In its most basic form, welding has been a resource we’ve used for thousands of years. Early forgers practiced a rudimentary form of joint control by heating metals and hammering them together to create a bond.
Arc welding began in the late 1800s. Sir Humphry Davy demonstrated the concept of electric arc welding. Nikolai Benardos and Stanislaw Olszewski would add a carbon electrode to the process.
By the early 1900s, the development of oxyacetylene welding allowed for higher temperatures and more versatile applications.
Today, the most common options for fabrication and welding work are MIG, TIG, and stick.
Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding is an efficient and versatile option for fabrication. The equipment is relatively easy to learn, making it suitable for beginners or experts on virtually any scale.
It works by feeding a continuous wire electrode through the welding gun, simplifying the work needed.
MIG welding is well-suited for welding thin-gauge materials because it gives you more control over the heat input. You’re less likely to burn through the metal.
Using shielding gas in MIG welding protects the molten metal from atmospheric contamination, resulting in cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing welds.
Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding is often used when critical joints are necessary. Some applications must have high-quality welds to create a successful result, which an experienced user can achieve with this choice.
When choosing TIG welding, you’re opting for precision and control. You have more control over your parameters, which makes it suitable for intricate projects. It uses a non-consumable electrode and a filler metal to deliver precise manipulation opportunities of the weld pool.
It can join numerous metals, including stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, copper, titanium, and many alloys.
Unlike MIG welding, TIG welding does not produce spatter.
Stick welding, or Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), doesn’t require a constant supply of shielding gas like TIG or MIG welding. That makes it the ideal solution for outdoor or remote welding projects with limited access to electricity or gas cylinders.
With this method, you can weld in virtually any position, including flat, vertical, horizontal, and overhead. That makes working on complex configurations or places where a challenging job exists easier.
Stick welding is well-suited for thicker materials, making it a preferred method for heavy-duty structural projects and construction. It can handle high amperage levels, making it practical for thicker welds.
It is also more affordable than other welding options, especially with its self-shielding properties.
At Atlantic Fabricating Company, our skilled team can take on your next project using MIG, TIG, or stick techniques. We work primarily with mild or stainless steel and aluminum.
You’ll discover we deliver exceptional services and excellent craftsmanship, whether your need is a minor repair or a massive construction project.
Let us inspire your next welding project with our passion, dedication, and expertise! You deserve high-quality results, which is why we’ll use the most appropriate choice so that the outcomes exceed your expectations.