Philip began his machining career in his father’s Wayzata, Minnesota job shop while still in high school. He and his father bought the shop’s first NC machine in 1966. He is a pioneer in 3 axis NC machining and quickly taught his employees to program and set up the shop’s four NC machines.
In 1972, he moved to Southern California, where he continued his NC career, learning computer aided programming with Compact II. For 10 years, 1976-1986, Philip sold CNC machine tools, and taught customers to use and program the machines. He then started Braden Engineering, to become the first reseller of Gibbs CAM products and provide consulting services to his customer’s CNC programming and machining operations. In 2002, he moved to Illinois, where he continued to represent GibbsCAM. To date, he has provided on-site and on-line training to thousands of users.
Philip takes pride in supporting American manufacturing and encourages young people into the industry, as he did with his four sons. He excels at on-line training, and loves programming, machining and teaching, infusing his sessions with enthusiasm for manufacturing as he helps customers overcome the challenges of CNC machining.
Working with Phil will give you the advantage of his:
- 56 years in the machining industry,
- 41 years serving NC/CNC customers,
- 51 years of NC/CNC programming,
- 16 years working in a machine shop,
- 30 years of GibbsCAM sales, support and training.
“Phil was great with support, and he worked side by side with the local Mazak technician, to automate making our helical honing tools on the Integrex machines.”
– Mike Mullins, Supervisor, Abrasive Plated Tools Division, Sunnen Products Company, St. Louis, Missouri
“I was in a pickle. Everybody wanted to sell us software … but only by telephone. In contrast, Phil took our urgency seriously. He came and sat with us in my living room to program the part while showing us the software. Phil has been terrific support.”
– Matt McCune, speaking of the beginning of his company, Autopilot, Inc., Bozeman, Montana