950 Palladium Laser-Welding Tips and Techniques

According to Frank McAllister, chief executive officer of Stillwater Mining Co., the quantity of individual pieces of jewelry made with 950 palladium recently surpassed that of platinum products. McAllister calculated this based on the number of ounces used globally for each alloy. Retailers can expect to see 950 palladium products in their stores, including their own inventory—which may need to be customized—as well as customers' jewelry taken in for service or alteration. The equipment settings and technical procedures for laser welding 950 palladium products differ from those specified for platinum products. This installment features research results and techniques used for successful laser welding of 950 palladium products in three bench tasks: filling voids and pits, minor assembly, and ring sizing. Brenda Warburton, Austin & Warburton, Ann Arbor, Mich., conducted the re

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