Category Archives: Special Materials Welding

The Best Tungsten for TIG Welding Aluminum

With all of the different TIG machines around, with some offering inverter technology and all offering varying degrees of power, it can be tough to figure out the best tungsten for TIG welding aluminum. Many welders have shared stories of 2% thoriated electrodes balling up

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How to MIG Weld Aluminum

MIG welders are extremely versatile welders that can handle a wide variety of projects. However, before you buy a spool of aluminum wire and try MIG welding aluminum, you’ll want to learn about the particular challenges and adaptations you’ll need to make before attempting to

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Tips for TIG Welding Aluminum

TIG welding aluminum can be frustrating to the uninitiated, but if you make the right preparations and work on your technique, you can join aluminum together without melting or warping the metal and without wrecking your weld in the process. While you may have the

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How to Successfully Weld Steel Pipe to Stainless Steel Pipe

Joining two pieces of dissimilar metals can be somewhat tricky; however, TIG, MIG and stick welding are all capable of successfully welding steel pipe to stainless steel pipe.  The important thing is to know which types of electrodes will produce the desired weld; for MIG

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Welding Aluminum

The process of welding aluminum requires less energy than welding other metals which typically makes it an easier metal to weld.  While this may sound good, there can also be some problems when you are required to use welding equipment that was designed to be

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Titanium Welding Tips

The process of welding titanium requires experience and knowledge in the proper welding techniques.  Using the wrong technique when welding titanium has been known to cause weld contamination and defects.  Titanium can be welded much like any other metal, with a few differences that require

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Useful Tips for Welding Inconel Alloy

Tips for Welding Inconel Inconel refers to a group of specific nickel-chromium alloys that are used in different welding processes.  Inconel is most commonly used in techniques that require a high heat tolerance.  Welding Inconel can be rather difficult because the welds that are created have

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Tips for Welding Cast Iron

Cast iron is a metal that typically contains a carbon content of between two and four percent which is much larger than that found in many common steels.  Because of the high levels of carbon, cast iron tends to be very brittle and difficult to

Welding Copper

Copper and copper-nickel alloys are commonly welded using the manual metal arc technique which uses a stick electrode that has been coated with flux.  This is a generally inexpensive welding process, but it requires using a metal inert gas which is faster and a tungsten

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Working with Kydex Thermoplastic

What is Kydex? Kydex is a thermoplastic sheet marketed for specialty applications. The manufacturers offer an extensive choice of colors and textures. About Kydex, LLC Kydex was first created in 1965 by Rohm and Haas Company. The sheet was UL listed as a fire rated