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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Bottle tree boom - TheFabricator.com

Bottle tree boom

April 16, 2013

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Mississippi metal artist Stephanie Dwyer never knew she was an artist until she relocated from Washington and began building bottle trees. Today her bottle trees can be found all over the U.S., which has led to opportunities in custom metal art fabrication.

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Welding for the natural gas boom

March 19, 2013

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The natural gas boom in parts of the U.S. is creating work for shops and many displaced workers in these areas. Do you know which codes and standards apply?

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Only the clean survive - TheFabricator.com

Only the clean survive

March 1, 2013

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Titanium is favored for its extreme strength and corrosion resistance, but improper weld preparation and the introduction of oxygen and other contaminants into the weld zone can render it useless.

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Bolt people: There’s an Appel for that - TheFabricator.com

Bolt people: There’s an Appel for that

February 15, 2013

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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.

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Modern GTAW inverter-based power source

Invert the GTAW equation

February 5, 2013

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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?

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Sticking it to vertical-up, overhead SMAW - TheFabricator.com

Sticking it to vertical-up, overhead SMAW

January 14, 2013

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Three weld instructors from across the country share their classroom tips and tricks for helping welders tackle vertical-up and overhead SMAW.

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The real deal in stainless steel - TheFabricator.com

The real deal in stainless steel

January 7, 2013

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A careful examination of metal artist Dave Regier’s work reveals a seamless melding of abstract and realism.

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Tig welding

My last TIG article

November 14, 2012

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In this, his last TIG article, ever, welding instructor Marty Rice offers some advice for the home hobbyist about buying equipment and shielding gas.

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One man’s artisTIG endeavors - TheFabricator.com

One man’s artisTIG endeavors

November 5, 2012

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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.

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The blends that bind

November 5, 2012

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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.

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The Lombardi Trophy, with a “Girly” touch - TheFabricator.com

The Lombardi Trophy, with a “Girly” touch

November 2, 2012

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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.

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Cutting the GTAW remote control cord

October 23, 2012

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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.

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Calibrating goes portable - TheFabricator.com

Calibrating goes portable

September 10, 2012

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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.

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5 things welders need to know about weld positioners - TheFabricator.com

5 things welders need to know about weld positioners

September 10, 2012

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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.

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Candy-apple red isn’t just for hot rods anymore - TheFabricator.com

Candy-apple red isn’t just for hot rods anymore

August 3, 2012

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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.

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