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Eight Tips for Avoiding Common Plasma Cutting Mistakes

Even experienced operators make mistakes that can impact cut quality and consumable life. Many of the most common plasma-cutting and consumable issues can be avoided altogether by following the eight tips outlined in this article.

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Finding Lost Revenue in Your Brazing Process

A significant value stream can be achieved by recovering brazed components after their life cycle.

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How to Use Your Grinder Safely and Soundly

The advantages of using grinding wheels are widely known. However, when grinding wheels that spin at thousands of revolutions per minute (RPM) are damaged or misused, they can break into bullet-like fragments, leading to injury. Grinding safety is a vast subject, with seemingly limitless tips, but the following offers just a few key guidelines to keep top of mind.

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Fundamentals of Electrogas Welding

Electrogas welding is an arc welding process that uses an arc between a continuous filler metal electrode and the weld pool. Continue reading this article to learn much more, including advantages and limitations.

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Selecting the Right Welding Transfer Modes

Transfer modes for gas metal arc welding (GMAW) play an important role in the level of quality and productivity that can be gained in a welding operation.

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Combining Modular Fixturing with CAD Modeling

Find out how using CAD models can help you create and verify modular fixturing designs for increased efficiency in the workshop.

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Welding Glove Upgrades Fight the Burn

Professional and amateur welders alike demand high-quality personal protective equipment (PPE) and gloves — and for good reason.

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Historical Aircraft Soars with Cold Spray Technology

More than 70 years after first entering service, hundreds of vintage Chipmunk airplanes remain airworthy around the world, mainly as trainer aircraft. Repair and maintenance of many of their components remain a challenge due to lack of components as well as process temperature sensitivity. Fortunately, there is cold spray, a solid-state metal consolidation process that can be used to dimensionally restore components made of materials that are highly sensitive to elevated process temperatures.

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Welding Preheat for Tube and Pipe on the Jobsite

Critical pipe welding applications often require preheating and possibly postweld heat treatment to reduce the chances of cracking. Learning different methods and proper application of welding preheat can help save time and money.

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IRONMAN M-Dot Sculpture Reaches the Finish Line

This year, IRONMAN competitors in St. George, Utah, will have more than cheering fans waiting for them at the finish line. An M-dot sculpture crafted by Rick Prazen and his son, Josh, will greet them in a roundabout near the end of the race.

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Artist Transitions from Soft Paper to Heavy Metals

Iowa-based Gail Chavenelle is proof that it’s never too late to embark on a new adventure. At the age of 50, the former school teacher became a full-time metal sculptor.

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From the Forge: A Legacy of Art and Inspiration

Richard Prazen, a blacksmith and metal sculptor in South Jordan, Utah, has honed this skill with more than 55 years in the welding and manufacturing industry. In his hands, pieces of metal come to life as soaring eagles and giant spiders.

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