If you’re new to the world of welding, or you just want more information about how arc welding works, you’re in the right place.
Understanding the Basics of Arc Welding
Arc welding is not the only type of welding. In torch welding, for example, a high-powered torch is used to melt the workpiece and a metal welding rod to join the metals together. But this is a relatively uncommon type of welding technology today.
However, arc welding is, by far, the most common type of welding, so that’s what we’ll talk about in this guide. The basics are simple. Arc welding technology uses a high-powered electrical “arc” to melt a metal workpiece that’s grounded to the welding machine, and an electrode that’s also attached to the welding machine.
Electrical arcing occurs when electric current “jumps” and flows through the air between two conductors. In this case, that’s the metal workpiece and the electrode, both of which have a strong electrical current fed to them through the welding machine.
This arc heats the metal to an extremely high temperature, melting both the electrode and the metal it’s touching, creating a weld pool that allows the two metals to be joined. Let’s take a deeper look at this process and how an arc welding machine works now.
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