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Ethan and I catch up after his week at Proteum as our first "intern"! We talk about projects he accomplished, things he learned, and ways Proteum can get better. We talk about the RIT Formula SAE team's recent victory and lessons gained over the years. Check out Ethan's IG @e.patane515 ----------------------------------------- Help support the podc…
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In this episode of Within Tolerance, Zap and I dive deep into our latest machining projects, touching on everything from material shortages to software complications. We investigate the real potential of AI in automating tasks in machining and weigh the hype against the reality. Additionally, we discuss managing diverse machinist personalities and …
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This week I am joined by Justin Brouillette from PDXCNC to explore his journey from architecture school to running Portland CNC. We discuss the challenges in custom furniture making, delve into CNC router specifics, and highlight standout features. Justin shares his approach to product development and the role of 3D printing in industrial products.…
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In this episode, Chris and I delve into our latest projects and experiences in the last couple weeks. Chris recounts a problematic project involving heat-treated 4140 steel in Delaware and the trials of Camplete for Mill Turns. I talk about updates on the shop's air system improvements and a potential new CMM purchase, emphasizing the ever-evolving…
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I am incredibly excited to have Al Whatmough back this week to discuss his recent move over to Toolpath Labs as CEO! Al and I talk about making the decision to leave Autodesk, how to successfully enter a new team, improving machinist productivity, and more! Check out Al's IG @al.whatmough and Toolpath Labs @toolpathlabs or https://www.toolpath.com/…
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Chris joins me this week to talk shop, answer your questions and all from the new Proteum Podcast Studio! We share updates on work progress, shop layout enhancements, equipment acquisitions, and the cost-effectiveness of machining tools. We chat about best and worst customer experiences, dealing with stress, and more! Check out Zap's IG @zap.consul…
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This week I'm joined by Nushrat Ahmed. Nush shares her journey into manufacturing, emphasizing continuous learning, finding her network, and perseverance. She discusses career progression, education in the industry, and addresses diversity challenges, especially for women. Nush also explores strategies for success, recommends podcasts, and reflects…
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Jason and Chris are back this week! Chris talks about working like a mad man to finish up a project, visiting me, and his current trip to LA. Jason shares his funding journey, new X2 products, and new machinery. We all chat about motivating people, effective planning, 3d printing and more! Check out Zap's IG @zap.consulting and Jason's IG @jason_x2…
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Zach is back this week and we chat all about fixing Kerns, adding a swiss lathe to his shop, and all the changes his business has gone through since the last time on the show. Listen in to hear the incredible modifications and fixes Zach has done to his machines, and hear how this skill scored him a job. Check out Zach's IG @zachsmiami ------------…
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This week I'm joined by Uriel and Kyle from Arda Cards! Any of my listeners who have been following along Uriel and Austere Manufacturing's journey will know of his application of lean principles to optimize his business. In this effort he uses Kanban cards, and this lead to him developing Arda Cards with Kyle. We chat about lean principles, orderi…
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Chris joins me this week to catch up on a whirlwind of a past couple weeks! Chris talks about success with lathe probing, and a change of coasts. I talk all things Hermle C250 and new shop. Check out Zap's IG @zap.consulting ----------------------------------------- Help support the podcast www.patreon.com/withintolerancepodcast…
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In this episode of Within Tolerance, Graham Francis joins me to discuss Lights Out Mfg. Graham shares his journey from childhood fascination to mechanical engineer, detailing his experiences at King Machine, transitioning to sales, and partnering with Rapid Design Solutions. We delve into their automation solutions for machine shops, including inte…
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This week I am joined by everyone's favorite Selway Sr. Apps Engineer, James Meyette alongside Chris Zappettini. James discusses his journey in manufacturing, from machinist to applications engineer, touching on experiences with companies like Cummins, Mori Seiki, and MasterCAM. He also dives into his role at Selway, sharing experiences in applicat…
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Chris talks about his whirlwind last couple weeks wrapping up his shop move and his success with gear hobbing. I share the new machine we bought, talk about my new experience at Hermle training, and thoughts on Heidenhain. Check out Zap's IG @zap.consulting ----------------------------------------- Help support the podcast www.patreon.com/withintol…
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I am joined by a familiar name with a new company this week. Many of you may recognize Jonathan Hornell-Kennedy from @coreprintpatterns and his previous episode (81), but this week Jonathan is back to talk all about his new company @frameworkbikes . We talk about his path into bike making, carbon fiber filament winding machines, machining frame com…
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This week I have Zap back to give updates, and answer listener questions. Zap gives an update on his personal and work life. He talks about his recent trip to New York where gear hobbing on lathes yielded great results. He emphasizes the value of automation and we share our dream machines. We both discuss marketing strategies and the importance of …
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This episode I am joined by Shawn Conour, the president of Conour MFG. We discuss his company's patented racking arm valve, the machining process involved, and our experiences in the machining industry. We also touch on the challenges of running a machine shop, the exciting projects we're working on, power grid reliability, gun building, tool resea…
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In this episode, I'm joined by Kenny Urban, the machine shop supervisor at Meyer Tool and Manufacturing. Kenny discusses his passion for getting kids involved in manufacturing and highlights their facility's specialties in cryogenic assemblies. We delve into the benefits of Hurco machines and the importance of programming and CAM software. Kenny al…
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This episode I have a conversation with Michael Gimbel of Gimbel Automation. Michael shares the journey of his company and how they transitioned from contract manufacturing to engineering consulting and eventually to adding Gimbel Automation. We talk about spindle gripping best practices, solutions for programming them, the product offerings from G…
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Recorded earlier this year, the long awaited episode with Keaton from Swift Universal is here! Keaton shares his story, from starting a small shop while attending college all the way up to his recent purchase of a Kern HD. Keaton shares his experience with growing a business, SBIR grants, and more! Check out Swift's IG @swift_universal ------------…
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Ethan Patane is back this week to talk about a year of mentorship and instruction. Ethan gives me his "Seven Things to Forget" to be a better mentor, we talk about how to bring more people into manufacturing, and things he looks at when evaluating potential employers. Head over to impact.rit.edu/project/40222 to help the RIT FSAE team on their new …
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Easton is back this week to talk about his whirlwind year full of work, machine acquisitions, and adding to the Moria Manufacturing team. Other big news is Proteum found a new shop! I share lessons learned from the search and eventual signing of the lease. Easton and I also talk about dealing with stress, work-life balance, and the mental toll of s…
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Ever struggle to enact change at your company? This month's book club book is for you then! I am joined this week by Alex Kern and Chris Zappettini to discuss "Leading Change" by John Kotter. We all discuss how to start change, successes and failures in changes, and more! Check out Zap's IG @zap.consultingCheck out Alex's IG @chiefbub--------------…
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This week I am joined by Ledyard McFadden, the owner of LHM Engineering, a one-man, five-axis contract manufacturing shop in Boston specializing in medical equipment, robotics, and semiconductor projects. Ledyard also co-founded Tahr Equipment, an outdoors equipment manufacturer. Ledyard shares his manufacturing journey, starting with his experienc…
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Tim Paul joins me this week with some fantastic stories and lessons. Tim shares his manufacturing journey and highlights the importance of continuous learning, networking, finding the right tools, and overcoming imposter syndrome for professional growth and success in the industry. We reflect on our own experiences and emphasize the value of relati…
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