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.

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How to build a metal cube

January 13, 2014

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Scott Behr, founder and fabricator at Total Metal Resource Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y., usually gets a pretty enthusiastic response when he tells people what he does for a living. With the upstart of his Metal Shop Fantasy Camp, he can now share tiny parts of his job with people who might otherwise never get an opportunity to try their hand at metalworking.

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Where the best welders go, and why

January 13, 2014

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Why aren’t wages rising for welders even though companies say they can’t find skilled welders? Why is welding still one of the most difficult skills for fabricators to hire? What can fabricators do to find the best welding talent?

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Putting a wrap on Schweissen & Schneiden

January 2, 2014

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Schweissen & Schneiden, Europe’s premier and most comprehensive welding and cutting tradeshow, had plenty of technology and innovation. Twelve exhibition halls housed more than 1,000 exhibiting companies from more than 40 countries. Roughly 55,000 attendees from 130 countries made their way through the aisles during the six-day event, where they were able to view the latest advances in welding and cutting technology, hand tools, safety gear, consumables, and other equipment.

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The continuing saga of one man’s welding career

December 10, 2013

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So, I’m half-awake and realize it’s Saturday, and I can sleep in. Then my toes start cramping, and I’m not about to let them wake me. So I start relaxing mentally while physically bending them back and forth, and then nod off. I guess my sleeping brain forgot to tell my toes I...

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Stainless steel gates blend security, aesthetics - TheFabricator.com

Stainless steel gates blend security, aesthetics

December 6, 2013

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When a well-known architect was hired to design student housing complex at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), she teamed up with Lisa Schirmer and a fabricator to develop a fence-and-gate system that would look good, invoke local flora, and provide security for the residents. The result is part fence, part art.

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Tackling thin aluminum with GTAW for the first time - TheFabricator.com

Tackling thin aluminum with GTAW for the first time

December 5, 2013

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A welder tackling gas tungsten arc welding of thin aluminum for the first time might find it more difficult, but in reality, it's just different from the gas metal arc welding that he or she originally learned. Following these guidelines can help the welder make a smooth transition into thin aluminum welding.

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Lowering the learning curve

November 27, 2013

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A Pennsylvania crane fabricator relies on virtual weld training to kick-start weld training for new hires.

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Switching from SMAW to self-shielded FCAW? - TheFabricator.com

Switching from SMAW to self-shielded FCAW?

November 18, 2013

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If you are considering making the change to self-shielded FCAW from SMAW, remember to consider the proactive measures you’ll need to take to make that transition successful. It’s important to have a solid understanding of the characteristics and operating requirements of the new filler metal being used to weld successfully with it.

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Using GMAW-P with aluminum and stainless steel

November 5, 2013

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Welding aluminum and stainless steel can be challenging. Pulsed gas metal arc welding (GMAW-P), can help meets those challenges, while boosting productivity and reducing weld defects.

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Attractive sculptures, day or night - TheFabricator.com

Attractive sculptures, day or night

October 7, 2013

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Solar Sculptures™, which comprises an artist, a public spaces planner, and an electrical engineer, designs sculptures that use motion sensors and LEDs to come alive at night.

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What does a certified welding inspector do in a small, mostly rural state?

September 24, 2013

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Welding inspectors in some small, mostly rural areas don’t lack for exciting, challenging work. Their inspections often are just as critical as those in more congested, urban areas.

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Fabricator breathes new life into internal combustion engines - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator breathes new life into internal combustion engines

August 9, 2013

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An automobile enthusiast since he has a youngster, Ariel Banco started developing custom-made air intakes after he graduated from college. Eventually he had such a backlog that he quit his professional career to become a full-time fabricator, making air intakes for automobiles, motorcycles, and occasionally airplanes and personal watercraft.

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Process pipe welding: Filler metal options to improve productivity and quality

August 6, 2013

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When welding process pipe, welders need to determine which wires can provide the most appropriate results for every weld pass—root, fill, and cap—and be certain that they are selecting the highest-quality filler metal.

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The welder’s helper

August 5, 2013

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Not everyone involved in welding wields a torch. Welders’ helpers play integral parts in welding projects and sometimes command a higher salary than the welder.

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Choose wisely when welding thin sheet - TheFabricator.com

Choose wisely when welding thin sheet

August 1, 2013

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Gas metal arc welding is an effective method for joining thin-gauge materials-- from 24-gauge to 0.1875-in. carbon steel and 18-gauge to 0.1875-in. stainless steel. But extra attention should be paid to the equipment and the welding technique to minimize burn-through and distortion.

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