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Amanda Carlson

Associate Editor
FMA Communications Inc.
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Rockford, IL 61107

Manufacturing Day celebrates you, is long overdue

September 12, 2012

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It's true, each day throughout the year marks a "holiday" celebrating something, whether it be well-known and widely recognized or obscure and, well, odd. Take, for example, Nov. 14, which according to National Whatever Day is Operating Room Nurse Day. The website states it was established on that... Continue Reading

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A fabricating home run

August 30, 2012

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Kohler High School’s Engineering Club captured the attention of the Milwaukee Brewers, the MLB Network, and thousands of others with its Miller Park replica grill.

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Beyond the “signage” quo

July 30, 2012

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Custom sign-maker and architectural ironwork fabricator Blackout Signs & Metalworks, San Marcos, Texas, is a shining example of how a little bit of good luck mixed with confidence, fearless creativity, tireless work ethic, and a penchant for true old-school craftsmanship can create extraordinary opportunities.

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Gone fishing

July 27, 2012

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How do you measure the worth of an education, as well as those who are responsible for guiding you along the way? The answer is simple: You can't. As the old saying goes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." PWTeacher of the Year was... Continue Reading

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Welding fascination leads to spinoff writing career

July 23, 2012

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Author Frank Marlow recently sat down with Practical Welding Today® to discuss his new book, which was released in March.

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The gravity of one weld instructor

July 10, 2012

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Jaime Shaker, head instructor at Calumet Welding Center, is driven and tough. His goal is to push each student to strive for excellence and reject the notion that good enough is good enough.

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Visual reality

June 13, 2012

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Who says art and science can’t intersect?

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Revisiting ghosts of Artist's Galleries past

May 30, 2012

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Which comes first, the artist or the welder? That’s one of the many topics I get to explore during conversations with metal artists for Artist’s Gallery each issue. Sometimes I like to go back and reread old Artist’s Gallery articles just because of what was said and how it’s stayed with... Continue Reading

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Aluminum MIG

May 25, 2012

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The push for lighter, corrosion-resistant components has brought aluminum to the forefront of the minds of traditional steel fabricators. Those that approach the material the same as steel often run into weld quality issues that can prove costly. But those who are committed to putting together a topnotch, aluminum-friendly system before striking an arc—from equipment and setup to material preparation and welder education—are better equipped to find success afterward.

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Like a rock

May 9, 2012

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Kay Minto has a lot in common with the lava that she welds to make sculptures. The rocks, after all, are a product of a Mother Nature temper tantrum. Minto has been through her fair share of natural disasters, too, but all roads have led to a life that she says she wouldn’t change, and an art career that is as unique as the rocks she welds on.

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“A creation of me”

May 9, 2012

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When photography lost its luster, a happy coincidence sent Dick Roberts on a quest to learn everything he could about metalworking. The result has led him to appreciate how new technology and an old processes can work in unison for his newfound method of artistic expression.

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Three’s company

March 9, 2012

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Many weld instructors will tell you that the ability to hear plays a critical role in developing a skilled welder. But a deaf student from Tennessee is proving that character traits like determination and a strong work ethic are more important. It also helps to have a creative, patient teacher and a dedicated support staff.

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Tales of TIG welding - TheFabricator.com

Tales of TIG welding

March 9, 2012

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Welding professionals of varying backgrounds share their personal journey through TIG welding; the helpful advice theyíve learned along the way; and the lessons learned from the occasional blunder.

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People you meet at Starbucks

March 3, 2012

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My colleague, Vicki Bell, web content editor for thefabricator.com, recently wrote a blog post regarding an article she read on msnbc.com titled "Some employers want return of vo-ed training,” where she expressed her disdain for the premise that reintegrating vocational education into high... Continue Reading

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The melding worlds of motorsports and metal art

February 1, 2012

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A community college motorsports fabrication instructor finds common ground in race car fabrication, metal art.

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