Welding 101 class: Intro to MIG welding for hot-glue users. Beginner Level

This is part 1 of 3 classes to help any DIY person who can work a hot-glue gun move to metal work with a basic wire-feed or MIG (mixed inert gas) welder.

Cost is $20 for non-monthly subscribing members, or free for Geekspace Gwinnett paid subscription members. For membership info, consult the bottom of this posting. 

This class is designed for the novice who only a heard a rumor that welders join metal, but it can be used as a refresher course for anyone who has not welded in some time.

During this 1.5-2 hour class we speak about the different types of consumer welding (MIG, TIG, Arc), then focus on the easiest style which is wire-fed MIG, amperage vs voltage, temperature vs wire-flow, proper speed and flow techniques, penetration vs burn through, 110v vs 220v, consumer vs professional, and so on. The goal is to get you ready to make your own motorcycle hauling trailer for $150 instead of buying one for $750, or to get you ready for the long-awaited zombie apocalypse where you need to weld some expanded steel to your car to break through the heard of living-dead.

The point of this class is to get you comfortable and secure enough to take part two and get hands on creative experience, then part three for custom fabrication and art. Students will feel safe enough to start shopping after the class for a welder and supplies, or to rent one. Part one only includes hands on if time permits. It is strictly a class and demonstration. Part two (directly after part one this week) is hands on where students will have their own created object to take home. Spots are limited by number of student to each welder. This is basic steel welding for hobbyists. The only prior understanding needed, is how to fill gaps and adhere plastic and paper together with a hot glue gun. Previous understanding of electronics is nice, but not needed.

Required supplies and apparel if you want hands-on and time permits: Closed-toe shoes (no flops), long pants (no shorts), long sleeve cotton shirt or jacket that can take small sparks, open mind, open ears, comfy shoes, cash or paypal if not a member.

Useful supplies to bring (NOT NECESSARY, only a suggestion) You can bring notepad and writing device, Gellin insoles are awesome, leather gloves of any thickness (I use thin goat-skin when micro welding), and/or something to drink.

The proceeds this class raises will be used to purchase new chairs for GeekSpace Gwinnett. Donations (monetary or other) are always welcome. 

Geekspace Gwinnett is a member-supported makerspace. Monthly base membership is $50 and annual plans are available. With your membership you have 24-hour access to professional grade metal-work machine, metal lathes, CNC machinery, 3D printers, a brain-trust of other members from varying backgrounds such as game development, wood-working, metal fabrication, various engineering backgrounds, broadcast video production, forging, foundry, rapid prototyping, seamstress, apparel development, costume design, and the list goes on.

With your paid monthly membership there are classes such as Welding (MIG), Welding (TIG/Arc), 3D design, 3D printing, Fiberglass fabrication, Raspberry Pi development, Arduino development, video and motion picture production, sewing and costuming, and the list goes on.

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  • Liz

    Can't wait for class this week! :)

    June 8

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