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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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Sep 17, 2021

TOPCIS:

  • Saunders chats about LEX and what ERP systems cannot handle.
  • Grimsmo had a week off from the shop and was able to get tons of programming done.
  • Willemin is almost up and running!
  • Saunders received the Shapeoko HDM.

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Sep 10, 2021

TOPICS: 

- Power Surges at GK after a night of thunderstorms
- Haas Tap Recovery is GREAT!
- Scary Haas Software Bug on Haas
- Internet Speed: Don't Overlook Your Router's Limits!
- Live Stream about LEx ERP System
- Grimsmo's Vacation
- Grimsmo Explains 75 Hard
- Power to the Willemin
- The Excitement of Buying Used Machine Tools

Sep 3, 2021

TOPCIS:

  • Saunders toured 3rd gen machine in Utah.
  • John & Erik finished their latest book and are working closer than ever.
  • Inventory management.
  • Ted Lasso!
  • Flood sensors and coolant filling.
  • High feed endmills.
  • DHL Issues.
Aug 27, 2021

TOPICS: 

  • Spindle Utilization - Both Johns calculate the weekly percentage of working hours for their machines and discuss factors that affected those outcomes.
  • Don't let the ERP become the company POS!  
  • Internal Culture & Branding 
  • Mori Spindle Time Increase - Grimsmo is tracking spindle time so he can make in-process tweaks to get MORe out of the Mori
  • Upcoming Business Videos That Everyone Needs
    • Why isn't my business making money!? 
    • Economic Downturns & How to Protect Your Business
  • Warranty Repairs for GK: Is there a good solution?
  • WILLEMIN, KEARN, & ESA INSPECTION
  • Shipping Errors - Saunders and Grimsmo share recent shipping mistakes and preventative measures to implement. 
  • Grimsmo Bros Book Club: Erik and John are reading Attraction by Gino Wickman to make big plans for the future of GK.  Is this the Grimsmo Finer Things Club!?
Aug 20, 2021

TOPCIS:

  • Mental health in running a business.
  • Asking why 5 times.
  • Saunders got a new machine! Okuma M660!
  • All about surface grinding and finishing.
  • Robot Pallet Loader?
  • Process reliability.
  • Think of something you are grateful for every night.
Aug 6, 2021

Topics: 

  • Accountabilibuddies & Truth
  • Relentless by Tim Grover
  • Hardmilling Speeds & Feeds
  • CBN Endmills for Norseman
  • Variable Feedrate & CNC Acceleration/Deceleration
  • Adam the Machinist: Carbide for Hardmilling
  • Zedaro Cutting Tools (WNT, Ceratizit, etc.)
  • De Boer Tool in Toronto, Canada
  • Weird Alarm on KERN
  • Saunders considers custom drills
  • LSC, Sandvik, Magical McMaster
  • Process Reliability Disciples 
  • Cost Per Edge
  • Dobson Pipe Organ Fire & Pipe Organ Tuning Tools
Jul 30, 2021

TOPICS:

 

  • CBN Endmill testing.
  • Humble vs confidence.
  • Saunders building accounting data to LEX.
  • Grimsmo is going to use oil on the willemin.
  • Rushing emergency parts.
  • Saunders solves lathe chatter.
  • Saunders playing with a new shop layout.
Jul 23, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Naming Products and Businesses
  • Willemin Update: Oil or Coolant? While the machine can run both, after a 17- year run with oil, the experts advise Grimsmo not to change. Fire suppression is a must!
  • CHANGE THAT WHEEL! Grimsmo creates an alert for the KERN.
  • CNC ALARM: Tool Radius Too Large & Cutter Compensatio
  • Fusion 360 View Toolpath, Show Points, and Smoothing
  • Rodico Putty - Green > Blue?
  • Machine Tool Weldments VS. Castings
  • Resonance VS. Dampening by Spencer Webb
  • Tornos: Cracked Guide Bushing
  • Communication for Small Businesses
  • Liquid Nitrogen Generator?
  • Shipping & Freight (we assure you, there's nothing too large for a freight carrier to lose). 
Jul 16, 2021

TOPICS:

 

  • Grimsmo got their Willemin delivered.
  • How to be eternally optimistic.
  • Ted Lasso - Show
  • The Last Dance - Show
  • Atomic Habits - Book
  • Relentless by Tim Grover - Link
  • Winning by Tim Grover - Link
  • Saunders got their ERP system all knowing.
  • Saunders Marketing director is doing great!
Jul 9, 2021

Topics:

  • Saunders Get Hosed by the DIY CNC Machine Washdown System
  • Plastic VS Brass Quick Disconnects
  • Grundfos MQ3-35 Pump
  • The Worst Freightmare Ever: A Perfect Storm
  • Customs Duties & Warranty Work
  • Ted Lasso - A Dose of Optimism & Leadership
  • Threading 
  • Fusion 360 Imperial VS. Metric for .STL file export & Improved Contour Selection
  • Multi-Part Probing & Renishaw Macros
  • Re-cutting Chips, High Feed Mill, Swiss Cheese Fixture
Jul 2, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Saunders' grandfather has a great quote: "if something is wrong, and it can be fixed, fix it, and if you can't, don't worry about it".
  • International shipping via DHL.
  • Grimsmo bid on his first machinery auction!
  • Saunders is still fine tuning coolant washdown system.
  • Kern senses pallets loading.
  • Airtags to track shipments?
Jun 25, 2021

Topics: 

  • Tour of Miltera
  • CMM machines and Tolerances on Norseman Features
  • Born & Koch - Grinding Wheels on a Mill
  • Sweetwater Sound, Inc. - Business Plans and Visions
  • Willemin Update
  • Stainless Steel SFM & Endmill Chipping
Jun 18, 2021

TOPICS:

 

  • Grimsmo tries to figure out a Kern alarm he has never seen before.
  • SMW got their new DT2 milling machine and it is QUICK!
  • Saunders is taking a Javascript course to edit post processors better.
Jun 11, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Business Problem Solving & Developing Systems
  • DIY Coolant Washdown System
  • Shipping, Customer Service
  • Air Compressor/Drain System IoT Failure
  • Google Sheet To Do List
  • Thingyverse RC F1 Car: 3D Printed Parts & Inspiration
  • Pro-Active Machine Shop Maintenance
  • Learning the KERN - Mid Routine Program Restart: Heidenhain Block Scan, Haas Setting 36
  • Programming G-Code using Visual Studio Code Detecting Syntax Errors
  • Grimsmo Knives Shop Tour Video
  • Fluke Power Meter Determines Power Availability for Willemin
  • Growth Vs. Scaling: Approaching with Caution
  • Sister Tools & Multiple CNC Mills
  • Lathe Tooling & Tool Life
  • Seco Quick Change Toolholder on the Swiss
  • Capto Toolholders for the Nakamura
  • SMW Fixture Plate Packing & Shipping Process


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Jun 4, 2021

TOPICS:

 

  • Being vulnerable & making decisions.
  • Moving and reorganizing areas of both shops.
  • CORE VALUES.
  • Traction by Gino Wickman
  • Saunders installed a coolant washdown system.
  • Chip management & draining coolant.
  • Renishaw probe batteries.
  • Draining air compressors!
May 28, 2021

TOPICS:
- Chip Trapper VS. Freddy
- Machine Shops & Climate Control
- Regularly Scheduling Maintenance
- DIY Washdown system for the Haas?
- 3D Printing a Detent Dropper Mechanism Creality LD002H
- Information and Operations Overhaul at SMW
- Communicating Important Information for Team

May 21, 2021

TOPICS:

 

  • Both John's are reading Traction by Gino Wickman. Has tons of great information.
  • What are the most important numbers to monitor in your business?
  • Do you watch cash on hand on a daily basis?
  • Standardize info without the noise.
  • Grimsmo is trying to machine acrylic, which is tougher than it looks.
May 14, 2021


Topics:

  • Grimsmo shares an update about firing his father
  • How the justice system relates to owning a business
  • Saunders leans toward LEx tracking inventory and communicating with Shopify's API
  • Astronaut Hangout: Outer Space, Infinitesimal Perspectives, & UFOs
  • GK Seco Tool Update
  • Swiss IRL - Setup, Material, Guide Bushings, Turning Centerless Ground Material
  • Willemin - A Customs Nightmare
  • Helpful Advice for Decision Making - More alternatives = Better decisions
  • KERN - Tool Life & Pallet Management
May 7, 2021

TOPICS:

  • This week Saunders & Grimsmo give a deep dive into all their employees and what they do.
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!
Mar 26, 2021

TOPICS:

 

  • Grimsmo crashed a Renishaw spindle probe on the Mori.
  • Saunders hired an intern just to focus on Johnny Five!
  • Orbit mechanical water timer for filling coolant.
  • Should we both get another swiss lathe?
  • Saunders is reorganizing the whole shop.
  • Doing a night run of pallets is a game changer.

 

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