Miller Electric Mfg. Co.'s new AugmentedArc Augmented Reality Welding System helps beginning and intermediate-level welding students complete their training faster and instructors make more effective use of their time and resources.
Miller AugmentedArc simulates multi-process MIG, TIG, flux-cored and stick welding, blending real-world and computer-generated images into a one-of-a-kind augmented reality environment. The system is designed to combine the efficiency and economy of classroom education with the effectiveness of hands-on welding experience — for a realistic welding simulation that can be used by trade schools, union facilities and industrial training departments to optimize training efficiency and minimize material costs.
With a user experience designed to engage and motivate students, AugmentedArc helps students quickly develop proper technique — while also reducing the cost of materials used in training, such as wire, gas and coupons. Even students who have never welded before can start working with the system almost immediately, benefitting from an experience that closely resembles live arc welding and delivers immediate and quantitative visual feedback on their welding techniques.
AugmentedArc enhances what students see and hear during training by superimposing computer-generated images onto their view of the real world. Students work with real 3D objects and can see them overlaid with computer-generated images. The system’s specially designed helmet uses a camera and sensor to send video and positioning data to the system computer, which processes that data and creates a realistic welding simulation and graphic information based on the student’s actions. This simulation is then sent to a heads-up display panel and speakers inside the helmet. To the user, this seems like actual welding — complete with metal workpieces, weld arc and weld beads — to help them gain process knowledge and experience.
Using AugmentedArc, students can practice on all common joint types, including pipe, in all positions — from initial techniques to the most advanced skill levels.
Instructors can use AugmentedArc to make more effective use of their time while providing students with an immersive augmented reality experience. The system also records video for instructors to read, replay and evaluate. In addition, instructors can remotely manage AugmentedArc, customize the curriculum, develop assignments, run reports and monitor each student’s performance.