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.
November 20, 2014 | By Josh Welton
With much to see at FABTECH®, welder and blogger Josh Welton made special note of those companies that continue to produce products in the U.S. Here are some highlights from his visit to the show.
November 17, 2014 | By Tim Heston
Atlanta played host to FABTECH last week, when tens of thousands descended upon the Georgia World Congress Center. Most said they expected good times for 2015, but it's a complex business that requires careful coordination. A unique exoskeletal racecar on display last week proved to be an apt metaphor of metal fabrication at its best.
November 13, 2014 | By Josh Welton
Up first in this series of articles about young tradesmen and -women in the U.S. is 19-year-old Justin Nover, an ironworker in Manhattan who is continuing the family tradition in the trades.
November 12, 2014 | By Nick Martin
Just how detailed do shop drawings have to be? That depends on several factors, including whether you are doing the work in-house or sending it out.
November 10, 2014 | By Tim Heston
FABTECH 2014 is upon us, and industry leaders come to Atlanta to hunt for not just additional capacity—but smart capacity.
November 7, 2014 | By Stephen Barlas
The Obama administration offers up a new package of already announced manufacturing-related endeavors
November 6, 2014 | By Dan Davis
Fabricators can't afford to ignore machine programming software upgrades. It can mean a big difference when it comes to avoiding unplanned machine downtime.
November 6, 2014 | By Josh Welton
Welding control arms for a Chevy COE flatbed truck seemed like no big deal, but every project has challenges.
November 5, 2014 | By Tim Heston
Small shops will be there for the small jobs; large shops are investing in equipment to compete; but what about the shop in the middle?
October 30, 2014 | By Vicki Bell
Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— AISC VP sets the record straight about today’s steel production; what skills today’s factory workers need; manufacturing and politics, and developments in 3-D printing.
October 27, 2014 | By Tim Heston
The White House released a list of manufacturing initiatives today that involve various government agencies. A few programs in the release really stand out.
October 23, 2014 | By Josh Welton
Metal artists find inspiration in many places. Derelicts and Hellcats inspired Josh Welton to create his versions of classic vehicles and motorcycles to be displayed at SEMA’s Art Walk in November.
October 17, 2014 | By Eric Lundin
A brief look at some unemployment and employment numbers provides reason for optimism for the state of the labor force. It's too soon to say "Mission accomplished" or anything like that, because getting people back to work is an ongoing process, but the trends are encouraging nonetheless.
October 16, 2014 | By Dan Davis
A new 6-kW fiber laser cutting machine holds the potential to expand the cutting opportunities for metal fabricators.
October 16, 2014 | By Josh Welton
I’d like to introduce a new project I’m working on for The FABRICATOR®, “Still Building America.” I will continue to write my normal bimonthly posts about welding in addition to starting a new series focusing on youngish (under 35), skilled tradespeople, manufacturing entrepreneurs,...