Virtual Reality Based Welding Training Simulator with 3D Multimodal Interaction
In this paper, we present a prototype Virtual Welding Simulator, which supports interactive training of welding process by using multimodal interface that can deliver realistic experiences. The goal of this research is to overcome difficult problems by using virtual reality technology in training tasks where welding is treated as a principal manufacturing process. The system design and implementation technical issues are described including real-time simulation and visualization of welding bead, providing realistic experience through 3D multimodal interaction, presenting visual training guides for novice workers, and visual and interactive interface for training assessments. According to the results from an initial user study, the prototype VR based simulator system appears to be helpful for training welding tasks, especially in terms of providing visual training guides and instant training assessment.
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