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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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Feb 28, 2020

Can you really optimize machining and happiness at the same time? This week John & John dive in to optimizing machining while staying happy and true to yourself. They also talk about hand editing lathe code and threading tips on the lathe. Saunders fuses ABS plastic together with acetone like a mad scientist and Grimsmo finally gets his swiss running after some issues.

Feb 21, 2020

THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: 

  • Entrepreneurs Managing Business & Emotions
  • Reliving KERN 
  • Shop Tours | Onsrud, Hendrick Motorsports, and Stewart-Haas Racing
  • CAMplete | Workflows & Optimize Function 
  • Datron NEO & Wazer for ProvenCut Speeds & Feeds Testing
  • A Message from Justin K. Courtney | Tulster

It's been 13 years and counting!
Grimsmo relives how his spur-of-the-moment trip to KERN resulted in something he never thought possible.

Rear View VS Windshield
Are we ever truly able to live in the present? Saunders discusses the past, present, and future as it relates to entrepreneurship. If you aren't familiar with the 1-Minute "Brazilian Fisherman" story, Read it here.

Managing Business = Managing Emotions
Saunders shares a thought and behavior pattern that gives him emotional freedom during stressful events or circumstances. Learning how to control and manage emotional responses is easier said than done.

Shop Tours - FANUC, ROMER ARMS EVERYWHERE, AND SURFACE PLATES LARGER THAN CARS?
Saunders visits Onsrud, Hendrick Motorsports, and Stewart-Haas Racing in Charlotte, North Carolina and shares his experience at each shop, the things that blew him away, and a story about how he ended up machining an aluminum decal squeegee tool.

CAMplete Training, Workflows, & Capabilities
Grimsmo returns from a day of training with a good understanding of how to integrate Fusion 360 and CAMplete into a viable workflow for Grimsmo Knives.  At this point in time, SMW uses the software to simulate, verify, and check for possible collisions but there's a feature that sounds like a game changer: OPTIMIZE FUNCTION.

DATRON NEO & WAZER ARRIVE AT SMW
ProvenCut will be testing speeds and feeds on these machines and adding them to the ever-growing video database!

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CHIP RAG - WHERE ARE YOU? 
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Last but not least, a message from Jusin K. Courtney with TULSTER.

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Feb 14, 2020

John & John go into some very deep discussion this week all about stress, happiness and finding continued motivation. How do you talk about past events and experience without sounding like you are whining? Finding the line and learning how to communicate in the early stages of growing a business. John Saunders visits YG1 and Onsrud endmill grinding factory! John Grimsmo goes all in on Kern training and it is blowing his mind!

Feb 7, 2020

Saunders and Grimsmo delve into entrepreneurial insecurity, how it impacts them, and ways to keep it in check.

Now that the crazy month of January has passed, Grimsmo and his team are getting back into the swing of production. The Mori is up and running but there was a minor problem that caused them to scrap four knife handles. While it's not a huge deal, sometimes we forget about easy ways to isolate risk.

Speaking of scrapping parts, the guys discuss ways to proof code and machine operations including the Haas dead man's switch, and safe mode.

Coolant Plans
Grimsmo and Saunders share plans and ideas for coolant to machine delivery. Since the majority of coolant mix is water, it makes the most sense to avoid having to transport it to each machine.

A Different Type of Sustainability - Simple Solutions That Last
If you're a business owner, it's time to be ruthlessly honest about decisions and plans. Are these things going to work long term? Are these solutions able to be scaled?

I've a KERN-FESSION to make
Grimsmo turns on the KERN for the first time and ends up with something he didn't expect...

Learning Curve
With more training for the KERN and CAMplete on the docket, there's still another issue that training can't solve: deciding what to machine first! Should it be a test part, a part needed for knives, or should he revisit a part that brings his story full circle?

Did you say DATRON?
Saunders announces some exiting news about a new partnership between Datron and ProvenCut!

They Must Have Heard Me!
Have you ever wished something existed only for it to suddenly appear? Saunders is amused and happy that Maritool came through with ER Hex Collets.

NO TOOTHPICKS ALLOWED!
A state-wide ban on toothpicks prompts Tom Lipton to create a machining challenge!  So, uh, does this mean we're outlaws now?

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