All posts by Alicia Garcia

Chandler Vincent: A Conversation with the Future of Welding (Part 2)

This week, AWS Learning brings you the second half of our chat with Chandler Vincent, one of the most skilled and decorated welders on the planet. During our conversation, we picked his brain on the life-changing influence of SkillsUSA, his borderline maniacal passion for welding, and his thoughts on what the future of welding looks … Continue reading Chandler Vincent: A Conversation with the Future of Welding (Part 2)

Chandler Vincent: A Conversation with the Future of Welding (Part 1)

This week, AWS Learning is excited to bring you the first of a 2-part interview with welding wunderkind Chandler Vincent, one of the most skilled and decorated welders on the planet. If this is the first you’re hearing of Mr. Vincent, allows us to fill you in: Chandler’s love of welding began as a freshman … Continue reading Chandler Vincent: A Conversation with the Future of Welding (Part 1)

Effect of Interstitial Elements on the Welding of Selective Laser Melted Stainless Steel Alloys

Devon Gonzales, along with his colleagues at the Colorado School of Mines and Los Alamos National Laboratory, conducted extensive research in order to answer a seemingly simple question: How does interstitial element distribution affect gas tungsten arc welding? Specifically, they were interested in determining how trace amounts of elements like nitrogen, phosphorus, and oxygen affect … Continue reading Effect of Interstitial Elements on the Welding of Selective Laser Melted Stainless Steel Alloys

It’s All in the Wrist: Joining the Worlds of Welding and Fashion

The welding industry is one that most people view as rugged, utilitarian, and the embodiment of blue-collar work. Compare that to the fashion industry, typified by artistic self-expression, personal indulgence, and the fickleness of the moment. At first glance, they seem like two worlds that couldn’t be further apart. However, in the true spirit of … Continue reading It’s All in the Wrist: Joining the Worlds of Welding and Fashion

The Accomplished: Staying Current and Moving the Bar Forward

This is the closing installment of our 3-part series on how the CWI Pre-Seminar offers unique benefits for specific groups of welding professionals. Today we focus on “The Accomplished”, which describes newly-minted and lifelong CWIs alike. If you missed any of the previous installments in the series, check out The Hopefuls and The Determined, geared … Continue reading The Accomplished: Staying Current and Moving the Bar Forward

The Hopefuls: CWI Exam First Timers and the Updated Pre-Seminar

This week’s blog is part 1 in a 3-part series covering how the updated CWI Pre-Seminar can benefit specific groups of people. Today we’ll focus on those we call “Hopefuls.” These are people who have decided to take the CWI exam for the first time. If you’re unfamiliar with the CWI Pre-Seminar, or aren’t up … Continue reading The Hopefuls: CWI Exam First Timers and the Updated Pre-Seminar

Selection and Properties of Shielding Gases Used for Welding

M.C. Balmforth (The Materials and Engineering Group, LLC) dives into some of the more technical aspects of shielding gas properties and selection for GTAW. In this presentation, Mr. Balmforth discusses a handful of important arc/plasma properties (thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, and current), and clears up some common misconceptions regarding what variables determine heat transfer to … Continue reading Selection and Properties of Shielding Gases Used for Welding

The Role of Oxygen in Arc Stabilization of Aluminum GMA Welds

Jesse Martinez, on behalf of his colleagues (Dr. P. Burhardt, Dr. C.E. Cross, and A.N. Duffield) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, discusses the results of an experiment that explored the relationship between oxygen and welding arc stability. This experiment was conducted in response to issues the research team encountered with GMA welds on aluminum in … Continue reading The Role of Oxygen in Arc Stabilization of Aluminum GMA Welds

You Spoke, We Listened: Everything You Need to Know About the NEW CWI Pre-Seminar

If you’re reading this, it’s a safe bet that the American Welding Society’s Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) program has impacted your career in one way or another. As welders, your handiwork has been inspected, and (hopefully) accepted, by a CWI on countless occasions. Some of you may have been mentored, or even introduced to the … Continue reading You Spoke, We Listened: Everything You Need to Know About the NEW CWI Pre-Seminar