Assembly Process Planning
Best in Class Assembly Process Planning Should:
- Seamlessly incorporate part/assembly models (while maintaining their accuracy) from all major 3D CAD systems into a virtual assembly model.
- Include models of tooling, fixtures and humans in the virtual assembly model.
- Provide an easy-to-use interface for authoring the virtual assembly model that does NOT require CAD expertise to operate.
- Allow the modeling of the assembly process to begin in parallel with the design process and easily incorporate updates from the native CAD system.
- Validate the assembly for manufacturability, including capabilities such as clash detection with tool and human movement.
- Share the virtual assembly model easily and freely with stakeholders.
How Applications from Lattice Technology Achieve these Goals:
- The XVL data model was created specifically for these types of uses and is ultra-lightweight and accurate.
- XVL serves as a container that accepts models from various CAD formats including PMI and GD&T.
- XVL Studio is the authoring tool for creating the XVL virtual assembly model, which may include tools, fixtures, humans and virtually any CAD model.
- XVL Studio includes advanced features for clash detection and modeling of assembly and disassembly.
- Document procedures using work instructions include the appropriate models and a description of the operation.
- All of the tools for consuming XVL models are FREE from Lattice Technology. These include a Windows application, Internet Explorer and Firefox browser apps, Microsoft Excel plug-in, interactive web pages and apps for Apple iOS devices like the iPad.
- Clash Detection
- Tooling and Fixtures
- Assembly Animation
- Human Interaction