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Why manufacturing will resemble the music industry
Bloomberg Businessweek
Ask a large manufacturer about 3-D manufacturing, and it’ll say the technique is sure to be a big thing, but for now it’s sticking with what made it large in the first place: standardization, process optimization, and mass production. Henry Ford would feel right at home. Not for long. Three-dimensional printing is moving fast beyond its current territory — planning, prototyping, engineering, and tooling. It is already becoming familiar in custom categories, such as medical implants built on the digital blueprint of an X-ray or CAT scan. But 3-D printing will do much more than expand the universe of custom-made products; it will transform and change our understanding of what a manufacturer is.
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Why 'Made in the USA' is still a viable model for some
DC-area manufacturers

The Washington Post
It’s been one of the most consequential changes to the U.S. labor market over the last several decades: Manufacturing jobs have disappeared as assembly lines have become increasingly automated and as companies find it is cheaper to make their goods overseas. In 2003, nearly 15 million Americans were employed in manufacturing jobs, but that number had dipped below 12 million by 2013. But despite the losses, there are still nearly 50,000 people employed in the Washington, D.C, area in manufacturing jobs, a sign that some companies in the sector are still finding reasons to make their products stateside.
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New York City's MTA reaches out to US steel companies — after going with Chinese firms
New York Daily News
The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants to build a bridge to the U.S. steel industry — even as it builds a bridge with Chinese metal. The transportation agency, under fire for buying steel from China as part of its four-year, $235 million Verrazano Bridge project, has agreed to meet with U.S. industry officials in Manhattan in the coming days to discuss the future. Roughly $34 million of the reconstruction budget will go to companies in China, which subsidizes steel manufacturers and allows them to undercut U.S. firms.
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Study lauds Minnesota for innovation in manufacturing
The Associated Press via Minnesota Public Radio
A recent Ball State University study gave Minnesota high marks for innovation and productivity in manufacturing, but far less praise for its tax policy. Michael Hicks, an economics professor at the school, conducted the analysis. The 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card gave a state-by-state analysis of manufacturing climates.
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WorldSkills shows off the best in young skilled trade talent
National Post
Recently, Mike Holmes was in Leipzig, Germany, for WorldSkills 2013. It’s an international competition that involves over 40 different trades — everything from auto body repair, bricklaying and welding to restaurant service, Web design and floristry. It’s basically the Olympics of skilled trades. And what he saw blew him away. The kids that go to the competition have an unbelievable drive. Imagine: Over 1,000 competitors — mostly under 25 — from all over the world, pushing nonstop for four days straight. The focus and determination they have is something that everyone needs to see.
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Grappling for craftsmen, Ingalls attracts welders, shipfitters to new
training program

The Mississippi Press
Ingalls Shipbuilding just can't seem to get enough workers. The Pascagoula, Miss., yard has an already healthy apprentice program, which will grow once a $20 million maritime training academy is completed this summer. But the company has also implemented another workforce training initiative to help fill the demand for craft jobs. In late November, the company — with the help of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and some funding from the Mississippi Development Authority — started a welding-specific training program that holds 100 students.
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Mercer County, Pa., student welding program forges opportunity
Keystone Edge
Amid a sonic assault that is the backdrop of heavy industry, 18-year-old Tom Phillips fixes a visitor with a look of confidence beyond his years and speaks up for himself in a voice that cuts through the pneumatic rush of compressed air, the staccato of grinders pluming orange sparks, and the sound of a metal press chunking steel like cold butter. “That’s my weld,” says Phillips loud over the din, nodding toward a classmate running a milling machine inside yellow safety lines painted on the floor of the Mercer County (Pa.) Career Center, not quite two miles from the courthouse square of Mercer proper, county seat of this rural, northwestern edge of the commonwealth.
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Houston-area community college expands welding facility
Houston Chronicle
The Alvin (Texas) Community College welding program opened a new equipped classroom facility during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 27. The facility includes new workstations with gas metal arc welding machines.The ACC Welding Department purchased four Dial ARC 250 machines for the new shop.
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Welding tools essential to building the world's largest rocket
NASA via Scientific Computing
A wrench and hammer might be good for some building projects, but the nuts and bolts found in a standard garage toolbox definitely wouldn't hit the nail on the head when it comes to constructing a 321-foot, 5.5 million-pound rocket. Six substantial welding tools will be used to handle assembly of the new cryogenic core stage on the massive Space Launch System. Suppliers worked with NASA and The Boeing Company of Huntsville, Ala., over the course of a year to design and build the tools. Boeing is the prime contractor for the SLS Core Stage, including avionics.
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    High-tech jobs that don't require a college degree (24/7 Wall St. via USA Today)
Ford's F3T manufacturing tech makes prototyping more rapid (ExtremeTech)
Innovations in friction welding: Improving production, driving quality and cost-effective solutions (AZoM)
Everybody has a story: Young welder applies skill to art, career (The Press of Atlantic City)
American Welding Online launches CWI exam preparation (AWS)
US manufacturing is still weak, but it's better than China's (Bloomberg Businessweek)

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Laser tracking equipment manufactured by Meta Vision Systems is being integrated into the latest generation of friction stir welding machines built by PTG Heavy Industries at its Elland factory in West Yorkshire, England. As a result, the internationally successful Powerstir FSW machine range may now be controlled automatically, without the need for accurate fixtures.
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Website makes design of weld fixtures efficient for manufacturers
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On July 1, Rentapen Inc. introduced four new RAPid Blocks to their free Web app which features an exclusive line of weld-tooling components, known as RAPid Tooling Components. Rentapen Inc. has been helping manufacturers, specifically CAD Drafters and Machine Design Engineers, with its weld fixture designs. Rentapen Inc. is constantly adding to their RTC line in response to its customers’ need for weld fixtures fast.
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Exxon: Report finds outdated welding caused Arkansas pipeline rupture
The Wall Street Journal
An independent report found that a rupture in an Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline that spilled thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower, Ark., earlier this year was caused by defects tied to when the pipe was built in the 1940s, the company said. An independent metallurgical laboratory looked at the section of the pipe that ripped open in March, spilling an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil into a residential neighborhood in the small town about 25 miles from Little Rock. Exxon recently said it is reviewing the results of that assessment, which were provided to the company and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on July 10.
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How Fremont, Calif., is turning itself into a magnet for manufacturers
Manufacturers' Monthly
The Californian city of Fremont seems to be benefiting from an effort to attract intelligent manufacturers. Mayor Bill Harrison told Brent Balinski a little about Warm Springs, Fremont’s innovation hub.
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Why manufacturing will resemble the music industry
Bloomberg Businessweek
Ask a large manufacturer about 3-D manufacturing, and it’ll say the technique is sure to be a big thing, but for now it’s sticking with what made it large in the first place: standardization, process optimization, and mass production. Henry Ford would feel right at home. Not for long.

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American Welding Online launches CWI exam preparation
AWS
The American Welding Society's online welding learning center – American Welding Online has launched a new Certified Welding Inspector Pre-Seminar course which will allow participants to better prepare for taking the CWI examination.

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High-tech jobs that don't require a college degree
24/7 Wall St. via USA Today
When people think of high-tech jobs, they typically think of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and Ivy League Ph.D.s. But according to a new definition of STEM jobs — those requiring skills in science, technology, engineering or math — half of all high-tech positions are held by employees without a bachelor's degree.

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95-year-old woman had 'man's job' on welding team during World War II
The Gadsden Times
Zaddie Johnson is no stranger to hard work. She and her family were sharecroppers in the '20s and '30s, and she worked alongside her brothers and sisters on the farms. “Girls had to work like men,” the 95-year-old Tidmore Bend, Ala, woman said. “We picked cotton, hoed cotton, hauled hay ...” That work ethic served her well during World War II, when she was part of an all-female welding crew at the shipyard in Mobile, Ala.
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Manufacturing in New York area expands more than forecast
Bloomberg
Manufacturing in the New York region expanded in July at the fastest pace in five months as the area’s factory activity stabilized amid a slowdown in growth. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s general economic index climbed to 9.5, the highest since February, from 7.8 in June. Readings greater than zero signal expansion in New York, northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut. The median projection in a Bloomberg survey of 50 economists called for a reading of 5.
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