Welding is a process that everyone’s heard of and likely understands to a certain extent, but there’s a lot that many people don’t know about welding, such as its origins or how it developed over the years. The history of welding is actually very interesting, but rather than bore you with a full historical summary, we’ll list just a few interesting historical facts to satisfy your curiosity.
- Welding Dates Back to the Bronze Age- The earliest evidence we have of welding can be traced back to the Bronze Age, which was roughly between 3330 and 1200 B.C. These early examples were small, circular gold boxes that were made through pressure welding.
- People Have Been Welding Swords for Thousands of Years- While we know the Japanese welded Samurai swords around 589 A.D. and blacksmiths in the Middle Ages created swords through forge welding, people had been welding swords long before then. The Egyptians used charcoal to pressure weld swords all the way back in 3000 B.C.
- Welding Has Been Done in Space- In 1969, the Russians were the first to attempt welding in space, and they were successful. They used a process called cold welding, which uses pressure instead of heat to join two metals or materials.
Welding has a rich history, and it’s still used in a variety of applications today. In fact, more than 50% of U.S. products require welding. If you need welding for a metal fabrication project, turn to our team at Fab Metal LLC for help. We have been in business for 24 years and have extensive experience with welding. Contact us today to learn more.