Revolutionizing Product Design: SOLIDWORKS Integrates XVL for Enhanced Virtual Product Models

January 18, 2024 3 min read

Revolutionizing Product Design: SOLIDWORKS Integrates XVL for Enhanced Virtual Product Models

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Product design and engineering are witnessing a paradigm shift with the integration of groundbreaking technologies that streamline the entire development process. In the forefront of this evolution is SOLIDWORKS, a staple in 3D CAD technology. SOLIDWORKS has significantly enhanced its capabilities by incorporating robust support for the XVL file format, an ultralightweight 3D standard by Lattice Technology that promises to transform how designers and engineers interact with virtual product models.

SOLIDWORKS Supports XVL: Ultralightweight & Accurate

The journey of integrating the XVL format into SOLIDWORKS is designed to be seamless. Creating an XVL file is as simple as performing a "Save As" operation within SOLIDWORKS, a user-friendly approach that maintains the accessibility and efficiency expected from this industry-leading software.

Why Is This Important?

XVL stands out for its ability to let users create what is known as a Virtual Product Model (VPM). A VPM is a complete representation of a product, encompassing all related files, regardless of their number or format. Whether your project involves 10 CAD files or spans into the thousands, XVL ensures that they can be unified into one coherent model. This integration is essential for products that rely on various components, perhaps developed using different CAD systems, which need to be brought together into a single, navigable, and accurate virtual model. The inherent compatibility of XVL with different formats makes it a universal solution for product design.

What Can a Virtual Product Do for Your Company?

The advantages of having a singular, comprehensive model file are manifold. A VPM enables a more cohesive workflow, allowing downstream stakeholders—from manufacturing to support and maintenance—to access a detailed representation of the complete product. The consistency and detail offered by a VPM ensure that all departments can perform their roles with a clear understanding of the product as a whole. Furthermore, XVL facilitates a more collaborative environment by providing a shared reference point that is both lightweight and rich in detail.

XVL Across the Product Lifecycle

The use of XVL extends throughout the product lifecycle. In the design phase, it can be used for detailed reviews and validation, ensuring that all components fit together as intended. During the manufacturing stage, XVL aids in creating comprehensive assembly instructions and in verifying that manufacturing processes align with design specifications. For post-sales support and maintenance, XVL models can serve as an accurate reference for troubleshooting, repair guides, and training materials.

It is important to note that the integration of XVL technology into SOLIDWORKS is a part of a broader trend of utilizing lightweight 3D formats to enhance communication and efficiency across various stages of product development. Other CAD and visualization tools are also adopting similar strategies to support collaborative and integrative workflows.


The integration of XVL into SOLIDWORKS marks a significant development in the realm of virtual product models. This advancement offers companies a competitive edge by enabling efficient, accurate, and collaborative product design and lifecycle management. As the industry continues to evolve, the importance of leveraging such technologies to create comprehensive virtual models becomes ever more apparent.

While NOVEDGE does not offer SOLIDWORKS, it provides a vast array of design software technology that complements and enhances the capabilities of such advanced 3D CAD systems. For those looking to adopt or update their design workflow with the newest and most advanced design software technology, we invite you to contact our sales team at NOVEDGE. Our team is well-equipped to provide expert advice and support to ensure that your design process is as innovative and efficient as possible.

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