A Short History of Welding
From the Romans to Robotics, welding has a lot to answer for in the modern world
Many people consider welding to be a modern-day trade performed by skilled welders or metalworkers. What they don’t realise is that the initial discovery of heating and metals occurred in 3000. B.C in Egypt.
Since then the trade has revolutionised over the centuries.
Welding kicked off as ‘Forge Welding’ in Egypt. The skilled tradesman who developed this concept used an extremely hot fire to melt iron until it was pliable then used a strong hammer to weld the metals together.
This method of metal joining was used largely to create tombs, buildings and the longevity of the work can still be seen in remaining structures from ancient times today.
The forge welding method lasted for many years across the Middle Ages and the skills are still used in blacksmithing today.
Ancient Egyptians were the original Blacksmiths
What have the changes in technology been since forge welding?
Another form of welding that was developed in ancient society was braze welding. Metal workers and welders using this method adopted additional tools such as charcoal furnaces and blowpipes. Welders using this skilled trade commonly used it to bind silver, gold and occasionally steel.
The most common method of modern welding is the arc welding method. Conceptualised in the early 19th century, arc welding uses electrodes to melt metal over an arc to bind.
Arc welding is one of most popular forms of modern welding
Other modern methods that any apprentice welder or metalworker would learn include laser welding and friction welding. Both types require the use of sophisticated equipment and technology to create different joint holds and even cutting techniques.
Welding is recognised as one of the world’s oldest and most skilful professions and the trade must not be underestimated.
'Based on 17 years of data , it is safe to say that the welding industry will continue to thrive'
The American Welding Society
The study identified that welding will continue to be viewed as a cost-effective method of joining metals and creating structures.
You only have to look around you to realise how much of the world relies on welding
Premium tradesman and welding professionals will always be in demand within the consumer market which constantly requires metal joinery for home and retail infrastructure.
Needs for skilled welders are anticipated to grow in specialised areas. These areas include GTA welding, welding automation, GMA with mixed gas shielding, the marine industry, aerospace and the sheet metal industry.
Welding is not only a noble and historical career choice for any apprentice or tradesman, its ability to evolve with the ages means it will always have an importance within the world.