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Gerald Davis

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Gerald Davis Design and Consulting

Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Product visualization

April 16, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks the reader through a hypothetical production development design exercise to show just how different product development CAD work is from production-ready CAD assignments.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Techniques for modeling bent and welded tubing

March 24, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis shows that when you are 3-D modeling a tubular structure, it helps to be comfortable with 3-D sketching.

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Your friend, the STEP file

January 30, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis reviews the STEP file and how it can be used to interact with customers in a more complete way.

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Job shop estimating: Efficiency matters - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Efficiency matters

December 6, 2013

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains how the process of estimating can be evaluated in terms of what the business needs.

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Job shop estimating: Control and feedback methods - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Control and feedback methods

November 26, 2013

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains how the process of estimating is supported by buddy checks, databases, and report cards.

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Job shop estimating: Getting ready for public disclosure - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Getting ready for public disclosure

October 9, 2013

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains how the presentation of the estimate to the customer will require some preparation.

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Job shop estimating: Moving from cost to price - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Moving from cost to price

September 5, 2013

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In the battle to deliver a competitive price, the estimator provides the ammo for a successful response to a customer’s RFQ.

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Job shop estimating: Using cost to an advantage - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Using cost to an advantage

August 9, 2013

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In this eighth installment of columnist Gerald Davis’ series on job estimating, he delves into tools for improving the estimator’s crystal ball.

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Job shop estimating: Programming, fixtures, and special handling - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Programming, fixtures, and special handling

July 12, 2013

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Lead-times for CNC preparation, tooling, and fixtures need to be included in the total lead-time quoted to the customer. How exactly? Gerald Davis dives into the details.

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Job shop estimating: Material Planning – strategy and tactics - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Material Planning – strategy and tactics

June 28, 2013

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In this sixth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating he reviews inventory management as it relates to the estimator’s prediction of expenses.

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Job shop estimating: Watching the clock in the fabrication sequence - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Watching the clock in the fabrication sequence

April 24, 2013

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In this fifth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes the use of time standards that are based on shop experience to guide the estimator’s prediction of expenses.

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Job shop estimating: Expenses driven by events in the fabrication sequence - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Expenses driven by events in the fabrication sequence

April 19, 2013

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In this fourth installment of Columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes the use of planning outlines—which resemble work orders—to structure the estimator’s report of production expenses.

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Job shop estimating: Compatibility issues - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Compatibility issues

March 7, 2013

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In this third installment of Columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes why an estimator cares how well a project fits the capabilities of the shop.

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Job shop estimating: A business process examined in 12 steps - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: A business process examined in 12 steps

January 10, 2013

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Columnist Gerald Davis begins a series of columns that address one of the most important activities related to shop profitability: job estimating. In this first installment, he describes how an estimator needs to understand what processes are needed to quote accurately, as well as to determine which jobs align with the shop's mission and capabilities.

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3-D CAD: Part marking matters - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Part marking matters

December 3, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks a CAD operator through the steps to set up an efficient way to apply part marking to any design.

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