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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: 2023
Dec 29, 2023

TOPICS:

 

 

·         Wen_mir_langwilig_isch

How is lights out affecting cost benefit with the side eye on the time spent for process reliability?

 

·         Burnandturnfabrication

Name one thing that you didn’t think would change the business but made the company.

 

·         Benji_fost 

thoughts on haas pulling the UMC 350 from commercial sales?  Do you feel left high and dry?

 

·         Felixwin2710

“Hey, I’m currently 19, and I’m in the process of building a small 5-axis cnc, any tips to get to where you are?

 

·         A_knights_life

Swiss Army knife (do it all, mill turn, etc) machines vs. scalpel machines(kern, swiss lathe)?

 

·         Heidelworks

What critical steps did you take to go from a small business (solo) to a multi employee business?

 

·         DFMtoolworks:

Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?

 

·         Amishsolanki

Is Rathi AI?

Laurenswijnschenk

Can you learn Amish how to not break taps?

 

Cito_charlie

Top 3 book?  Business or non business

 

            Grimsmo:

            Emyth

            RSF

            Relentless

            Apolo Murders

 

    Saunders:

    Small Time Operator

    How to win friends and influence people

 

·         Tips on how to organize tools in Fusion when changing them out often in a hobby garage?

 

·         Stang_bladeworks

What is the closest either of you have come to giving up and how did you overcome it?

 

·         Martinskot

What’s a shop/machining related product you wish existed but don’t have the time to develop yourself?

 

Dec 22, 2023

TOPICS:

 

  • Business existentialism
  • FOCUS
  • Facemill blew up
  • Horizontal deburring
Dec 15, 2023

Topics:

 

  • Defining the vision of your company
  • Dedicating time to organize the shop
  • Post processors
  • scrap metal company
  • designing a new knife
Dec 8, 2023

TOPICS:

  • Distributing tasks among the team
  • SmarterEveryDay Nasa video - watch it!
  • End-of-year goals 
  • DSI video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubQ1LLYvaaU
  • 4th-grade class lecture
  • DLC coatings on pens and knives
  • Costing mistakes
Dec 1, 2023

TOPICS:

  • Grimsmo's CMM is producing interesting results!  
  • Bad fixtures are bad!
  • Probing too much isn't always a good thing
  • Personal goal failures
  • "The Machine That Changed the World" book
  • The era of lean manufacturing
  • Mailcall request - businessofmachining@gmail.com
  • Mentors and advisors

 

Nov 17, 2023

TOPICS

 

  • Haas power usage correction
  • Erik is getting married
  • We did not crash the Okuma...
  • hiring
  • Okamoto surface grinding
  • Puck Chuks in stock! 
Nov 10, 2023

TOPICS:

 

  • Grimsmo's Kern had toolchanger errors
  • Procedures and process bins
  • Power consumption on CNC machines - $0.05/hr for Haas to be on.
  • Air compressor maintenance
  • selling machines
  • DNS settings to make sure e-mails get to customers, thanks Joe F
  • DKIM add freshdesks to SPF records
  • custom endmills from deboer
  • Nakamura lathe issues
  • Oil skimmers
  • Critical projects DONE




LINKS: https://saundersmachineworks.com/pages/equipment-for-sale

Nov 3, 2023

TOPICS:

 

  • SMW stopping through coolant drill bits
  • Utility bills
  • Pierre being deported
  • Speedio high accuracy mode
  • Grinding wheel technology
  • Detent ball dropper
  • Gen3 mod vises
  • Super secret sauce

 

Oct 27, 2023

TOPICS:

 

  • SMW Willemin is fixed!  Replacement Fanuc motor worked.
  • Haas UMC350
  • Office Phones
  • "Lean Built" podcast with Jay and Andrew
  • "Sooner, not faster"

       "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast"

       "Speed is fine, but accuracy is final"

  • Blinders in business
  • Wera tooling
  • SMW is selling Proven Cut
Oct 20, 2023

TOPICS:

  • Grimsmo visited Kern Precision in Chicago!
  • Four Areas that will put you out of business
  • What I need and want out of the company by the end of the year
  • Tour of Lapmaster
  •  Saunders made a splash guard for his Okuma grinder
  •  "we have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one"
  • Confucius

 

Oct 13, 2023

TOPICS:

  • Maintaining CNC machines
  • Process bins!
  • Carbon Fiber tips and tricks
  • Sandvik drills
  • ERP systems managing lead times
  • Freshdesk for customer service
Oct 6, 2023

TOPICS:

 

  • Work/Life balance
  • Okuma Horizontal machining valve covers
  •  3d printing parts for the shop
  •  Fusion 360 frustrations
  •  Grimsmo vising Kern Precision in Chicago
  •  Shipping computers
  • 3d printed metal parts
  • craftcloud3d.com
Sep 29, 2023

TOPICS:

 

  • CMTS tradeshow
  • "Tool Aquisition Syndrome"
  • Tool life and Sandvik tooling reps
  • Polishing small parts
  • Saunders designed a door for his surface grinder
  • Machine maintenance, Kern and Willemin
  • Carbon fiber Saga
Sep 22, 2023

TOPICS:

  • Grimsmo crashed the Speedio
  • Saunders is surface grinding!
  • My dream job
  • Willemin U axis errors at SMW
  • How do you manage all the tasks and projects?
Sep 15, 2023

TOPICS:

 

  • Lots of problems
  • Building custom computers for CAD/CAM
  • Willemin is sorta broken
  • Bambu 3d printers!
  • Calibrating printed parts
  • Machining carbon fiber in the Speedio
  • SMW puckchuck to market

 

Sep 8, 2023

TOPICS:

  • Resin 3D printing with Grimsmo's daughter
  • how we first learned about CNC machining
  • Willemin lathe parts
  • Saunders' Okamoto surface grinder runs!
  • Coolant foaming
  • Process improvements
Sep 1, 2023

TOPICS:

  • Autodesk Fusion Summit recap
  • Spoiled with new equipment, reinvesting in the company
  • Willemin updates
  • Swiss lathes
  • Grimsmo's 1968 Volvo Amazon wagon runs!

 

Aug 18, 2023

TOPICS:

  • Grimsmo's heat treat improvements
  • SMW puck chuck anodizing
  • Scrap metal
  • Okamoto surface grinder and UMC350 delivered!
  • Bambu 3d Printers

 

Aug 11, 2023

TOPICS

  • Saunders lost power
  • Grimsmo to sell his old Eumach machines
  • How to re-work parts or call them scrap
  • videos of shotgun barrel manufacturing
  • heat treating puck chucks
  • Setup sheet tool tracker
  • Question to the audience

 

Aug 4, 2023

TOPICS:

 

  • Grimsmo grinding blades on the Speedio!
  • Growing your company
  • metal 3d printing, costs?
  • Downcut endmills
  • AI image creation and how it relates to machining
  • Heat treating SMW Puck Chuck parts
  • SMW bought the Okamoto grinder!

 

Jul 28, 2023

TOPICS:

 

  • Fusion 360 across a team
  • DSI Fusion Summit Aug. 22, 2023 in California
  • SMW video on coolest unknown trick.
  • Cutting through the heat affected zone
  • Speedio sub micron option works!
  • SMW bought a HAAS UMC350!
  • Financing options
  • Reverse Osmosis water



Jul 21, 2023

TOPICS:

 

Jul 14, 2023

TOPICS

 

  • The balance of leadership
  • SMW Puck Chuck pallet system!
  • Erowa update with Grimsmo
  • Selling older machines and fully utilizing what you have

 

Jul 7, 2023

TOPICS:

 

  • Chicago museum of science and technology
  • Grimsmo looking at the Sub Micron option for his speedio
  • Saunders overhaul to fixture plate Process
  • SMW puck chuck!
  • Lasers!
  • RO water systems and algae
Jun 30, 2023

TOPICS

  • Grimsmo was on vacation
  • Terminator movie
  • Breaking drills on Swiss lathe
  • Puck chucks and training classes at SMW
  • Speedio grinding
  • SMW internal newsletter
  • Coolant temperature

 

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