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TIG welding, or tungsten inert gas welding, is a true art form of combining metals together. TIG welds are very fine and delicate, so they take more time and expertise than wire-fed MIG welding. The process is extremely rewarding for several reasons.
Why Learn TIG Welding?
TIG welding can be used on the largest amount of metals and metal alloys, more than any other welding process. You can TIG weld on stainless steel, steel, aluminum, nickel alloys, copper, brass, bronze, magnesium, and even gold. TIG welding is used for bicycle frames, toolboxes, wagons, fenders on vehicles, door handles, and even lawn mowers, as well as artwork.
A TIG welder allows you to make clean welds while controlling the heat input by pressing on a foot pedal. Adjusting the heating or cooling of the weld puddle gives you the precise welding bead control. TIG welders are easy to set up and available in different amounts of power for heavy pipes and metals or lighter metals.
This type of weld has several big positives:
- There are no sparks or spatters as long as your material is clean and dry.
- You leave no flux or slag behind that you would need to clean up after the weld is made.
- There is no smoke or stinky fumes when you are TIG welding, unless your materials have oil, grease, paint, zinc, or lead on them.
Another advantage to TIG welding is that you use Argon gas as your shielding gas for every single application of a weld, no matter which metal or alloy you are welding on. Argon works well for all thicknesses of materials too.
You can make TIG welds in any position necessary for your project. You can flat weld, vertical weld, horizontal weld, and even overhead weld with a TIG welder. This makes the TIG process perfect for when you are inside a confined area, such as a pressure vessel or cage.
Land The Best Jobs
Learning the fine art of TIG welding and the benefits of precise bead control can promote your welding career. You'll be able to land the largest variety of jobs in the welding field since you can work with the most kinds of metals and alloys!
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