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Finding the best way to secure an item that you want to appear flat, sleek, or smooth after it is attached can be tough. There are options based on your materials, but what if the item is made of metal? One option is to consider mounting it with a stud or hidden fastener. But how do you go about that? Consider using a stud welder to attach the fastener to the panel or product you are attaching.
What Is Stud Welding?
Stud welding is simply just adding a fastener to a panel or object using a process similar to spot welding. The stud is placed in a tool called a stud gun and then placed on the surface where it will be attached. Electricity is applied, and the two pieces are fused together securely by melting the two metals and allowing them to bind together. The result is an extremely strong bond that will last for years.
What Can I Weld a Stud To?
The materials typically used are steel, aluminum, stainless steel, and some alloys, as these are the best candidates for a secure weld. Sometimes this process is used for a structural fastener, and other times the stud is there as a locator or for alignment. In either case, the materials must be matched for the process to work. In other words, you would not weld an aluminum stud to a stainless-steel panel.
How Do You Apply Stud Welding?
Many times a stud or fastener needs to be placed so that it can not be seen after the object is put in place. For instance, if you wanted to attach a sign to a building, adding studs to the back of the sign would provide a point to secure it. Maybe you need threaded studs that you will add nuts to from the back or maybe a barbed or curved stud that can be pushed into concrete or mortar before it sets up. Commercial kitchens are another great place for studs to be used because welding them on leaves no gap for between the panel and the fastener for food or bacteria to gather in. Look around you, and you will see studs used all around you, every day.
How Do You Get the Right Stud?
Getting the right stud for your application is not as hard as you may think. There are so many sizes, shapes, and types available that it is unlikely for you to not find what you need. Studs come threaded, unthreaded, smooth, tapered, and just about every way between. Along with the studs, there are accessories to go with your stud gun or stud welder to allow you to attach them all. You may need to visit a welding supply for these items, but if you are having trouble locating something, this is the place to look.
Visit sites such as http://www.norfas.com to look at stud-welding accessories.Share
1 December 2016