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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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Mar 25, 2022
TOPICS:

 

  • Grimsmo is expanding!
  • Never Split The Difference - Buy Now
  • Dedicating employees are doing so much more!
  • Saunders had a dumpster fire of a morning.
  • Grimsmo probing issues on the Kern.
  • Saunders is thinking about getting a Brother Speedio before Grimsmo pulls the trigger on theirs.
  • Small business healthcare in the USA.
  • CMM fixture plates for Grimsmo's new Zeiss CMM.
Mar 18, 2022

Topics: 

  • Okuma MB-4000H Arrives at SMW
    • 3 Tombstones Loaded
    • Training on Collision Avoidance to Begin
    • Delayed Chip Conveyor Appears
    • Important PSA about Buying CNC Machines & Paying Invoices
  • Zeiss DuraMax CMM for Grimsmo Knives
  • Air Quality Meters
  • Leadership & Management
    • At least we're not THAT person!

 

COMING SOON

    • Manager Meetings at SMW
    • Creations Unlimited Tour with Dennis Rathi

 

Mar 11, 2022
TOPCIS:
  • John & John share their recent persectives on life & sharing information online.
  • Custom quotes in Shopify.
  • Choosing manager, book on "setting the table".
  • Grimsmo is going to play in a CMM room for a day.
  • Saunders provides a horizontal update.
  • Grimsmo is still dealing with swiss althe oil problems. 
Mar 4, 2022

Topics:

  • Grimsmo's Swiss could have an air leak OR a bad batch of coolant
  • Okuma MB-4000H is here but the coolant tank is delayed!
  • Willemin, Kern, and Speedio Updates
  • Saunders shares his tour experience at Creations Unlimited - Video Coming Soon!
  • Decision Making & Organizational Chart Changes
  • Emphasis on Communication, ERP Data Tracking

 

 

GOOD READS

Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Daniel Meyer

Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham

High Output Management by Andrew Grover

Feb 25, 2022

TOPICS:

John Grimsmo breaks down the barrier with a brief history of starting Grimsmo Knives. Its not always easy, but it is the most rewarding thing that they have ever set out to achieve. Personal and professional growth is immense.

Feb 18, 2022

TOPICS:

  • Saunders and his team anxiously await the Okuma MB-4000H
    • Building Inventory + Moving Machines
    • Programming Tombstones
    • Post Modifications: Date & Timestamp & G11 Coordinate Plane Rotation
  • Grimsmo's Eumachs are for sale!
  • Haas chip filter system, Bringing Products to Market, and Small Victories
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Technician VS. Entrepreneur
Feb 11, 2022
TOPCIS:
  • Sharing info on YouTube.
  • Buying machines and how to choose their options.
  • FOCUS UP!
  • DIY chip conveyor and paper band filter.
  • Coolant control.
  • Buying horizontal machines and Brother Speedio.
  • CNC controls on a new machine & providing power.
 
Feb 4, 2022

TOPICS:

  • Don't ignore Windows 7 & Fusion 360 Incompatibility Warning! Windows 7 causes CAM kernel errors.
  • Visual Studio Code: Hot Exit = Hot Mess. Disable hot exit to prevent VS code from reposting older versions of code!
  • Greenshot for PC screenshots
  • Optimal Printer Location and Rubber Stamps?
  • Fiber Laser Engravers: RAYCUS, Mactron-Tech, + Cloudray
  • Tool Matrix Options
  • Finding Joy: Sometimes it looks like pushing cycle start
  • Rigid Tapping Load Limit: Stopping too soon or not soon enough.
  • UC Berkley Tour Video: Genius Spring Mechanism
  • Measuring an Arbor Press with a Hydraulic Cylinder
Jan 28, 2022

TOPICS:

  • Grimsmo removed a spindle on their Willemin.
  • Saunders is bringing back CNC training classes. Click me for more.
  • Grimsmo is building a new CNC router.
  • Saunders has passed a fixture plate off to a different shop.
  • Saunders has ordered his horizontal machine!
  • Grimsmo scrapped a part on the Kern.
Jan 21, 2022

TOPICS:

  • How to have a crappy day (vendor issues, forklift gets stuck)
  • Grimsmo considers adding 2 Brother Speedio Machines
  • Graphite EDM Vacuum Setup, Manual Indexers, UR Robots
  • Purchasing Horizontal CNC Machines, Tool Matrix     Considerations, & Tombstone Workholding
  • Purchasing CNC Machines: Travel, Weight Capacity,
  • Automation Washdown & Spin Drying Parts
  • Want to take over the DeWalt product line at SMW?
  • Culture Code & Clear Communication
  • Deep Dive on the Fancy Chip Conveyor
Jan 14, 2022

TOPCIS:

  • Horizontal Machining centers for 3 axis machines.
  • Renishaw touch probes. Double vs single touch.
  • Grimsmo thinking hard about buying a Datron Neo.
  • Saunders is still dreaming about a Hermle RS1 pallet changing 5 axis machine.
  • Porsche update from Saunders on his 944.
Jan 7, 2022

Topics:

  • KERN calls in sick at Grimsmo Knives
  • Pride in Work & Small Business Culture: Read Small Giants!
  • Last Part for Willemin Arrives Today!
  • Eumach Spindles
  • 3D Printing: Voron & Prusa
  • Haas DT-2 
  • Saunders' Porche
  • Grimsmo Debates the Fate of the Mori
Dec 31, 2021

TOPCIS:

 

  • A year in review from both Saunders & Grimsmo.
  • Taking guilt free time off.
  • Grimsmo got a Voron v0 3d printer.
  • Performance reviews for employees.
  • Putting pride into your work.
Dec 24, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Small Business Growth & Efficiency
    • Staffing Concerns
  • Handling Potentially Fraudulent Orders
  • Work Culture & Employee Impact
  • Eumachs, Power Outages, and New Quenching Plates for Heat Treat
  • Automating Processes
    • IoT: Operating on "If this, then that"
    • Don't Automate for the Sake of It
  • Performance Reviews for Employees
Dec 17, 2021

TOPCIS:

  • Winding down 2021.
  • 3 Things that Grimsmo and Saunders that changed their businesses this year.
  • Deep dive into ERP systems.
  • Grimsmo ran their Kern for 136.5 hours last week!
  • What makes us successful?
Dec 10, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Bootstrapper VS Life Style Creeper: Which Gets a Seat at the Table?
  • Production Hurdles at GK
    - Machining
    - Heat Treat
    - Surface Grinding
    - Processes
    - Tabbing Strategies: AutoDesk...we need a 2D Contour Tab Finishing Strategy PLZ!
  • Shift Toward Cycle Time Improvement
  • SMW Pipe Dream?
  • New Stabilization Product Sells Like Hot Cates at SMW
  • Quality of Life Improvements
    • Jib Crane
    • Plate Inventory Storage Crates
    • CDI Meters: WHY DIDN'T ANYONE MENTION THESE BEFORE!?
    • Optical Comparator
  • Can High Demand Be Dangerous?
  • Willemin Repairs #worthit
Dec 3, 2021

TOPCIS:

Nov 26, 2021

TOPICS: 

- DIY a Monochromatic Light Source & Optical Flats from Ukraine

- Geeking Out: Zeiss- From Eye Doc to CNC Machine Shop

- ERP System Development: Are We There Yet?

- 10 Rules for Entrepreneurial Success 

- Okuma Chip Conveyor - Wasting Pans!

- Ultrasonic Cleaners

- The NEW Prusa: Don't Over-Engineer Parts!

- Thanksgiving in the USA

 

 

We really appreciate everyone who tunes in to listen, everyone who has helped us along the way, and everyone who is part of the CNC family!

Nov 19, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Saunders got his Okuma chip conveyer this morning.
  • Horizontal milling machines.
  • Haas lathe origin went wonky.
  • Grimsmo is diving into optical flats. Watch this!
  • Rask blade surface finish issues.
  • Willemin updates.
Nov 11, 2021

TOPICS: 

 - Fraud and small businesses: Don't be emotional; make a protocol!

- Okuma Training & Pre-Staged Tooling Quirk in OSP: Post Processor Solution?

- Starrett Optical Comparator & Mitutoyo Electronic Indicator

- Visible Valley in Knife Spine: How to Pinpoint the Problem

- Debate on Hiring Gives Saunders New Perspective

- Higher Education: Is is a Must?

 

 

Read 10 pages per night! 

The Hard Thing About Hard Things - Ben Horowitz

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

 

Nov 5, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Student internships & explaining machining to a 16 year old.
  • Willemin updates!
  • Grimsmo purchased an optical comparator and it is incredible.
  • Horizontal milling machines.
  • Saunders' Okuma is getting isntalled.
  • Daily to do lists is huge! 

Preview attachment Saunders regional map_v2.pdf

 

Oct 29, 2021

Topics:

  • Grimsmo shares exciting updates about the powered up Willemin as Saunders eagerly awaits word on his own Willemin!
  • Loading Code Onto Machines (Sneakernet, Ethernet, and Floppy Disks)
  • Deep Dive into Automation Cells, Robot Arms, & Erowa Pallet System
    • Haberle automation cell for Fanuc Robodrills:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v53DmWinRWk
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  • Okuma is arriving at SMW! Good thing they've got Northern Tool rigging skates
  • Horizontal Milling Machines
  • Podcast winner, "Stress is a choice."
  • Starrett Optical Comparator strapped to the top of a Miada?

 

Oct 22, 2021

TOPICS:

  • Saunders had a humbling experience shooting and editing a video to completion again! Watch here.
  • New air compressors.
  • Optical comparators.
  • 8 Deadly wastes - D.O.W.N.T.I.M.E
  • Saunders is getting his Okuma very soon!
  • Grimsmo gets the Willemin powered up!
Oct 15, 2021

Topics:

- Okuma TMAC Tool Monitoring & Tracking
- POCKET SIZED INDUSTRIAL 5-AXIS MACHINE BY CHIRON
- Automation Systems (HERMLE RS-1)
- Heat Shrink Automation Cell
- Zeiss Microscope
- Robots VS Cobots (FANUC, KUKA, & UR)
- PODCAST CONTEST WINNER ANNOUCEMENT!
- KERN Micro HD - The Benefits of Hydrostatic
- Grimsmo searches for more 3-32 through-coolant drill bit
- Troubleshooting Bowed Parts 

Oct 1, 2021

TOPICS:

  • "Clouds & dirt"
  • Saunders is improving Lex work orders.
  • Email screenshots to businessofmachining@gmail.com
  • Saunders is jumping into different roles.
  • Grimsmo had the kern running for 39 hours!
  • Saunders new Okuma is 2 weeks away.
  • Shop updates, more space?
  • Grimsmo has a potential collaboration in the work.
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