Scrap metal art and overcoming obstacles with Michael Bennett
The Fabricator Podcast
by Fabricators and Manufacturers Association
1w ago
In this episode, Michael Bennett, a welder and metal artist based in Wadsworth, Ill., joins The Fabricator Podcast to discuss how an unfortunate car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down reignited his passion for working with metal, particularly scrap metal. Michael talks about how attending mechanic school helped instill a mindset of continuous learning and adapting to new technologies, which he says inspired him to relearn how use his tools after he lost strength in his preferred left hand. It also gave him the skills to build robots to help assist him around his farm. He also ..read more
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Next level software automation and efficiency for fabrication shops
The Fabricator Podcast
by Fabricators and Manufacturers Association
2w ago
In this episode of The Fabricator Podcast, sponsored by Salvagnini America and part of the Automation Talk series, Tim Heston interviews Clay Case and Matt Humerick of Salvagnini about the role of software automation in modern precision sheet metal fabrication. They discuss the challenges and bottlenecks in the fabrication process, the importance of data flow and communication between design, engineering, and manufacturing, and the benefits of software in streamlining production and improving efficiency. They also touch on the future of software in the industry, including the potential for AI ..read more
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The shifting manufacturing landscape with The Partner Companies
The Fabricator Podcast
by Fabricators and Manufacturers Association
3w ago
In this episode, Christian Streu, CFO of The Partner Companies, and Charles Cohen, President of FotoFab, join The Fabricator Podcast to talk about the growing trend of mergers and acquisitions in manufacturing. They discuss the evolution of Chicago-based The Partner Companies and how smaller manufacturing and fabrication businesses can benefit from being part of a larger organization. The Partner Companies was formed in 1997 by founders Dan Brumlik and Scott Bekemeyer with a focus to bring together a strategic network of specialty manufacturers serving the aerospace, defense, energy, medical ..read more
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Fabricating Hot Wheels and being a rebel welder with Pa'Trice Frazier
The Fabricator Podcast
by Fabricators and Manufacturers Association
1M ago
On this episode of The Fabricator Podcast, Philadelphia-based welder and trades advocate Pa'Trice Frazier joins host Dan Davis and Josh Welton at SEMA, in partnership with Miller Electric. Pa'Trice chats about how she got her start as a welder and working Atlanta projects like the Mercedes Benz Stadium, Spanx Headquarters, Marta Buckhead Bridge, and, in Philadelphia, the River Alive Exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum. She also talks about appearing on the NBC show Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge and fabricating a 1969 Dodge Charger called "Power Charged" and using her Weldjointed platfo ..read more
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A Rolls-Royce and other SEMA builds with Ryan Fielding of Ringbrothers
The Fabricator Podcast
by Fabricators and Manufacturers Association
1M ago
Ryan Fielding of Ringbrothers joins hosts Dan Davis and Josh Welton on this episode of The Fabricator Podcast, in partnership with Miller Electric at SEMA 2023 in Las Vegas. Ryan goes into detail about the three builds that Wisconsin-based Ringbrothers displayed at SEMA: a 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible called “Uncaged”, a 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II called “Paramount”, and a 1969 Dodge Charger called “Tusk”. Ryan also talks about how his family's background influenced his career as a fabricator, how he learned to weld when he was 8 years old, and his grandfather's stint as a stunt car per ..read more
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Welding in motorsports with Andy Weyenberg of Miller Electric
The Fabricator Podcast
by Fabricators and Manufacturers Association
2M ago
In this episode of The Fabricator Podcast, and in partnership with Miller Electric, Andy Weyenberg from Miller's motorsports division and Real Garage with Andy, joins us live at SEMA 2023 in Las Vegas to discuss the welding industry and its applications in the performance racing industry. Andy talks about his love of motorsports, the science behind the various types of welding, what SEMA means for Miller, how race cars influence different welding techniques, the famous car builders at SEMA, and the future of the aftermarket sector. He also discusses building a '69 Trans Am with 800 horsepower ..read more
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What is The Fabricator Podcast?
The Fabricator Podcast
by Fabricators and Manufacturers Association
2M ago
Tune in to the Fabricator Podcast to hear editors of The Fabricator magazine talk shop. We speak with industry leaders, small business owners, and creators about metal fabrication, welding, and manufacturing. Episodes are uploaded on Tuesdays and produced by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association. The Fabricator Podcast: We Shape The Conversation Around Metal. Subscribe on your favorite platform today ..read more
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Outsourcing and 3D-printing in custom fabrication with iRcustom
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by Fabricators and Manufacturers Association
3M ago
Brothers Anthony and Rob DiVito, the founders of custom furniture shop iRcustom, make their return to The Fabricator Podcast to offer more transparent insight into small business ownership in the metal fabrication industry. This time, they brought with them a coffee table for our revamped studio. We chat about the fabrication details of that project and what's new with their Chicago-area business. The discussion covers how they've gone away from relying too much on vertical integration, exploring more outsourcing opportunities with partners like @PrecisionTubeLaser , implementing more 3D-print ..read more
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Broadening your mental toolbox in the skilled trades with Joe Clark
The Fabricator Podcast
by Fabricators and Manufacturers Association
3M ago
Joe Clark, CEO and founder of Architectural Elements, joins The Fabricator Podcast to talk custom fabrication, business ownership, video production, and more. He discusses the early days of his career and how he took his Seattle-area business from a garage shop to what Clark calls a multi disciplined organization that focuses design, production and installation of art, signage, architectural components and furnishings. Clark, who produces a series called “Made With Metals” with Online Metals , also talks about the the importance of storytelling in video production and why it's important to the ..read more
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Making art and helping inspire future welders with Staci Martinez
The Fabricator Podcast
by Fabricators and Manufacturers Association
3M ago
Staci Martinez joins The Fabricator Podcast to talk about starting her own small business in Sioux Falls, S.D. called 605 Shield Maiden, which focuses on creating metal art sculptures, fabricating handrails, and combing wood and metal to make furniture. She discusses how working briefly as a production welder and seeing all the potential in the scrap metal bin inspired her to pursue metal art. Staci eventually created her first sculpture, a gnome, and was chosen to have it on display at SculptureWalk, an exhibit of outdoor sculptures displayed year-round in downtown Sioux Falls. She also talks ..read more
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