Lattice Technology Announces XVL Content Manager for Enabling Fast and Easy Access to Gigabyte-size 3D Models

— Augmenting PDM/PLM systems, innovative, new CAD agnostic solution delivers fast performance to stakeholders downstream from product development for even the largest 3D product models —


Lattice Technology, Inc., a leading software solution provider in the PLM space, announces the release of XVL Content Manager. This new product enables complete product data access (3D and metadata), with control, to enterprise stakeholders downstream from product development with high-performance regardless of model sizes.

Lattice Technology delivers XVL-based software solutions that enable manufacturing companies to repurpose 3D CAD data to be used by functions downstream from product development. XVL can be the single source of truth and can serve as a company’s product data backbone for 3D data consumers. Common use cases include design reviews, assembly validation, assembly work instructions, technical documentation, and procedural service instructions. With XVL, multiple CAD files can be converted into a single XVL file, even those from different CAD vendors. Coupled with XVL being ultra-lightweight, all parts and subassemblies from virtually any 3D CAD supplier can be brought together in a single file for complete product access.

XVL Content ManagerXVL Content Manager provides complete management for XVL data files. Management includes versioning; check-in/check-out; storage of related files, such as 2D drawings and work instructions in industry-standard formats like PDF and Microsoft® Excel®; integrations with internal systems; controlled sharing to any stakeholder using a modern web browser without add-ons; and seamless integration with XVL Studio (authoring tool) for updates. 

XVL Content Manager provides the ability to integrate with other company systems, such as ERP/MES/PDM/PLM. XVL Content Manager extends the value offered by PDM/PLM systems by simplifying distribution and access to 3D model data to data consumers.

For sharing 3D data, XVL Content Manager is used to control user authentication and access rights to the part level. XVL Content Manager can also integrate XVL Web3D Manager to stream 3D data to data consumers using any modern web browser that supports HMTL 5. XVL Web3D Manager is a server product, which streams 3D and associated metadata, delivering a high-performance user experience, even when viewing extremely large models with thousands of parts.

“Most of our customers use PDM/PLM systems. XVL supplements these systems to facilitate improved workflows for leveraging their 3D CAD models to functions downstream from product development,” said Hiroshi Toriya, CEO, Lattice Technology. “We have optimized XVL for the data consumer; for instance, for manufacturing, tech pubs, and service. XVL can consolidate multiple CAD files from virtually any CAD format, and because it is extremely lightweight, it can handle even gigabyte-size CAD files. XVL Content Manager, our latest product, manages XVL files and integrations to other systems like PDM/PLM,” Toriya said.

For most customers, their designs for a single product are comprised of multiple CAD files. These CAD files may be created from different versions of the same CAD system or they may be from different CAD systems entirely; for example, SOLIDWORKS® and Catia®. For complex products, these files can be gigabytes in size, making it impossible to examine the entire product at once, and the data may be managed in multiple PDM/PLM systems. XVL solves all of these problems by allowing all CAD files to be converted into a single XVL file, which is accessible by any authenticated stakeholder using only a web browser. Since XVL is an ultra-lightweight format, a complete product can be accessed in its entirety. Integration with the PDM/PLM systems is managed with XVL Content Manager.

About XVL

Convert – Author – Publish is the process for using XVL. Convert from virtually any CAD format. Author use case specific information leveraging the 3D CAD and metadata. Publish 2D or interactive 3D documents for consumption by free viewers and players, including modern web browsers and Microsoft® Excel®. XVL Content Manager is a management system for XVL in the publishing family and is the latest in the suite of XVL products. To learn more about XVL, download our XVL whitepaper or contact us.



Lattice Technology provides XVL-based software solutions – Converting, Author and Publishing. Our solutions enable users in functions downstream of product development to use 3D CAD data for their specific needs. XVL, which is CAD agnostic, was designed to be used outside of product development. Using XVL solutions, engineers and non-engineers alike can repurpose and leverage 3D CAD model information for functions ranging from manufacturing to service.

XVL benefits companies who produce products with high part counts, complex geometry, detailed manufacturing processes or have 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. has offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Denver, CO, USA. Lattice Technology® is a registered trademark of Lattice Technology, Inc.

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Mark Guthrie
Smart2Market, Inc. on behalf of Lattice Technology, Inc.
Phone: 970.204.1478