Technical Illustrations

Leverage your 3D design data to quickly and easily create technical illustrations. Maintain consistent illustration quality throughout the department. Automatically update the illustrations when the design changes.

Common Challenges

  • Creating technical illustrations by hand traditionally requires physical mockups or photographs for reference.
  • It is difficult to maintain consistent quality when creating manual illustrations.
  • When the model changes, you must recreate the illustration from scratch.

Technical Illustration Overview

Traditional techniques for creating technical illustrations rely on having physical prototypes or photographs for reference. This delays the process and can lead to schedule pressure to produce the drawings quickly. Also, with manual processes it's difficult to maintain consistent illustration quality. Finally, when the model changes it's necessary to recreate the drawings from scratch.

Lattice Technology's solution for technical illustration avoids these problems. It takes advantage of the 3D design data, enabling illustrators to start early -- no prototypes or photographs required. It also provides easy-to-use tools that keep the illustration quality consistent between authors. Finally, the auto-update feature automatically updates the illustrations when the model changes.


Key Benefits of the Lattice Technology Solution

Create Technical Illustrations from 3D Models

With XVL, you can create technical illustrations directly from 3D models. There is no need for drawings or photographs, and no need to wait for physical products or prototypes. Start early and eliminate the bottlenecks that accompany late-cycle technical document creation.

Furthermore, the XVL models can include more than just geometry – they can include manufacturing and service BOM data, notes, dimensions, images and much more. From illustrated parts lists to complete service manuals, XVL contains all the data you need to generate high-quality technical documentation.

Maintain Consistent Illustration Quality

Using 3D data to create technical illustrations can produce more consistent illustration quality than manual processes.  Whether you lay out each illustration by hand, or use the automatic tools to produce multiple illustrations, using XVL to generate your illustrations enables you to standardize the illustration output parameters and maintain consistent quality throughout the department.


Automatically Create and Update Technical Illustrations

XVL can automatically generate technical illustrations of parts and assemblies. It can also generate assembled or exploded views with or without links to parts lists. This automatic generation capability reduces the need for technical expertise in the manual production process.

With XVL, it’s just as easy to update technical instructions as it is to create them in the first place. Design changes are automatically reflected in the XVL model, and the new model can be used to generate new technical illustrations. This can save time and money by reducing the work needed to update and create technical documentation.

Additional Benefits of the Lattice Technology Solution

Interactive 3D Illustrations

Bring your technical illustrations to life with fully interactive 3D. Illustrations with interactive models can be rotated, zoomed and explored.

These interactive documents can be delivered in many ways -- from a 3D PDF to viewing on the Web or even out of Excel. 

At Lattice Technology, we see the field of technical documentation evolving. Your products are 3D, so why shouldn't you document them in 3D?

3D Technical Illustration Types

Isometric and exploded views with annotations are all possible - the difference is that they can be interactive and include animations.

Interactivity gives tremendous power to the technical illustrator to create clear and unambiguous interactive illustrations.

View Interactive 3D Documentation for FREE

At Lattice Technology, all of the applications for viewing interactive 3D technical documentation are available for FREE.

For example, for your customers or internal service personnel, you could make assembly, service, or parts ordering available for use through any of the example means below.

All documents published in this fashion are free to view and come with an interactive 3D display of the model.

Solution Videos

How to create technical illustrations using XVL 3D Studio - Manual Layout

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How to create technical illustrations using XVL 3D Studio - Automatic Layout and Callout Generation
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Lattice Technology Products Used in This Solution

Technical Illustration Solution Partners


Alludo - Use CorelDRAW® Technical Suite, which includes XVL Studio Corel Edition, to import, adjust and modify 3D models and send high-quality vector illustrations and renderings to Corel DESIGNER™ and Corel PHOTO-PAINT™ for further illustration authoring. Insert 3D files in illustrations and access model views and cross-sections for a high-resolution preview in illustrations. Upgrade to XVL Studio 3D CAD Corel Edition to import additional 3D CAD and interchange formats, unlock a rich array of 3D illustration and animation tools, and output additional illustration styles and 3D formats.

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