Welding

Your Ultimate Guide to Every Different Type of Welding

Welding has come a long way since humankind first discovered how to use heat to fuse metals back in 3,000 BC. Today, several welding types are put to use in many different industries and applications. Welding involves the application of high heat and pressure, along with a filler metal, to create a weld pool between […]

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Here’s Why Preheating Is Done Before Welding—And Why It Matters

Welder beware: Defects are going to happen. All welders want to produce a quality product, but mistakes are bound to be made. No one enjoys a successful, lifelong welding career without a few blunders. Even so, preheating can be your saving grace in many cases. The short story about preheating is, it’s an extra step […]

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3 Welding Industry Trends You Need to Be Aware Of

Every industry changes a lot, month over month, year over year. Part of any industry professional’s job is keeping up with those trends—and yes, that includes welding. Welding, in fact, experience a lot of new technological innovations, and 2018 is shaping up to be another year of big, big changes. These three new developments mean […]

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What Is Oxy-Fuel Cutting in Welding? An Introduction

You know those awesome sparks and you see in basically every welding picture and video ever? This process is more than just a flashy display of skill and equipment. It has an actual name: oxy-fuel cutting. It has widespread applications in the field and on construction sites.[1] But how does it happen? How can you […]

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What Are Welding Discontinuities?

Every product that is welded has to meet the codes and standards for strength, quality and reliability. So why do some welds fail? The truth is that all welds have flaws, or discontinuities, but some have so many that they fail quality assurance tests and are ultimately considered. Welding discontinuities should be taken seriously because […]

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Discover the Wide World of Welding

Did you know welding has been around for thousands of years? That’s right! Welding has played a huge role in human innovation since 3000 BC. Today, welding is part of the process of making almost everything we use in everyday life. The cars we drive, the buildings we live and work in and even the […]

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Introduction to Welding Aluminum

Aluminum has many desirable qualities: it’s lightweight yet highly durable and resistant to corrosion. The metal is also an excellent conductor of electricity. These characteristics make aluminum a great choice for a wide range of applications in the aerospace, automotive, and other manufacturing industries. Current welding students could very well work with the metal after […]

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Understanding Welding Current and Polarity

Welding is a hands-on job, but welders still have to have a fair amount of technical knowledge. One of the terms you will hear in class and in the shop a lot is “welding current.” You will see that welding machines and electrodes are labeled AC or DC, which describe the polarity of the welding […]

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MIG Welder Setup Considerations

Proper arc welding equipment setup is one of the first things students learn in welding training. Since metal inert gas (MIG) welding is one of the first welding processes students are generally introduced to, they often receive instruction in setting up the machine. Following are some important considerations for working with a MIG welder. How […]

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Which Type of Welding Is Best for Stainless Steel?

We love stainless steel. The way it shines back at us on our refrigerators or on a car is so aesthetically pleasing, 45.8 million metrics tons of stainless steel were produced worldwide in 2016. It’s great for the long haul too. It can adapt its corrosion resistance, strength and workability, depending on what metal alloy […]

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