The SIT Trades and Technology Faculty has recently purchased five sets of augmented reality (AR) welding equipment to enhance their students’ learning experience.
Trades and Technology Head of Faculty Doug Rodgers said the equipment would be used for introduction to welding for trades students, diploma and degree students. It would also be used to introduce secondary school students in the Murihiku Trades Academy to the various types and complexities of welding.
‘’The AR welding simulators replicate real welding through augmented reality outputs in the welding helmet and utilising models,” he said. “It is the very best in AR technology for Engineering and it puts SIT Engineering students at all levels, at the forefront. On the screen, students see the material as it would be in reality and they weld accordingly.”
The new systems replicate Arc, TIG, and MIG welding processes, with advantages of their use including waste reduction and skill development prior to undertaking real-life processes.