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Lattice Technology has announced the release of XVL v10 designed to deliver two times more compression of 3D data than the previous XVL formats, along with improved memory consumption.

Lattice Technology’s XVL forms the basis for the easy sharing, reuse, simulation and testing of 3D assemblies in a productive manner.

XVL v10 (U-XVL) delivers more compression than the previous XVL formats while retaining accuracy of the design, reduces memory usage by another 25-40 per cent and can be viewed, manipulated and checked more than two times faster than before.

Features of XVL v10 include: compresses 3D data up to 0.5 per cent of its original size; memory usage 25-40 per cent improved; 3D viewing at least two times faster than previous versions; retains accuracy of the data with no compromise for file size/usability; further speed improvements with graphic accelerators deliver faster viewing and usage of 3D data, especially with Nvidia graphics cards.

Demand for the highly compressed XVL format has increased in recent years, in line with a corresponding increase in the size of 3D data for such products as airplanes, satellites, space stations, and vehicles.

While manufacturers using 3D quickly start to experience the benefits of complete 3D assemblies in the design and development stage, so they also immediately hit barriers when trying to share, reuse, simulate and test the data in other areas of manufacturing.

Rachael Dalton-Taggart, director of marketing at Lattice Technology, said: ‘When a company starts relying on 3D, it finds that downstream users who do not have expensive CAD seats and accompanying hardware struggle to view the data.

‘Networks strain to handle massive 3D assembly data files.

‘Simply getting the data to other stakeholders in the manufacturing process becomes an exercise in frustration.’ She added: ‘Lightweight 3D formats address this problem directly, but users’ focus has to be on ensuring that the accuracy of the data is maintained – and not compromised – by making the data light.’ The XVL applications ensure that 3D data in XVL remains highly reusable and can be easily integrated with existing IT infrastructures such as ERP, PLM, MES and PDM systems to enable fully automated use of product design data of all kinds throughout the manufacturing enterprise and supply chain.

XVL data, which allows 3D data to be displayed with inter-related BOM information, process instructions, assembly animations and more, can be viewed using the free XVL Player.

Lattice Technology’s applications also support the same variety of very lightweight data in Microsoft Excel, HTML and PDF to ensure corporate standards are supported.

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