Titanium is a highly reactive metal that causes problems when repairs are attempted. The only real solution for a good repair, is to use a special welder; a laser welder. We have the equipment to repair you titanium eyeglasses.
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Do you want more technical details on titanium and other exotic metals? Read more about titanium repair in the Technical Notes tab below.
Titanium is a highly reactive metal under high temperature conditions. For successful welding to occur this means special attention to proper melting and refreezing is essential.
The reactivity of titanium rises as it's temperature rises. At room temperature it is relatively inert, but at high temperatures it can actually catch on fire in the presence of oxygen. Titanium reacts with oxygen, various halide and even nitrogen gases. Furthermore it absorbs hydrogen. These all have detrimental effects on the strength of a weld performed on titanium, generally in weakening or brittleness in the welded area.
Fortunately, at Buchkosky Jewelers we have a solution to this problem. Our laser welding equipment has built-in argon gas delivery. Argon is a gas that does not react with other materials, and is thus known as an 'inert' gas. During the welding process, the weld area is surrounded in an inert gas called argon for the minute amount of time that the laser is switched on. The argon gas displaces all the reactive gases from the weld area, resulting in a perfectly inert environment for the duration of the laser pulse. This allows a perfectly fused weld to be produced in your titanium eyeglass frames.
Eyeglass frames are frequently made from unusual metals that react with gases found in the air we breathe. These materials are consequently like titanium in their need for an inert gas field when laser welding is carried out. Argon gas is used on all of our repairs meaning that regardless of metal type, success is highly likely.
The following metals can all be welded with great success:
Other types of metal joining, like soldering, creates excess heat that spoils the finishes that are applied to eyeglass frames. Laser welding results in discoloration only where the repair is made. That area is very small; mere millimeters. This means that your repair made with a laser welder is basically invisible.
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While we have not encountered any eyeglasses that have not been able to be repaired due to metal composition, we acknowledge that there may be a unusual metal composition that will not 'take'. Our warranty covers this possibility.
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