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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 11, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed in February to tighten up air emission standards for aerospace manufacturing and fabrication facilities. The agency said it initially surveyed 1,300 facilities nationwide that potentially could emit hazardous air pollutants (HAPs); all of these...
March 10, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas
Prospects for Senate passage of a bill establishing a permanent expensing allowance for capital equipment are dicey. The House passed the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015 (H.R. 636) in February with all but one Republican voting for it and 33 Democrats adding their support. Now...
February 26, 2015 | By Vicki Bell
Web articles for fabricators—Two unique products made in the U.S.; FedEx says no to shipping a product; making titanium more affordable; and Texas manufacturing still flat
February 26, 2015 | By Josh Welton
What quality do you think is most important in creating good work? The answer is in the details.
February 24, 2015 | By Nick Martin
When you’re thinking about shop upgrades, don’t forget the CAD guy. A new system can help him do his job much more efficiently.
February 24, 2015 | By Tim Heston
The labor disupute at the West Coast ports is an odd, complex, ironic cog in the global supply chain.
February 20, 2015
The age of modern metal fabricating has introduced buzzwords and corporate speak to the language of business. On the other hand, small fabricators don't have time for confusing conversations. They shoot straight and tell it like it is.