Just like anything else, welding comes in all different shapes and sizes. While there are many different ways you could go about welding, there are three more common types that would be good to know in the long run. The three most common welding types are – Arc, MIG and TIG welding. Let’s take a closer look and discuss some similarities and differences between them.
Arc welding also referred to as stick welding is the oldest of the three and probably the most cost efficient. This task is easy to perform because there are fewer materials, equipment and energy being used. However, this practice still requires skilled workers to be done correctly. Overall, arc welding can easily produce consistent, sturdy welds on thicker materials with lots of practice.
MIG welding, metal inert gas, or GMAW welding, uses a thin wire as an electrode to carry out the welding tasks. This welding process includes the thin wire being fed through the welding instrument, further being heated as it travels through to the welding site. This is a more expensive route and requires a bit more equipment, but it still produces consistent and accurate welds.
TIG welding, or tungsten inert gas welding, produces the highest quality welds out of the three methods and is the most versatile process. This type of welding is commonly used for larger, more complex projects that typically require more control. While this welding process produces excellent results, it requires a lot more training and takes more time to master, rather than actually preforming the task. Don’t let that turn you away though – the end product makes it all worth it!
Which type of welding is right for you?
Determining the best welding process all comes down to the project and the end results that you are trying to achieve. One process may favor a certain type of metal, while another may require too much time for your specific job. At nexAir, we are here to provide our customers with our expert industry KnowHow – especially when it comes to welding. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions you may have. As always, we are rooting for you and are here to help you Forge Forward in all of the projects that you take on. Thank you for choosing nexAir as your gas and information provider!
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