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Unread 06-08-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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TIG on aluminum

First try...Whaddya think?


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Unread 06-08-2013, 05:24 PM   #2
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Better than my "first try".. Second from the bottom doesn't look too bad..
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Unread 06-08-2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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Thanks! Spent all day since then reading up on/watching videos of technique. Can't a
Wait to grab some more scrap and try again.

I was amazed how fast the puddle can get rolling on aluminum. Fun stuff.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 07:27 PM   #4
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I've been TIG welding for years. It takes time and you will constantly learn. I still go pick up scrap from time to time to simply try new things. What rig are you welding with?

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Unread 06-11-2013, 11:09 PM   #5
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We have a diversion and a dynasty 200 in the shop. These were done on the dynasty. Can't wait for some down time so I can get some more time on it...I'm a decent hand at TIG on mild/stainless, but for some reason Al makes me nervous.
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Dont be nervous aluminum is easy to weld its just a little harder to read the puddle. Once you figure it out you wont want to weld anything else ever again, TIG is my favorite process and aluminum is my favorite material.
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Thanks. Does anyone make something like Millers iPhone weld settings app, only specific to AC TIG? Like recommended wave shape and frequency for various thicknesses?
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TIG is something i just can't get the hang of. try and try again i can't pick it up consistently. I can put two pieces together, ok with mild steel, and aluminum is probably my best, but stainless is the hardest for me.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 12:31 PM   #9
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Like anything it takes practice. Stainless is quite simple. If you can do carbon proper then you can do stainless. Most people turn up their gas to high. Turn up the heat to high. Do you know how to purge pipe or back purge. You have to keep the atmosphere away from the material. If you don't the back side of the weld will (sugar) turn an ugly non weldable problem. You will have to grind it out to weld properly. Good luck and have fun.
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Not bad! I weld aluminum all day at work. Once you get the basics down the rest is easy.
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