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    As with everything it depends on the situation. ...

    As with everything it depends on the situation. If I were to follow the JIT and 5S religions I would be working in the shop 24 hours away just doing setups to reduce my inventory "waste."

    Are...
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    My gut instinct in a situation like this would be...

    My gut instinct in a situation like this would be to continue to approach the part as a two operation procedure and buy a new lathe and barfead and new milling machine instead of the single mill/turn...
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    You did your audit. Have the owners sign it...

    You did your audit. Have the owners sign it acknowledging the failures. It could be part of their overall business plan and they know all about it. But if you are an "executive" member of the...
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    You mean the millions of illegals flooding the...

    You mean the millions of illegals flooding the border aren't highly skilled tradespeople that we hear about???

    I can't compete with the bigger companies in town that have the fancy new equipment,...
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    Start your own business. Freelance designers and...

    Start your own business. Freelance designers and engineers are needed all over Europe. Or scrounge up some money and start your own machine shop. That's what I did.
  6. Another vote for Red Wings here. I have very...

    Another vote for Red Wings here. I have very wide feet and get them custom fit. I have had the same pair over 20 years. You can also get them resoled and repaired and should last a life time.
  7. I have been busier than ever. My customers are...

    I have been busier than ever. My customers are busy as can be. My buddies are all busy. The typical cycle in my industries should last another 2 years before it slows down.
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    This is why I phased out everything for Fusion...

    This is why I phased out everything for Fusion 360. The resellers are useless for support and "corporate" just keeps kicking up with increases with ZERO additional value.
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    There is a limited market so beware of that. I...

    There is a limited market so beware of that. I had two products that were fantastic. Everyone wanted one in the industry. Problem is there aren't that many people in the industry. So I stopped...
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    *Every day is Monday *Say good bye to weekend...

    *Every day is Monday
    *Say good bye to weekend
    *Make sure your significant other is dedicated to the hours and work required. I have lost girlfriends with this one. (They say they will help and...
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    Don't do stuff you suck at. Hire a professional...

    Don't do stuff you suck at. Hire a professional to run the office. I absolutely despise accounting and book keeping so i hire a book keeper. Why waste your time doing the job af a $20 an hour...
  12. File a stolen property report with the Sheriff. ...

    File a stolen property report with the Sheriff. They won't do anything but it gets it on record. You will need an inventory with as much information and pictures as you can gather. As for an...
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    I suggest watching some youtube videos of Chris...

    I suggest watching some youtube videos of Chris Voss, former FBI negotiator. No one will give you a raise if you just ask for it.
  14. I worked in aerospace. One QA inspector was lazy...

    I worked in aerospace. One QA inspector was lazy and signed off without doing the correct inspections. It nearly killed a pilot and test engineer. People get lazy for no reason. And I don't...
  15. The best training I can imagine is making newbies...

    The best training I can imagine is making newbies buy their own cutters. They'll be VERY cautious when it's their money in the tool holder.
  16. What I have done is lay the side by side on my...

    What I have done is lay the side by side on my inspection rock. Then I'll take a parallel and lay it on the drill bits. you can sort them quickly this way. you don't measure them but just sort...
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    I had a Tree Journeyman circa 1979 with the...

    I had a Tree Journeyman circa 1979 with the original Tree controller. I don't think Tree uses their own anymore. I retrofitted it with a Centroid. It works great. Very stout and the motors work...
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    Also clear your machine offsets. Send...

    Also clear your machine offsets.

    Send machine "home for power off" Then go to axis offsets or home positions. "H" for store all.
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    If it is a critical part where the heat zone...

    If it is a critical part where the heat zone won't let you laser use water jet. Punching will introduce stresses you don't want.
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    Don't use a laser. Bad stuff. Have a router cut...

    Don't use a laser. Bad stuff. Have a router cut out the parts. It cuts very nice.
  21. Yep. I help a shop occasionally that had to do...

    Yep.

    I help a shop occasionally that had to do a composite mold that needed a long reach cutter. It is a CNC router with a 32,000 RPM spindle. The programmer his 30,000 rpm rather than 3000 RPM....
  22. For impossible customers give them impossible...

    For impossible customers give them impossible prices. They go away real quick when your shop rate is $500 an hour. Although... I once did that and the guy paid it so I had to do it.

    Thankfully...
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    Make me an autonomous robot that can deburr job...

    Make me an autonomous robot that can deburr job shop parts and I'll buy 10 of them.
  24. The ATF sent their goons to my neck of the woods...

    The ATF sent their goons to my neck of the woods when Obama announced "under the radar" gun control measures. I DO NOT make guns or gun parts. One day some skinny tweaker came in to my shop asking...
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    The holes are incorrect on the CNC guns drawings...

    The holes are incorrect on the CNC guns drawings and 3D model. I had to tweak them a bit.
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