TIG Welding 2: Aluminum, Stainless, and Pulse JUNE 2018

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

10 Tyler Street

Somerville, MA 02143

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Event Schedule:

Session 1: Thursday, 6/07/2018, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Session 2: Thursday, 6/14/2018, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Session 3: Thursday, 6/21/2018, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Session 4: Thursday, 6/28/2018, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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One of the great things about the TIG process is its versatility-- it can be used to weld almost any metal, and in fact switching from one material to another takes mere seconds. This class will cover welding technique and best practices for stainless steel and aluminum alloys, combining insights on welding technique, welding engineering & design, fabrication practices, and welding inspection.

NOTE: This is NOT an introductory class. Take Skunk’s Introduction to TIG class before this one, or email the instructor at elabowitz@gmail.com or via contact the organizer in this event to ask whether this is a good choice for you. This is an intermediate level class, with an intentionally small class size and plenty of contact hours to give you time to practice more challenging skills.

Includes a materials fee to cover filler metals, tungstens, gloves, coupons, gas lenses, and other consumables.

Each session we’ll cover one major topic:

Troubleshooting TIG issues

  • Distortion issues
  • Cleaning issues
  • Gas flow issues
  • Tungsten issues
  • Arc starting issues
  • Bead shape issues

Pulse TIG (GTAW-P)

  • Why use pulse TIG?
    • Minimize distortion
    • Increase travel speeds
    • Make gappy/loose fitups easier & faster
    • Improve bead appearance (“stack of dimes” look)
    • As a training aid for filler metal addition rates
  • How to set pulse TIG parameters

Stainless TIG

  • The shiny rainbow colors
  • Weldability of stainless steel alloys
  • Challenges of stainless welding
  • Tungsten alloy selection, sizing, and preparation
  • Filler metal selection

Aluminum TIG

  • Weldability of aluminum alloys
  • Challenges of aluminum welding
  • Machine settings for aluminum
  • Strength changes in welded aluminum (more here)
  • Tungsten selection, sizing, and preparation
  • Filler metal selection, including a new option, ER4943
  • Proper pre-weld cleaning practices


Asylum’s “Introduction to TIG” class or similar experience. You should have at least a few hours of TIG experience. Send a message via this event or email elabowitz at gmail dot com if you have questions. This class is NOT a good choice if you have only an hour or two of TIG experience. Students must be at least 18 years old.

Materials Provided:

A $100 materials fee is included in the class price: All materials will be provided by the instructor including stainless and aluminum coupons and filler metals.

What to Bring/Wear:

Please dress appropriately for the metal shop: long-sleeved organic materials (cotton or wool), tie back long hair, close-toed shoes, and no dangly jewelry/accessories/sleeves/straps.

Please bring any glasses or vision correction you may need with you: reading glasses, prescription, otherwise. Welding is extremely detail-oriented work.

If you own a welding hood, please bring it.

Class Minimum:

This class will not run with fewer than 3 students: sign up and bring a friend!

Instructor Biography:

Ethan Labowitz is a welding engineer, welding educator, metal fabricator, and Certified Welding Inspector with more than a decade of experience in metalworking. He formerly worked as a welding engineer at Miller Electric, and as Instructor of Design and Fabrication at Olin College in Needham, MA. A graduate of the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology in Troy, OH, He’s studied metalworking since 2005 in a variety of contexts, including precision machining, structural welding, blacksmithing, bicycle framebuilding, and museum modelmaking. Since 2010, he has taught metalworking to over 400 college students, middle schoolers, and adults at Artisans’ Asylum, MIT, Harvard, Autodesk’s BUILD space, and Caldwell Community College. He has experience joining most metals by all major processes, including welding, brazing, and soldering, and has held national certifications in structural welding (AWS D1.1) and brazing (ASME Section IX).


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