Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting, and Heating
Somerville, United States
The oxy-acetylene (O/A) rig is arguably the most versatile, potentially dangerous, and misunderstood piece of equipment in any metal shop. Used properly, the O/A rig can allow you to:
- Rapidly cut 3-inch-thick steel plate
- Weld when the power is out, in pouring rain, while you're standing in a puddle of water
- Heat a 1-inch steel bar until it's soft enough to bend with just a pair of pliers
- Braze together a lightweight steel bike frame, or a cracked iron casting
This versatility helps explain why this 100-year-old technology can be found in automotive and metalworking shops around the world. Arc welding processes have several important advantages, but O/A equipment is often cheaper and always more versatile.
This class will teach you how to set up, operate, and shut down an oxy-acetylene rig without harming yourself, other Asylumers, or the equipment. It will demonstrate welding, cutting, and heating. It will NOT include in-depth process training, and it will not cover brazing. (Brazing is covered in our Intro to Brazing class, registration available here: http://introbrazingoctober.eventbrite.com.)
A $10 materials fee is included in the ticket price. The fee covers mild steel, cutting torch tips, filler rod, nickel silver brazing alloy, and paste brazing flux. Shade #5 goggles will be provided for each student.
Also a textbook (included): The Oxy Acetylene Handbook, provided by ESAB
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10 Tyler Street
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.