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.
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.
November 23, 2015 | By Tim Heston
The direct-diode laser ups its presence at this year's FABTECH.
November 20, 2015 | By Tim Heston
A "digital thread" extending up and down the manufacturing supply chain might sound like science fiction. But as evident at this year's FABTECH, the digital thread is becoming reality.
November 19, 2015 | By Tim Heston
NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace was a hit at this year's show. Considering the nature of the sport, fast-paced while still rooted in advanced engineering, it's easy to see why attendees relate so well. And perhaps no one related better than those who exhibited at the show as part of an emerging field: 3-D printing.
November 18, 2015 | By Tim Heston
A certain excitement permeated this year's show, and it wasn't just about this incredibly fast laser, that press brake that eliminates setup time, or that welding power source that connects to the cloud and simplifies welding parameter selection. It was about how all these technologies and more can work together to make a shop better.
November 17, 2015 | By Tim Heston
FABTECH was bigger than ever. The terrible news on Friday puts things in perspective, and yet shows just how valuable the "normalcy" of a trade show, and a healthy industry, really is.