Interactive Work Instructions Using 3D CAD Models

How to Author a Work Instruction?

Work instructions are created using XVL Studio, which simplifies much of the process through automation.

For example, XVL Studio automatically predicts the part paths for both assembly and disassembly. Since XVL models are accurate, clashes can be predicted. Therefore, when XVL Studio selects a part path, potential clashes are avoided. For proper viewing of the process step, XVL Studio will select an optimal camera position for the best display of the operation.

After these automated actions, the user can begin their documentation of the process step. The automated paths and camera positions can be edited.

Animated Work Instructions

Microsoft Excel with Interactive 3D

iPad with Interactive 3D

How Are Work Instructions Viewed?

Work instructions can be deployed for interactive access on desktops, laptops or mobile devices. They may also be deployed in 2D for printing or for static 2D electronic documents.

Interactive access has several advantages, such as:

  • Clarity and ease-of-use: Only the current step is presented, while direct access to all is available. Animations may also be included.
  • Interactive model viewing: For each step, the model can be re-positioned for optimal viewing and understanding of the step, while annotations remain visible.
  • Simplified maintenance: When engineering changes occur or procedures are revised, updates to work instructions previously deployed can be done faster.

For interactive deployments, many choices for devices and applications are available – all of which are FREE.


XVL Studio: 3D PDFs can be created in XVL Studio without programming or scripting. Click here for a sample.

Desktop and Laptop Computers

XVL Player: As a standalone application or as a FREE add-on for Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox

Lattice3D Reporter: FREE plug-in Microsoft Excel


iXVL for Apple iOS for the iPad or iPhone

Interactive Web Pages

XVL Web Master to create interactive web pages (XVL Signer can be used to secure these pages as well as any XVL file)

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