Episode 75

75 - Time to pull the plug?

Justin and Jem commiserate about the difficulties of growing their product businesses while still needing to do custom client work to pay the bills. They're impatient with the slow transition and want to steer their companies in new directions. But it's tough when technical problems like Justin's temperamental 3D printer eat up time and mental bandwidth. Still, Jem finds joy tinkering on passion projects in his early mornings. The shopkeeps aired their grievances but remain determined to keep moving forward on the long and winding product road.

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  • Struggling with delegation vs control. Assertiveness check.
  • PS Power Update
  • Free play mornings are back
  • Tool Holder Holder - New product drop 🍷
  • 100% product overnight vs slooooow burn
  • 3D Printing Issues
  • Bambu X1E


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Jem Freeman

Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia

Like Butter | Instagram | More Links

Justin Brouillette

Portland, Oregon, USA

PDX CNC | Instagram | More Links

About the Podcast

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Parts Department
Justin Brouillette (Portland CNC) and Jem Freeman (Like Butter) discuss CNC machines, their product design and manufacturing businesses, and every kind of tool that they fancy.

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Jem Freeman

Co-founder and director of Like Butter, a CNC focussed timber design and manufacturing business in their purpose-built solar-powered workshop. Castlemaine, VIC, Australia.
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Justin Brouillette

Founder of Portland CNC & Nack