Lattice Technology announced the availability of its latest release of Lattice3D Reporter, v6. This product is a software plug-in that allows manufacturing companies to quickly and easily embed ultra-lightweight, interactive versions of a 3D CAD model and related part information into any Microsoft Excel file.
The 3D embedded information may include multiple bills of materials (eBOM, mBOM, sBOM), work instructions, assembly animations and 3D interactive snapshots. Templates automate the publishing process, allowing users to define how models and their associated information will be represented in Excel. This solution is powered by Lattice's XVL 3D format.
The embedded Excel files may be viewed with Excel using the free Lattice Technology plug-in, Lattice3D Reporter Viewer. Using this plug-in, anyone can review and interrogate interactive 3D models and their associated information via Excel.
"Lattice3D Reporter is a leap forward for the manufacturing industry because it provides unprecedented clarity of information across the extended enterprise," said Bill Barnes, Lattice Technology general manager for Americas and Europe. "By combining the industry's most lightweight, accurate 3D format with a tool as ubiquitous as Excel, we deliver an easy to use solution that provides invaluable data to anyone inside or outside of the company."
According to the company, all 3D graphics load quickly, allowing users to locate a part visually, instead of remembering numeric IDs. Thumbnail "snapshots" give users alternate perspectives, assembly relationships or animated instructions.
Users can build 3D spreadsheets within Excel, saving all information with the ".xls" extension. Information can be used in an interactive 3D environment or printed in 2D.
3D data from engineering is integrated into existing ERP, PLM and other IT infrastructures.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.