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Amanda Carlson

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Drip by Drip

March 20, 2014

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Ever wonder about the backstories behind the people with the funny screen names on welding message boards? This is the story of a tool and die welder who discovered a talent for drawing with a TIG torch.

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crimped wire

Creating art that inspires thought

February 3, 2014

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Las Vegas metal artist creates abstract contemporary pieces that make viewers think and let him sleep.

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Millennials, stress, and technology

January 23, 2014

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According to the “State of Workplace Productivity Report” released by Cornerstone OnDemand, a cloud-based talent management software company, the millennial generation, or those born between the years 1980 and 2000, is struggling with technology and information overload. The report, which... Continue Reading

Angle Grinder

Technology Spotlight: Tight spaces? There’s a grinder for that

January 17, 2014

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Small angle grinders are incredibly flexible tools; however, even they have their limitations, like accessing confined spaces. A power tool manufacturer with U.S. headquarters in West Chester, Pa., developed a small angle grinder with a reduced profile that reaches into tight spaces not normally accessible with standard angle grinders.

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Welder

How to build a metal cube

January 13, 2014

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Scott Behr, founder and fabricator at Total Metal Resource Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y., usually gets a pretty enthusiastic response when he tells people what he does for a living. With the upstart of his Metal Shop Fantasy Camp, he can now share tiny parts of his job with people who might otherwise never get an opportunity to try their hand at metalworking.

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Putting a wrap on Schweissen & Schneiden - TheFabricator.com

Putting a wrap on Schweissen & Schneiden

January 2, 2014

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Schweissen & Schneiden, Europe’s premier and most comprehensive welding and cutting tradeshow, had plenty of technology and innovation. Twelve exhibition halls housed more than 1,000 exhibiting companies from more than 40 countries. Roughly 55,000 attendees from 130 countries made their way through the aisles during the six-day event, where they were able to view the latest advances in welding and cutting technology, hand tools, safety gear, consumables, and other equipment.

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Lowering the learning curve - TheFabricator.com

Lowering the learning curve

November 27, 2013

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A Pennsylvania crane fabricator relies on virtual weld training to kick-start weld training for new hires.

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Apple picking for the 21st century - TheFabricator.com

Apple picking for the 21st century

November 5, 2013

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Phil Brown Welding of Conklin, Mich., designed and fabricated the Apple Harvester, a machine that makes picking apples easier, faster, and allows for picking at night, not just during daylight hours.

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Gather, learn, and connect at FABTECH 2013 - TheFabricator.com

Gather, learn, and connect at FABTECH 2013

October 7, 2013

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Show attendees can expect 360 degrees of technology, education, and networking.

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Metal portraits that pop - TheFabricator.com

Metal portraits that pop

September 5, 2013

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Alabama metal artist captures the essence of celebrities, political figures, and influential historical figures with his 3-D metal pop portraits.

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Previewing Schweissen & Schneiden 2013 - TheFabricator.com

Previewing Schweissen & Schneiden 2013

August 2, 2013

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A sneak peak at 2013 Schweissen & Schneiden.

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Accepting the torch, carrying a legacy - TheFabricator.com

Accepting the torch, carrying a legacy

July 12, 2013

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Scott Schreiber, head welding instructor at Green River Community College, Auburn, Wash., possesses an innate ability to connect with his students, a tenacious drive for excellence and continuous improvement, ingenuity, and a commitment to improving the welding trade. It is for these reasons and many more that Schreiber is the 2013 PWTeacher of the Year.

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All in the family - TheFabricator.com

All in the family

July 10, 2013

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Juhl Hartberg and his son Paul are working side by side to expand their business, originally built on agricultural repair work, into one that provides custom design and fabrication.

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Tinkerer, welder, teacher, artist - TheFabricator.com

Tinkerer, welder, teacher, artist

May 15, 2013

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As the welding instructor at Albion Correctional Facility in Albion, N.Y., Jeffrey Benfer is constantly dealing with teaching new batches of inmate workers the ins and outs of production gas metal arc welding, keeping up with their mandatory vocational qualifications, and meeting project deadlines. But there’s one thing that has provided an unexpected yet relaxing outlet: metal art.

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Taking it to the next level - TheFabricator.com

Taking it to the next level

April 24, 2013

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A welding instructor and two of his seniors have been working together since early November to fabricate a smoker of epic proportions. But in the process the students have found their future calling and their teacher has found a kinship with both.

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