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Welding Processes Showdown

Welding Processes Showdown: MIG vs. TIG

The fabrication of structural steel has played a pivotal role in the construction of the world’s infrastructure, both in ancient and present times, as it creates structures that are equally durable and sustainable. The two most common welding techniques are metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG).

While similarities exist, there are noticeable differences in the way these two welding processes use the electric arc to bond various materials, such as steel and aluminum. At Vic’s Welding, we consider many different factors specific to the individual project in determining which technique to use, ensuring we meet our client’s expectations.

MIG vs. TIG Welding

MIG, or metal inert gas, uses a consumable electrode that is continuously fed into the equipment where it melts to form the weld. It is ideal for stainless, carbon, and alloy steel as well as aluminum in a wide range of thicknesses. Metal inert gas is an excellent choice for projects requiring different types of materials to be fused. MIG also allows for more efficient production.

TIG, or tungsten inert gas, is also known as gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). TIG uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to fuse two metals. Unlike consumable electrodes, non-consumable wires do not melt and, thus, do not become filler metals. Depending on the project, filler metal may be added to the workpiece separately, as needed. TIG is most effective at fusing lightweight materials.

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Vic’s Welding Co. is a licensed and insured welding and metal fabrication company that has been serving residential and commercial clients in the Valley since 1996. Our company is “U” and “R” stamp shop certified through the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (NBBI).

Vic’s Welding offers aluminum, stainless steel, structural steel, and many more welding services. Our welders are A.W.S., and ASME certified, as well as insured by SCF of Arizona, and all craftsmanship is guaranteed to follow your exact specifications and drawings. Schedule an appointment today at (623) 925-5695.

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