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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, 2021
Apr 30, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Grimsmo quits (this is a good thing, we promise)!
  • ERP Systems & Purchase Orders
  • Raw Material Shortages
  • Willemin (Mill-ish) coming to Grimsmo Knives from Ohio
  • Haas VF-3 & Haas DT-2 for production at SMW!
  • KERN & lights out production
  • Diagnosing Tool Life Killers & Solutions (Chip Evacuation, Fusion 360 Adaptive with Ramp Taper Angle, tool coatings, through spindle coolant, flute count, magnetism, and more!)
  • Higby Threads, CNC Lathe Love, Master Ring Gauges
  • Dimension Drawings for QC at SMW
  • Fusion 360 FINALLY allows threading with a grooving tool!

 

Apr 23, 2021

TOPICS:

  • How do business leaders spend their time inside their company?
  • Saunders wants to hire a machinist or an operations manager.
  • Saunders did an awesome tour with Area 419.
  • DT1 Favorite machines.
  • "Leadership is being present."
  • Lathe facing passes and how to get the best finish.
  • Saunders QC bin for diamond parts is getting better and better.
Apr 16, 2021

TOPICS: 

  • Area 419 Tour will be premiered on YouTube Monday April 19th, 2021 at 1:30 PM EDT! 
  • Cashflow, Loans, and Post Covid Economic Impacts
  • Grimsmo's purchased a used Willemin
  • Neodymium Magnets
  • Swiss Miss - Saunders Decides Against Swiss for Reversible Inserts
  • CNC Lathe Probing & Tooling Options
  • Business Mindset - The Shift from Preparer to Reviewer
Apr 9, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Saunders is settling in and working very hard on some updates to the shop this past year.
  • Grimsmo dives into new coolant dispenser.
  • Being a parent and teaching your kids cool stuff!
  • Oil vs coolant.
  • Grimsmo talks about ordering two new lathes!
  • Cycle time speed increases across different machines.
Apr 2, 2021

TOPICS:

  • SMW and Grimsmo in limbo between the lone bootstrapper and leader of a team
  • Plurality of Swisses. Saunders and Grimsmo discuss production volume, process reliability, and other decision making factors for buying new CNC lathes
  • I'm Nak sure if I need a Willemin or Nak. Grimsmo and Saunders debate about whether or not the Nak should be let go in favor of a Willemin Mill Turn
  • Sourcing centerless ground 17-4 Stainless
  • Bar feeders & Automation
  • Area 419 Tour of the new shop gets Saunders dreaming big. The tour is set to premiere on YouTube on Monday, April 19th!
  • GK products like the SAGA, Norseman, and Rask increase in demand
  • Superordinate Shop Goals - Giving the team a unified vision
  • Renishaw Probe Replacements = Worth It!
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