The Fabricator®

December 2012
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.

More Info Subscribe Free

Selected articles from the December 2012 issue available online:

What's up with helium for welding applications?] - TheFabricator.com

What's up with helium for welding applications?

December 3, 2012

By:

Helium has been hard to get for some, and certainly the consumable gas is more expensive for welders than it used to be. The bad news is that this may be the case for some time. The good news is that alternatives are under development to help welders out as they tackle aluminum and stainless steel welding.

Continue Reading

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

3-D CAD: Part marking matters

December 3, 2012

By:

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

Continue Reading

A matter of trust - TheFabricator.com

A matter of trust

December 3, 2012

By:

Trust is something that’s earned not only through hard work, but also by treating employees not as “direct labor hours,” but as, well, people.

Continue Reading

EuroBLECH 2012 recap: Fighting for more efficiency - TheFabricator.com

EuroBLECH 2012 recap: Fighting for more efficiency

December 3, 2012

By:

A terrible economy has forced European metal fabricators to focus on shortening turnaround time on jobs. If they attended EuroBLECH 2012 in Hannover, Germany, in late October, those fabricators probably discovered some tools that could help them accomplish their goals.

Continue Reading

2013 Forecast: Rosy for some, sterling mediocrity for others - TheFabricator.com

2013 Forecast: Rosy for some, sterling mediocrity for others

December 3, 2012

By:

Consumer spending is up. Even housing is up. Yes, pundits preach global uncertainty, even gloom and doom. But as owners of small or medium-sized businesses, metal fabricators have orders to fill, and next year many expect the volume of orders to continue or even increase a bit.

Continue Reading

Succeed at welding thick aluminum with the right material preparation, filler choice, and equipment - TheFabricator.com

Succeed at welding thick aluminum with the right material preparation, filler choice, and equipment

December 3, 2012

By:

Aluminum is tough to weld, but its advantages of high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, excellent mechanical properties at low temperatures, and recyclability put it at the top of the materials list for fabrications, including many with substantial bulk. Two industry experts shared tips on how to produce good welds in thick aluminum.

Continue Reading

Keeping pace in sheet metal manufacturing - TheFabricator.com

Keeping pace in sheet metal manufacturing

December 3, 2012

By:

To remain competitive, a shop must be willing to embrace both innovation and change together. To get the most out of that commitment, a shop needs to understand just how the introduction of any new technology will affect the entire process chain, not just one part.

Continue Reading

Ironworker basics: Cut it clean - TheFabricator.com

Ironworker basics: Cut it clean

December 3, 2012

By:

How does an operator avoid distortion and burrs? For the ironworker’s common cutting stations--the punch, angle cutter, notcher, and plate shear--it boils down to matching the job at hand with some basic variables.

Continue Reading

Fixturing for the short run - TheFabricator.com

Fixturing for the short run

December 3, 2012

By: ,

Hard tooling for traditional fixtures often depends on costly milling and other non-sheet metal processes. So how can these costs be minimized? The simple answer is to marry the processes and machinery you already have--including laser cutting, waterjet cutting, and punching--to the appropriate CAD system.

Continue Reading