Lattice Technology Blog

Embed Interactive 3D Models in Microsoft Excel for Improved Communications

Posted by Chris Hughes on Wed, 01 Nov, 2017 @ 06:55 PM

Simplify product communications by using Microsoft® Excel®. Using XVL, interactive models and associated data (including assembly/service instructions) can easily be embedded in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and distributed for FREE to any stakeholder or even customers.

To learn more, join on webinar scheduled for Friday, November 17th - see the link at the bottom.

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Tags: Work Instructions, 3D PDF, microsoft excel, Service Instructions

Lattice Technology Announces Latest Release that Includes Powerful Enhancements for Manufacturing Planning and Validation

Posted by Chris Hughes on Thu, 05 Oct, 2017 @ 03:31 PM

This release includes extensive updates for creating and managing the manufacturing Bill of Materials (mBOM) and manufacturing process planning.

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Tags: Manufacturing Processes, Work Instructions

Create Electronic Work Instructions Using 3D CAD Models

Posted by Chris Hughes on Fri, 11 Aug, 2017 @ 01:46 PM

What Is a Work Instruction?

A Work Instruction is a reference/teaching/training document that clearly and unambiguously communicates a series of steps to complete a task. A Work Instruction can be entirely text, although those which include more graphics have the following benefits:

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Four Essentials of Effective Work Instructions

Posted by Bill Barnes on Tue, 17 Feb, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

I recently came across the following post that I thought might be useful for people thinking about introducing assembly/manufacturing 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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3D PDF – Squeezing Value from CAD Models by Sharing Technical Data

Posted by Bill Barnes on Wed, 13 Aug, 2014 @ 03:20 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, Interactive Assembly Instructions, Work Instructions, 3D PDF

New XVL Studio Release - Increases Productivity with Enhanced Work Instructions, Support for 3D PDF and 3DConnexion Mouse Devices

Posted by Chris Hughes on Thu, 23 Jan, 2014 @ 05:06 PM

“With this release, we continue to make our products easier to use and more powerful,” explained Bill Barnes, General Manager, Lattice Technology, Inc. “Our goal is to make it easy for users from multiple disciplines to leverage their 3D CAD data using XVL. For instance, interactive 3D models can be used by manufacturing engineers to quickly and easily model the assembly process. These models can also be used by writers to create clear documentation and by service engineers to create maintenance documentation or create interactive web pages for ordering spare parts. This latest release of XVL Studio delivers new capabilities that improve productivity in all of these areas.”

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Tags: Interactive Assembly Instructions, Work Instructions, 3D PDF

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