For German multinational conglomerate corporation ThyssenKrupp, the elevator which goes both vertical and horizontal wasn’t simply a Trekkie’s dream, but a business opportunity that can be achieved via modern science and technology. As a result, came the development of MULTI!
“As the nature of building constructions evolve, it is also necessary to adapt elevator systems to better suit the requirements of buildings and high volumes of passengers. From the one dimensional vertical arrangement to a two dimensional horizontal/vertical arrangement with more than one or two cabins operating in each shaft, MULTI represents a proud moment in ThyssenKrupp’s history of presenting cutting-edge transport technologies that best serve current mobility needs.”
– Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of ThyssenKrupp
“To get this groundbreaking product onto the market our new test tower in Rottweil, Germany, provides the perfect test and certification environment. The tower is set to be completed at the end of 2016, and by this time, we aim to have a running prototype of MULTI.” – Andreas Schierenbeck
To test out the design structure of MULTI, given that their test tower is yet to be completed itself, ThyssenKrupp was able to use the University of Stuttgart’s 3D Cave to give them a virtual hands-on look of the design and how it’ll work. It’s quite amazing to think about, that in just over a year there’ll be a new elevator system that mimics great science-fiction of the past, like Star Trek, and was achieved by being optimized firstly as a 3D virtual hologram!
The implications to such a design and design process is practically limitless. For office workers, I’m sure they’ll be more than appreciative of a fast and abundant elevator system. For engineers and architects, however, the ability to test their designs in 3D virtual space before actual construction will surely maximize efficiency in both resource use and design capability.
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