Lincoln teaches welding via virtual reality

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To help improve training of the nation's future welders, Lincoln Electric has developed a new way to teach welding techniques through a new virtual welding system called VRTEX 360.

The system incorporates technology Lincoln recently acquired from VRSim Inc, an East Harford CT-based developer of training software and graphic simulation. This virtual welding training system was developed in partnership by teams at Lincoln Electric and VRSim Inc.

VRTEX 360 is a VRAW (Virtual Reality Arc Welding) training system and represents the next generation of VR welding training. It provides a virtual hands-on training experience that allows students to complete more passes than traditional training and provides real-time welding technique feedback similar to a video game to both trainers and students. VRTEX 360 feeds computer-generated data with a virtual welding gun and helmet equipped with internal monitors. The student practices welding in virtual environments, including simulated welding booth training environment or field welding applications. Training using the VRTEX 360 can be conducted in various settings including classrooms.

More information is available at www.VRTEX360.com.

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