Lattice Technology releases XVL Studio Version 9.0

Updated simulation and technical authoring application software delivers advanced digital mock up (DMU), technical documentation tools and improved GUI to manufacturers.



Lattice Technology Inc., developers of digital manufacturing applications using the XVL format released the updated version of its core digital mockup (DMU), simulation and technical authoring application, XVL Studio version 9.

About XVL

Lattice says its standards based XVL (eXtensible Virtual world description Language) technology provides secure, highly accurate and compressed 3D files that can be used, shared and easily supported by part ners, suppliers, and internal departments in a lightweight browser-based solution.


Lattice says XVL Studio is the industry's leading application for Digital Mock Up (DMU) and creation of technical documentation using 3D design data. Available in three versions, Basic, Standard and Pro, XVL Studio delivers easy-to-use tools that enable advanced, accurate and rapid design review, motion simulation, kinematics, process design, and reporting in standard document formats. XVL Studio also provides the core platform for creation of print-ready and interactive digital documentation including 3D spreadsheets, mBOMs, process instructions, high quality 2D illustrations, and more, directly from 3D.

"This latest release of XVL Studio continues to keep Lattice Technology at the forefront in digital manufacturing," said Bill Barnes, GM, Lattice Technology. "Whether mocking up assembly processes or creating digital and print documentation, this release has exciting new features that will enable our customers to further improve their productivity." Barnes says changes were driven by customer requests.

Lattice says XVL Studio version 9 delivers powerful new functionality for DMU and Technical Document creation including:

- Dynamic measurement during movement of 3D parts : XVL Studio now delivers dynamic measurement between moving parts, allowing process engineers to accurately understand the impact of a part being moved during a process or assembly, or the clearances between moving parts in a design during an animation.

- Cross sections during animations of 3D data : XVL Studio now allows dynamic cross-sections to be viewed while an assembly animation is played, allowing for greater understanding and increased accuracy of a process design.

- User Interface improvements : Important enhancements to the user interface include dramatically improved manipulator tools, improved toolbar icons and more intuitive viewing tools.

- Rapid shape comparison between two selected parts : The Difference Detection option has been enhanced so that users can rapidly and visually compare two assemblies. This allows a designer or engineer to quickly and visually understand the impact of a change to a design.

- Hyperlinks from 3D data now available: XVL Studio will now allow hyperlinks to be defined on 3D part data. This is especially useful for downstream users wishing to see additional information about a part without increasing the size of the 3D data file.

- Improved annotation and dimensioning tools : Enhanced dimensioning and annotation tools allow for dimensions created in XVL Studio to be displayed with color backgrounds and boxes, and for circle callouts to have filled backgrounds in an illustration. Trace lines, leader lines and notes created can now be clearly shown and are free from surrounding detail, in compliance with many standard guidelines.

- Auto detection and update of process and disassembly trees : If the original 3D CAD data has been changed, XVL Studio will allow the original process and disassembly trees created in XVL Studio to be accurately updated using a combination of auto detection and manual verification that the trees have been updated appropriately.

XVL Studio is available in three versions and can be purchased via discounted software bundles tuned for specific needs including the Illustration Pack, 3D Parts List Pack and the Work Instructions Pack. XVL Studio version 9 is available for download now for customers on maintenance programs and can be tested at no charge.

Also read from MBT : Lattice Technology releases new XVL Converter for Autodesk Inventor 2010 .

- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, online products editor, Manufacturing Business Technology , MBT,

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