Philip began his machining career in his father’s Wayzata, Minnesota job shop while still in high school.
Philip then sold CNC machine tools for 10 years and taught his customers to use and program the machines he sold. 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.
Philip takes pride in supporting American manufacturing and encourages young people into the industry, as he did with his sons. He excels at creating manufacturing processes and CNC programs for his customers. He also offers online GibbsCAM 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