Top 3 Types of Welding

The 3 types of welding are tungsten inert gas (TIG), stick, and metal inset gas (MIG)

Welding is used in a variety of industries to join two or more pieces of metal together. To create a strong join between the pieces of metal, a filler material is melted down where the metals meet. While a variety of welding processes exist, the top 3 types of welding are tungsten inert gas (TIG), stick, and metal inset gas (MIG). All three of these welding processes can be completed in any position.

TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) Welding

When working in confined spaces, TIG welding is the best and safest choice since it does not produce any harmful fumes or smoke. The argon gas utilized in TIG welding can be used on many materials of construction and provides incredibly high-quality finishes. TIG welding does require additional experience and skills since only certain fillers can be used. Additionally, the torch must be operated at the correct angle in order to keep the weld-pool uniform.

Stick Welding

The most common and simplest welding method, stick welding gets its name from the electrode that melts and welds metal pieces together. Stick welding produces a gas shield during the welding process that inevitably creates slag, deoxidizers, and alloy. Slag must be chipped off once the welding process is complete. Slag is the term for the hard, round balls of molten metal that form on the surface. While stick welding is inexpensive, the results look rough around the edges. No additional supplies are required since the electrode has its own flux.

MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welding

While MIG welding is designed primarily for low draft indoor spaces, it can be completed outdoors when a windshield is used. MIG welding produces gas shielding that cannot be displaced during the process. Limited to aluminum, stainless steel, and mild steel, MIG welding utilizes solid-steel wire that melts into the weld puddle to join metal pieces together. The wire is fed through a MIG “gun” and melted by the electronically charged tip. This is considered an easy to learn welding process.

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