The Web4lifts software is now able to save 3-D elevator and escalator drawings into SAT or STEP formats, which imports them into other 3-D CAD programs. This greatly enhances the existing design process for elevator and escalator manufacturers. The new SAT and STEP function enables manufacturers to easily export 3-D elevator and escalator models into other 3-D CAD software like Autodesk Inventor or Solidworks, for customization according to their needs.
In addition, elevator and escalator manufacturers are able to send 3-D BIM models created by Web4lifts to builders and architects. Due to the new export formats, 3-D models can be quickly and conveniently integrated into 3-D architecture software like Autodesk Revit or ArchiCAD. Architects are now able to display elevators and escalators more precisely as well as perform interference checks between the elevator and the building.
“The new SAT and STEP export function is fantastic. As we can now participate in BIM by sending our architects 3-D elevator models, which aid in coordination efforts with the various sub contractors and can also be utilized in the “clash detection” process. It's accurate and saves us time,” comments Scott Anderson, Manager Automation Development at Otis Elevator – NAA Contract Logistics Center in Bloomington, Illinois, USA.
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