From early Middle Age-era welding to modern robotic welding, we have come a long way. As you can imagine, early on welding was considerably more difficult than it is today, primarily because of the lack of technology and engineering knowledge. What was once seen as a crude process used to repair and fuse metals is now a precise and integral part of nearly all metal manufacturing. As welders and metal fabricators who take pride in the art of welding, we would like to delve into the history of welding in today’s blog.

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Early Years

Early welding techniques were quite crude. The welding process typically only involved heat and a hammer, and the process was carried out by blacksmiths. During these early times, blacksmiths often worked with iron and metal, and one of the most common jobs was creating horseshoes since horses were the primary form of transportation.

19th Century

After the advent of the electric generator, the art of welding made major advances. No longer was it something that a few blacksmiths did—it became a service that blacksmiths everywhere provided. During the 19th century, blacksmiths began using carbon and metal arcs as well as gas, revolutionizing the welding process.

World War I

Nothing spurs innovations and manufacturing quite like war. This effect is certainly true during the early 20th century when the First World War broke out. Naturally, to be better prepared for war, countries were demanding heavy armory. This provided welders with work like they had never seen before. As a result of this soaring demand, many people took up the profession of welding and as a result began to make serious leaps in technological advancements. One especially useful invention during this time was the electrode. Additionally, during this type such welding developments, like flash butt welding, resistance, projection, spot, and seam welding, all became common practiced.


Nowadays, with all of the technological advancements we’ve seen, welding is more automated, productive, and safer than at any other point in history. Not only have we had the invention of laser beam welding, but we also have robotic welding. Over the years, robotic welding has become increasingly relevant in manufacturing industries. Unlike arc welding or torch welding performed by humans, robotic welders allow for unprecedentedly strong welds, fewer defects, more precision, and far more efficiency. Robotic welding can be used in sheet metal working, plastics, composites, ships, computer chips, and seemingly everything and anything in between.

As you have probably gathered, the process of welding has come a long way. This is just a brief and general snapshot of its history. We see no reason to think that it won’t continue to become more efficient and impactful. Welding is something that already affects our lives daily and is bound to provide more life-altering advancements.

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