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Industrial Welding Specifications: Does MIG or TIG Fit Your Design?

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No one welding method fits all jobs. When you need a sheet metal fabrication that can shape common metals, such as stainless steel or aluminum, or you want to meld metal together for a variety of projects (from furniture to sculptures), MIG welding and TIG welding are viable design options.

But it's important to know the difference between both forms of welding to ensure you're choosing the technique that creates the preferred look for your project. Here's what you need to know:

MIG vs. TIG Welding

MIG Welding

If you want a welding design with a smooth finish, opt to use a metal inert gas, or MIG, machine.

MIG welding is a form of arc welding. The process involves the utilization of gases outside of the metal, such as carbon dioxide and argon, to surround a solid-core wire. This process helps to block contamination of the metal so it has a clean look.

An MIG machine is instrumental in producing slag-free metal, and it works great on stainless steel or aluminum. So, it is ideal for projects that involve common metals, like a stainless steel kitchen cart.

TIG Welding

When you need a design that can handle joining two different metals, TIG welding is the option to choose.

TIG, or tungsten inert gas, welding is a form of arc welding that consists of the use of a TIG machine. TIG machine welders join metal pieces by striking the arcs of the metal pieces with the TIG machine's nonconsumable tungsten electrode. This action helps to produce a molten puddle that welders fill with a separate filler rod to create an arc and join the metals.

The heat from the electrical currents helps the metal pieces to hold together permanently, which means that this form of welding facilitates long-lasting wear.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right welding design is simple when you enlist the help of welding professionals with the expertise and experience to get the job done right.

Many sheet metal fabrication companies offers a variety of capabilities, including both TIG and MIG welding. The best ones will work with your welding project from start to finish, making sure your design is executed exactly how you wanted!


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