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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...
  4. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  13. 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....
  14. 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.
  16. 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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    Go with Tool and Die for professional training...

    Go with Tool and Die for professional training and experience on the job. You'll learn CNCs on the job easy enough and no doubt any tool and die course work will have you running CNC machines.
  19. There are lots of community colleges to give...

    There are lots of community colleges to give hands on training with machinery and metrology. I learned FEA on the job and is not particularly useful for what I do. For the real FEA stuff there are...
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    Open positions with people not willing to live in...

    Open positions with people not willing to live in poverty to fill them.

    $75k in Santa Barbara to manage a shop that produces physics grade machined parts? Do they provide a place to put the ...
  21. In my experience there are two kinds of 24 hour...

    In my experience there are two kinds of 24 hour quote customers. The most common is the company that will never give you work because they send the quote out to 20 other shops so i give them very...
  22. I love it when someone says "It will only take...

    I love it when someone says "It will only take you 5 minutes" as if they know the business.
    YEAH. Because I have 1/2 million dollars of machinery and 25 years of experience.
  23. Depends what you want. If you don't mind a crap...

    Depends what you want. If you don't mind a crap place to work with angry and stressed employees by all means have a hot tempered angry foreman. If you live in a place where there is an endless...
  24. If they can return the "favor" I will do...

    If they can return the "favor" I will do something. Example... Someone needs a bracket for a car they are repairing they better fix my car. Someone needs a lathe part made for a lawn mower they...
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    Rather than outsource the programming I outsource...

    Rather than outsource the programming I outsource the entire part.
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