October 27, 2021
After a three-year joint development project between Dassault Systèmes and Lattice Technology, working with Toyota Motor Corporation, native XVL on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for Japan is available now (worldwide release is planned for 2022). The inclusion of native XVL with the platform enables increased usability downstream of product design in areas such as production engineering and service, the company says. XVL supports compression of 3D data.
“Users can instantly and directly access XVL data on 3DEXPERIENCE. The members of design and production engineering feel that they have reached a new level of 3D utilization. The timeliness achieved in this project is very important in terms of accumulating the reduction of one small operation and not disturbing designers’ thinking,” said Hiroshi Kawazoe, Director/Toyota Systems Corp.
The announcement was made during a live interview between Hiroshi Kawazoe, Director/Toyota Systems Corp., Stephane Declee, ENOVIA CEO/Dassault Systèmes and Hiroshi Toriya, CEO/Lattice Technology Co. Ltd.
“In Toyota, CATIA is widely used in the design area, and XVL is widely used in the production engineering and service document areas. When these two solutions are closely linked on 3DEXPERIENCE, I think Toyota might have bigger benefit from them,” said Hiroshi Toriya, CEO/Lattice Technology Co., Ltd.
“We need both the technical role of creating content, and a simple mechanism that many people can use for taking advantage of the content,” said Hiroshi Kawazoe at Toyota.
“Toyota uses CATIA for the former and XVL for the latter. It has great meaning that the technical department creates detailed data and people in production site or factory, suppliers can use lightweight 3D and simple tools even from places where IT infrastructure is not sufficient,” said Kawazoe.
“Also, such a situation greatly expands the range of 3D utilization. In particular, Lattice, a purely Japanese-like company, has been very effective developing applications that meet the specific needs of the Toyota production process,” Kawazoe added.
According to Lattice, XVL is an important addition as a native format available on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for purposes other than design because it is extremely lightweight (about 1/100th the CAD file size) and maintains CAD level accuracy.
XVL can also accommodate all major CAD formats in a single representation, meaning SOLIDWORKS models, CATIA models, and models from other CAD systems can be combined into a single model, that is accurate for performing work outside of the design department from manufacturing planning, to assembly simulation, creating work/service instructions, and any technical documentation that needs the 3D model.
Users can download any model in XVL format, regardless of its origin.
“Now XVL and CATIA data exist in a 1-to-1 state on 3DEXPERIENCE. Non-CAD users can get their job done while sharing the correct 3D data globally, both online and offline,” said Toriya.