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Friction stir welding now suitable for high-volume auto assembly
Machine Design
Engineers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have improved friction stir welding so that it can now join aluminum sheets of varying thicknesses, a key capability for making welds that are strong in places where needed, yet light overall. They’ve also transformed FSW so it is 10 times faster than conventional FSW, which is limited to welding at about 20 inches per minute. The higher speeds mean FSW can meet the auto industry’s high-volume assembly requirements.
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2nd Welding Education, Skills, and Certifications Conference and Seminar
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July 13-16, 2015
Chattanooga State Community College
Chattanooga, TN

This year’s conference is structured to provide an integrated and comprehensive overview on AWS standards, services, and best practices for welding career pathway education and credentialing. It is especially valuable for education & training institutions who are developing workforce supplier and testing services with industry, and their industrial partners. The American Welding Society and leaders from top training institutions, welding technology suppliers, and industry will help you gain new insights, share best practices, exchange ideas, and solve problems specific to your technical program and your local needs. This year’s conference will also feature a workshop to promote articulation along welding pathways, and new opportunities for apprentice programs for modern metal manufacturing.

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Professional Welders Competition
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McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

For a $15 entry fee, you could win the grand prize at the Professional Welders Competition, sponsored by the American Welding Society. In addition to the $2,500 grand prize, a $1,000 second prize and a $500 third prize will be awarded. The top 12 competitors will win an AWS duffel bag. Each participant will receive an AWS T-shirt with logo.

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White House trumpets manufacturing job gains, but industry experts aren't impressed
MarketWatch
Is there a manufacturing renaissance? White House economists seem to think so. But their argument doesn’t impress industry experts. In a blog post after the May job report was released, the White House economic team argued that manufacturing employment is up strongly compared with the previous business cycle.
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NASA holding $2.25 million design competition for 3-D-printed space habitat
Treehugger
We all need shelter, even deep space explorers. But packing enough materials and equipment to build a house on a faraway planet just takes up too much cargo room when traveling by spacecraft. Therefore, NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as America Makes, came up with a novel idea: a 3-D-printed habitat that can employ indigenous materials and other spacecraft materials that might otherwise go to waste.
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Inside the top-secret plan to revive US manufacturing
The Huffington Post
Did you know the U.S. government has rolled out a big new federal program to revive the U.S. manufacturing sector? The proposed budget for this new effort now surpasses $2.4 billion, and, surprisingly, it has received a level of bipartisan support that hasn't been seen for years, if not decades, for manufacturing.
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Lincoln Electric Co. acquires laser welding, marking systems intellectual property of Process Equipment Co.
Crain's Cleveland Business
Lincoln Electric Co. of Euclid said it has acquired the laser welding and marking systems-related intellectual property of Process Equipment Co. in Tipp City, Ohio. A news release from Lincoln Electric did not include the cost of the acquisition. Lincoln Electric’s Wayne Trail subsidiary will service and support already installed PECo laser welding and marking systems. The subsidiary also hired some of PECo’s "key" personnel, the release said.
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For US manufacturing, opportunities and challenges
The Wall Street Journal
Willy Shih, a professor of management at Harvard Business School, has spent more time in factories than in academia. The son of Chinese immigrants, he grew up in Wisconsin and Illinois and earned a doctorate in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Shih worked for 28 years in industry, including executive jobs at International Business Machines, Silicon Graphics and Eastman Kodak, before becoming a professor in 2007. He is also a director of Flextronics International, a Singapore-based global manufacturer, and advises the Manufacturing Academy of Denmark.
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Student in England invents a 3-D printer that can print with and mix multiple colors in single layers
3DPrint.com
College is a time for learning, partying, and finally living our lives away from mom and dad. Not only do we learn about scholarly subjects, but we tend to learn about ourselves and our future goals as well. For one University of Bradford student, Michael Hebda, college has provided him with the resources needed to bring a new type of desktop 3-D printer into reality.
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Better welding with silicon laser mirrors
optics.org
Silicon micromirrors can guide laser beams at extremely high speeds, allowing operators to dose heat into workpieces with absolute precision. But to date these mirrors have not been robust enough to be used for laser cutting and welding. Now a team from two Fraunhofer institutes has developed durable mirrors that operate fast enough to perform challenging cutting and welding tasks.
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Amarillo (Texas) College welding program to offer speedier certification
KFDA-TV
A new program at Amarillo (Texas) College will mean major changes for some students. It used to take two years, but with a new accelerated welding program at Amarillo College, future welders can be in and out in six months. "Instead of 2 years of your life, by Christmas a person could get out and get an entry-level job," says instructor Larrie Black.
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Technical college hosts 7th welding boot camp for Wisconsin prisoners
KQDS-TV
Instructors at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Superior campus have spent recent weeks teaming with the Department of Corrections to teach inmates valuable job skills. June 5 marked the conclusion of the seventh welding boot camp at the Superior campus. The most recent boot camp was made up of 14 individuals who are either currently incarcerated or on probation or parole.
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Getting to know a welding instructor
Times Bulletin Media
For Vantage Vocational instructor Brent Wright of Van Wert, Ohio, this year has been a unique experience in realizing the importance of the lessons he is teaching beyond his Vantage Vocational welding class. Instructionally, Wright has seen the most successful year he has experienced since he started teaching welding at Vantage over a decade ago. Several of his students successfully passed welding skill tests that are more difficult than many professionals' tests.
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