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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.
As we discussed in our last blog post, “Improving Manufacturability--Design Data Sharing”, effectively leveraging 3D CAD design data to non-CAD users is crucial for successful manufacturing companies.
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.
We saw this article and think it is a good historical accounting of how 3D visualization has matured:
The economic globalization and the cross-border trade of commodities and services have been going on for some considerable time. But it has become considerably more attractive in the last decade. The fast technological advances, along with a shift in the way protectionism is viewed, have played an important role in the process.
Trade restrictions or regulations with foreign nations not only protect business and workers, but they also limit competition and market share. Free trade generates growth opportunities that benefit the economy. Competition is good, it heats up the market, but competitive advantage is the main objective.
Unfortunately it is harder than it sounds but, at least, not as difficult as it used to be not that long ago, when video conferencing, Internet access, and other high tech gadgets were a privilege of the first world. Nowadays, third world countries have embraced high tech solutions as their ticket to a better economy. It is a high investment that pays off when it is done properly.
But, how about cultural differences, they can be a major barrier. How can you increase your manufacturing operations in a third world country, if you might end up paying more for the cheaper labor to keep your standards and quality commitment?
We often read and/or discuss about significant benefits of 3D digital manufacturing that, with no doubt, are crucial to improve quality and profits. But we have to keep in mind that implementing it is a very complex process.
Tags: Digital Manufacturing
Use of 3D Digital Manufacturing in Vehicle development/production/manufacturing preparation
Consistent and accurate Digital Design Review in your digital manufacturing processes is key to achieving the productivity, efficiency and profitability benefits that have been promised by 3D CAD vendors.