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Experience with Orion welders


#1

Does anyone have any experience with the Orion Welder?

Do you have any ideas of what questions we should ask.

Thanks,
Louise


#2

I did a review of this machine for MJSA. I think you can get the
review from them. In short, this is a good machine with some features
not found on it’s competitors. It’s easy to use and capable of most
spot welding tasks. ( jump rings, shanks,wires, sheet, findings) The
learning curve is a little greater than a laser and less than TIG.
You need to let your advisor know what you are wanting to do with the
machine. This welder, like others, is a capacitor discharge (pulse)
welder. There is a thread here in the archive that explains the
differences between PUK and TIG.

https://orchid.ganoksin.com/t/tig-welder-vs-puk

The PUK, ABI, RDO, and Orion use very similar technology. It is not
possible to modulate the amperage within a extended weld sequence.
You will not be able to run a continuous weld seam with this machine
or weld aluminum and palladium. I feel it is a good value for this
type of welding machine. The manufacture is dedicated to producing a
high quality machine.

Regards, Kevin


#3

Hi Louise,

Once I decided I really needed a micro welder it came down to which
one. The Orion arrived 2 weeks ago and my choice was based on the
following:

  • Price

  • Microscope - the no-name microscope that comes with the Orion is
    very clear and the shutter is better than a darkening screen (they
    are always dark). I wanted 5x magnification because I know that it’s
    plenty. The field of view is about 23mm at 5x…a bit small
    considering I want to use the microscope for other things like
    engraving and setting emeralds but it will do just fine because it’s
    the one I have! It can switch to 10x and that’s handy for some
    gemological stuff. There is a big working space under the microscope.

  • Versatility. I am mainly interested in micro-welding and the Orion
    does very well on the projects I’ve attempted so far in gold and
    silver jewelery. I have added a 9ct claw to a garnet, tacked 18ct
    white gold claws to a diamond ring before soldering (a nasty job
    because the claws were not on the outside); and micro welding many
    bits in place before soldering in gold and silver. I have micro
    welded posts onto the back of ceramic/silver ear rings, welded jump
    rings, and 1mm stainless is no sweat. I have not tried the
    spot/fusion mode yet. There is a learning curve and I’ll keep
    going…definately practise on similar sized pieces because bits can
    be blown away!

  • Features. The 18 presets are a huge help. I have saved one of the
    available custom settings - micro welding the posts in silver. If I
    remember correctly there are 19 more saves available.

  • Service.

What can I say…I hope you receive the same because I got 110% on
the other side of the world. The User Manual and DVD that comes with
the package are most helpful.

Yeah I’m a happy customer.

Alastair