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Tig Welding Basics

Build It, Don’t Buy It

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Please bear with us this month. We’re not going to build anything, but we will set the groundwork for things we will build in the next several installments. This month, we discuss TIG welding basics. Since the invention of metal inert gas (MIG) welders in the '50s, tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding has become something of a boutique welding process. Because MIG welding is so easy, it became the process of choice for most automotive applications. TIG welding, which requires greater technical skill, was considered a high-end process reserved for aircraft and industrial settings and on materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, and magnesium.

Things are changing for the better. Because the price of MIG welders has dropped, so has the price of TIG welders. Enthusiasts who may have purchased a MIG welder a few years ago are now probably considering the purchase of a TIG welder because it’s more versatile and the welds are better looking. If you've got your eyes on a new TIG welder, here’s some TIG welding basics to get started.

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