Arc Welding Articles

The arc welding technology area focuses on the most commonly used arc welding processes, mainly GMAW/MIG, GTAW/TIG, SMAW/stick, and plasma. The articles and press releases cover processes and power sources, plus all of the related items—electrodes and wire, wire feeders, fixtures, manipulators, positioners, and power sources. If you need information on personal protective gear, ventilation systems, and safety practices for welders, see our Safety coverage area.

Filter Content

Larger-than-life objects equal memorable sculptures

March 8, 2005

By:

Almost every artist blacksmith learns to make small animal heads from rods and often hammers petal-like shapes into flowers. But some 'smiths go far beyond these exercises and make items that are so much larger than life that they fall into the category of expressive sculpture.

Continue Reading

10 frequently asked GTAW questions

February 8, 2005

By:

Experienced welders know that without the right information, it's easy to sacrifice quality, lose time, and generally become frustrated with gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). And while there is merit in learning by trial and error, if you want to move toward precision GTAW, getting answers to 10...

Continue Reading

More about MIG welding

January 11, 2005

By:

Editor's Note: This article is a companion piece to Marty Rice's article MIG welding—The basics and then some. My first time using MIG (also called gas metal arc welding, GMAW) in the field was working on four stainless steel hoppers (tanks) at an Owens Corning plant. X-rays of the hoppers'...

Continue Reading

Optimize your plasma performance

January 11, 2005

By: ,

Plasma arc welding (PAW) uses plasma, a gas that has been heated to a high temperature and ionized. The plasma becomes electrically conductive, transferring an electric arc to the workpiece through a small orifice.

Continue Reading

Weld repair—Analyze the failure before attempting the repair

November 9, 2004

By:

When something breaks, you acknowledge the shock, scratch your head, take stock of the situation, and look for the fastest way to repair the item and put it back into operation. The pressure to repair quickly is understandable, but common sense suggests stopping for a moment and trying to understand what caused the break before attempting the repair.

Continue Reading

A tribute to veterans

November 9, 2004

By:

Editor's Note: The U.S. remembers its armed forces' veterans twice each year— Memorial Day in May and Veterans Day in November. In this article, Marty Rice, a reader-favorite author on thefabricator.com, pays tribute to veterans and describes how one metal sculptor chose to represent an important part of a serviceman's or — woman's life.

Continue Reading

A Great Combination

September 14, 2004

By:

Dwarfed by his largest sculpture to date, artist Gary Beals collaborated with K-zell Metals to create this piece for the University of New Mexico.The stainless steel centerpiece for a grouping of sculptures at the University of New Mexico is a first for its creators for several reasons.First, the...

Continue Reading

Not your average museum—a metal art mecca

September 14, 2004

By:

Editors Note: Bob Nichols, author of The Fire of Creation, a reader favorite on thefabricator.com, recently toured the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tenn. The following account of that tour display only a few of the many items on display at this amazing facility.Closed for exhibit...

Continue Reading

Man welding with Lincoln Electric power source.

MIG welding—The basics and then some

July 13, 2004

By:

Whether it's used in the shop, field, or the garage hobby shop, MIG is a great process.

Continue Reading

Delta repair welders aim high

July 13, 2004

By:

Pilots refer to flying experience as "seat time." For the 300-plus certified welders in Delta Air Lines' TechOps division, the term has a similar meaning. Certification is just the first step for them. Qualified GTAW welders here log plenty of seat time.Whether they maintain ground support...

Continue Reading

Welding Miniature Devices

July 13, 2004

By:

Welders have been joining miniature electromechanical devices for industrial and medical applications for more than 30 years. However, it's a subject that hasn't been featured much in papers and technical publications.The history of joining miniature devices goes back to the turn of the century in...

Continue Reading

Titanium—You can weld it!

April 6, 2004

By:

"Titanium need not be all that hard to weld!"The American Welding Society (AWS)1said it, and I agree. Well-done titanium welds look like frozen mercury: shiny and reflective. A couple of basic factors make titanium different from other metals. These unique characteristics, and a lack of...

Continue Reading

Entry arch and gates based on history use modern technologies

April 6, 2004

By:

The Santa Ysabel Ranch entry arch and gates, Paso Robles, Calif.Creating an entry gate for a new housing development doesn't sound like such a tough assignment until you toss in historical references as design constraints. Using the lore and symbolism of the Chumash Indian tribe that once settled...

Continue Reading

Metal Art Takes on the Fireplace

February 26, 2004

By:

Metal art takes on many forms, from wall hangings to picture frames to fireplace screens. Just ask Jim Truett, a district sales manager for Miller Electric Mfg. Co. by day and artist in his spare time from his Huntsville, Utah, home.

Continue Reading

The future of structural welding

January 13, 2004

By:

Like my history of welding article, this article is my small insight into the future of structural welding. Like I said before, if you are a history or English professor—and I'll add math professor to this group after my last miscalculation, pointed out by Ted Neff from Reynolds...

Continue Reading