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"Artistic Alloys and Design, LLC is dedicated to delivering the best designs, materials, engineering and craftsmanship to provide our clients with world class results to set the standard by which other metal fabricators compare themselves."

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Artistic Alloys is a custom metal fabrication company in Phoenix, AZ providing welding services, custom metal fabrication, Iron entry doors, custom entry doors, custom wrought iron gates, other metal gates, custom fireplaces, custom commercial kitchen metal fabrication, driveway gates, custom iron staircase railings, walk gates, commercial restaurant accessories, custom mailboxes, custom metal business signs and commercial entry doors, oven hoods & custom kitchen accessories, park add-ons, custom wine rooms, metal walls & tables, steel windows and doors and commercial doors and windows.

As one of the leaders in the custom metal fabricating industry, our experience paired your design ideas will ensure a finished product better then you had hoped for. We only use the highest quality metals in our projects, such as iron, steel, aluminum, brass, copper and zinc.

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At Artistic Alloys, we aspire to raise the bar for our competitors. We specialize in one-of-a-kind pieces, whether it's for the home or for your business. We have the tools to bring any project to life.

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Our priority is offering the absolute highest quality service, designing, engineering, fabrication and custom finishes. We "push the envelope" on design, function and completely unique innovation.

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Artistic Alloys & Design was founded by Scott La Zar to provide businesses, developers and homeowners with artistically designed metal fabrication products that are unique, one-of-a-kind works of art which enhance the beauty of any design project. Mr. La Zar has been in the industry for over 20 years bringing his vast knowledge base of creative design implementations to countless satisfied customers.

Pride and reputation is instilled in every project we perform and throughout our employees, vendors and clients. Excellence in our unique business is quality not quantity. Every creation we produce is fully and completely guaranteed to perform, withstand and enhance all applications and duties they are designed for.
Thank you for your time and interest in Artistic Alloys & Design. Please browse through our projects to see if our designs spark an idea for your environment. I hope for the opportunity to accommodate you.

Sincerely, Scott

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What I Offer

  • "One of a kind" design
  • Extreme quality welding
  • Unique fabrication
  • Stellar service

Types of Metal Fabrication

If you are searching for the different “types of fabrication“, this post should help! You may be interested as to what the various types are. Keep reading to learn more.

Fabrication is where you take stock materials and turn its parts to be used in the assembly process. There are a lot of fabrication processes. The most common types are:

  • Folding
  • Cutting
  • Punching
  • Machining
  • Welding
  • Stamping
  • Shearing

Below are the types of fabrication processes in greater detail:

  1. Folding: There are some parts that will need to be bent. A common method for this is using a press brake. It uses a set of dies that will pinch the metal to create a fold. This can only be done during certain cases because of the movement of the part and the shape of the dies. However, designing for lean manufacturing can actually help to prevent any complex shapes that will slow down production times. Sometimes when there are two fabrication types being used, or two pieces fastened together will work better than a single piece that is complicated.
  2. Cutting: There are a lot of ways to cut things today. The old way was a saw. Now cutting can include lasers, water jets, and plasma torches. There is actually a wide range of price and complexity, with some machines costing millions of dollars.
  3. Punching: This where a punch and die will create a scissor effect on metal pieces to create a hole. Yes, the die and punch need to be the same type of size and shape of the desired hole. There are some cases where the main piece of material will be kept, such as when a hole is added for a fastener. Then there are some cases where the piece that happens to be removed is the product wanted which is called blanking.
  4. Machining: This is where metal is removed from material. It could be done using a lathe, which is where the material will rotate on a cutting tool or a cutting machine where the tool is moved in different ways against a stationary part. Drills are part of this category. The range of motion of cutting heads will be defined by the number of axes.
  5. Welding: This is where two pieces of metal are joined together. Different welding types do exist for various applications and metals types that are used in manufacturing.
  6. Stamping: This is similar to punching, except the metal isn’t cut. The die has been shaped to make a raised metal part instead of cutting it.
  7. Shearing: This is a process that is used to make a long cut on metal. It is just like paper cutters with long handles. This is often done on sheet metal.

Fabrication Processes

There are a lot of fabrication processes that are not as common as the ones above. There are even new types being developed daily.One type is referred to as additive technology. This is where a machine will layer materials in order to create parts. It is almost like a 3D printer that prints plastic or other material types. The fabrication processes are often well matched for lean fabrication. The interaction from operators, their motion, and the need to manage their inventory is right up the power alley.

The fabrication processes are often best for implementing autonomation and auto ejector devices. Both of the devices are part of the load-load line. However, there is an area where lean fabrication can really struggle. Some of the really large machines are better matched to the products that are being made. Far too many large machines have a long changeover time which drives up inventory and promotes overproduction for manufacturing. It’s best to use right sized machines and then put them in specific lines if it is possible. That will help to create flow.

One of the biggest issues for the flow of fabrication is the multifunction, large machines that take a bit to change between parts. This drives up the size to create inventory. It also means that the machine can be used to produce various parts for different product lines. Deciding where it should be placed can be an issue. If you decide to include it in one line, even on the biggest line, it can be an issue with other lines. The thing to do in this case is to reduce changeover time so that the machine doesn’t run large amounts of parts. It is at that point that you can reduce the inventory amount that the machine has created. The second thing to do is to move away from purchasing expensive and large machines when a dedicated, smaller one will work. In most cases, small machines can be automated with auto eject and autonomation to make them efficient just like large machines.

Another challenge with linking the assembly and fabrication processes happens to be the process for painting. In some cases, the parts will leave fabrication to be shipped for painting or it goes to the paint center. In each case, the whole flow has been disrupted, and the delays causes more inventory. Using the CI tools that you have can minimize the impact, reduces changeover time, reduces the cure time, makes smaller batches, go into smaller and dedicated paint booths. You need to do what you can to keep the flow.

Artistic Alloys Offers Fabrication Services In Phoenix, Tempe & Scottsdale 

Artistic Alloys & Design LLC offers metal fabrication services in Phoenix, Tempe & Scottsdale. Feel free to contact with any type or residential or commercial fabrication project you have.

 

 

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How To Install A Range Hood Vent

Whenever you decide to become a Hibachi chef and show off for your friends and cook a great meal for your friends and family in your kitchen, ensure that your kitchen is going to be able to handle the steam, oil splashes, and smells from your work. Basically, you will want to ensure that your kitchen space will be completely ready for hardcore cooking so that when everything is said and done, your kitchen feels, smells and looks great.  A big part of that is a range hood and vent system.  This post will show you how to install a range hood vent.

With that being stated, let’s cover the right way to vent your kitchen hood so that you don’t have a bunch of unwanted moisture and messy stains in your kitchen. It is important that you vent your hood which makes sure that any grease, vapors, fats, and smoke that is made when you cook will not cause unsightly stains and unwanted settlement to be on your ceiling of your kitchen.

What A Range Hood Is

A range hood is basically vented using special ducts that will run through your roof and sometimes in the exterior of your home. The duct work is normally done within the walls and it is vital that everything is water and air tight. This means that you won’t have to fix any issues once everything is installed.

If you happen to be adding a range hood and are planning go through your roof, then you will have to have a duct that is properly that will run through your ceiling and inside of your attic as well as though the roof where the right safety precautions will be taken while on the roof.

Range Hood Vent Installation

Installing a roof vent will require you either doing it on your own if you are handy and are able to be safe or hiring a roofing contractor to do it for you.  Artistic Alloys & Design custom designs, fabricates, and installs all of our range hoods for your convenience.  Our team ensures the installation is correct so you get the maximum benefit from your new range hood.

Most ducts will be 10 inches wide and shaped in an accordion round duct. You will also need a 10-inch roof vent, made from painted steel and not plastic. You need to figure out where you are going to place your roof vent, as it needs to be 3 feet from the nearest roof items such as chimneys, skylights, bathroom vents, and away from the valleys of the roof and between rafters.

A roof vent that is not installed correctly can cause roof leaks which means that you have to repair the roof to deal with the issue.

Also, you want to make sure that your kitchen vent is 5 feet your roof eaves. That means 5 feet from the slope of the roof and away from the edge.

Once you have found the right location for your vent and it has been marked, drill a hole into your roof from the inside of your attic which is located between 2 rafters. Once the hole is drilled, you will have to cut the right sized opening to fit the hood vent either round or square shaped based on the design.

Once the hole has been cut, you will need to remove the roof shingles on the sides of the opening and at least 3 rows above the hole. This allows you to apply flashing to your hood vent.

Install your vent and then seal the underneath of the flange using roofing caulk or sealant. Then you will need to add flashing on both sides and above the vent, then add the shingles. You will need to seal between the top of the flange and the bottom of the shingles. That is all there is to it. Now connect your duct to the roof vent.

The overall procedure for a range hood vent in a metal roof is going to be similar to asphalt shingle roof, but it will be much easier to work with when compared to shingles. So, if you happen to have a metal roof, then it is recommended that you hire a professional to install the vent. Most regular roofers are not really trained to do the work correctly, and most of the times they will damage your metal roof.

Installing a Hood vents through outside walls

This is very similar to installing your vent through your roof, but it’s a bit different.

It is assumed that there is vinyl siding on your home, and for any other siding types the installation is quite similar. You are going to need the right ducts as well as a vinyl vent. You can also use a dryer vent too, but it could be too small as a typical dryer vent is only 4 inches wide.

You can purchase a vinyl mounting box that comes in 12 inches by 18 inches. You will need to cut a round hole at the right size for your duct. Then attach the vent using the mounting box using flat head screws that are quite long and do this between 2 inches and 3 inches apart around the mounting box.

Next, apply clear roofing caulk or exterior caulk to create a seal between the vent and the mounting box. You will have to trim the vent flange to be able to fit the mounting box. Once your vent has been installed and then sealed, you will just need to attach your duct and then it is complete.

Custom Range Hood Installation

At Artistic Alloys & Design we assist you in coming up with the perfect design, hand fabricate it in our shop, bring it to your home, and install it for you.  We will create the wall mount or island range hood of your dreams.  Help your property stand out from the crowd with a custom designed range hood from Artistic Alloys & Design.  Call (480) 941-2611 today for custom range hood installation in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, or any of the cities in the valley.

 

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Types Of CNC Machines

 

If you are searching for the different “types of cnc machines“, this post should help! Using a CNC machine to aid in your project is fast and precise. CNC machines are easier to use than conventional tools when it comes to cutting, grinding, and drilling.

There are six types of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines

Different industries require different types of CNC machines. These types of cnc machines are lathe, milling, router, plasma cutting, laser cutting, and electric discharge.

  • CNC Lathe Machines
  • CNC Milling Machine
  • CNC Router Machine
  • CNC Plasma Cutting Machine
  • CNC Laser Cutting Machines
  • CNC Electric Discharge Machine

There are a variety of industries, all of which use all six of the various types of CNC machines and each machine has an application of their own. Below is a small explanation of the various types of CNC machines.

CNC Lathe Machines

This machine has the ability of cutting work pieces after they are turned. A CNC Lathe machine is able quickly to make precision cuts through the utilization of various apparatuses. In contrast to manual lathe machines, the CNC machines have been successful with the exactness that they give.

CNC Milling Machines

Many milling machines today are being built just for the CNC, whereas, others are being retrofitted later on. With many of these machines being extremely huge, they have their own built-in tool changers, various electrical sensors to safely monitor the cutters constantly, and automatic feeder mechanisms for loading.

CNC Router Machines

Anytime someone is learning about CNC, they will see this machine often, as it is considered to be a common part of the machinery in industries today. They are built exclusively to be operated by CNC technology. These machines do not have a human interface and they can only be operated through a computer. Generally, Routers were designed with the idea of producing larger works by cutting plastics, woods, and sheet metal. The Router machine is more commonly seen in a set-up having 3-axis (X, Y, and Z). A set-up such as this allows or basic profiles to be cut, as well as three-dimensional relief machining. There are some four, five, and six axis Router machines, which are used for the cutting of complex shapes and/or prototype models.

CNC Plasma Cutting Machines

This type of machine is similar to the Router machine when it comes to its set-up and size, except, it does not need such a powerful set-up since it does not have to carry around a spinning tool, but only use a plasma torch above the table.

CNC Laser Cutting Machines

Having the same principles as the Plasma cutting machine, the only exception is that the CNC Laser cutting machine does not consist of as much force. Laser cutting is used a lot for cutting plastic, wood, and metals, with the strength of the laser being suited for each of the different material used.

CNC Electric Discharge Machines

The EDM (stands for the Electric Discharge machining), consists of making particular shapes within a specified material through electrical releases (starts). Next, expelling the material of a certain work piece through repeating more of the electrical releases of two different anodes, these are isolated using a dielectric liquid that gets an electric voltage regularly.

Different types and the many applications of CNC machines

The various types of CNC Machines perform different duties and applications. Continue reading below for some small examples of each one.

Milling:

These are CNC machines that are widely used, primarily used to drill and turn metals.

Routers:

Used in the cutting of complex and intricate shapes and also for prototypes from sheets of sheet metal.

Lathes:

These have an automatic tool change programmed inside of them and are used in the production of shapes and molds that are 3D.

Plasma cutting:

These used less power than does the Routers in utilizing 2D shapes and molds for cutting.

Laser cutting:

These are operated similar to that of plasma cutting, only instead of a plasma torch, it uses a laser.

The 5-axis:

This means that the CNC machine is being operated on three-perpendicular axes that has two rotary axes.

The 6-axis:

Meaning the CNC machining is being performed on three-perpendicular axes, having three rotary axes.

Artistic Alloys Offers CNC Machining Services In Phoenix & Scottsdale

Artistic Alloys & Design LLC offers CNC machining services in Phoenix, Paradise Valley & Scottsdale. Feel free to contact with any type or residential or commercial CNC machining project you have.

 

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Metal Stair Design

If you’re searching for metal stair design you’re likely building a new property or improving an existing one.  Stairs can be made from wood and a variety of metals.  Metal stairs offer business owners and homeowners some very enticing advantages.  They are getting installed in more and more homes all over the world for their visually stunning presentation and incredible durability.

Types of Metal Stair Designs

Stairs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  The path a stairway takes is a big part of the design.  They can be straight, angled, spiral, curved, and wind.  Each design fits difference spaces and offers property owners a certain look.

  • Parallel Stairs – These type of stair designs have successive flights that are parallel to each other.  They are separated only by one or more platforms.
  • Straight Run Stairs – A straight run staircase is straight forward.  It is a style which simply runs straight without turning.  There can be a landing near the mid area or simply run the distance.
  • Angled Stairs – This design of stairs is one that changes direction either diagonally or has successive flights where they are placed at angles other than 180°.
  • Scissor Stairs – This stair design is one where you have two opposite straight running stairways running in the same area of the building with a wall separating them.
  • Spiral Stairs – Spiral stairs are those where the stairs are set in a circular uniform pattern with uniform sector shape treads.  All of the stairs come out from a center column.
  • Curved Stairs – These stairs are those that have two or more curvature centers.  This design ends up looking elliptical, oval, or other curved shapes. They can have platforms.
  • Winder Stairs – This style of stair design at first glance seems like a simple parallel stair design.  The difference is there are not landings at the angles, just angled stair treads.

Metal Stair Advantages

Homeowners, commercial property owners, contractors, and architects have choices of several stair materials when designing buildings.  In metal or concrete construction metal is always chosen for its advantages.  Even in structures made from wood metal stairs are selected for their appearance and durability. Some of the most compelling advantages of metal stairs are:

Excellent Strength To Weight

While the density of metal is considerably higher than other materials so is the strength.  For this reason, the section members of the stairs can be made much smaller and still give superior strength and durability. This element of metal stairs is very useful when there is limited space or when the priority is to offer maximum space under the stairway.  For larger structures the impressive weight to strength ratio also is useful for high rise buildings.  It means saving weight and not needing to have addition framing or foundation work to support unnecessary weight.

Versatile Design

Metal is an excellent stair material as it can be formed in many different fashions and many finishes can be applied.  This means that it can fit into virtually any style or property and compliment any other type of construction materials installed around it. Due to its design flexibility it can fit into properties that need a simple functional stairway or something more elaborate.  Due to metal’s versatility virtually, any design an architect can dream up can be brought to life in your choice of metal.

Integrated Stair Railings

One of the biggest and most important features of a stairway is the dependability and safety of the design.  Metal already offers superior durability, but it also offers the benefit of having an integrated stair railing.  Depending on the design the railing provides a hand hold and safety barrier from falls.  Metal stairs are custom fitted and designed as a seamless system.  Many times, the stair railings can be installed at the shop and the whole system can be delivered as a unit.  Larger or more complex stairways are designed, and custom fitted at the shop and then delivered separated then assembled onsite.

Quality Accurate Dimension

Safety is the primary concern when designing anything, and stairs are no exception.  Stair safety relies on the uniformity of the tread and riser dimensions along with the way the railing is designed.  The dimensions are carefully controlled and laid out in advance to ensure the stairs are safe.  The height of risers, size of treads, and height of the railing is all well thought out to ensure user safety.  As stairs are fabricated quality control systems are put in place to ensure the actual product is true to the design dimensions.

Early Installation & Utility

As metal stairs are fabricated off the job site their progress isn’t tied to the work on the site.  They can be made well in advance of construction and be delivered as soon as they are needed.  A big advantage of this is as soon as a building is complete enough to install the stairs they can be quickly installed so workers will be able to put away ladders.  This keeps the site safer and increases productivity.

Quick Installation

As the stairs are assembled as large sections or just a single unit there is much less time involved in installing them in the building.  They are delivered, carried into the building, and set in place.  Once a few fasteners are set the stairs are ready to use.  Other stair construction methods require the installation of a stringer and individually making each riser, tread, and stair railing.  The time savings alone is a huge advantage for both the construction process and the cost of building.

Salvage Advantages

In some applications the value of salvaging the stairs may influence your decision.  If your company may move to new locations the stairs can be dismantled and moved to a new location.  Then they can be reassembled and installed again.  This will keep the cost of construction down and get stairs install in a hurry anywhere you go.  Further than that if you plan on demolishing a building where you have metal stairs the metal itself will have significant scrap value!

Return On Investment

If you are comparing materials for stairs you must take into account not just the price of the product, but costs affected from using a product.  In the case of metal stairs, the cost is very competitive when compared with other materials.  While the costs might be similar the incidental costs associated with other materials can add up fast. For example when using wood it is common to need to install a temporary stairway for workers and then spend time tearing it out and spending time building a stairway on site.  Metal stairs simply show up ready to install and don’t need to be replaced once construction is complete.

Phoenix Valley Metal Stair Installation

If you have a home or business that needs metal stairs, Artistic Alloys & Design is here to help!  Our team custom designs metal stairs in any design or style imaginable.  We can help you differentiate your property with one of a kind style or we can install purely functional metal stairs.  With Artistic Alloys the choice is yours and customer satisfaction is always priority #1!

Call today to schedule a metal stair consultation 480-941-2611

 

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Buying Guide For Range Hoods

Investing in a range hood is a great way to customize your kitchen, increase your home’s value, and make it more comfortable to cook!  There are a lot of styles, types, and features to consider when shopping for a range hood.  Use this range hood buying guide to help narrow down the type you’d need and make sure you love the range hood we help custom design and install at your home or restaurant!

Types Of Range Hoods

There is a variety of types of range hoods for different install limitations and style preferences.  Some mount to the wall while others mount to the ceiling over an island in your kitchen.  There are styles where the hot air and cooking fumes are pushed outdoors while others are ductless and filter the air to remove the toxins and airborne grease before releasing the air back into the kitchen.

Island Range Hoods

An island range hood is one that is mounted directly to the ceiling over a cooktop in a kitchen island.  These range hoods are typically made much wider than wall mounted hoods as they don’t have the benefit of cabinets to help direct air into the hood.  Many kitchens today are putting the cooktop in the center of the kitchen so he or she that’s cooking can still face people in the kitchen and be part of the conversation.  An island range hood just helps them stay cooler and comfortable while preparing their favorite recipes.

Downdraft Range Hoods

These designs are less practical for residential applications as they funnel smoke and fumes downward into ducts installed into the floor.  In some commercial applications they do help keep kitchen staff cooler and more productive, but in residential settings the demolition needed to install the ducts is typically cost prohibitive and time consuming.

Wall-Chimney Range Hoods

When there are no cabinets where to mount to over the range a wall-chimney range hood is a great option.  These range hoods mount directly to the wall and vent into a wall stack to the outdoors.  This design helps homeowners have a more open kitchen plan where extra storage isn’t needed.  These are popular in homes where minimalist modern designs are gaining in popularity.

Ductless Range Hoods

Not all range hoods have ducts that channel the fumes and airborne grease from cooking, and there isn’t always a need to.  A ductless range hood pulls the heat, airborne grease, and steam away from the cooking area and filters out the grease.  While this is sometimes necessary it does put the cooking odors and heat back into the home instead of pushing it outdoors.

Features of Range Hoods

Not all range hoods are made equal and there are some premium features that make some range hoods more desirable and user friendly.  From being able to choose how fast you want the fans to go to having a range hood that knows when it needs to turn on, you have options when choosing a range hood.

Fan Speed Settings

Different types of cooking call for different fan speeds.  Simply heating up some water doesn’t put off the same fumes and boiling spaghetti or cooking meat.  Being able to choose the right speed for your fans makes it so you can keep the kitchen quieter when cooking smaller things.

Automatic Sensor

Some of the best range hoods effortlessly work with you as you cook in your kitchen.  As the heat rises along with steam and the toxic cooking fumes a range hood equipped with an automatic sensor springs to life and simply takes care of you, the chef!

Volume of Airflow

Clearly every kitchen has a different layout and size.  You will want to ensure you choose a range hood that’s capable of effectively removing the heat, steam, and fumes quickly enough to keep the cook comfortable.  Check with your design consultant to ensure you’re choosing a design that fits your kitchen layout and location of the range hood!

Timed Exhaust Shut-Off

When you’re done cooking there is likely a little smell and steam still rising.  Waiting around for the stove to cool off to turn off your range hood is inconvenient.  A timed shut off allows you to take your meal in with your company or family to enjoy while it simply does it’s job and then turns itself off.

Phoenix Valley Range Hoods

If you would like to have a custom range hood installed anywhere in the Phoenix Valley; Artistic Alloys can help!  We design custom range hoods of all kinds and craft them with unyielding attention to design, detail, and absolutely quality.  Whether you need a range hood for your home, commercial setting, or high end restaurant our team can build you range hood that gets the job done with unmistakable style.

Call today to learn more about having a range hood installed
(480) 941-2611

 

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Welding Definition and Types

Welding Definition and Types – The Ultimate Guide To Various Welding Types

Definition of Welding

Welding has been defined as being a process where multiple pieces of thermoplastics or metal are fastened together using pressure and heat. This process of applying heat will soften the metal and then allows it to be pressed together as a joint area. The concept of welding was developed in the metal ages, although it didn’t form into the welding process like today until around the 19th century.

Before this was a process called forge welding where two metal pieces were joined together. Forge welding happens using a flame to heat the metal to a high temperature and then hammering the pieces together until they were a single piece. This method was eventually replaced around the industrial revolution era. Gas and electric flame heating methods were much faster and safer for welders.

Almost every object that has been made that has made society what it is today was created by a welded construction tool or has been welded. It is because of this a welder has multiple areas to be employed in, and most welders will often specialize auto or pipe welding while others will deal with machinery.

There are endless possibilities for a welder seeing how welding is able to be done in various locations such as underwater, but not all welding forms are the same. Some welders will use electric while others will use gas and the newest welding forms will use a laser.

Different Types of Welding

The process of welding that will be used is going to based on various factors, but the thickness and form of the materials is often a deciding factor for which welding method will be best. Tungsten Inert Gas, Submerged Arc, Shielded Metal Arc, Plasma Arc, Metal Inert Gas, Gas Tungsten Arc, Gas Metal Arc, Flux Cored, Electroslag, and Arc are the most used welding method types.

Arc Welding

Arc Welding is a very popular type of welding because of the low cost for the process. The process starts with a device that uses and electrical current. This device can vary from process to process, but it will always use an electrical current to go through the materials without the device, and it is considered to be non-conductive. The reason that it is called arc welding is because the electrical current that is done between the device and the materials when being welded. The first arc welding was invented in 1802 and today there are many subcategories of arc welding.

Electroslag (ESW) Welding

This type of welding practice stated in the 1950s. Electroslag welding is a fast welding process that is used to join large materials like steel plates. These materials are then arranged within a vertical position, seeing how the electroslag weld was meant to weld at a angle without causing distortion. The name electroslag came from the water filled copper areas in the device which were included and designed to prevent melted slag from getting into other areas when it liquified.

Flux Cored Welding

This welding process made and started being used during the early 1950s. It had a main purpose of providing another option for stick welding. This process is used for a project that needs to have fast speeds. Most construction workers will use this process on the job because of the speed and the ability to use this welding process in different situations on various materials.

Gas Metal Arc Welding

Gas Metal Arc Welding process was made in the 1940s and is an automatic welding process. This method uses a welding gun which will automatically feed the weld metal through the gun to be used. The weld gun also distributes a protective gas shield from the natural elements. This process saves time and is best for large welding projects. It was originally made to use with aluminum. Today, this method is mainly used by welders who work with auto repair and manufacturing.

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

This welding process is a very time consuming and difficult welding process that is used today. This is due to the fact that it needs a lot of skill and focus because of the small areas that are located between the material used and arc of the flame. Normally small strips of metal that don’t contain a lot of iron will be welded using this type of process. Even though it’s hard, it does produce high quality, strong welds whenever it is done right. Welders who are making bicycles or aircrafts in the military and commercial instances will this type of welding while other types of welders will not have to deal with this process. There have been hardly any changes made Since its release in 1941.

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding

MIG welding is a welding process that will use gas to shield the weld metal. The gas will keep the metal from being affected by natural elements like oxygen. This allows the welder to operate at a continuous rate which makes the process quick. Using this equipment doesn’t need a lot of skill by a welder, however, the equipment that is being used can only be used inside because of the gas during the whole process of welding. Metal Inert Gas Welding was originally made in the 1940s, but it has went under a lot of upgrades until it became perfect in the 1960s.

Plasma Arc Welding

Plasma Arc welding is similar to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. The two are often compared because they work in similar fashion, only they use different torch types. This method was created in 1954, however it is still being improved today. Plasma Arc Welding also needs more concentration than the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding because of the precision of the weld and the smaller arc. For plasma welding, the electrical current is passed through a small nozzle which will pass through the protective gas which gives extreme accuracy when welding. Plasma arc weldingis able to heat metals to a very high temperature which can cause a deeper weld. Just like gas tungsten arc welding, this process is normally used in aircraft manufacturing.

Shielded Metal Arc Welding

This type of welding is also called stick welding. This process is the most popular and most used process in welding today. The first form of this process was made in 1938, but the equipment and process are still going through upgrades. It is a manual type of welding process that is inexpensive and simple to use. The results aren’t as neat as other methods and the molten splatter is a common thing. Stick welding is mostly used by construction welders who are working steel structures and other industries that need welding but don’t have a big budget.

Submerged Arc Welding

This process can only be used on items that have high iron contents like stainless steel. The device that is used can be semi-automatic or automatic which makes it quick. While it is quick, the electrical art has to be covered by flux in order to protect the metal from the atmosphere during welding. This cover will also prevent welding splatter which makes it safer for welders than other forms. This process was named after the need to be submerged in a flux cover.

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding

TIG welding is very similar to MIG welding. The difference is that TIG will use a tungsten current form while MIG uses metal electrode. Because of TIG using tungsten, it needs an additional filler inside of the welding device as tungsten doesn’t melt in the welding process. Tungsten is very unique, and it can be heated at a much higher temperature before it melts than other metals. TIG Welding is normally used in industries that deal with stainless steel.

Artistic Alloys Offers Welding Services In Phoenix & Scottsdale

Artistic Alloys & Design LLC offers professional welding services in Phoenix, Paradise Valley & Scottsdale. Feel free to contact with any type or residential or commercial welding project you have.

 

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The Benefits Of Wrought Iron Gates

If you’re considering investing in new gates for your home or commercial location you’re probably looking for materials.  There are many options for your gates but wrought iron is one of the best.  Read about the Benefits of Wrought Iron Gates in this post.

Wrought Iron Gates

The Phoenix Valley residents are benefiting from having the addition of wrought iron gates. This is making their homes more secure than it was ever before, and it increases the value of their property. Having wrought iron gates consists of very little maintenance, and the entire home will have beautiful and secured durable gates. Just having these gate shows that your family and home are secure, as well as your life style.

Secured properties

Many of the Phoenix residents have wrought iron gates installed because they are want that feeling you get from knowing that your home and landscape are secured. Having these gates and of course the high wrought iron fence that goes with those gates, deterrents otherwise would be trespassers, keeping in mind that the higher the fencing and gates the higher the security of your property. When there are additional design features, such as sharp or curvy tops and other such designing will not only serve as a beauty by those passing by, but will be an additional discouragement for intruders. Wrought iron gates along your property line is the perfect unwelcoming mat for opportunistic thieves.

Durable gates

The reason that wrought iron gates are so durable and popular as gates and fences is because they are made from one of the strongest materials (short of diamonds) available for making fencing and gates. Its common sense to say that they are stronger, and more durable than a vinyl or wood fencing and gate would be. So, as you can see, wrought iron is the best option for durability and security. Wrought iron gates will still be standing after your neighbor’s fences made of a less durable material has rotted, weakened, or fallen apart.

Very little maintenance needed

There is hardly any maintenance required of wrought iron gates. Painting your wrought iron gates will even benefit more by filling the pitting, and also creates a corrosion prevention. It has an advantage over wood in that it is not going to get infested with insects. Since termites cannot chew through iron, these gates will be around for generations to come. On occasion, rinsing down the fencing and gates, especially after big storms is going to help promote corrosion even further by removing debris.

Now that’s curb appealing

Our personal appearance is important to all of us, that is why we make investments in things that will help. This isn’t any different when it comes to the appearance of our residential and/or commercial properties. A person’s home, including their business, is representing them 24/7. The way others see your home from the streets is the way in which they are going to look at you. It can also help how you see yourself. Want to make a statement, install wrought iron gates.

Increase your properties value

It is not only about the wonderful feeling one gets out of a properties appearance that they are living in. As almost everyone knows, there’s a lot of people are in the business of investing to remodel properties and resell them. Although this may not be what your goals are, keep in mind that an investment in wrought iron gates will certainly increase your properties value. That way, should you ever decide to sell or not, you would have made a great investment for yourself.

Installing Wrought Iron Gates

If you are a resident in Phoenix Valley, the Artistic Alloys in Scottsdale, Arizona has the ability to help you with the wrought iron gates you have been fantasizing about and bring it all to life. Our specialty is in quality installation, unmatched fabrication, and custom designing. Why not invest in your home’s security and appearance by choosing durable, and security measure which can be found with wrought iron gates.

Wrought Iron Gate Installation

If you’d like wrought iron gates for your home or business in the Phoenix Valley, Artistic Alloys can help!  We custom fabricate our wrought iron gates to fit your space, your style, and your budget.  No matter what style you want for your property we have the skill to design it, tools to fabricate it, and team to install it!

To get a free wrought iron gate quote please call 480-941-2611

 

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How To Clean Range Hoods

A range hood is an important part of any kitchen as it keeps the air clean while you’re cooking.  Cooking naturally produces smoke and steam.  The smoke can contain potentially toxic fumes and excessive steam in your kitchen leads to mold.  Even airborne grease is caught and removed by your range hood.

Range Hood Cleaning Steps

While your range hood is keeping your air clean it naturally gets dirty itself while removing the harmful fumes, grease, and moisture from your kitchen. To clean your range hood you’ll need to clean the air filter, range hood, vent, and fan.

Step 1: Clean The Filter

Range hoods have air filters that remove particulates from the smoke leaving your home.  There are two kind of air filters, charcoal and metal.  Each of these different types can be removed and cleaned easily or replaced.

Charcoal Filters

Charcoal filters cannot be cleaned and must just be replaced. It’s a good practice to replace them annually.  For kitchens that get more use they may need more frequent replacement.

Metal Filters

The first step in cleaning it is getting it out of the range hood.  Next you’ll want to soak it in a solution of degreaser.  Make sure it is full immersed in the solution and once it’s dissolved you can give it a wash in warm soapy water.  You can also run it through a cycle in the dishwasher on the top rack for good measure.  Ensure it is completely dry and then reinstall the filter.

Step 2: Clean The Range Hood

While removing the greasy moist air from your kitchen the surfaces of the range hood will get sticky and coated with grease.  To get this film off ensure that the range is turned off and the range hood isn’t running, or light turned on.  Choose a nonabrasive household cleaner that is good for degreasing and wipe down the range hood.  Ensure you never spray switches, electrical components, or the light bulb with your cleaner.

Step 3: Clean The Vent

Just like the range hood grease will build up in the vent and should be removed.  Grease, as many of us know, is flammable. Letting grease build up in the vent presents a fire hazard that needs to be mitigated. Unless you’ve got the right tools and training to clean a vent you should contact a professional range hood cleaning company.

Step 4: Clean The Fan

The fan is the most common place to get excessive grease and should be wiped down with degreaser.  Many times it is the blower wheel that gets the most grease and dirt.  This part in many designs can be removed and degreased just like a metal filter.

Range Hood Trouble Shooting

If you’ve found this article because you’re having problem with your range hood, this section is for you!  Common range hood problems are buttons not working, the motor is loud, or the range hood isn’t removing smoke from your kitchen.

Buttons Not Working

If the buttons aren’t working to turn on the fan or light it is likely an electrical problem.  If the control board isn’t working on your panel it typically requires a visit from a professional repair person.

Smoke Stays In Kitchen

If your range hood is on high and isn’t removing the smoke from your kitchen, it’s a big problem!  Common causes are blocked vents, worn out fans, or clogged air filters.  Follow the cleaning stops above for the filter and fan.  Then ensure that the vent isn’t blocked in any way.

Loud Range Hoods

While some sound is normal elevated levels of noise is a sign of a problem.  Cleaning is the motor is the first step to quieting a noisy range hood.  The dirt and grease that collects on the motor can cause it to make noise and wear out.  If cleaning doesn’t resolve the noise you may need to replace it.

Range Hood Fabrication & Installation

If your range hood is worn out or you just want a new style or range hood Artistic Alloys is here to help!  We custom design, fabricate, and install range hoods in the Phoenix Valley.  Our team works closely with homeowners to develop visually stunning and effective range hoods that make cooking more enjoyable and raises property values.  For more information about how to order a new custom range hood please call us at (480) 941-2611.

 

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Surviving Kitchens Without Range Hoods

Some kitchens have been designed and constructed on the cheap and may not have a range hood.  This is more common in rentals and some older homes.  It can be the scourge of the home with no way to exhaust airborne grease, smoke, cooking smells, and steam out of the kitchen.  If the air isn’t been exhausted it leads to a film of sticky grease and the smells of cooking for days.

No Range Hood Solutions

If your home or apartment doesn’t have a range hood in the kitchen it can be a nightmare.  Grease will build up, it will create unwelcome heat during the summer, and the smell of cooking Saturday’s salmon will still be lingering well after the weekend.  Try some of these tips if you don’t have a range hood.

Range Hood Installation

While this might not be possible in all rentals, it is worth asking about.  If you own your home our team can help you choose the style, size, and placement that fits your needs.  Installing a range hood will make cooking more enjoyable, minimize cooking fumes, and increase the value of your property.  We custom design and install range hoods anywhere in the Phoenix Valley.

Remove Air With Fans

If you have a window in your kitchen, or at least on close to it, you can install a window fan.  Every time you cook you can set it to exhaust and it will help remove the heat and smells from your kitchen.  It will not however help with the airborne grease.  Even turning on fans in other rooms that are down the hall from the kitchen will minimize how long smells from cooking will linger in your home.

Clean The Air With Filters

Another option you have is to actually clean the air, if you can’t simply exhaust it.  You can purchase a HEPA air filter which will help remove the cooking smells and some of the toxins from the air.  This will really help when you’re cooking fish or searing meat.  This way you can still get that perfect steak, burger, or tilapia without having to compromise your indoor air quality.

Use Splatter Screens To Cook

Another way to help compensate for not having a range hood is to cover your pans with a splatter screen.  The screen keeps grease in the pan instead of atomizing into the air and splattering onto the stove.  This avoids buildup both on your cook top and airborne grease that will otherwise land on cabinetry and cause that sticky film.

Clean Your Kitchen More Often

While fans, filters, and splatter screens will help minimize the amount of grease in the air, it will not match a range hood.  If you don’t have a range hood or the one you have is more an ornament you should compensate with frequent cleaning.  Wipe down your cabinetry often with a mixture of dish soap and water.  Disinfecting cleaning wipes are also a useful cleaning resource for removing grease from your cabinets, countertops, and even the cooktop.  Clean at least once a week or daily to keep your kitchen clean.

Alternative Cooking Methods

You can also choose to cook in ways that don’t involve your range or cooktop.  Popular alternatives include crockpot cooking and cooking outside.  Crockpots might produce a little steam and let off the scent of meals cooking, but they don’t produce the toxic fumes from pan frying.  Cooking outdoors on an electric skillet or grille are also viable alternatives, weather permitting. If these aren’t options try always covering your pots with lids and pans with splatter screens to minimize the affect of cooking on your home.

Custom Range Hood Installation in Scottsdale

Artistic Alloys & Design is proud to offer custom range hoods in Scottsdale.  We come to your home for consults, measure for your spaces, and custom design a range hood to fit your needs.  Our team fabricates your range hood right here in Scottsdale, delivers it to your home, and professionally installs it.  A custom range hood from our team will last the test of time, add style to your kitchen, and value to your home.

For more information about getting a new range hood
please give us a call at (480) 490-2935.

 

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Can Iron Entry Doors Save Energy?

Property owners across the country are investing the in the durability and security of wrought iron entry doors.  There is no doubt that these iron entry doors add security and style to a home or business, but can iron entry doors save energy?  With the price of electricity and gas always on the rise smart property owners are considering the impact of all elements of their structure and how they affect energy efficiency.  So let’s examine if your iron entry doors will help you save energy.

Insulated Iron Doors

Every area of the world fluctuates in temperature.  The natural tendency of structures is to match these lows and highs.  While air conditioning and heating compensate for the warmer and cooler months, they consume a lot of energy to keep us comfortable.  We all know that the role of insulation is to minimize outside temperatures from affecting the interior of our homes.  To that end iron entry doors can be outfitted with insulation to act as an energy saving barrier.

Thermal Rated Glass

The vast majority of iron entry doors are fabricated with large windows.  This allows great views and loads of natural light into the property.  Older types of glass weren’t very energy friendly and were a serious weak point in home’s energy efficiency.  Today’s best iron entry doors are fitted with insulated glass.  This thicker glass is engineered to be an effective barrier to the heat or cold which is trying to get into your home.  Custom iron entry doors can also be designed with dual paned glass sections which offer the ultimate in energy efficiency.

Tight Weatherstripping

We’ve all seen gaps under doors and have felt drafts coming through them.  The US Dept of Energy estimates that the average American home loses about 30% of its energy through these gaps.  The best iron entry doors are those that have tight weatherstripping around the windows and the door itself.  Quality weatherstripping installed by a professional will ensure that there isn’t a place for water or air to leak into your home.  This is the only way to ensure that you’ve got the highest quality iron entry doors on the market.

Custom Designed, Purpose Built

If you want to have iron entry doors installed but want to ensure that you’ve got the most energy efficient door possible, the best way to get it done is to order a custom iron entry door.  When a door is designed especially for your property it will be the exact size you need and every element fitted to work with each other.

You’ll be able to decide which glass is used, what insulation is used, and with custom door fabrication comes fine craftsmanship.  In addition you’ll be able to infuse the design with your own style and design elements.  From geometric patterns to organic elements you’ll be able to have your iron entry doors completely custom to your home, your business, or whatever property you need to secure and add style.

 

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