Grimsmo returns from L.A. beaming with excitement after meeting with producers in Hollywood and touring Pierson Workholding.
Good friends tell you what you want to hear...best friends tell you
what you NEED to hear.
Like a best friend should, Saunders offers Grimsmo his full support and genuine concern. Hollywood can make AND break you, especially if you're not privy to its cut-throat nature.
Let's make sure Grimsmo TV is an all-around success!
There's a first for everything!
The Johns experience their first awkward moment --paying the price for making the podcast public.
Pierson Workholding plans to move soon - Doubling in size!
Saunders wants to hear Jay's thought process on replacing his Haas TM-3 with a VF-4SS.
100 perfect Norseman Pivots out of titanium instead of stainless steel? The Lesson: Better material organization!
Pinpointing where inspiration, desire, and hunger come from proves to be difficult.
Recommended Reading: The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
Engraving fixture post coming soon...make another circle in the parking lot if you must!
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The John’s celebrate Valentine's Day with episode 54 of the podcast, but Saunders doesn’t have much love for the accounting frustrations he experienced in the past week.
What is the AUTOSWEEP function on Paypal? Stay tuned for a video from Saunders.
Grimsmo’s Lean Machining Lifestyle
Angelo frees up time for Grimsmo to make improvements to the shop. How can you minimize wasted time and effort by getting LEAN?
Entrepreneur. Manager. Technician. Which are you?
The E-Myth Revisited contains valuable insights.
Saunders plays with CMMs at the Mitutoyo Workshop.
Ever want to learn more about fonts? There’s a documentary for that: Helvetica.
“Why did that tool break?” - Angelo
The Process of Measuring Tool Life
Saunders encourages Grimsmo to go to DMG Mori and play with a Matsura machine with a pallet pool.
Grimsmo’s going to Hollywood! He’ll be speaking with producers this weekend about a potential documentary series.
Saunders was a guest star on the amp hour podcast.
**HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUSINESS OF MACHINING!**
Machine for 10 years, clean your coolant once.
Grimsmo is reunited with his lost chips in this recent
Coolant Cleaning video.
Saunders proves his love for combining machining with IoT in the Air Compressor Text Alert video.
In a weekend long conversation on WhatsApp about 5-Axis with pallet pool, what used to seem like a trip to the moon is now a tombstone's throw away.
Grimsmo depends on his routine for stress relief but when he falls off the wagon, he finds himself in a pensive mood.
It's MY CAD model and I want it now!
Saunders wants global CAM variables instead of having to master model.
The business of the business of machining podcast (you read that right)
Although the podcast is first and foremost a conversation,
the Johns realize its potential to evolve.
Saunders gushes over his MHUB Chicago experience. To be clear, MHUB isn't JUST a maker's space. MHUB provides framework for businesses to succeed as well as make products!
This year, in lieu of a traditional open house, NYC CNC and MHUB present the Manufacturing Entrepreneurship Summit (MES) a day before IMTS (America's Largest Trade Show). MES will be Sunday, September 9th, 2018 and it's FREE!
"I want to earn enough to justify the lifestyle I want to live--that is, farting around a machine shop!" - Saunders
Grimsmo determines that constant improvement does NOT equal progress. There's always room for improvement but does it get you closer to your goal? Sometimes Tie Fighters get in the way and other times, they are exactly what you need.
Boxes, Bubble Wrap and Tape: A Medium for Messages?
Unfortunately, your product isn't the only thing that speaks to your reputation. Speaking of tape, find out WHY a gummy tape dispenser leaves Saunders wanting to crawl into a hole.
GK's newest employee and SMW's BOSS Laser Cutter.
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The Business of Machining Podcast has hit the big 5.0.! That is, their 50th episode.
Hunger: A Common Denominator for Successful Entrepreneurs
Success requires more than making a product. Remember: You are not an island and neither is your business.
Why are you an entrepreneur, anyway?
Let’s just say, it’s not REALLY about the money...or is it?
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh offers insights.
Get a copy here.
What would THAT GUY do?
Building relationships lets you climb inside the mind of someone else. Instead of making decisions based on emotion, removing yourself from the equation proves worthwhile.
A NEW SAGA EMERGES: Norseman Fixtures
“It’s like putting all of your eggs in one basket...but it’s a SWEET basket.” Check out Grimsmo’s Fixturing Strategies here. #worthit
Creating fixtures could benefit you! So, now’s the time to get schooled.
Register HERE for the February 2018 - Fixturing & Workholding Class
When Your Coolant Isn’t Cool Anymore
Grimsmo replaces his 2.5 year-old coolant and makes a 50 lb (23 kg) discovery that’s been hiding.
Saunders gets a new Skimmer! You can see which one here.
Getting Views VS. Providing Content You Want To Provide
The pressure of expectation runs high but at the end of the day, it’s about being true to yourself.
Grimsmo’s doing it right!
Check out the new GK FOAM CUTTING VIDEO!
Dreaming of Air Bearings
Air bearings do what? Keep Grimsmo up all night, apparently!
Every Minute Counts
Customer service inefficiencies suck away time and get Saunders into a funk. While some things are out of your control; one thing is certain: you do have the ability to make your own happiness.
Accounting - KNOW YOUR TICKS AND BOBS!
“Any process only works as good as you use it.” - Grimsmo
You might know your goals but do you know what they aren’t? Grimsmo and Saunders reflect on how success has impacted their work/life balance.
Getting FIRED = better leadership?
Grimsmo contemplates batching parts to free up the lathe for exciting new products. Finally, if you'd like to become a patron, visit the Business of Machining Podcast Patreon!
Guest series - Once a month, a guest from the machining industry will hop on board!
“Share 90% of what you do, and charge like heck for the last 10%” - Grimsmo’s dad
Employer Vs. the employee. With businesses expanding, they research employee rights, benefits, and how to implement that into employment processes, agreements, and online business tools.
Choosing software is daunting but when it comes to accounting, WAVE might give QuickBooks a run for its money.
SHARING IS CARING.
Get insight into the internal workings of NYCCNC here.
Coming Soon: Saunders will share the start-to-finish process of the Imperializer in upcoming videos.
Dedicated hardware devices. We need them. Sure, you own a calculator or a phone but who wants to get their pockets wet trying to convert inches to millimeters??
Click here to cure “wet pocket syndrome.”
When bringing a product or service to market, you might be headed for a shark-infested ocean! Steer clear and head for the big blue instead.
Get your copy of The Blue Ocean Shift here.
Grimsmo shares his freight troubles and the necessity of hiring an agent becomes imperative.
Those Linda Wheels THOUGH!
Saunders and Grimsmo discuss problems and solutions for grits and thread-mills. Some problems aren’t worth the time and money to be solved.
If you haven't HEARD, Grimsmo's got a new Tumbler Video!
New Year, New You?
Although hesitant to make New Year’s Resolutions, the Johns agree that the New Year is coming at a fitting time.
“I need to quit” - Saunders
Saunders relays the importance of keeping stress levels down while still maintaining productivity by delegating tasks.
Inspirational ending note...
“We need to strengthen our blind faith in what we do” - Grimsmo
“The business is becoming its own entity, and we all work for that business” - Grimsmo quoting Pierson
Saunders and Grimsmo reunite after missing one of their weekly chats and they have much to discuss. As their businesses grow at a fast pace, having a great team and managing stress are becoming more important. The guys work to advance the skills of their teams as well as their own.
Jonathan Lewis is back to teach another Tig Welding class.
Get your pro-membership for NYCCNC here.
“Find great people, get them on your team, and let them do great things” - Saunders
Both of them have taken on a new team member in the past week; Saunders hired an intern from an award winning high school robotics team with a passion for engineering. Over in Canada, Grimsmo’s new Media Producer (and first hire), Erin Kelly, is taking on full time duties and crushing it. Grimsmo can’t stop generating ideas for his team to accomplish together and getting more excited about his work. By the time the new machinist arrives in January, it will be as if he’s “split himself into four people”.
Anything else? Yeah, lots!
Saunders reminds Grimsmo to get excited about what you do, and John talks about how this can reduce stress levels.
Having trouble with thread mills? Saunders offers advice.
Engineering students from McMaster do a presentation on Grimsmo Knives. Stay tuned to Grimsmo’s YouTube channel to watch the presentation and the chat afterwards between the students, Grimsmo, and Erin. More videos coming soon!
Saunders talks about custom vacuum plates.
Grimsmo combats his supply problem by making Rasks instead of Norseman knives. He declares he will never run out of material again.
Review of new Vibra Tumbler (spoiler: it’s great!). Video of unboxing and review coming on Grimsmo’s YouTube channel soon!
There is a lot of power in communication, especially if you’re a supplier. As Grimsmo says, “the human empathizes with personal problems, but the business doesn’t’ care at all.”
Get ready to hear the podcast with less and less of a lag between taping and publication. With two media people, “The Business of Machining” will be much closer to real time.
"Grimsmo's frowning at me with disdain--"
Saunders says 'tis the season with an Uberchuck commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lncrr_7aJE
Saunders visits EMO in Germany while Grimsmo uploads his first YouTube video in months: CMTS!
Grimsmo debates the future of producing videos: in-house or enlist outside help?
McMaster University partners up with Grimsmo knives for a marketing class project!
Saunders speaks on Social Media at a local Machinery Dealer open house
What can YOU get out of an Open House Sales Event? Will a Royal Chuck get Saunders over the Lathe hurdle? Bar Feeder Secrets that Machine Dealers won't tell you! The key to buying a new machine? Play the market!
UpWork FTW! Grimsmo implements a great solution to their maker's choice system via some custom code written by an UpWork expert.
Finally, Saunders and Grimsmo are both due for new computers! What to buy?!