Welding On All Axes: How Welders Approach This Task

6 January 2020
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog


Welding is not just for things on a flat horizontal plane. Welders are expected to weld on multiple planes. In fact, there are welding skills and welding equipment that help welders weld on multiple axes. The following examples will show you just how you can employ a welder and his or her trade when you need things welded on more than one axis. 

ARC Welding

ARC welding welds metal objects on the standard horizontal and vertical planes. It is best used for the initial construction of something metal, or to repair something that is metal but has sustained some damage. ARC welding can also be used to create different shapes or to cut through thinner sheet metal in order to shape it before welding it to another surface. 

Stud Welding

Stud welding creates molten metal areas through which studs are driven and by which three-dimensional metal objects are secured. More often than not, stud welding is used for the construction of steel-framed buildings and steel vehicles like planes and military tanks or navy vessels. The welder can drive studs in at any angle so long as the stud can be driven well within the metal that was softened by the welder's equipment prior to driving the studs. This means that if studs have to go through objects on the diagonal, on the vertical, or on the horizontal axes, it can be done. 

Girth Welding

Girth welders are big welding machines capable of welding sheet metal to immense structures on multiple planes. Think of applying sheet metal to a massive nuclear cooling tower; that is what the girth welder machine does, and the machine is operated by none other than a trained and licensed welding contractor. If you need welding on a massive scale and across different axes, you might employ a welding contractor and get a girth welder to do the job. 

Welding Repair for All of the Above

Welding can hold metal objects together for a very long time. However, metal is not perfect, and it can weaken. It can also be damaged by major forces, creating weakened areas in structures or creating cracks and holes. That said, you should hire the welder you originally hired again to make the repairs (unless it has been so many years and the welder is either retired or deceased). Many of the same skills and machinery will be used for the repairs. 

Contact welding professionals to learn more about these processes.