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.
February 17, 2016 | By Tim Heston
3-D software may be bringing two different crafts, sheet metal fabrication and machining, just a little closer together.
February 17, 2016 | By Josh Welton
With the right skills and support, it’s possible for talented welding students to move directly into a good job with growth potential.
February 16, 2016 | By Tim Heston
For some fab shops with deep ties to the energy sector, the past year and a half has not been fun.
February 15, 2016 | By Tim Heston
What sparked Pat Hopkins' interest in manufacturing wasn't just the technology, but the engaging logic of the entire fabrication process.
February 12, 2016 | By Stephen Barlas
Under the provision, Industrial Assessment Centers would be able to do more than advise manufacturers.
February 11, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Getting the most out of your welding classes requires some tools of the trade. Well-prepared students need these 10 items.
February 2, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Having your voice matter may be at the core of good culture. This may apply as much to Iowa voters as it does to people on the fab shop floor.
February 2, 2016 | By Josh Welton
“Welding is easy; business is hard.” At least that’s how Josh Welton sees running his own business. An important thing to remember is “if you’re good at something, never do it for free.”
January 28, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Musicians and actors aren’t the only artists worth celebrating and remembering. Take a moment and check out the life and work of rail-car fabricator and artist Thornton Dial.
January 28, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson
A simple expression of appreciation can go a long way.
January 26, 2016 | By Nick Martin
Custom fabricators get some unusual requests, both in terms of the job itself and the timeline for completion. Sometimes they go the extra mile to “do the right thing.”
January 21, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Older workers are not retiring as they once did. If you are among those still working long after you’re eligible for Social Security and Medicare, here are some tips to help foster better working relationships.
January 21, 2016 | By Josh Welton
In February 2015, Lego® replaced Ferrari® as the “world’s most powerful brand.” Perhaps an even bigger accomplishment is the number of engineers, designers, and artists who got their start working with the blocks, people like Clyde James.
January 21, 2016 | By Stephen Barlas
Congress finally provides permanent approval for Section 179 expensing deduction and bonus depreciation laws.
January 19, 2016 | By Tim Heston
For U.S. manufacturers, 2016 is full of uncertainty. But shops with diversified customer bases and healthy balance sheets stand ready to swing.