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Mark Guthrie

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CASIO User Manuals Deliver the Productivity Needed For Leading Electronics Manufacturer

Posted by Mark Guthrie on Tue, 30 Jun, 2015 @ 04:05 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 - 2D & Interactive 3D

Interactive 3D Product Visualization Meets Excel

Posted by Mark Guthrie on Tue, 16 Jun, 2015 @ 02:52 PM

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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Itorum Joins Lattice Technology’s Worldwide Reseller Network

Posted by Mark Guthrie on Thu, 06 Feb, 2014 @ 08:17 PM

–Strategic Relationship Gives Companies in Russia an Experienced Partner for Deploying Solutions that Improve Manufacturing Lifecycle Processes—

“Lattice Technology is pleased to have Itorum as a partner because of their proven abilities to implement documentation development systems for customers in a wide variety of industries,” said Bill Barnes, General Manager, Lattice Technology, Inc. “Itorum’s expertise in consulting, personnel training, and operating specialized software designed for technical documentation and e-Learning courses makes them an excellent partner for our solutions.

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Tags: Lattice News

New release of XVL Player for Consuming Any 3D CAD Model

Posted by Mark Guthrie on Mon, 18 Nov, 2013 @ 06:15 PM

XVL Player – One of the family of FREE products for consuming 3D XVL data models

XVL Player enables users to easily visualize and interrogate 3D CAD models. Using XVL Player, anyone can view (including animations), rotate, measure, and cross-section 3D models. Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) can be viewed (including GD&T) along with the complete assembly tree.  

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Tags: 3D Visualization & Sharing, Sharing 3D CAD

How to create work instructions your people will actually use.

Posted by Mark Guthrie on Sat, 21 Sep, 2013 @ 01:21 AM

We all know that creating work instructions is tedious, and to make matters worse, often people don't even use them.

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Tags: 3D Visualization & Sharing

Leverage CAD: 3-Step Solution: Geometry to Entire Product Lifecycle

Posted by Mark Guthrie on Thu, 18 Jul, 2013 @ 04:50 PM

Today we announced upgrades to our 3-Step Solution Set (AUTHOR, PUBLISH, CONSUME) for moving geometry from any CAD system into XVL -- where it can be leveraged across the extended enterprise.

Our tools do not require CAD expertise to use. A person with basic technical skills can AUTHOR new information into the model, such as work instructions, animations, PMI and much more.

Complex operations can also be done, such as importing tooling and fixture geometry in order to model manufacturing or service processes.

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Tags: 3D Visualization & Sharing, Digital Manufacturing, Work Instructions, Assembly Process Planning

The Future of Technical Documentation in a 3D World

Posted by Mark Guthrie on Fri, 01 Mar, 2013 @ 04:15 PM

This is a very thought provoking article about the future of technical documentation--not only using 3D but using Augmented Reality.  It was written in the context of maintenance, but it could be for any stage of the product development lifecycle.  

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Tags: engineering processes, 3D Visualization & Sharing, 3D Assembly Validation & Simulation, Interactive Assembly Instructions