You are a welder of METAL! Adafruit offers a fun and exciting badges to
celebrate achievement for electronics, science and engineering. We
believe everyone should be able to be rewarded for learning a useful
skill, a sticker is just one of the many ways to show and share.
This is the "I learned how to weld!" badge for use with educators
, classrooms, workshops, Maker Faires
and around the world to reward beginners on their skill building journey!
MADE IN THE USA!
Welding is a fabrication or sculptural process that joins
materials, usually metals or thermoplastics, by causing coalescence.
This is often done by melting the workpieces and adding a filler
material to form a pool of molten material (the weld pool) that cools to
become a strong joint, with pressure sometimes used in conjunction with
heat, or by itself, to produce the weld. This is in contrast with
soldering and brazing, which involve melting a lower-melting-point
material between the workpieces to form a bond between them, without
melting the workpieces.
Many different energy sources can be used for welding, including a gas
flame, an electric arc, a laser, an electron beam, friction, and
ultrasound. While often an industrial process, welding may be performed
in many different environments, including open air, under water and in
outer space. Welding is a potentially hazardous undertaking and
precautions are required to avoid burns, electric shock, vision damage,
inhalation of poisonous gases and fumes, and exposure to intense
Until the end of the 19th century, the only welding process was forge
welding, which blacksmiths had used for centuries to join iron and steel
by heating and hammering. Arc welding and oxyfuel welding were among
the first processes to develop late in the century, and electric
resistance welding followed soon after. Welding technology advanced
quickly during the early 20th century as World War I and World War II
drove the demand for reliable and inexpensive joining methods. Following
the wars, several modern welding techniques were developed, including
manual methods like shielded metal arc welding, now one of the most
popular welding methods, as well as semi-automatic and automatic
processes such as gas metal arc welding, submerged arc welding,
flux-cored arc welding and electroslag welding. Developments continued
with the invention of laser beam welding, electron beam welding,
electromagnetic pulse welding and friction stir welding in the latter
half of the century. Today, the science continues to advance. Robot
welding is commonplace in industrial settings, and researchers continue
to develop new welding methods and gain greater understanding of weld
Adafruit's badges are manufactured in partnership with AMBRO Manufacturing
located in NJ, USA. AMBRO is a family owned and operated business since
1990 that celebrates open-source with Adafruit Industries. You can meet
their team here
AMBRO uses non-toxic soy based, water soluble and environmentally
friendly printing supplies, threads and more when possible. AMBRO has
over 250 solar panels that generate 50,000 Kilowatt hours per year.
Their equipment runs solar powered, so the wonderful things AMBRO and
Adafruit have worked together on are made with the sun! AMBRO
Manufacturing was recognized
by Impressions Magazine, a leading trade publication in the garment
printing and embroidery business, who published an article highlighting
AMBRO and their commitment to their environmentally focused
manufacturing practices. Adafruit knows you have a lot of choices as to
where you spend your money and time, we hope our open-source values,
commitment to green technologies and partners helps make the decision
easier and fun!