Understanding basic welding terms can better enable metal fabrication and machine shop owners and equipment buyers to select the best machines for their needs. It is not uncommon for the person controlling the capital resources to not know much about welding.
Sure, they might know you ignite a torch of some type and then go about welding together different types of metals. Yet, this is just one type of welding process. You could easily use other types of welding processes at your shop. To help you better understand welding and the various processes used, the following are some of the more commonly used terms you should know.
- Arc Welding: This is one of the more common processes used to weld materials together. It involves using an electric arc and welding along the seams. Filler materials may or may not be required.
- Filler Materials: The materials that will be used to secure two or more pieces together to create the weld.
- Arc Cutting: This type of welding is where the metal is cut using an electric arc.
- Carbon Arc Welding: A carbon arc is used to weld and fuse materials together.
- Bare Metal Arc Welding: The materials are fused together by producing heat between the base metals and often includes using some form of filler material.
- Pressure Welding: Pressure is applied to the metal to fuse them together.
- Cutting Torch: The part of the welding machine that is used to cut metals and helps regulate the gases used to generate the heat required to cut the metal.
- Tempering: This process is where the metal is heated, cooled, and reheated to help make it stronger.
- Welding Torch: The part of the welding machine that is used to weld and fuse meals together. It also helps regulate the gases used to generate the heat required to weld metals together.
- Bond: This term refers to the joint created when welding materials together and is the part of the finished piece where the base metals and filler materials connect.
- Nonferrous Metals: These types of metals are those that are iron-free, such as copper, aluminum, titanium, and so on.
- Base Metals: The primary metals you want to cut or weld together.
- Ferrous Metals: These types of metals are those that contain some level of iron in their composition, such as steel.
- Metal Alloys: These metals are those that are a mixture of metal and other elements, such as bronze or brass.
- Gas Welding: This type of welding is where gas is used to create the flame require to generate the required heat to perform welding processes.
Please keep in mind, this is just a small sample of the wide array of terms used in welding, and there are numerous others you may want to learn.
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