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 work instructions) can easily be embedded into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and distributed for FREE to any stakeholder or even customers.

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Tags: microsoft excel, 3D PDF, Work Instructions, Service Instructions, 3D Visualization & Sharing

Concurrent Downstream Documentation — For the Engineering & Manufacturing Company

Posted by Bill Barnes on Tue, 03 Mar, 2015 @ 07:55 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 & Sharing, Quality, Concurrent Engineering

Electrical Routing & Wire Harness Creation with MCAD for Downstream Documentation

Posted by Bill Barnes on Mon, 09 Feb, 2015 @ 09:57 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 & Sharing

New Version of Advanced Technical Communication Authoring Tool Announced

Posted by Bill Barnes on Fri, 23 Jan, 2015 @ 10:30 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 & Sharing

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 Improve Your Work Instructions

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

Let's talk about Work Instructions. 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: Digital Manufacturing, Work Instructions, Assembly Process Planning, 3D Visualization & Sharing

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

A Little Bit of History About 3D Visualization

Posted by Marcia Volpe on Fri, 30 Mar, 2012 @ 04:24 PM

We saw this article and think it is a good historical accounting of how 3D visualization has matured:

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Tags: Spare Parts & Service, XVL, Design Review, Digital Manufacturing, 3D Visualization & Sharing, Lightweight & Accurate 3D Format, Lattice News

Lightweight 3D

Posted by Marcia Volpe on Fri, 13 May, 2011 @ 08:08 PM

Continuing our discussion about the history of the XVL lightweight format, I would like to complement the previous entry with the white paper “XVL: A Compact and Qualified 3D Representation with Lattice Mesh and Surface for the Internet”. This report outlines XVL features that allow it to be used for 3D applications. This paper refers to an early version of XVL – we are now on version 10!

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Tags: VRML, 3D Visualization & Sharing, Lightweight & Accurate 3D Format