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And they handed the reins to a welder from Detroit—2015 in the rearview mirror

December 17, 2015

Life is busy and filled with highs and lows. In his personal retrospective of 2015, Josh Welton shares both.

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Fabricator wannabees tell us how it’s done

December 16, 2015 | By Nick Martin

Continuing a theme explored by Josh Welton in a previous post on, Nick Martin shares his experience exhibiting his shop’s custom products at festivals and farmer’s markets.

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Managing a multi-generation fab shop

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.

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Still Building America—Thanks, friend

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.

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The prototype for a successful fab shop

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.

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Congress finally commits to infrastructure investment

December 9, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas

The recently approved highway bill increases domestic content and funding for railway cars.

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Making it personal – fabricating a holiday gift

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.

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Respect creativity

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.

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When a machine goes down

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.

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Still Building America—Making a change

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.

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FABTECH 2015: The direct-diode laser and tuning the beam profile

November 23, 2015 | By Tim Heston

The direct-diode laser ups its presence at this year's FABTECH.

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FABTECH 2015: Stringing a digital thread through the manufacturing supply chain

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.

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FABTECH 2015: A metaphorical pit stop in the productivity race

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.

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FABTECH 2015: Innovation to serve the company, not the process

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.

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FABTECH, community, and normalcy

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.

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