Blog Posts

thefabricator.com has a team of bloggers that cover the challenges and rewards associated with a life in metal fabricating. Topics typically addressed by contributing authors include political and demographic trends affecting the fabricating industry, the business side of running a job shop, the culture of the welding community, and detailed looks at what happens on the shop floor.

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The robots are coming

April 15, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Robots replacing fabricators is not likely to happen in the next few years. However some predict that robots may replace almost 50 percent of all kinds of jobs in the future. That is likely to include some fabrication jobs.

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Truth on the shop floor

April 13, 2015 | By Tim Heston

If truth comes from the shop floor, everyone should hear it.

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Going the nontraditional route

April 10, 2015 | By Dan Davis

The manufacturing industry is focusing plenty of attention on millennials as companies try and entice them to consider manufacturing careers. These companies might be better off looking at other industries, where workers might be looking for a career change.

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From the Web: ‘Routine’ jobs disappearing; business expands; 3-D printing updates; and brake woes

April 9, 2015 | By Vicki Bell

Web articles for fabricators—The future of routine jobs; Lincoln, Neb., business expands; 3-D developments; and brake concerns.

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Troubleshooting TIG

April 9, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Struggling to get a strong arc and clean puddle in your TIG welding? Most of the time the answer lies between the machine and the torch, and occasionally the bottle.

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From the Web: Training programs; evolution of can making; and a universal safety concern

April 2, 2015 | By Vicki Bell

Web articles for fabricators—Baltimore to re-establish a training center; the importance of an educated workforce; evolution of can making; and addressing a safety concern of a different sort.

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Machining association chips away at ozone proposal

April 2, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas

The Precision Machined Products Association believes metal manufacturing operations will struggle to meet proposed EPA ozone standards.

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Boring manufacturing data acts up a bit

March 31, 2015 | By Tim Heston

Economic indicators have been boring. This may change. The data slipped a bit this month, though it's too soon to say if it's a trend. Regardless, business owners are happy with boring.

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Working in a cold shop

March 26, 2015 | By Nick Martin

Winter weather conditions affect much of the country, but most people live and work in warm surroundings. Not so those in some fabricating shops. Here’s how one shop in North Carolina deals with the cold.

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MIG welding troubleshooting tips

March 25, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Having problems with your MIG welding equipment? Maintenance and troubleshooting knowledge can help you keep it running like a top.

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People make the difference at The FABRICATOR’s Leadership Summit

March 24, 2015 | By Tim Heston

Technology is the engine of metal fabrication, but people are behind the wheel. And how they drive really matters.

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Still Building America: Lexi’s story—Do what you love, and love what you do

March 19, 2015 | By Josh Welton

School boards across the country considering canceling shop classes need to hear from students like Lexi Noonan, a young welder who would have been “absolutely lost” if she had graduated from high school without learning a trade.

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Rising dollar doesn't diminish U.S. manufacturing might

March 13, 2015 | By Dan Davis

A rising dollar could make it tougher for U.S. manufacturers to export goods, but the metal fabricating community shouldn't suffer too much. Overseas customers buy metal goods from U.S. manufacturers for a very good reason.

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From the Web: An arm’s value; bent & twisted artwork; sourcing materials; making 3-D affordable

March 12, 2015 | By Vicki Bell

Web articles for fabricators—Fabricator does his own thing; what an arm’s worth depends on where you are; steel industry here and abroad; and hybrid kit designed to make 3-D printing more affordable.

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It’s all in how you shape it

March 11, 2015 | By Josh Welton

When creating his sculptures, Josh Welton achieves the same form by shaping many different materials to fit his vision. It’s just metal; it’s all in how you shape it.

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