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Laser Cutting Is All the Rage: Here are the Different Machines Manufacturers Use

Laser cutting is a manufacturing process that is computer-controlled and produces extremely high-resolution cuts on metal, plastic, or other materials.

FCAW: A super common welding method you may not know about

FCAW has a simple learning process and is quickly performed, making it an ideal choice for quick repairs, with very high-quality welds used for many applications.


Putting a new process into place can be risky. FMEA helps identify potential risks early on and takes corrective action before they become costly issues.

The Consistent Strength and Versatility of Multi-Coolers and Sand Mixers

Fabricating multi-coolers and sand mixers are critical in many industries. Here's an overview of their fabrication and their jobs.

Some Problems Fabricators Face When Working with Fickle High-Strength Steel

High-Strength steel is a challenge for metal fabricators because traditional methods cannot process most high-strength steel.

Understanding Importance of Kitting in the Manufacturing Process

Kitting is one term that may not be as well-known outside of manufacturers, but plays an important role in production.

2 Gases Common in Manufacturing Create Scary Air

For many reasons, manufacturing plants are inherently dangerous, but combining two gases raises the stakes.

Understanding the Foundry Casting Process and Why It Is Important

Casting Metal is very hard to master and time-consuming. Pouring into the mold is difficult; mistakes result in lost time and money.

Robotic Technology is Swiftly Changing the Logistics Industry

Logistics is essential to any company's operation, as it involves transporting raw materials. Robotic technology is key to revolutionizing things end-to-end.

APQP and FMEA: Two ways of mitigating risk factors in your manufacturing process.

Franklin's famous quote, "if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail," especially plays true for manufacturing. It's almost like he knew about FMEA and APQP!

Fabricating Exotic Metals? Prepare for a whole level of challenges

Fabricating Exotic Metals isn't a walk in the park. Ordinary tools and machines aren't designed to work with such difficult metals. So, companies get creative!

Top 6 Reasons Not All Engineers Accept GD&T

GD&T is a set of standardized rules & symbols helping engineers with features, tolerances, and notes. However, not all organizations follow it. Why?

The Accepted Method to Share Precise Requirements on Drawings

Communication between engineers is difficult, solved by GD&T: a language helping engineers communicate how to build parts accurately and efficiently.

What is Assist Gas, and Why Does it Matter for Laser Cutting?

Laser cutting requires the use of assist gas. Here are several gas combinations the process uses to complete this task.

What are the best shielding gases and their advantages

Shielding gas is one of the most important things you need to know when learning how to weld. Here are five common shielding gases and their advantages.

Helium Gas Worldwide shortage - did you know about it?

Did you know about the worldwide helium shortage? There are several reasons for the shortage, but the implications of dealing with less helium loom large.

Laser Welding part of Innovative Technologies

Laser welding is a manufacturing process using a CO2 laser to fuse materials. Its higher penetration rate makes it suitable for fusing thicker materials.

In-House Custom Fixturing is darned Important for any Manufacturing Process

A poorly designed fixturing system can severely hinder a manufacturing production process. A well-planned custom fixturing system can make or break it.

The Importance of Collaborative Engineering

Collaborative engineering is a method where teams of engineers and designers create products by combining the best of traditional engineering and manufacturing.

Forming Steel using a bystronic robotic press brake

It's important to keep in mind that many steel types are available on the market today. Selecting the right type is the first step before forming steel.