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Advanced GMAW (MIG welding)

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM (EDT)

Somerville, United States

Advanced GMAW (MIG welding)

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This ticket grants admission to all sessions of Advanced MIG Welding at Artisan's Asylum, and includes a $50 materials fee.
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Event Details


This intensive, two-day class focuses on GMAW/"MIG" theory & techniques that go beyond the needs of the typical beginner welding student, such as:

  • When to use GMAW vs. other common processes
  • How a GMAW power supply works
  • Evolution of GMAW machines since the 1960s
  • Differences between the three modes of GMAW transfer
  • High-speed GMAW techniques for sheet metal
  • Inductance: what it is, why it matters, and how to change it
  • Differences between various shielding gas mixtures & filler wires
  • Maintenance & troubleshooting of GMAW equipment 3-4 hours classroom; remainder in lab. Primary focus will be mild steel, but GMAW of other metals (e.g. aluminum & stainless) may be discussed.

This class will be the first to introduce the recently-acquired Millermatic 200, an industrial-quality GMAW power supply revered by experienced welders for its durability and "soft" arc. Textbook will be provided free of charge, courtesy of ESAB.

Class Goals:

Become more of an expert on the fine art of producing high-quality GMA welds under a wide variety of circumstances Become proficient in developing GMAW process, given a set of constraints such as material, thickness, position, joint design.


Students must have already taken a GMAW/"MIG" welding class at Artisan's Asylum, or have similar welding experience, subject to instructor's approval. NOTE: Due to time limitations, this class will NOT cover basic arc welding safety. Students should already be comfortable using the Asylum's arc welding equipment.


A materials fee of $50 is included in the ticket price.

Instructor Biography:

Ethan Labowitz

Ethan is a metalworking professional with extensive experience with all major welding and cutting processes. His passion for welding and brazing stems from his interest in building bicycle frames. He holds structural welding and brazing certifications from the American Welding Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, as well as a Master's in Technology from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He is the sole proprietor of the Boston Institute for Clean Energy Prototyping (BICEP), based at Greentown Labs, the clean energy startup incubator in South Boston.

Event Time:

Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, from 8am to 1:30pm, including a meal break.

Have questions about Advanced GMAW (MIG welding)? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

When & Where

10 Tyler Street
Somerville, 02143

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM (EDT)

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.


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