Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Tightrope Artist Welds His Way to New Heights

Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how much care and craftsmanship goes into a quality weld. You’d probably reflect on it more if that weld was responsible for keeping you suspended several hundred feet above the ground. Needless to say,...

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

AWS Foundation National Scholarships: Deadline February 15th

If you’re applying to this year’s round of AWS Foundation national scholarships, the February 15 deadline for applications is fast approaching. If you’ve never heard of AWS Foundation scholarships and are considering further education, then this is the perfect time...

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

The Hardest Substance on Earth Just Got Harder

As you gaze into the luster of a diamond, it’s easy to forget that, once upon a time, that shining stone wasn’t so different from a lump of coal (give or take a few million years, at least 700,000 pounds...

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

A New Adhesive Promises Weld-Strength Bonds

Researchers at Northwestern University have just introduced a new glue-like compound capable of bonding metals with weld-quality strength at room temperature. The substance, called MesoGlue was developed by Hanchen Huang, professor and chair of Northeastern’s department of mechanical and industrial...

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

New Metal Nanocomposite May Revolutionize Transportation

As the industry creeps ever closer to mastering aluminum and other lightweight metals for use in manufacturing, scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles have developed a new, super-strong, yet remarkably light material that could revolutionize aerospace and automobile...

Friday, January 8th, 2016

December 2015 Newsletter

Building a Ship with Laser Precision  The LaSAAS project is developing a laser welding process that will let shipbuilders use advanced materials to reduce weight without compromising quality. Six Tips for Growing Your Small Welding Business Recent winners of the...

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

November 2015 Newsletter

Math for Welders: Need It, Want It, Get It…  AWS online math courses provide the skills needed to accurately measure welds and calculate the cost of the labor and materials required to produce them. OSU’s Explosive New Welding Process A...

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Wear Resistant Overlays for Oil and Gas and Mining Applications



Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Digital Cameras Cast a New Light on Welding

The line between quality and quick-to-fail welds often depends on the ability of the weld inspector. While welding engineers work to develop processes that deliver consistent and quality welds, and AWS creates standards to ensure that these practices are consistent...

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Snake Welder Slithers onto the Scene

Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes? Because it turns out those long thin bodies make snakes nature’s perfect model for robotic pipe welders. LaserPipe, a collaborative project led by OC Robotics and TWI, recently developed and demonstrated a unique,...

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Sidestepping Foot Hazards in the Workplace

              You may spend time thinking about the best welding mask to buy, or what sleeves offer the most protection, but how often do you think about your shoes? Unfortunately, many welders don’t think...

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Six Tips for Growing Your Small Welding Business

In the shadow of massive corporations, it’s tough for a small business to get its share of the limelight. But small business plays a huge part in the American economy. According to a 2011 Business Insider report, there are 28...

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Building a Ship with Laser Precision

Laser welding technology may hold the key to building lighter, sturdier, and more fuel efficient ships. The German firm Laser Zentrum Hanover (LZH) is leading a joint project to develop a laser welding process that will let shipbuilders use advanced...

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

October 2015 Newsletter

Welder Training Made Easy: The New AWS Online Educational Library  AWS introduces a suite of engaging, self-paced courses designed to meet the needs of today’s welding students and instructors. Welding Innovations Improve Orion Spacecraft The first fully friction-stir welded spacecraft...

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Work-and-Learn Programs: Blueprints to Close the Skills Gap

In many industrial fields, such as welding, the number of open positions continues to outpace the number of workers with the skills required to fill them. This ever-growing skills gap has become one of the most pervasive difficulties facing American...

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Math for Welders: Need It, Want it, Get it…

You may be one of those people like me who sat all glassy-eyed and bored staring at the mad scribblings of a high school math teacher and wondering when—aside from next Friday’s test—will anybody really need to know that. To...

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

OSU’s Explosive New Welding Process

Engineers at the Ohio State University may have changed the future of welding and the automobile industry. For years, auto manufacturers have sought ways to improve vehicle safety and efficiency by pioneering new metals and techniques to lighten and strengthen...

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The Future Remains Bright for Skilled Welders

  Last month, we received an email from one of our readers. We expect that the concerns expressed in this email may apply to a number of people considering welding as a career option, but who are confused by the...

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

No Ordinary Gravy Train

His name is Eugene Bostick. Twice a week, for the last 15 years, he and his trusted canine companions have made an hour-long trip in and around Bostick’s 11-acre farm near the Sycamore Golf Course. Once upon a time, they...

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Spattering Measurement During GMAW Welding of Austenitic and Duplex Stainless Steels

Spattering Measurement During GMAW Welding of Austenitic and Duplex Stainless Steels