Welding Methods: Explained – Part 2
Welcome to part 2 of our welding methods: explained series! Last week, we explored the differences and similarities between stick welding and flux core welding. If you missed that post, head back to take a look at what we learned about these two methods! This week, we’re exploring a few types of welding methods that are better suited for those who are ready to take their skills to the next level. Let’s get started!
If you’re familiar with the world of welding, you’ve likely heard of MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding already! There’s a reason for this. This type of welding has a wide range of applications and can produce a clean and structurally stable weld. While both stick welding and flux core welding work very well, they leave behind a coating on their work that is produced by utilizing flux. This coating is called Slag and most of it can be removed, but why not avoid it altogether by learning to MIG weld! Similar to Flux Core Welding, MIG welding machines contain a spool of wire which is fed out through the tip of the welding gun. However, instead of feeding out on its own, in MIG welding, it is fed out of a nozzle that is hooked up to welding gas, which shields the metal as it is being welded. MIG welding is a good choice for anything from very thin metals to thicker materials and produces a professional-looking weld without creating slag! Keep in mind, with this type of welding, it’s a little more of an investment upfront to purchase the equipment and the gas cylinder but it’s a good route to take for professionals who are looking to produce quality welds!
The final type of welding we’ll discuss today is TIG welding, or Tungsten Inert Gas. Again, TIG is similar to MIG in that you have gas feeding through your welding gun to protect the weld pool. However, instead of metal also feeding through your gun, you have a piece of Tungsten at the tip of your gun and hold a filler metal in your other hand. This method of welding can be incredibly precise because of the stationary piece of tungsten. While its precision is enviable, this method is also the hardest to learn. But, if you can get some good practice and build up your skills, TIG welding is a great option for any professional! Be ready to spend a little more upfront on the machines required for this work, but in our opinion, it pays off really well!
We hope this in-depth look at techniques has helped you get a firm grasp on some of the ways of welding. If you’re ready to get started and wondering how, come into Sidney Lee Welding Supply for expert help and quality equipment unmatched in the greater Atlanta area!