Q&A: Joining, Welding, and Assembling

 

List of Questions

What kinds of parts can be joined, welded, or assembled?
What materials can be used?
How strong are the joints?
How strong are the welds?
What are the advantages of magnetic welding?
How do I design a part to gain maximum benefit from magnetic pressing?

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Answers

What kinds of parts can be joined, welded, or assembled?

Lots of them.  Click here for examples.

What materials can be used?

Magnetic pressing works best with metals with high electrical conductivity such as:

Less conductive metals, such as stainless steel, can be used with either a higher-energy system or a highly conductive "driver" to help move the less conductive workpiece.

How strong are the joints?

The strength of a joint depends heavily on the design. A properly designed joint can be as strong or stronger than joints made with more conventional methods.  IAP Research's engineers can help you design a joint that is optimized for the Magnepress process.

Magnetic press welded copper to steel

This 200x micrograph shows copper and steel sheets magnetically welded together by IAP Research in 1992.  The waviness indicates a strong bond.

How strong are the welds?

The welds are as strong as the materials being welded together.

What are the advantages of magnetic welding?

Magnetic welding has many advantages over more traditional welding methods.  Here are some of them:

How do I design a product to gain maximum benefit from magnetic pressing?

You gain the maximum benefit when you begin your product design knowing that the product will be manufactured with a Magnepress. Like every manufacturing process, magnetic pressing has unique strengths and weaknesses. Design your product so that it benefits from the strengths and avoids the weaknesses.

IAP Research, the makers of Magnepress systems, has a product engineering staff that can help you design your product to maximize its value -- whether you manufacture it with Magnepress or any other process.  Give us a call.