history of WWII, while also taking technology and available machines into the equation. Plus, Saunders highly recommends it.
The ULTIMATE machine buying guide
Check out the NYC CNC website for important information and tips on financing your machine, and how to find the right one for your needs.
“Most people don’t mind paying for something, they just don’t want to pay for it if someone else didn’t pay for it or got a better deal” - Saunders
“It only matters what goes into the loan documents in the end” - Saunders
Tidying Up, Saunders Style
Saunders doesn’t regret purging the workshop of unnecessary stuff for one second.
Are YOU ready to binge shop tours?
SIGN UP FOR A SAGA PEN
The time has come for the Saga Sign-Up List to go LIVE! Grimsmo launched it this past weekend as a link on his Instagram bio. More information about the pen will go up on the website soon. For now, you can learn more about the Grimsmo custom pen by checking out the Saga Saturday videos
So, real talk. When is the swiss lathe coming?
Grimsmo and Saunders discuss the need for a swiss lathe in the Grimsmo shop now that producing pens consistently is becoming more imminent.
“I just don’t want to spend a ton of money on bells and whistles I don’t need” - Grimsmo
And it’s also a matter of the machine fitting in the shop. But that's a question for another time.
Proud Machining Moments Hit Home
Sometimes you only need an upward glance to find comfort and strength.
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An epic Lakeshore order is a testament to how far you've come but the past is never too distant.
The Taig ER-16 spindle and some cheap double-sided end mills conjure up fond memories of the early days.
Saunders discusses the emotional impact of a "major curve ball."
This health concern causes terror and confusion, but one thing is clear: it puts life into perspective.
"It's not a sprint. It's a marathon."
YOU ARE WHAT YOU WANT TO BE
Although entrepreneurs are driven by behavioral economics such as fear, convictions and outside interactions, at the end of the day, it's decision time. The Johns discuss how their ideas and plans have evolved.
BOOKS TO HAVE YOUR NOSE IN:
Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in WWII
The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
"SPEEDS AND FEEDS ARE YOUR THING." - Grimsmo
"YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING YET." - Saunders
CASH CRUNCH: How cash flow management can affect your business decisions.
Goals are easy to declare BUT they ignore the actions between.
The Pen and Knife Balance
With limited machines, Grimsmo is always trying to balance knife and pen production. Sometimes he has to get creative.
Saunders and Grimsmo talk tools, and creative solutions to achieve Grimsmo’s high standards.
“That would work, but it wouldn’t be the finish I want” - Grimsmo
Sometimes the solutions are simple.
“We both figured out at the same time that the live tool needed to go first...it’s just one of those little things that takes forever to figure out” - Grimsmo
SMW Bought a 5 - Axis!
It’s a Haas UMC-750, and Saunders signed the paper work for it last week. It should be delivered in about 2 - 3 weeks (so soon!). Look out for the video on Saunders’ YouTube channel. To make space, they would also move the other machines around a little.
“You’ve got your high-end cell, and your training cell” - Grimsmo
Pro-tip: You don’t want too big of a machine because it makes it very difficult to get to a small part, so you have to solve that by lifting the part up high off the table.
Interested in getting trained in 5-Axis machining? Keep following Saunders for updates on potential classes.
“I’ve always been more interested in showing what you can do with a machine, rather than showing what you can’t do with a machine” - Saunders
Grimsmo’s Future 5 - Axis
“I would get a palletized version...Rob Lockwood sold me on the idea” - Grimsmo.
Listen to the episode with Rob Lockwood as a guest! It’s episode 93 of this podcast.
“I try to push the boundaries for accuracy, not so much for power” - Grimsmo
Failed Lean "Fixes"
Collaborative video between Grimsmo, Saunders, and Jay Pierson.
Where have YOU tried to go lean, and it just didn’t work out?
3D Printing without heat...Can it be done?
Saunders tours a revolutionary 3D Printing company called Fabri Sonic.
“You can put electronics in your 3D printed part!” - Saunders
At the end, Grimsmo and Saunders get into measurement techniques, and solving problems by probing. Saunders mentions that he learned a great technique from Edge Precision’s YouTube channel!
It's cold. It's winter. Who cares? Moving on.
This episode is a hodgepodge of entrepreneurial and philosophical gold nuggets.
From Maslow's Hierarchy to epoxy floors, the Johns cover it all.
Even IF we are in a simulation...it doesn't matter!
After watching the Joe Rogan podcast episode featuring David Goggins, Saunders is particularly fired up!
Joe Rogan + David Goggins Podcast Episodes
Rollercoaster of Entrepreneurial Love
It's normal to get down but maybe you have to get down to get back up. Without overcoming struggle, you can't get a sense of accomplishment.