Category Archives: Managing Content

Content Management Recommendations

If customizing Projects or Lessons:

  1. First make a custom project. Use the project filtering on the left to choose the type of Project, Process, and Part.
    • Remember that a Project can only be defined for exactly 1 Project, Process, and Part. E.g., Users will need to make a different Project for an Airless Flat Panel than for an Airless Vertical Panel.
    • Keep the Mil Build range approximately 50% of the value. Lower than this, and there will be more spots of blues and reds when getting green in the Coverage Map Mode.
    • In v2.2.x software, adjusting Mil Build value does NOT change the amount of paint coming out of the Gun. Decreasing the Mil Build value (while keeping all the same values as the default Projects and Gun settings) will cause Coverage Map Mode to build up much quicker, meaning green can occur as soon as 1 pass and red can occur as soon as 1-2 passes, instead of 3 passes on the same location on the Part. To adjust Mils and get blue on the first pass, green on the second, and red on the third, other adjustments would need to be made. See Amount of Paint in Preparing to Paint.
      • Custom Projects in liquid painting (Air-Assisted Airless, Airless, or HVLP) can produce too much (red) or too little (blue) coverage or the Travel Speed ideal may not be able to be adjusted to the wanted Speed. Adjustments can be made, within some bounds, by changing the tip size, technique parameters, and/or mil build ideals. Due to the complexity of how these parameters can affect how much paint goes onto the Part at any time, some combinations may not be supported.
    • In v2.0.x and v2.1.x software, the Mil Build value for each coat of a single Project should be similar. E.g., if a first Coat has a value of 1 mil and the second Coat has a value of 10 mils, it is likely that the second Coat will either have more blue or more red in Coverage Map Mode even when painting properly.
    • In v2.2.x software, adjusting the knobs on the back of the liquid painting Gun adjusts the Travel Speed value and Cue. If Users intend on adjusting the knobs on the back, Users will need to enter a Travel Speed value higher or lower to get to compensate. See Live Gun Adjustments in Preparing to Paint.
    • After making the Project, test it. Make sure the user can get a reasonable score. If not, make the ranges wider for low scored items.
  2. Second, make a custom Course.
    • Before any Lessons are added, a custom Course is required.
  3. Third, add custom Lessons.
    • Select a custom Course. Any Lessons now created will go to this, as it is currently selected.
    • A Lesson is associated with exactly 1 Project. Use Project Filtering to choose the type of Project, Process, and Part. Select the Project to become a Lesson. (A Lesson is a Project with a score, which Defects are shown, and which Visual Cues are available.)  Then click Quick Lesson. This takes the currently selected Project, makes a Lesson (associated with this Project) in the currently selected Course, and applies Lesson defaults (75 score, all Cues available, all Defects on, and the Lesson name being a snapshot copied from the Project name).
    • To make changes to the Lesson, select the Lesson. Then click on the Edit button under the Lesson Controls. The Lesson Controls only act on the currently selected Lesson.
    • In v2.0.x and v2.1.x software, do not copy VRSim default lessons. Your copy will be locked and uneditable.
    • If the underlying Project associated with a Lesson is changed (e.g., changing the Distance value), the Project changes will not necessarily be reflected in the Lesson until you exit the SimSpray software and start it up again. Because of this, make Project adjustments before adding them to Lessons.
    • Lessons cannot be reordered. Consider the Lesson order before adding Lessons. Adding a Lesson adds it to the bottom of the currently selected Course.

Managing Projects

Note: This is an administrative function performed from the password-protected Admin portal.

Projects are managed from the Content Management page of the Admin portal.  Select Content on the Admin portal to access the Content Management page.

Note: Not all functions are available for all Products or Project types.

Creating a Paint or Powder Coat Project

Instructors can create their own Paint or Powder Coat Projects.

– To Create a New Paint or Powder Coat Project:

  1. Use Project Filtering on the Content Management page to define your Project then tap the Project Controls New button.
  2. On the Project Creation page enter the Project Name.  Then click on the text box next to Instructor Name.  Enter the Instructor Name and then tap the Proceed button.
  3. Paint Projects: On the Project Settings page use the Coat Controls to add one or more Coats to your Project, adjust Coat Settings and select the Tip Sizes you want to include in the Project.  Tap the Proceed button to save the Project and return to the Content Management page.  
  4. Powder Coat Projects: On the Project Settings page adjust Project Settings and select the Tip Sizes you want to include in the Project.  Tap the Proceed button to save the Project and return to the Content Management page.

Note:  If no Tip Sizes are selected, all Tip Sizes will be available in the Project.

Your Project is created and available for Users to perform.

Copying a Project

Instructors can copy any Project.

– To Copy a Project:

On the Content Management page, locate and select the Project you want to copy using the Project Filtering options then tap the Project Controls Copy button.

Your copied Project is added to the Projects list.

Editing a Project

Instructors can edit Projects they created.  Default Projects (indicated with lock icons) cannot be edited.

– To Edit a Project:

On the Content Management page, locate and select the Project you want to edit using the Project Filtering options then tap the Project Controls Edit button.

On the Project Creation page edit the Project Name and/or Instructor Name then tap the Proceed button.

On the Project Settings page edit Coat Settings and Tip Sizes.  Tap the Proceed button to save the Project and return to the Content Management page.  

Your edited Project is now available for users to perform.

Deleting a Project

Instructors can delete Projects they created.  Default Projects (indicated with lock icons) cannot be deleted.

– To Delete a Project:

  1. On the Content Management page, locate and select the Project you want to delete then tap the Project Controls Delete button.
  2. Confirm you want to delete the selected Project using the displayed message box.

The deleted Project is removed from the Projects list.

Managing Courses and Lessons

Note: This is an administrative function performed from the password-protected Admin portal.

Courses and Lessons are managed from the Content Management page of the Admin portal.  Select Content on the Admin Portal to access the Content Management page.  

Creating a Course

Instructors can create their own Courses.

Note: creating courses is supported for Blasting starting in v3.1.x software.

– To Create a New Course:

  1. On the Content Management page tap the Course Controls New button.
  2. On the Course Creation page enter the Course Name and then tap the Proceed button.

Your Course is created and displayed in the list of Courses and Lessons.  To complete building a Course, Add Lessons to it.

Copying a Course

Instructors can copy any Course.

– To Copy a Course:

  1. On the Content Management page, locate and select the Course you want to copy then tap the Course Controls Copy button.

The copied Course is now available in the Courses and Lessons list.

Editing a Course

Instructors can edit the Course Name of Courses they created.  Default Courses cannot be edited.

– To Edit a Course:

  1. On the Content Management page, locate and select the Course you want to edit. Then tap the Course Controls Edit button.
  2. On the Course Creation page, edit the Course Name. Then tap the Proceed button.

The edited Course is now available in the Courses and Lessons list.

Deleting a Course

Instructors can delete Courses they created.  Default Courses cannot be deleted.

– To Delete a Course:

  1. On the Content Management page, locate and select the Course you want to delete. Then tap the Course Controls Delete button.
  2. Confirm you want to delete the selected Course by using the displayed message box.

The Course and all Course Lessons are deleted and removed from the Courses and Lessons list.

Managing Lessons

– Creating a Lesson

Instructors can create a new Lesson from any Project. There are two ways to create a new Lesson.

– Using Quick Lesson button:

This creates a Lesson from the selected Project and includes all cues and defects, sets the passing score to 75 and names it the Project name.  

  1. On the Content Management page, locate and select the Course you want to add a lesson to.
  2. Locate and select the Project you want to use for your new Lesson using the Project Filtering options. Then click the Quick Lesson button.

The new Lesson is now available in the Courses and Lessons list.

– Using the Lesson New button:

  1. On the Content Management page, locate and select the Course you want to add a Lesson to.
  2. Locate and select the Project you want to use for your new Lesson.  Then tap the Lesson Controls New button.
  3. On the Lesson Creation page:
    • Enter the Lesson Name.
    • Select Cues to use in the Lesson or give Users ability to decide.
    • Select Score Required to pass this Lesson.
    • Tap the Proceed button.

The new Lesson is now available in the Courses and Lessons list.

Copying a Lesson

Instructors can copy any Lesson.

– To Copy a Lesson:

  1. On the Content Management page, locate and select the Lesson you want to copy.  Then tap the Lesson Controls Copy button.

The copied Lesson is now available in the Courses and Lessons list.

Editing a Lesson


Instructors can edit the following parts of a Lesson they created:

  • Lesson Name
  • Included Cues
  • Included Defects
  • Target Score

Default Lessons cannot be edited.

– To Edit a Lesson:

  1. On the Content Management page, locate and select the Lesson you want to edit. Then tap the Lesson Controls Edit button.
  2. On the Lesson Creation page, edit the available options. Then tap the Proceed button.

The edited Lesson is now available in the Courses and Lessons list.

Deleting a Lesson

Instructors can delete a Lesson they created.  Default Lessons cannot be deleted.

– To Delete a Lesson:

  1. On the Content Management page, locate and select the Lesson you want to delete. Then tap the Lesson Controls Delete button.
  2. Confirm you want to delete the selected Lesson by using the displayed message box.

The Lesson is deleted and removed from the Courses and Lessons list.