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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 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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