Lattice3D Studio for Creating Advanced Technical Documentation

Author from any 3D CAD Model

Lattice3D Studio is our core authoring tool for leveraging your 3D design data across your extended enterprise.

Primary Features


New with Lattice3d Studio 13.1 - Electrical Routing.


Author Work Instructions

Lattice3D Studio (Standard and Pro versions) gives the user the ability to create powerful work instructions which are linked to accurate product geometry which may include animations. Lattice3D Studio also automates much of the task by creating part paths for assembly and disassembly and automatic camera positioning for optimal viewing of the step. 

Create Technical Documentation

Lattice3D Studio puts the power in the hands of the Technical Illustrator. Leveraging the CAD geometry, the Illustrator can focus on how to best visually communicate. Easily create standard illustrations with all the features you would expect or create interactive 3D illustrations. Now supporting 3D PDF.

Design Processes with Digital Mock Up

Lattice3D Studio can be used to model entire processes. For instance, the entire assembly process can be modeled in order to validate a design before moving into manufacturing (design for manufacturing). Using Lattice3D Studio, models of tooling and fixtures can be included in the XVL model -- even human mannequins with realistic movement can be included.

Lattice3D Studio is available in three versions

  • Lattice3D Studio Basic (Includes basic 3D editing and authoring capabilities including measurement, annotation, cross-sectioning and more)
  • Lattice3D Studio Standard (Basic plus work instructions, animations, process definitions and more)
  • Lattice3D Studio Pro (Standard plus interference checking, clearance analysis and more)

All Lattice3D Studio products are available with optional upgrades for enhanced functionality including Point Cloud data import, STEP and other polygon format import, technical illustration, and more.


Lattice3D Studio Features and Benefits


Lattice3D Studio is available in three versions: Basic, Standard and Pro.

  • Basic: 3D authoring tools, including saving dimensions, generating cross-sections, annotations, colors.
  • Standard:Adds to Basic, the capabilities to author animations/processes and edit part attributes.
  • Pro:Adds to Standard, the capabilities to check interference and clearances.



Lattice3D Studio also comes with optional upgrades including Illustration, Geometry Comparison, Human Interaction and more.






Full featured viewing: Zoom, pan, rotate, measurement, annotation, texture mapping, cross-sectioning of your 3D data.

Rapidly access 3D data for additional authoring, measurement, etc. as a standard part of our engineering tools.

Assemble parts from multiple CAD systems
or files after conversion to XVL.

Easily handle multiple CAD formats from different CAD systems.

Import and export the following formats as standard: 3D PDF, 3ds, DXF, IGES, OBJ, STL, U3D, VRML.

Import industry-standard neutral formats to enable immediate use of your 3D data in Lattice3D Studio.

Create parts lists and share them using XVL, Excel, PDF or HTML.

Build accuracy in parts ordering through the interactive use of 3D and related parts lists and BOMs.

XVL - the industry's most compressed and accurate 3D format.

Be able to edit data in Lattice3D Studio and view results on lower specification PCs, send 3D data faster and more efficiently.

Automatic Update: After an engineering or design change, the new 3D data can be automatically updated in Lattice3D Studio to repeat actions and changes made to the original data.

Decrease time spent on arduous changes and improve efficiency during engineering change order processes.

Work Instructions: Create and Deploy Step-by-Step Work Instructions.

Clear, current and accurate instructions which are attached to the interactive 3D model – increasing understanding and reducing training time.


Animation Definition: Define keyframe animation, and automatic assembly/disassembly animations, with multiple camera views, part visibilities, and events.

Quickly understand the structure of 3D assemblies by rapidly exploring all elements to a design. Keyframe tools deliver greater flexibility and control over the results.


Animations as AVIs: Save out animations as AVI files, as well as save as part of the 3D XVL model.

Provides another standard format for delivering 3D assembly animations


Process Design and Verification:Comprehensively design manufacturing processes, calculate working time. Check each step using process animations and path authoring (see below). Check Human interaction.

Quickly and effectively design and test processes for production and manufacturing. Build productivity and efficiency by checking manufacturability early in the production process, long before prototype begins.


* Add resources, dynamically check collisions between parts.



Human Interaction: Add human models to test assembly and manufacturability with humans involved. Add tools and dynamically check reach, position and interference.

Check production assembly and repair operations with humans and tools involved.


Process Animation: Create process animations which can be played interactively with the process tree, defined in Lattice3D Studio. Dynamically check for collisions. (Lattice3D Studio Pro only).

Delivering assembly instructions in 3D animation brings faster understanding and intuitive training of shop floor and assembly staff. Can be delivered in XVL, Excel and HTML.


Path Authoring Tools: In Process Design, create and manipulate paths to avoid collisions between parts and check and define detailed movement of parts.

Build productivity and efficiency by checking manufacturability of the product and understand realistic movements of parts in process animations.


Advanced visualization with multiple windows and snapshots.

Display multiple views simultaneously and save views for future reference and communication.

Static and Dynamic interference checking and clearance analysis including individual parts or whole assemblies. Output interference and clearance results to spreadsheets.

Perform accurate design reviews on entire assemblies prior to the completion of design. Build highly accurate designs fast and effectively.



Automatically create and save 2D profilesthat update in real time.

View 2D profiles of 3D parts in real time to check part relationships or as part of a design review process



Offset surfaces to modify existing geometryto thicken surface models.

Create realistic 3D models for advanced interference and clearance checking and simulation of design changes.



Draft angle detection: detect and identify parts and faces with an insufficient draft angle

Increase accuracy by visualizing and identifying parts which could cause a problem during manufacturing

Sophisticated cross section control: Trace cross sections along any axis. Output cross sections as IGES or DXF. Measure and dimension in real-time.

Enhanced inquiry of details and inspection of digital mock-ups delivers fast comprehension of the assembly.






Annotation View

Add markups to multiple 3D views. Annotation view is usually used as a collaboration tool in design review process.

Electrical Routing

Add accurate electrical routing (including wires, cables, harnesses and connectors) in 3D.  Including: Wires and Cables, Bundling, Connections, Measurements.

Geometry Difference

Rapidly compare different versions of the same design data and assemblies, with results delivered in visual color map and list formats


Add human models and test interaction with manufacturing designs.


Create technical illustrations automatically from 3D and export illustration files. Support for line types and formats including CGM and 2D vector formats.

Import - Catia V4

Direct import.

Import - Parasolid

Direct import.

Import - STEP

Direct import.

List Edit

(For Studio Basic only) Expands the functions of Studio Basic to allow editing of all lists (Parts, assemblies etc)

Multi CAD

Integrate models from multiple CAD formats into a single XVL model

Point Cloud Evaluation

Supports data input from 3D Scanners. Overlay original data and scanned data for display or edit the color map to indicate differences between data sets.


XVL® (eXtensible Virtual world description Language), an XML-based, neutral format used for compression, conversion, and integration of 3D data.