Interesting Welding Facts

Welding is an invaluable skill and is used in motor vehicle production and construction as well as many other fields. There is a lot of information out there about welding and we’ve gone over some things in our posts, but here’s a quick list of some of the interesting facts about welding.

  • The lowest dry weld was set in 1990 at 1,075 feet below. In 2005 though, the US Navy broke the record at 2,000 feet.
  • Welding in modern society is always in demand in some capacity. Due to the many applications, it can be used in and is needed in, welders can make upwards of six figures without a degree.
  • Welding didn’t become the same process we know today until the 1800s but it has existed in some capacity since the Bronze Age.
  • In 1961 General Motors created a single-armed industrial robot design to do spot welds. Weighing in at over two tons it was the first functional industrial robot.
  • Farm machinery, personal computers, racing are all industries that require welding. More than half of all man-made products require some form of welding, keeping it in very high demand.
  • The heat and sparks from welded materials can reach up to five thousand degrees Fahrenheit and the smoke column rising from the meeting point of the welded metals is called a fume plume.

These are just a few of the fun facts related to welding, but there are many more. Information on welding is easier to find than ever and there are many resources for learning how to do it yourself. For a skill that has been around for centuries, there’s always something more to learn about this profession and its impact on the world as we know it.


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