3D laser welding improves the efficiency and quality of welded projects over traditional welding methods like metal inert gas (MIG), metal active gas (MAG), and tungsten inert gas (TIG). Further, 3D welding is safer and more aesthetically pleasing than conventional welding methods. Its applications in architecture and general building construction is beneficial, and a recommended method for architects to employ in their current projects.
Differences between the conventional and 3D process
Conventional welding practices are less efficient as the welder must frequently remove slag and change welding electrodes during the project. Using traditional welding practices, a welder takes approximately four minutes to weld ten inches; then, the welder spends relatively three minutes to grind the ten inch welded segment. In contrast, using 3D laser technologies, 160 inches can be welded in just over six seconds; using this technology requires no grinding or sanding, saving the project time and costs. 3D welding can reduce welding expenses roughly 84% as it can be up to 40x faster than conventional welding.
Benefits of 3D laser welding
Using 3D laser technologies produces higher quality results than traditional welding methods. Heat-affected zones created by 3D welding are significantly smaller than conventional welding. Reducing heat-affected zones helps to eradicate weakness and residual warping in the final product, which decreases safety concerns about the stability of weld bonds. Using 3D welds eliminates concerns about dross and porosity, which are common quality problems associated with traditional welding techniques.
Worker safety and health concerns are also mitigated by using 3D laser welding. Using traditional welding methods, workers are exposed to high heat, flames, and cornea damage or retina burning from prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light. In contrast, 3D welding technologies use a fiber laser welding machine, remotely monitored by a technician, and do not expose workers to dangerous, unhealthy conditions. Reducing workplace injuries and accidents allows projects to continue on-time and without unnecessary medical expenses.
Finally, 3D welds are more aesthetically pleasing than welds created by conventional methods. 3D weld bonds appear seamless, as though the stainless steel was bent into its shape. In comparison, finished traditional welds, like MIG, appear grainy, rough, and weak. Client satisfaction is likely to improve when finished products not only look better, but also appear safer.
3D laser welding use in current architecture and construction projects will be more cost saving, efficient, safer, aesthetically pleasing, and produce higher quality products than if the same project used traditional welding techniques. As a result, customer satisfaction will increase and create more business opportunities.