February 15, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson
Steve Appel of Prescott, Ariz., has been making his bolt people full time for the last 23 years. The variety of requests and the kick he gets out of people’s reactions have turned this one-time hobby into an enjoyable career.
February 5, 2013 | By Andrew Pfaller
Wondering if it’s time to transition from a transformer-style gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) power source to an inverter-based machine? What are the differences between the two, and what can you expect if you switch?
January 14, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson
Three weld instructors from across the country share their classroom tips and tricks for helping welders tackle vertical-up and overhead SMAW.
January 7, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson
A careful examination of metal artist Dave Regier’s work reveals a seamless melding of abstract and realism.
November 14, 2012 | By Marty Rice
In this, his last TIG article, ever, welding instructor Marty Rice offers some advice for the home hobbyist about buying equipment and shielding gas.
November 5, 2012 | By Randy Dull
Shielding gases do more than just protect the weld from atmospheric contamination. The gas and gas blends you use also influence the weld profile and the weld bead shape. Also, for an arc to occur in gas metal arc welding (GMAW), an ionized gas must be present to carry the charge.
November 5, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson
When he’s not TIG welding at his “normal” job, career welder and metal artist Roger King uses his skills with a TIG torch to create metal sculptures.
November 2, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson
Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis earlier this year featured athletic prowess and classic gridiron toughness with a little speed and finesse. But also on display outside the stadium throughout the heart of downtown was a combination of strength and artistic flair that only a metal art sculpture can provide.
October 23, 2012 | By Dan Davis
A truly remote-controlled foot pedal for TIG welding sounds like the perfect tool for job site fabricators, but welders that work in a small cell are also finding advantages associated with cutting the welding control cord.
September 10, 2012 | By John Glessman
Portable calibration units allow you to perform quality assurance maintenance themselves by calibrating critical welding variables on-site. These remote servicing capabilities bring support closer to the jobsite, improving the uptime and functionality of the power supply and eliminating the need to send it off-site for calibration.
September 10, 2012 | By Jason Ladd
The concepts of positioning are the same for all weldments, large or small. A properly positioned weldment, regardless of the size, reduces welder fatigue, increases safety, improves weld quality, and saves on production floor space.
August 3, 2012 | By Eric Lundin
After working for a few years making leather belts and belt buckles, Anthony “AJ” Patti moved on to designing and manufacturing leather goods for Harley-Davidson, then went on to pewter casting to make jewelry for the venerable motorcycle manufacturer. An artist always striving for efficiency and mass production, Patti’s latest venture is making sculptures and adornments for gardens.
Welding novices might be confused by terminology commonly used by fellow welders but not found in standard glossaries. This article defines some of these terms used in shielded metal arc welding.
July 23, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson
Author Frank Marlow recently sat down with Practical Welding Today® to discuss his new book, which was released in March.
July 16, 2012 | By Phil Evans
The major cause of a crack is when internal stresses exceed the strength of the weld metal, the base metal, or both. Knowing the basics behind why cracks happen, a welder can prevent those cracks from occurring in the first place.