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The process of stud welding is a way to attach blind nuts and studs to products for a specific purpose. Sometimes it is for functionality, other times it is simply a design aesthetic. Either way, the tools used and the accessories required are very specialized and must be sourced from a specialty supplier. If you need one or just a couple of fasteners welded on, it is more cost effective to take the project to a welder, but if you are producing products that require hidden fasteners, investing in the tools to do the job might be worth it.
Where Will You Find Stud Welding Used?
Blind fasteners are used in many different ways. In the foodservice industry, the outer shell on most equipment needs to be smooth. It makes it easier to keep the equipment clean and safe, so often the fasteners that are used to hold the panels in place are attached using blind fasteners that are stud welded to the panel. You might also find a threaded stud or nut welded to a product that you could not get a nut or bolt on once assembled. Placing the nut or stud during the building of the product allows for easy assembly later.
What Equipment Do I Need For Stud Welding?
Most of the equipment used for stud welding is specific to the task and can be expensive. The primary tool is a stud gun or welder. It is a very special type of welder that holds the fastener and uses high-voltage electricity to weld the fastener to the base metal where it is being attached. While you can buy these welders, you will also need to get the studs or fasteners that go with it. Some stud guns are standalone products, and others plug into an arc welder.
Sourcing A Stud Gun And Fasteners
Visit your local welding equipment supplier to find out what they offer for stud welding supplies. Sometimes you need a specialty shop to get what you need, but most of the fasteners are available through online retailers. There are even some well-known online marketplaces that have the supplies available at discounted prices. If you can get the welder at a local welding shop, you can talk to the dealer about it to make sure you get the right welder for the job you are trying to do. Cutting corners on the welder is likely going to get you an underpowered unit that will leave you frustrated or with fasteners that do not stay on, so be sure to get the best equipment you can afford for your project.