A Parameter-controlled 3-D CAD Tool for Lift Design

Thies vom Hofe

Monday 1st May 2000

Designing and modernising lift installations both call for accurate scale drawings of the shaft, showing the precise positions of all the key components and documenting the plans for different target groups. The LIFTdesigner software automates the generation of general arrangement drawings and carries out engineering calculations using the CAD data and project data, producing documentation for safety-relevant components and performing important distance, collision and safety clearance checks. During the design work 3-D component-oriented models can easily be modified by adjusting individual parameters or component characteristics as required by the project. The program is fully customisable, supporting user component definition, VBA programming interface and templates for user drawing layouts. The approach and special features of the LIFTdesigner package will be described and compared with traditional methods.

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