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An artist and welder in equal measure

May 26, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

San Francisco-based metal artist leans on creativity and production welding know-how to create sculptures that are simple in appearance but complicated in execution.

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Welcome to the world of “positioneering”

May 13, 2015 | By Don Burgart

A welding positioner can eliminate potential waste associated with inefficient material handling and help to improve weld quality. The key is finding the right positioner for the job.

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Lessons learned in a welding career

May 13, 2015 | By Marty Rice

The importance of saving money and of being safe on the job are among the lessons welding instructor Marty Rice learned throughout his welding career. Among those who taught him these lessons was Charlie.

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Arc Welding 101: Plugging holes and pinholes

May 12, 2015 | By Paul Cameron

Q: I am machining a bearing housing made out of 1045 and I have to plug and weld some cross holes. I am also using gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) to eliminate a weld that is too large. My problem is that I am getting pinholes in my weld. Is it because I am welding 1018 to 1045? We didn’t machine...

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Replica cars? There’s a kit for that

May 12, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

A component (kit) car manufacturer in Wareham, Mass., made two big process changes that helped streamline its manufacturing operations.

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Synchronized welding

May 7, 2015 | By Dan Davis

No one doubts that welding equipment has advanced to the point where it has greatly improved welding results and productivity when compared to the technology of previous decades. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement. Fronius has attempted to address some of GMAW’s shortcomings with its LSC welding platform.

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3 tips for building an effective welding workforce

April 9, 2015 | By Jeff Keen, Mike Canter

Shapiro & Duncan Inc., a third-generation mechanical contractor serving the mid-Atlantic region offers some tips for building an engaged and talented welding team.

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Building a winning motorsports weld shop

April 7, 2015 | By Jim Watson

Jeremy McGrath, a Supercross racer making the transition to off-road truck racing, recently set up a state-of-the-art motorsports welding shop geared toward component builds and repair work. If you’re setting up a motorsports welding and fabrication shop for the first time, there are some vital pieces of equipment that will help you be successful. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to be a renowned off-road truck racer to have a professional-grade motorsports fabrication shop.

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Cliché lawn art, be gone

April 1, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

Salt Lake City metal artist Fred Conlon demonstrates a steady flow in creativity with his sculptures that make you laugh, make you think, and make your lawn look good.

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Improving deposition rates with submerged arc welding

March 26, 2015 | By Zak Stapp

Understanding the submerged arc welding process, and the overall equipment needs, and selecting the proper wire and flux combination for the application can help an operation realize its full potential.

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Fabricating for the win

March 26, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

What does it take to make it in this ultracompetitive world where your work is heavily scrutinized, your time is not your own, and all the while you have a driver’s life in your hands? It requires incredible skill, yes, but there are other qualities you must possess and things you must accomplish. To be successful at one of racing’s top teams requires more than just welding ability. It requires an unparalleled dedication to the sport and to your craft. With that dedication, however, sometimes comes sacrifice.

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Arc Welding 101: How to inspect a coated weldment

March 16, 2015 | By Paul Cameron

Q: How can I inspect/verify welds on painted product without being destructive? Eric D. A: Coatings come in many varieties on fabricated products. Galvanizing, painting, and even oxidizing a weathering steel will have a negative impact on the weld inspection process. For visual inspection, which...

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Odessa, oil, and the welding arc

February 19, 2015 | By Tim Heston

Investors worry about how the drop in oil prices will affect the energy boom. The people on the front lines—including the fabricators and pipe welders—don’t seem to be terribly worried. Some even welcome a slight slowdown, because it will give everyone time to catch up.

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Art in motion

January 22, 2015 | By Eric Lundin

Welder and artist Ed Kidera uses his engineering background to create unusual works of art, many of which are dynamic rather than static.

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Arc Welding 101: Put your finger on it

January 20, 2015 | By Paul Cameron

Q: I'm a welding instructor at a steel mill in northwest Indiana. We attended the “Train the Trainer” class at the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology 12 years ago to certify in all positions, limited and unlimited thickness plates with backing, using all shielded metal arc welding (SMAW)...

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