Arc Welding Design:
Let's keep it SIMPLE
In this part of my "Arc Welding Order" series, I share ideas
about arc welding design:
I searched welding design sites & they just show you what
THEY designed & that they want you to HIRE them to design & build from your ideas. None of them had any help for those that wanted to do their own thing!
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First, here are some general things to think about when you
begin drawing out your plans:
1) Think about ways to use FEWER pieces of materials. (fewer pieces = less welding & fitting) Especially if there is no need to worry about how strong it needs to be.
2) You don't need to make really wide open bevels. They just need to be open enough to make complete welds. (narrower bevels = less welding).
3) Think ahead before you start cutting.
Save material by
getting ALL the pieces you can from each piece; cut the biggest
pieces from the smallest materials that you can, and/or get the
most smaller pieces from what's left over.
4) Use fewer welds.
But don't just "tack" & stop there,
that's one thing that irritates me about some manufacturers. Many times they don't weld enough. You will eventually get to know if you need to do MORE or do LESS welding. Just don't weld EVERYTHING solid, everywhere, for every job.
5) Design for ACCESS:
This means that you need to think
about being ABLE to get to all the places that need welded! But it also means that you may want to weld more places BEFORE you
assemble other parts.
Consider that your first arc welding design may not work!
Material size & shape
*Re-draw a LOT: It's better than more changes AFTER you start welding!
Arc Welding Design involves several things to think about,
but make sure that that you also consider SAFETY!
Your drawings can help you visualize what it will look like & if you want to add or remove items. I shade-in some drawings to help me see the whole picture. Arc Welding Design top of page
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