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.
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.
January 14, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Welders and other tradespeople not only build things, they also restore precious items from the past, including awe-inspiring, iconic aircraft.
December 22, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Interest rates are rising, oil prices are falling, and energy and agriculture equipment sectors continue to struggle. What's next for fabricators in 2016? The news isn't all bad, really, depending on a shop's mix of services, technology, talent, and customers.
December 17, 2015
Life is busy and filled with highs and lows. In his personal retrospective of 2015, Josh Welton shares both.
December 16, 2015 | By Nick Martin
Continuing a theme explored by Josh Welton in a previous post on thefabricator.com, Nick Martin shares his experience exhibiting his shop’s custom products at festivals and farmer’s markets.
December 16, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Finding good people remains the No. 1 challenge in metal fabrication, but it's certainly not an insurmountable challenge.
December 14, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Good friends are invaluable. Sometimes their advice is also. Such was the case for Quinton Smith, who pursued welding thanks to a friend’s suggestion.
December 11, 2015 | By Dan Davis
Not all job shops are interested in prototype development, but that doesn't mean that one day they won't be.
December 9, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas
The recently approved highway bill increases domestic content and funding for railway cars.
December 9, 2015 | By Josh Welton
It’s that time of year when people start thinking about giving the perfect gift. What could be better than a unique item you fabricate? Here are step-by-step instructions for making a metal vase.
December 2, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Ever see a piece of art and think, “I could do that”? Well, maybe you have the skills, but what about the vision and creativity of the person who created that piece? Give creativity its due respect.
December 2, 2015 | By Nick Martin
When a machine goes down in a job shop, work can grind to a halt. Getting that machine in working order becomes priority one, and time is of the essence.
November 30, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Do you sometimes feel that it’s time for a career change? What would you do with your skills if you were brave enough to venture out on your own? Here’s the story of one man who did just that.