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Lattice rolls out 3-step solution for 3D product design

Posted: 23 Jul 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Lattice Technology recently completed upgrades to their 3-step solution set for leveraging 3D data across the extended enterprise. The upgraded solution set includes the latest versions of three Lattice Technology products: XVL Studio, XVL Web Master, and XVL Player.

The solution set uses the XVL, an advanced 3D data format that is typically one half of one per cent of the native CAD model size, while still maintaining accuracy. The ultra-lightweight format allows users to consume extremely large assemblies with thousands of parts on standard PC desktops and laptops, as well as on mobile devices like the Apple iPad. In addition to being ultra-lightweight, XVL is uniquely suited for creating enhanced, intelligent models that can include animations, annotations, PMI/GD&T and work instructions.

Lattice Technology's solution set includes three components: authoring, publishing and consuming. The process starts with the native CAD model and ends with 3D models that can be consumed by a number of free players.

Authoring or creating the XVL model is the first step of the process. The XVL model is created by the native CAD program using a free "plug-in" from Lattice Technology or can be automated with a PDM/PLM system integration.

Alternatively, XVL Studio can directly read the native CAD data. Geometry from multiple CAD systems may be included into a single XVL model. For example, manufacturing may include models of tooling and fixtures. Additionally, users can create information such as annotations, PMI/GD&T, animations, and 3D interactive snapshots. Processes may be modelled using elements such as tooling/fixtures, human interaction and work instructions.

The latest version of XVL Studio includes major upgrades such as improvements to the advanced interactive work instructions, design review enhancements and improvements to the auto-detect/update feature. The auto-detect/update feature is significant, because it ensures a user's XVL environment stays current with the native CAD. All changes are automatically identified and presented for acceptance, which saves the user time, increases quality and ensures the XVL model is accurately maintained.

Publishing is the second phase of the process, enabling the enhanced 3D models to be available for consumption in a number of ways: XVL Web Master which creates rich, interactive 3D web pages, iXVL Publisher, which creates mobile interactive 3D models for Apple iOS and the Lattice3D Reporter, which creates interactive spreadsheets with embedded 3D models using a free plug-in for Microsoft Excel.

Lattice Technology is announcing a new product specifically designed for small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs): XVL Web Master Express. A slimmed down version of XVL Web Master, XVL Web Master Express is available at a dramatically reduced price point. XVL Web Master Express makes the publishing of intelligent 3D models into a fast loading, 3D interactive web page as simple as selecting a template and clicking a button.

Recently, iXVL Player (an iOS app) was enhanced to play animations. XVL Player will be updated at the end of July with usability and performance improvements.

Part of Lattice Technology's vision is to enable companies to easily provide interactive, intelligent, 3D documents to those who need to consume this data. Controls are also available with XVL Signer, which provides a range of capabilities from AES encryption to access control.

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