Seaborn Manufacturning provides complete aluminum welding and fabrication services, this includes offering TIG welding, however Seaborn generally prefers their aluminum dedicated MIG welders.
MIG welding aluminum with the proper machines and procedures places less heat stress on the aluminum and is easier to accommodate welding dissimilar thickness of aluminum. Most common grades of aluminum can be welded by a trained professional. Some of the common grades welded are 6061, 6063, 5052, 3003. Unfortunately the 7,000 series of aluminum is not a good candidate for welding.
Seaborn’s solid state aluminum MIGs provide exceptional weld strength and appearance with minimal heat distortion. These machines have over 30 different settings to insure clients receive a quality aluminum weld. They automatically monitor and adjust themselves more than a 100 times per second.
When quality equipment is used by skilled operators the outcome is incredible quality aluminum weldments. Attention to detail is incredibly important when welding aluminum. The parts need to be carefully prepared and cleaned just prior to welding, to insure a proper bound. The finished welded aluminum part may be powder coated. It may also be anodized but the weld nugget will not match in color to the parent material. Both heat from welding and the filler wire change the alloy.
We regularly weld aluminum from 0.048″ or 1.5mm to 3/4″ or 19mm. We run more projects in gauge thickness of aluminum than plate but have plenty of experience welding aluminum plate as well.
Retrofitting a spool gun to a conventional welder or MIG does not produce a satisfactory weld in aluminum. To weld aluminum correctly the machinery has to be built with this purpose in mind. Aluminum requires a much more powerful machine than steel of the same thickness due to its excellent ability to conduct electricity. High frequency pulse welding is well suited to the needs of aluminum welding.
Aluminum welding takes dedicated equipment and processes to be successful – it is not something to be “dabbled in.” Seaborn will look after you complete aluminum welding needs.
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