TIG welding is one of the most versatile and reliable welding processes employed in a wide variety of applications. According to industry statistics, 40% of all manufacturing jobs require welding, and TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding is one of the most popular methods as it is clean, precise, and effiicient. From automotive fabrication to aerospace and jewelry making, TIG welding is used in a variety of industries and applications.
In this article, we will discuss the applications of TIG welding and illustrate how this process has been integral to the manufacturing process.
What’s Tig Welding?Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding is a process that uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to join two pieces of metal together. A tungsten electrode is a non-consumable type of electrode that is made of tungsten alloy which enables the weld to retain its shape when heated.
This process is also known as gas tungsten arc welding (or GTAW). TIG welding is primarily used for thin sheets of stainless steel, as it has a low thermal conductivity that makes it easier to work with.
Applications of TIG WeldingTIG welding is a highly versatile welding process that has a wide range of applications. It is especially suited for thin sheets of stainless steel, aluminum and alloys, for both manual and automatic welding.
Here, the list of few applications are :
- Automotive and Motorcycle Parts
- Aerospace Components
- Ship Building
- Boiler Making
- Medical/Dental Equipment Fabrication
- Plumbing Repair
- Ornamental MetalFabrication
- Tube and Pipe Fabrication
- Robotic Arms
- Artwork and Jewelry Design
Automotive and Motorcycle PartsTIG welding is one of the most common welding processes used in the automotive and motorcycle industry due to its capability to make precise, clean welds. It is used to weld parts with very narrow thickly and needs few steps to complete the weld. Its safe and strong versatile welds make it perfect for welding small and intricate parts.
Aerospace ComponentsTIG welding is widely used for welding aerospace components because of its ability to produce high strength and reliable welds. TIG welds have a smooth clean surface finish, and when done correctly, lack porosity and have fewer voids.
The weld also has uniform temperature throughout the entire joint, which helps reduce warping and differing rates of cooling.
Ship BuildingIn shipbuilding, welders use a variety of different welding processes including stick, MIG and TIG welding. TIG welding is often used in marine repair and in building new vessels because of its ability to make precise and clean welds.
This can be important when constructing a vessel that will bear the pressure and weight of the sea.