WeldingChamps – The Welding Magazine
At WeldingChamps we love welding. We’ve been welding for years, and have always had a passion for it. On our blog you will find sneaky tips and tricks when welding, and you will also find buying guides. So if you’re looking for a new TIG welder, Plasma cutter, MIG welder, or whatever, then you’ve found the right place.
The History of Welding
Middle Ages The history of welding can be traced back to the olden days. It is believed to have started during the Bronze Age when small, circular gold boxes were made through pressure welding lap joints together. These boxes were estimated to exist for more than 2,000 years already. Then came the Iron Age, when Egyptians and the eastern Mediterranean people learned to weld ir [...]
There’s a Welding Championship – Watch These!
Who knew a welding championship exists? Check out these links and be amazed! If you’re in the United States or in any of their territories and you’re a great welder, you can join the annual SkillsUSA’s National Welding Competition. This three-day competition begins with a meeting between the advisers and the students with the contest chairman explaining what will [...]
How Hot Does a Plasma Cutter Actually Get?
Plasma cutters can efficiently cut materials, whether they’re thin or thick. A handheld torch can sever steel plate up to two inches in thickness. Bigger torches which are controlled by a computer can cut steel up to six inches thick. Using plasma cutters is recommended when you want to cut metals in an angled or in a curved shape. Plasma cutting uses high frequency, [...]
How to Arc Weld Like a Pro
Prepare your tools. Before you start, make sure you have everything you need to start welding. That means you gather your protective gear, welding machine, chipping hammer, cables, electrodes, clamps, and of course, the metal you wish to weld. Prep a safe place. Make sure you have a table made of non-flammable material such as steel. Be sure it’s thick enough a [...]
TIG vs. MIG Welders: What’s The Difference?
Some say TIG welding is harder than MIG welding. Actually, that is true. But why do you have to know the difference? Knowing the difference will help you decide on which type of welder is perfect for the job. Of course, aside from the type of welding, you also have to consider the location, deadline of the project, budget, and the weld precision needed. So what's [...]
7 Steps to Weld Aluminum Like a Pro
New to welding aluminum? No worries. We’ve got you covered. Simply follow these instructions and you’ll come up with aluminum welded like a pro! Wear protective gear. Your gloves should be thicker when welding aluminum because additional heat will be involved. This is because aluminum needs more heat than steel. Fix the flow of your shielding gas. Set it t [...]
8 Steps to Weld Cast Iron Like a Pro
Preheat the iron before getting to work. Heat the iron to 500 to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. This will prep the iron. However, preheating is just one option. You can also cool it before welding. When you preheat, the cooling rate of your weld and its surrounding will be slow. When you preheat, be sure to not go beyond 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit. Do this step slowly and care [...]
6 Steps to Weld Plastic Like a Pro
Identify the type of plastic you're going to weld. Some plastics like polypropylene (used in car bumpers) can be welded only with a polypropylene rod. This is why you need to know what type of plastic you're dealing with. Usually, they're labeled with identification codes. If they aren't, however, you'll need to perform a welding test. The easiest and fastest method is [...]
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