MeltView APEX3 camera FAQs
Is the camera to heavy to mount to the torch?
No, it’s not. Our customers report that it takes getting used to having a camera mounted to the torch, but that it's worth it for the quality of the images that they can capture. The APEX3 plus lightweight torch mount weigh 10oz, while the APEX3 plus C-clamp torch mount weigh just over 1lb. Both mounts are included in the kit and are workable given the weight and drag of a typical welding torch and cables.
Why is a welding camera so expensive?
While cameras are everywhere nowadays, they are not designed for imaging the very bright welding arc. In fact, there are only a few cameras that can do this, and MeltTools offers the most well-designed camera for welding education on the market. Every MeltView welding camera is designed and built and supported from our facility in Michigan.
How do I use the camera?
Mount the camera to the torch and use the camera cable to connect the camera to the controller. To see the image, connect a large format monitor (i.e. HDMI monitor) or a laptop to the controller. Check that the camera is in focus and start welding!
If you are using the zoom lens and LED, mount this assembly to the bench and power up the LED. The LED provides a bright image when welding is off.
The torch mount allows for a close-up image at almost any viewing angle. This is the principal advantage of the MeltView APEX3 camera over other welding cameras. The torch mount is not suitable for imaging SMAW, since the stick is consumed during welding, so the bench mount with zoom lens is used to capture video of SMAW.
What can I expect to show with the camera?
Our customers have visualized all of the following: Melt-in at the leading edge of the puddle; melt-in on the sides of the puddle; solidification of the rear of the weld puddle; effect of parameter changes, electrode position and traverse speed on weld puddle behavior and dimensions; generation of various weld defects; torch manipulation techniques.