Metal Fabrication Resources by Blackstone Advanced Technologies

Common Welding Symbols: What Engineers Want You to Understand

Feb 7, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Understanding the basic welding symbols can do wonders for your welds. They interconnect the designer with the welder. Any blueprint heavily peppers with welding symbols, and it’s vital to decipher them. Engineering and fabrication drawings may...

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Overlap Welding: What is it?

Jan 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Welding, like any other metal work process, is subject to numerous defects. Due to the complexity of the processes involved in welding, it’s possible to experience some few mishaps. Welding is an activity that involves not only the fire and metal...

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3 Most Common Weld Symbol Mistakes

Nov 8, 2019 10:00:00 AM

There is much for a welder to decipher. While there are many elements in welding, understanding common weld mistake symbols is imperative to an excellent welding experience. However, due to the massive technicality of this activity, simple...

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How To Read Basic Welding Symbols

Sep 27, 2019 12:46:51 PM

Most professions use symbols as a way to communicate instructions quickly. These symbols are quicker than either speaking or writing out the instructions on how a weld is supposed to be. While these symbols may seem to be mysterious...

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Overlap Welding Defects & 3 Ways to Stop Them

Sep 6, 2019 7:48:07 AM

Overlap occurs during a welding project when the face of the welding material left behind is larger than the opening in the metal surface. A common formal definition for overlap is welding material that protrudes beyond a weld toe or root....

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How to Prevent Lack of Fusion in Welding

Aug 30, 2019 7:06:29 AM

A common problem in welding is when fusion does not occur completely or at all between the welding surface and fusing materials. There are a number of reasons why this happens along with corresponding steps that can be taken to prevent lack of...

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Different Types of Welds

Aug 23, 2019 7:41:58 AM

Different types of welding play important roles in metal fabrication. Knowing the common types of welds makes it possible for professionals to create metal products that look remarkable and have long lifespans.

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How to Fix a Weld Distortion

Apr 5, 2019 2:53:05 PM


Metal fabrication projects using welding processes inevitably experience at least some degree of welding distortion, which results from the expansion and contraction of the weld metal and base metal during the welding process. Prevention of...

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Sheet Metal Glossary for Laser Cutting & Shearing

Feb 8, 2019 11:02:00 AM

How well do you know your sheet metal cutting and shearing terminology? Pretty well? Or could you use a refresher so you can understand what your sheet metal fabricator is trying to do and how to effectively communicate with it?

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Seam Welding Design and Fabrication Taking Center Stage

Jan 18, 2019 3:19:00 PM

Seam welding is taking off in the sheet metal fabrication industry. Large and small shops are adopting either resistance seam welding, laser seam welding, or maybe both. And even more are seeking contract welding services.


What's makes seam...

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