Lattice Technology, Inc. Blog

Collaboration the Key to Reducing Time To Market

Posted by Chris Hughes on Thu, 23 Jun, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Collaboration Drives Ultra-Fast Order Turnaround and Reduces Man-Power by 90% for Die and Mold Company by Using XVL from Lattice Technology

Enterprise Information Portal

In order to provide ultra-fast turnaround, Tsubamex (manufacturer of tooling and molds in Japan) implemented a collaborative production process that includes all functional areas in the company — from sales to finishing. At the center of the collaboration is the Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) containing all of the information about a customer’s order and the parts to be manufactured. The EIP is powered by Lattice Technology’s XVL-based solutions, allowing anyone to easily access an accurate 3D model of the parts and the associated data — using even light-weight devices like Apple® iPads®. Eighty percent of their 120 employees use the portal to complete their job, creating an efficient collaboration environment for ensuring a quality product is produced efficiently and delivered with industry-leading speed.

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Tags: Concurrent Engineering

CASE STUDY: 3D – Backbone for Technical Communication for Improved Productivity and Quality

Posted by Chris Hughes on Fri, 29 Jan, 2016 @ 11:09 AM

The Need for Better Product & Technical Communications

The MAN Commercial Vehicles Group realized there had to be a better way to communicate with internal stakeholders and their supply chain when it came to part geometry and related information. Like most companies who design complex products, they are using 3D CAD. The problem was that the 3D models were “locked” away in engineering. There was a barrier…a fence around the engineering data. How could they effectively share these complex models with any stakeholder, inside and outside of their company, including with non-engineers?


The Solution - XVL and Lattice3D

The solution that MAN discovered was XVL and Lattice Technology. Lattice Technology repurposes the 3D CAD data from all the major CAD companies. Within the Lattice3D environment, additional information can be authored. And best of all, the 3D model and information can be shared and consumed for free. The sharing is similar to how documents are shared as a PDF. Just as the Adobe PDF reader is free, so is the Lattice3D Player - free as a download from the Lattice3D website.

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Tags: digital manufacturing, manufacturing processes, technical illustrations, design for manufacturing

CASIO User Manuals Deliver the Productivity Needed For Leading Electronics Manufacturer

Posted by Mark Guthrie on Tue, 30 Jun, 2015 @ 01:05 PM

Casio uses Lattice's technology to create customer manuals 50-60% faster than ever before. In addition, Casio's manuals are now more accurate and easier for the consumer to read.

"Explaining how to use our products properly is extremely important to us. Products, such as the latest digital cameras, can be a bit complex for people. So user manuals need to be easy to understand, accurate and up-to-date. The 3D CAD/CAM data files that we need to develop technical illustrations are huge, require a lot of training to manipulate, and are difficult to transfer to paper easily. Keeping the material updated, and therefore accurate, presents even more of a challenge," explained Casio.

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Tags: Manuals

Toyota’s Use of Lattice Technology Solutions and XVL for Better Manufacturing Planning

Posted by Bill Barnes on Wed, 24 Jun, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

Toyota’s Goal

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Tags: design for manufacturing, Assembly Process Planning, Quality

Interactive 3D Product Visualization Meets Excel

Posted by Mark Guthrie on Tue, 16 Jun, 2015 @ 11:52 AM

In January 2013, Beth Stackpole of Desktop Engineering published an article on how to view 3D models and work instructions in Microsoft Excel using Lattice3D Reporter version 6.0.

Since then, there have been more updates (we are now on version 7.1) to the product that have included some very powerful features. The most significant feature added in version 7.1 is the ability to create an interactive 3D PDF directly from Microsoft Excel, read more about it in this post.


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Concurrent Downstream Documentation — For the Engineering & Manufacturing Company

Posted by Bill Barnes on Tue, 03 Mar, 2015 @ 04:55 PM

This blog post is about considerations for how to speed the completion of the “complete product” by enabling concurrent processes downstream from engineering—namely documentation. A previous blog post regarding how Honda uses Lattice Technology solutions is referenced.

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Tags: 3D Visualization, Quality, Concurrent Engineering

Four Essentials of Effective Work Instructions

Posted by Bill Barnes on Tue, 17 Feb, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

I recently came across the following post that I thought might be useful for people thinking about introducing work instructions to their organizations or refining how work instructions are currently used. The author makes some excellent points. His point about keeping in mind the intended audience of the work instruction is particularly interesting.

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Tags: work instructions

Electrical Routing & Wire Harness Creation with MCAD for Downstream Documentation

Posted by Bill Barnes on Mon, 09 Feb, 2015 @ 06:57 AM

One of the favorite parts of my job is visiting our customers and finding out how we have helped them, or better still, finding out what we can do to help them even more.

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Tags: 3D Visualization

New Version of Advanced Technical Communication Authoring Tool Announced

Posted by Bill Barnes on Fri, 23 Jan, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Announces Lattice3D Studio Version 13.1.

This latest release of the company’s authoring tool contains features that speed time to market and decrease development costs for companies that develop and manufacture complex products.

“The new features in this release continue our effort to enable the enterprise to leverage 3D engineering data to downstream processes and compact product release cycles,” explained Bill Barnes, General Manager, Lattice Technology, Inc.  “For instance, using Lattice3D Studio version 13.1, companies can now create electrical routing for complete product representation. This allows both electrical and mechanical data to be used in interactive work instructions, technical illustrations and any other technical documentation.  Additional features better enable different team members to work concurrently.”

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Tags: 3D Visualization

3D PDF – Squeezing Value from CAD Models by Sharing Technical Data

Posted by Bill Barnes on Wed, 13 Aug, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Get more value from your 3D data by effectively sharing complex engineering data inside and outside your company.  Your 3D design data has many uses outside of engineering, allowing you to:

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Tags: engineering processes, assembly instructions, work instructions, 3d pdf