Cut to the Chase – Acetylene in Metal Fabrication

Welding is a fabrication process that is crucial in many industries. While there are many ways to weld and get great results, we love acetylene for metal fabrication. Let’s take a look at what acetylene is and why it is great for welding.

What is Acetylene?

Acetylene has been used for gas welding since 1906. It is a combustible gas that is transported in special containers, and is one of the most common gases used in gas welding.

Most often, you will see acetylene and oxygen as a combination known as oxyacetylene. This is one of the most efficient and better forms of acetylene.

Now, why would one prefer acetylene over other welding options? Let’s look at three of the many benefits of using acetylene for welding!

Cost and Efficiency

When you use acetylene throughout the fabrication process, it is very efficient. This means that the gases will last longer, thus saving you time and money.

Acetylene can be used for a variety of welding purposes, which further helps you keep costs down. You can also easily transfer acetylene cylinders which helps with efficiency as well.

You can use acetylene for metal fabrication, cutting, brazing, heat treating, and many other applications.

This gas also gives the fastest preheating and piercing times. It also provides the lowest level of hardening to the surface of the cut. It is an excellent option for any welding purposes.

Acetylene uses a lot less oxygen than other gas welding materials, which also helps with cost saving efforts.

Safe Fuel

Acetylene is lighter than air, so it is very unlikely that it will accumulate. It does not gather in low areas, so it will not cause a hazard either. That way, you can use it at any processing facility or even underground.

Acetylene, when combined with oxygen for welding, is very efficient. Increased efficiency leads to less gas usage, which in turn reduces cylinder handling, allowing for a safer work environment. 

Great Quality

Acetylene also earned recognition to be one of the strongest welding gases. This is partly because it is the hottest fuel gas, especially when it is combined with oxygen.

Acetylene, when used with oxygen, will produce a reducing zone. A reducing zone helps to clean the metal surface with ease. Other welding materials such as propane do not create a reducing zone. Many will use a combination of oxygen and acetylene to produce a high-quality weld.

Acetylene is a great gas for many welding purposes. You can use it for a variety of projects safely and efficiently. For your next welding project, try out acetylene! You won’t be disappointed. If you need further help, reach out to a specialist.

At nexAir, we can be that specialist for you! Use our KnowHow to find answers to questions you are searching for. We are here to help you Forge Forward on your next project! Contact us today to learn how we can help you.

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