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Augmented reality in education and training at KUKA - Learn to weld virtually

Welding is as much a part of sound technical training as learning to write the alphabet. Trainees at KUKA learn this craft as early as their first year of training. This now includes welding in the virtual world in a four-week advanced training course.

Carolin Hort
31 May 2023
Reading Time: 3 min.

Innovative teaching methods such as the use of digital tools characterize training at KUKA. For some time now, trainees have been benefiting from another application: the virtual welder. A mixture of modern hardware and special software enables trainees to learn welding using augmented reality.

The simulator is by no means a substitute for "real" welding. That is why the trainees also start with "real" welding in their course. Afterwards, the knowledge and skills are deepened with the help of the virtual welding device.

The big advantage is that virtual welding does not consume any materials. It is also safe and welding results can be analyzed very precisely.

The user welds simultaneously in the digital and real world

The welder consists of a computer with an integrated screen and numerous function keys, as well as the welding mask, in which cameras and a screen are built in. 


Of course, this also includes the welding torch itself, which can be used with various attachments and exercise forms. In order to evaluate the welding process and various parameters, a monitor is also available on which the trainer and the trainee can analyze the result together.

Digital welding equipment improves training

But it is not only our trainees who benefit from this technology. In cooperation with Seaberry, the manufacturer of the virtual welding device called Soldamatic, KUKA has further developed an interface so that the system can be installed in a KUKA ready2_educate cell. In this way, companies and teaching institutions can train both systems separately and individually for training and demonstration purposes, as well as in combination.

The KUKA KR4 AGILUS sits in a KUKA ready2_educate cell. The special feature is that the welding torch attached to the robot is used to simulate welding on various components mounted on the floor of the cell. The welding machine's computer and a control unit for the robot are also part of the cell.

The robot can be controlled manually with the aid of an operating module or automatically using prepared programs. For this purpose, scenarios are programmed in the program, as well as suitable motion sequences of the robot, in order to simulate the welding process.

Thanks to these innovative tools, young talents can develop their welding skills - straightforwardly and sustainably.
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Carolin Hort
Manager Corporate Communications
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