Importing and analyzing external data using a virtual reality welding system

  • US 9,293,057 B2
  • Filed: 08/07/2015
  • Issued: 03/22/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/21/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A system for simulating welding activity, comprising:

  • a stick welding tool for a simulated welding operation, said stick welding tool having a simulated stick electrode and an actuator;

    a spatial tracker which tracks a movement and orientation of said welding tool;

    a welding coupon;

    a processor based subsystem operatively coupled to said spatial tracker which receives information from said spatial tracker related to said movement and orientation of said welding tool; and

    a first display device operatively coupled to said processor based subsystem which displays said simulated welding operation;

    wherein during said simulated welding operation, said processor based subsystem models a simulated welding surface for said welding coupon and displays said simulated welding surface on said first display device;

    wherein during said simulated welding operation, said processor based subsystem models a simulated weld puddle having real-time molten metal fluidity and real-time heat dissipation characteristics during said simulated welding operation;

    wherein said processor based subsystem models a simulated weld bead based on said movement and orientation of said welding tool, and based on a simulation of the solidification of said weld puddle from a molten state to a solid state;

    wherein said first display device displays said simulated welding surface, said simulated weld puddle, and said simulated weld bead; and

    wherein during said simulated welding operation said actuator moves said simulated stick electrode such that a distance between said welding tool and a simulated welding tip of said simulated stick electrode is reduced during said simulated welding activity.

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