A Guide to The Different Types of Welding
Working with metal can be an impressive skill. Welding requires highly-skilled professionals, who are in constant demand. This skill requires a lot of experience and guidance from professionals within the business. Welding, in all of its forms, simply means the conjoining of two metals and there are many different ways of achieving this. Let us explore the different types of welding that are available within the industry.
MIG welding is a simple method of welding in comparison to others and tends to be the most favoured type for beginners to learn. Mig welding is commonly split into two main types of welding: Type 1, being ‘bare wire’ which requires thin pieces of metal being joined together; and type 2, which is known as flux core and can be used outdoors, for hobby welders and DIY enthusiasts. The advantages that come with this particular type of method are that it’s an easy process to learn, there is almost no clean-up and the process is easily automated.
Stick welding, also known as ‘SMAW’ (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) is one of the most commonly used types of welding. The process requires using an electrode and an electric current to join a variety of different metals together. The process is one of the earliest and popular methods and still used preferably today. There are many advantages of this method, such as the inexpensive equipment needed, it doesn’t require external shielding which saves money, it can be carried out regardless of the weather and it is simple to change electrodes for different metals.
The term ‘tig welding’ is another name for ‘gas tungsten arc welding’, which the aircraft industry created it to weld together magnesium. The process is used for more metals than any other type of process. A variety of industries rely on Tig welding, but it is mainly used for the construction of aircraft in the aerospace industry. Advantages include how exceptionally precise the tools are and the intricate detail you can create to a piece of work when using this particular method. It is a cleaner method and a higher-quality technique in comparison to other types of welding there are.
Gas welding is a method that is no longer used as much as it was due to there being more efficient options available. The process consists of welding together thick sections of stainless steel with the help of oxygen and acetylene. Non-ferrous metals can be a more commonly used method. However, with that in mind, this process is more complicated and time-consuming in comparison to others out there.
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