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FABTECH reporter’s notebook: A contract metal fabrication metaphor, in tube

November 17, 2014

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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.

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Still Building America: An ironworker in Manhattan

November 13, 2014

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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.

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Shop drawings—how much information do you need?

November 12, 2014

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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.

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FABTECH 2014, and the hunt for smart capacity

November 10, 2014

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FABTECH 2014 is upon us, and industry leaders come to Atlanta to hunt for not just additional capacity—but smart capacity.

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New manufacturing initiative short on details, long on revamps

November 7, 2014

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The Obama administration offers up a new package of already announced manufacturing-related endeavors

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Stay on top of those software upgrades

November 6, 2014

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Fabricators can't afford to ignore machine programming software upgrades. It can mean a big difference when it comes to avoiding unplanned machine downtime.

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Keeping things straight—welding control arms

November 6, 2014

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Welding control arms for a Chevy COE flatbed truck seemed like no big deal, but every project has challenges.

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The future of the medium-sized metal fabricator

November 5, 2014

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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?

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From the Web: Steel making, fabricating have changed; mfg & politics; 3-D printing semi-solid metals

October 30, 2014

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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.

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White House shines spotlight on manufacturing

October 27, 2014

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The White House released a list of manufacturing initiatives today that involve various government agencies. A few programs in the release really stand out.

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Metal sculpting for SEMA—Derelicts and Hellcats

October 23, 2014

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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.

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Mission NOT accomplished

October 17, 2014

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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.

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High-powered fiber translates into a more versatile tool

October 16, 2014

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A new 6-kW fiber laser cutting machine holds the potential to expand the cutting opportunities for metal fabricators.

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Still Building America: Calling young metalworkers

October 16, 2014

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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,...

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Open your eyes at FABTECH

October 15, 2014

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From an attendee’s perspective, FABTECH is akin to Christmas morning, when all the new toys and possibilities are revealed, complete with a soundtrack. At least that’s how Barnes MetalCrafters’ Nick Martin sees it.

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