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

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

April 19, 2013 | By Gerald Davis

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

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Job shop estimating: Compatibility issues

March 7, 2013 | By Gerald Davis

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

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Job shop estimating: A business process examined in 12 steps

January 10, 2013 | By Gerald Davis

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

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3-D CAD: Part marking matters

December 3, 2012 | By Gerald Davis

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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3-D CAD: Productivity, reliability, and responsiveness - TheFabricator.com

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3-D CAD: Productivity, reliability, and responsiveness

November 9, 2012 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis discusses when formality should enter a CAD operator's workflow and offers up an example of how a simple CAD task might go.

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3-D CAD: Handling imported data during sheet metal design - TheFabricator.com

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3-D CAD: Handling imported data during sheet metal design

October 19, 2012 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis is ready to rip into the process of converting imported 3-D parts to flattened parts.

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3-D CAD: Setting up a costing tool - TheFabricator.com

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3-D CAD: Setting up a costing tool

September 7, 2012 | By Gerald Davis

Cost analysis within 3-D modeling software won't replace cost estimating, but it still can be a helpful tool.

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3-D CAD: Design optimization - TheFabricator.com

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3-D CAD: Design optimization

August 3, 2012 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis begins his exploration on how cost management tools in 3-D modeling software can be used to deliver cost-efficient and functional part designs.

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3-D CAD: Modeling with product variation as the design intent - TheFabricator.com

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3-D CAD: Modeling with product variation as the design intent

June 26, 2012 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis provides a guide to connecting dimensions and custom properties to equations, which will make part design changes much easier to deal with down the road.

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3-D CAD: Modeling with product documentation as the design intent - TheFabricator.com

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3-D CAD: Modeling with product documentation as the design intent

June 13, 2012 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis focuses on creating better illustrations and models to make life easier for parties involved in downstream operations.

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3-D CAD: Bill of materials construction in project documentation--PartII - TheFabricator.com

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3-D CAD: Bill of materials construction in project documentation--PartII

May 3, 2012 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis has populated the bills of material with data and now focuses on the model that will accompany the BOM to the manufacturing floor.

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3-D CAD: Bill-of-materials construction inproject documentation--Part I - TheFabricator.com

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3-D CAD: Bill-of-materials construction inproject documentation--Part I

April 16, 2012 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis takes a look at the appropriate way to construct a bill of materials as he continues his cutting table project.

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3-D CAD: Customization in project documentation - TheFabricator.com

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3-D CAD: Customization in project documentation

March 12, 2012 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis reveals the most convenient way to set up a bills of material and related title blocks.

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3-D CAD: Project documentation - TheFabricator.com

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3-D CAD: Project documentation

February 13, 2012 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis explores the world of exploded views as he prepares the 3-D model to be much more than just a graphical representation of the part to be fabricated.

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3-D CAD: Project definition - TheFabricator.com

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3-D CAD: Project definition

January 10, 2012 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis focuses his 3-D CAD skill on designing a welding table. He invites readers to participate in the creation of this support structure.

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