Lincoln Electric's VRTEX 360 virtual reality welding simulator provides hands-on training experience for future welders
To help improve the training of the nation's future welders, Lincoln Electric has developed a way to teach welding techniques through a virtual welding system called the VRTEX 360. The system incorporates technology Lincoln recently acquired from VRSim Inc.
Lincoln's VRTEX 360 is a VRAW (Virtual Reality Arc Welding) training solution and represents the next generation of VR welding training. The VRTEX 360 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. The 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 environments and field welding applications. Training using the VRTEX 360 can be conducted in various settings, including classrooms, an important consideration especially for schools and training centers with limited resources and shop space.