Lattice3D Announces New Version of Technical Communications Authoring Tool That Easily Creates 3D PDFs and More

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Lattice3D Studio v13.2 contains powerful, new features including a template approach for creating advanced, interactive 3D PDFs that does not require programming or scripting.

Animated Work Instructions for Assembly

Animated Work Instructions

We have enhanced Lattice3D Studio so that a user can create a 3D PDF that contains interactive work instructions with animations.

Lattice Technology, Inc., an industry leader of technical communication software for the manufacturing industry, today announced Lattice3D Studio v13.2. This release of the company’s popular authoring tool features many enhancements for creating high-quality, advanced technical communications directly from any CAD model. The solution is particularly well-suited for complex or very large assemblies. The most important benefit of Lattice3D Studio v13.2 is the ability to produce an interactive 3D PDF directly from any CAD model—complete with animations and linkages to process steps and parts lists.

“We are seeing increased use of 3D PDF as a way of communicating information to a variety of stakeholders,” explained Bill Barnes, General Manager, Lattice Technology. “The widely available Adobe Reader® makes it easy for anyone to consume interactive 3D PDF documents. We have enhanced Lattice3D Studio so that a user can create a 3D PDF that contains interactive work instructions with animations. Creating 3D PDF documents with Lattice3D Studio is a simple process with an easy-to-use template that requires no programming or scripting. And, as with all of our solutions, no CAD experience or license is required.”

For a quick overview of the capabilities of the 3D PDF, please watch the attached video. To see an interactive 3D PDF in action, a sample can be downloaded at Users are able to view the 3D PDF with the standard Adobe Reader already installed on most systems. In addition to simplified creation of 3D PDFs, Lattice3D Studio v13.2 delivers the following capabilities.

-- Intuitive Building of the Manufacturing Bill of Materials (BOM) with Visual Feedback --

Manufacturing engineers know there are major differences between the engineering and manufacturing BOMs. One of Lattice Technology’s primary benefits to the manufacturing company is easy authoring of manufacturing BOM directly from the engineering BOM. With this release, the process has been simplified with the addition of advanced visualization. As parts are selected to be included in the manufacturing BOM, they disappear from the 3D rendering.

-- Thorough Collision Detection for Assembly Planning --

The complete assembly process can be planned with Lattice3D Studio. Lattice3D will recommend part movements along their axis – which can be overridden by the user. Lattice3D Studio will capture any clash that occurs from the defined part movement. The effected parts will then be highlighted and “key frames” created. With Lattice3D, a keyframe is an interactive, 3D animation. Because the keyframe is interactive 3D, the user can rotate and reposition it to see any angle in order to thoroughly understand the collision. This interactive animation can then be used to modify the assembly process or to send it back to engineering for modification.

-- Advanced Renderings Directly from CAD Models --

With this release, new features have also been added for generating high-quality renderings. Up to 6 cutting planes can now be specified, providing illustrators even more options for depicting inner assembly workings. In addition, the “single spot” light source has been added, bringing more realism to renderings. Shadows and reflections are also included. The rendered images can be saved in various formats including .png with transparent backgrounds.

About Lattice Technology, Inc.

Lattice Technology’s powerful software tools set the standard for technical communication for the manufacturing enterprise. Using Lattice Technology solutions, engineers and non-engineers alike can easily simulate assembly processes and create work instructions or technical illustrations—directly from 3D engineering data. Solutions from Lattice Technology benefit companies who produce products with high part counts, complex geometry, detailed manufacturing processes or any ongoing lifecycle support requirements such as documentation, maintenance, and training. Target industries range from those developing large products such as airplanes and automobiles to small, complex machinery and medical devices. Founded in 1997, Lattice Technology, Inc. is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and San Francisco, USA. For more information, visit

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