New Welding Technologies
Many of the world’s biggest industries—from marine and automotive to mass transportation and more—use welding to create and repair products. Without welding, we would not be able to use many of the items we use every day. Did you know this necessary trade is still evolving since its invention centuries ago? Today, new welding technologies are here or on the horizon for this exciting trade.
Welding Technology History
Welding technology dates back to the Industrial Revolution in 1750. The first type of welding was called forge welding, and it involved heating two metal ends until the material was hot enough to be hammered together. In the centuries since forge welding was invented, welding technology has improved and evolved as an in-demand process. Welding technology is opening even more doors for advancing the field today.
Laser welding is one of the newest types of welding technology. With laser welding, light energy is converted to heat energy. The high-powered laser instantly melts metals and welds them together. For very thick, dense metals, laser welding should still be used in combination with other welding types. However, the potential is great for laser welding. Scientists are continuing to research and test this new welding technology, and more advancements are expected in the coming years.
Virtual Reality for Welding
Most people think about video games when they hear the term virtual reality, or VR. This technology uses a headset to immerse wearers in a digital experience. Some experts believe that VR can be used to revolutionize prototypes, blueprints for a product, and even welding training. One day soon, welders may be able to view an item in virtual reality to more easily understand the eventual finished product.
Welding Safety Enhancements
Safe technology is also important for welding processes. Along with advanced welding technologies, like laser welding and virtual reality, the welding field has an eye on the future of welding gear and safety. Technology can help welders make choices that keep them safe on the job, whether they are an entry-level welder or a veteran of the trade.
Thanks to technological advancements, here are some welding safety options:
- Automated doors
- Safety light curtains
- Laser scanners and sensors
- Pressure-sensitive safety mats
- Fume extraction systems
- Air-filtering respirators
- Insulated clothing
Interested in where advanced welding technology is headed? Have a passion for crafting and repairing, or love working with your hands? Welding trade school might be a good fit for you. Explore our welding program now, or contact us by filling out our online form.
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Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.