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Virtually Trained: Welding Is Just The Beginning

Using the VRTex 360

By Kip Hanson

Imagine a world where auto mechanics learn to wrench on virtual cars. Carpet layers stretch virtual shag, gardeners trim virtual trees. These are just some of the training scenarios possible if Matthew Wallace has his way.

As CEO of VRSim, East Hartford, CT, Wallace spends his days developing tools for the virtual classroom. SimSpray helps students learn the basics of abrasive blasting and spray painting before ever entering a paint booth. SimBuild teaches practical construction knowledge without having to climb a ladder or wham your thumb with a hammer.

VRSim is also the developer of Lincoln Electric’s VRTEX, a product that reduces training costs while developing sound welding skills, in an environment free of sparks, heat and smoke.