Lincoln Electric has released the third upgrade in its VRTEX Extensions software upgrade program.
The upgrade includes GMAW aluminum welding support, including appropriate visual and audio sound differences; shielding gas selections specific to aluminum welding; and enhanced THEORY functionality including visual and text definitions.
With the new aluminum extension, users will see the unique appearance of aluminum welds and the addition of dross as a welding defect. An additional feature to the upgrade program is video replay, which enriches the student’s welding training experience. The new feature allows the student or instructor to replay the virtual welding process on the VRTEX 360 to review the completed weld and provide analysis on the process in multiple windows. It also now provides learning levels as a set of tolerances for the entry, intermediate and advanced level welder. The learning levels can be set from within the instructor view on the machine.
All VRTEX Extensions software upgrades are offered as an ongoing program designed to enhance and supplement the VRTEX® 360 with new features and functionality.
With the recent changes made to the VRTEX Extensions program, customers have the flexibility to choose only what they want, when they want it. The program now offers independent or a la carte upgrade releases and enables users to purchase software upgrade releases based on their specific needs. Each upgrade contains bundled features that the customer can review and evaluate prior to purchasing. Users have the option to purchase or skip the upgrade if it does not fit into their welding training program.
Any customer with the base software version 1.1.10 or Upgrade 1 can purchase the releases that best compliment their welding curriculum. VRTEX 360 Extensions upgrade packages are sent directly to customers who purchase the program. Packages include supporting literature, materials and curriculum components useful in any welding training environment.
The VRTEX 360 upgrade program is produced under the continued development partnership of Lincoln Electric and VRSim. VRSim Inc. of East Hartford, Conn., is a leader in the development of training software and graphic simulation for industry and academia. The VRTEX 360 is a software-based welding training system powered by the software expertise of VRSim and the welding innovation of Lincoln Electric.