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September 2016

Mobiflex 200-M Fume Extraction Offer

When you can’t control where you weld and you need fume extraction, the Mobiflex 200-M is the perfect solution for your fume extraction needs. This low-vacuum system is built for mobility and durability in any light to medium manufacturing environment. For a limited time only, get the Mobiflex 200-M at a 20% price reduction. Offer ends December 31, 2016. MORE

ARC Magazine Fall 2016-Now Available!

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The fall 2016 issue of ARC Magazine is now available. Learn about metalworker Vivian Beer, season 2 winner of HGTV's Ellen's Design Challenge, and her passion for teaching her craft and inspiring the next generation of metalworking artists and makers . Plus Welding Tips and Tricks, videos, ask the experts and more. Subscribe for free here. MORE

U.S. Non-Residential Construction Starts Drop 5 Percent in July

July starts were valued at $33.6 Billion, down 5.2 percent compared to June. The report, prepared by ConstructConnect, indicates there is normally a 3.5 percent increase from June to July. Also, July is typically the last month of the year with a seasonal lift in starts, as starts usually decline month-to-month for the remainder of the year. On the other hand, non-residential starts in 2016 are currently running 11.6 percent ahead of 2015. Bright spots include schools/colleges and hospitals, up 14 and 42 percent year to date. MORE

How I did It-Tree Coat Rack

This metal tree is actually a coat rack.  It stands 6 ft. 4 in. tall and is made of mild steel materials. Constructed using a  Lincoln Electric POWER MIG® 255C (current model is POWER MIG® 255XT) this coat rack is decorative and functional, while providing a festive fall look to any home. Learn about how it was made here. MORE.

Practical Training for Aluminum Alloys Seminar

Learn about the latest welding technology and techniques for aluminum at Lincoln Electric's Practical Training for Aluminum Alloys Seminar, Nov. 15-18, 2016. This seminar is designed for experienced welders and technicians, adn covers topics such as welding process modes and proper set-up. Space is limited to 20 attendees. Click here for further details on seminar topics, price and accommodations. MORE

Contrasting a Skilled Trades Education with a 4-Year Degree Education

We know students are under a lot of pressure to consider a 4-year degree, but it’s often not the best option. This Detroit Metro Times article cites a Harvard Graduate School of Education study that sheds some light on college success rates. Just 56% of 4-year college students complete a degree within six years. Only 29% of two-year degree students finish in three years. At four-year for-profit schools, 78% FAIL to earn a degree. And, over 22% of 4-year graduates are unemployed or underemployed. To top it off, a four-year degree costs an average $98,824, while skilled trade certificate students spend an average $33,000 to earn an average $35,720 and start their careers two years earlier! MORE

Innovation in Additive Manufacturing Defines the Future

Jim Anderton of ENGINEERING.com spoke with Dr. Slate Gardner, Lockheed Martin Fellow, about the latest technology in additive and subtractive manufacturing techniques. Dr. Gardner has been working with Wolf Robotics on some interesting innovations that might define the future of manufacturing. MORE

Equipment Improvements Advance the Fine Art of Cutting

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In December 2012, master fabricator and off-road legend Dan DuBose launched Motobilt, “a full-service metal fabrication shop offering complete vehicle builds, parts and accessories for offroad and hot rod applications.” DuBose had three important things going for him: He was enthused about again being fully engaged in serving the offroad community; he knew the importance of a good plasma cutting table; and he was back home in Dothan, Alabama, which made it easy to work with friends and family. See what he and his coworkers have to say about the new Torchmate 4400 and 4800 CNC plasma cutting tables and their effectiveness in their shop. MORE