The Fabricator®

July 2011
The FABRICATOR® is North America's leading magazine for the metal forming and fabricating industry. The magazine delivers the news, technical articles, and case histories that enable fabricators to do their jobs more efficiently. The FABRICATOR has served the industry since 1971. Print subscriptions are free to qualified persons in North America involved in metal forming and fabricating.

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Selected articles from the July 2011 issue available online:

3-D CAD: Unfolding problems - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Unfolding problems

July 18, 2011

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Columnist Gerald Davis provides some tips on getting that 2-D drawing--derived from the 3-D model--to manufacturing in the best shape possible.

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The benefits of technical certification in metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

The benefits of technical certification in metal fabrication

July 18, 2011

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The prototype shop at International Gaming Technologies employs serious talent. They take a sheet metal part through the entire fabrication process, from laser cutting and bending to welding and grinding. To qualify for a job here requires technical knowhow about a variety of manufacturing processes. This is why management has decided to use FMA’s Precision Sheet Metal Operator certification as a benchmark.

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Project engineer changes careers, chooses metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Project engineer changes careers, chooses metal fabrication

July 18, 2011

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Jacob Melton quit his desk job in Chicago, drove home to Houston, and with his father bought a metal fabrication company. Several years later, even after a severe recession, it turns out that was a smart career move.

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Gas equipment for CO2 laser cutting: A primer - TheFabricator.com

Gas equipment for CO2 laser cutting: A primer

July 8, 2011

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Precise assist gas delivery is essential in CO2 laser cutting. The resonator is a key component, especially if gas delivery will be uninterrupted for unattended machine operation. Assist gas volume and pressure also must be appropriate for the application to ensure the best results.

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5 wire-feeding advancements welders need to know about - TheFabricator.com

5 wire-feeding advancements welders need to know about

July 8, 2011

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Modern wire-feeding technology can boost welders' performances and overall productivity. If they are working with old feeding equipment, disadvantage

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One laser head, one plasma torch, one cutting table - TheFabricator.com

One laser head, one plasma torch, one cutting table

July 8, 2011

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The fiber laser and plasma systems share similar delivery systems. Neither require any kind of optical alignment between the power source and cutting head. The two thermal cutting processes share many similarities, from an integration standpoint, which is why the two now can be integrated onto a single cutting table.

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Divine Rolling - TheFabricator.com

Induction key to complex beam rolling job

July 8, 2011

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Shop rolls beams for a unique place of worship--using an unusual process Abstract: Hardwick Co., a rolling shop in Birmingham, Ala., used its unusual induction beam rolling process to form beams into complex shapes involving multiple radii. Without such capability, the impressive design of the Ave Maria Oratory would not have been possible.

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Plate milling 101 - TheFabricator.com

Plate milling 101

July 5, 2011

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Heavy plate fabricators drill and mill plate to achieve tight tolerances. But these metal cutting tools exert significant forces on the workpiece vibration, particularly in large workpieces such as plate. When machining in general and especially in large plate, three major factors work together: cutting tool selection, milling strategy, and workpiece setup.

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