LINCOLN ELECTRIC released the fifth update to its VRTEX® Extensions software platform, including a new lap joint weld coupon with support for mild steel, aluminum and stainless steel in the virtual environment – increasing the number of available and supported welds on the system from 105 to 141. It also makes it possible to deliver a score on the welding pad (a single piece of plate steel) to increase training effectiveness and provide a numerical assessment of the student’s skill level.

Extensions Upgrade 5 also provides additional GMAW-P pulse welding spray modes for use with mild steel.

The VRTEX welding simulator supplements welding training and education programs, helps educators, instructors, and trainers to teach welding with a blended training methodology of virtual welding and traditional welding.

“The new lap joint coupon allows customers to expand their virtual welding training,” stated Sarah Evans, virtual reality product manager at Lincoln Electric. “Customer feedback on the system enhancement has been overwhelmingly positive. As a direct result of customer need, this latest software upgrade expands support on mild steel, aluminum and stainless steel, making the VRTEX system an even more valuable interactive experience for teaching and refining welding technique and skill.”

With the VRTEX Extensions program, customers have the flexibility to add only the applications that they choose, and when they want to add these. The program offers independent or a la carte upgrade releases and enables users to purchase VRTEX 360 software upgrade releases based on their specific needs — as well as the option to purchase or skip the upgrade if it does not fit their welding training program. 

The VRTEX 360 Extensions upgrade program is produced under the continued development partnership of Lincoln Electric and VRSim Inc., a developer of training software and graphic simulation.

Any customer with the base software version 1.1.10 or Upgrade 1 can purchase the releases that complements their welding curriculum.

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