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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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Apr 12, 2024

TOPICS:

 

  • Local Ohio Machinist and makers group https://forms.gle/CSLjYSQshDqDCWRE6
  • Chemistry and filtration of liquids
  • Future goals and Happiness
  • 3 examples of the "rule of inverse Pi"
  • Scissor lift sold
  • Tall castle grips
  • Anodizing crate
  • Grimsmo grinding consistency on Speedio
  • Saunders bent a probe tip
  • Comparing shop cleanliness and organization
Apr 5, 2024

TOPICS:

  • double tape and glue method
  • Saunders open house April 13
  • Willemin crash
  • CNC machines of the Future
  • Looking for an aluminum machine
  • LIGO gravitational device
  • Nut runner torque device
  • Drilling holes efficiently

 

Mar 22, 2024

TOPICS:

  • Latest hyperobsession - Chemistry
  • Saunders yard sale!
  • Local Machinist and makers group
  • Grimsmo's Week in Review video
  • Life hacks
  • Nakamura window shattered, replacement is in.
  • Torque wrenches

Interested in a Central Ohio Machinist & Makers meet up? Fill out this form - https://forms.gle/CSLjYSQshDqDCWRE6

SMW Yard Sale LINK:  https://saundersmachineworks.com/collections/equipment-for-sale

Mar 15, 2024

TOPICS:

 

  • Loneliness in entrepreneurship
  • banking relationships
  • Kosterising heat treat
  • New Willemin coming to Saunders
  • Frustrated with IOT devices
  • Selling tools at the open house

 

LINK IN DESCRIPTION WITH OPEN HOUSE DETAILS:

https://saundersmachineworks.com/collections/equipment-for-sale/products/yard-sale

 

Mar 8, 2024

TOPICS:

  • hardmilling
  • Prototyping new products
  • Reaming holes
  • Viewer mail
Mar 1, 2024

TOPICS:

  • Grimsmo's new knife
  • I love heat treating!  
  • Should I get a Brother Speedio R650?
  • Crashed the Speedio probe
  • Quality of life improvements
Feb 23, 2024

TOPICS:

  • Being too nice or too driven to your staff?
  • Grimsmo's Willemin needs pneumatic work
  • Solved the Horizontal chip sorting issue
  • Cash management
  • Exit interviews
  • Repair parts process bins
Feb 16, 2024

TOPICS:

 

  • Grimsmo's new knife has a blade!
  • Saunders yard sale!  Sat April 13, 2024
  • inverse of the Rule Of Pi
  • Programming on the Horizontal
  • Having a hard time selling 2 Haas machines
  • carbon fiber double tape method
Feb 9, 2024

TOPICS:

  • Gridfinity bins and inserted tooling
  • 75 Hard
  • Grimsmo's new Employee
  • What's more accurate, axial or radial cuts?
  • diamond burnishing on swiss
  • LTL freight stress
  • Labeling fixtures with paint
  • Speedio tool touchoffs
  • Saunders sorting chips

 

Feb 2, 2024

TOPICS:

  • override process sheets and process bins
  • Kids and work
  • Days Off In The Shop is a failure
  • Gridfinity!
  • Grimsmo's erowa and Speedio update
  • Automation and pallet changing
  • Hardmilling 

 

Jan 26, 2024

TOPICS

  • Knifemaking Tuesdays are back!
  • Multi color 3d printing
  • Breaking drill bits
  • Fusion Trim toolpath
  • Days Off In The Shop is difficult, but wonderful
  • Grimsmo's Speedio and Erowa are hooked up!
  • Heat treating pullstuds
Jan 19, 2024

TOPICS:

 

  • Grimsmo's plans for the year
  • Naming products
  • Days off in the shop - Best business decision EVER
  • New employee at Grimsmo Knives
  • Releasing new products
  • Tom Lipton mentor
  • Saving time and money
Jan 12, 2024

TOPICS:

 

  • Days Off In The Shop ("Doits")
  • Taking Purchasing off my plate
  • Tracking and quantifying order issues
  • Magnetic chip separator
  • Variation between fixtures

 

Jan 5, 2024

TOPICS:

  • Coming in hot for 2024.  Reflecting and planning.
  • Buckling down for a tough year.
  • Grimsmo Buyer's Choice, new knife model
  • Grimsmo's Eumach machines
  • Selling CNC machines
  • How do we buy cleaning supplies
  • Dual color 3d printing for text

 

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
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