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Additive Manufacturing in a Naval Aircraft Carrier Construction Project

Additive manufacturing technology, or 3D metal printing using layers of welds, enabled Newport News Shipbuilding to stay on schedule with construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80) for the U.S. Navy. 

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Top Four Reasons to Use Arc Thermal Spray for Machine Components in Your Job Shop

Arc thermal spray, also known as twin wire arc spray, is one of the older and simpler forms of thermal spray coating. Thermal spray technology has come a long way, from spraying basic metals and simple alloys to, now, spraying extremely hard ceramics and carbides. These advances don’t mean arc thermal spray is any less valuable. Thermal spray certainly isn’t the cure-all for everything, but each process has a specific fit in the coating world. Among many things, twin wire arc thermal spray is great for dimensional restoration, sacrificial corrosion coatings, custom alloy coatings, and bearing surfaces. Arc spraying is also fast and economical, which can translate into faster turnaround and better margins. 

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A Driving Force for Weld Quality

The AWS D8 Committee on Automotive Welding is responsible for the development of AWS standards on all aspects of welding in the automotive industry.

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How Specifications Keep Aerospace Vehicles up to Standard

Regardless of how they’re used, all aerospace vehicles are manufactured and repaired according to specifications. Manufacturers and tiered suppliers have stringent requirements that govern their processes to ensure components meet the end requirements.

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AWS Future Leaders Share Parting Thoughts

Started in 2019, AWS’s Future Leaders program aims to promote the involvement of early career members. Brandy Killeen and Robert Watson reflected on what the experience was like for them in 2022. 

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Set Sail with New Products for the Marine Industry

From welding and cutting machines to educational books and workplace safety equipment, these new products are supporting the marine construction and shipbuilding industries.

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Fixing the Labor Gap: Connection is Key

Leaders will need to rise above, offering mentorship that includes valuable interpersonal skills training, the ability to handle conflict, teamwork, listening, and more.

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It’s All in the Details. Introducing Miller® ClearLight™ 2.0 Lens Technology.

Today’s welding helmet technologies continue to evolve, and it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest technologies and how they can make a difference in your welding operations.

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How to Make a Quality Shielded Metal Arc Weld

Welding student Mason Blaine performs a fillet weld on a T-joint while welding instructor Brian Wall watches his in-process bead placement. Pictures by Jodi Glass.

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Enhance Welding Efficiency on Construction Jobsites

For construction contractors and steel erectors searching for ways to offset project slowdowns and labor challenges, paying attention to the following four tips on welding operations can help improve efficiency and performance on the jobsite.

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Improving Infrastructure on the Tracks

Keeping railways safe and running efficiently has always been vital. What’s new are the welding and refurbishment methods by which this is being achieved.

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Welding Automation Helps Build the NYC Skyline

Fabricating a project that uses more than 1500 tons of steel or welding 60-ft joints on beams and trusses for some of the largest buildings in New York City may seem stressful. Yet to the guys at Orange County Ironworks (OCI), that’s just an average day. Working in tandem with its sister company, Gabriel Steel Erectors, OCI is one of the biggest players in the city for the fabrication and erection of structural steel on both new structures and retrofits of existing buildings.

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