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3D printed gliders enable ropeless elevators

The future of elevator technology could be ropeless, thanks to innovations from companies like igus and thyssenkrupp. igus, a company that specializes in the production of plain bearings and linear systems, among other things, has developed 3D-printed glides that are used in the linear drive technology of thyssenkrupp’s MULTI ropeless elevator.

The glides, which are made of igus’ iglidur i3 material, are an essential component of the elevator system. They enable low-friction and precise movement of the elevator, which can move not only vertically but also horizontally. This opens up new possibilities in architecture and building design, as elevators are no longer limited to a straight, vertical path.

The gliders were developed specifically for use in MULTI elevator technology and manufactured using 3D printing. This production process allowed igus to tailor the glides to the exact requirements of the ropeless elevator. They are robust, durable, and meet the high demands for precision and reliability required for the safe and efficient functioning of the elevator.

The collaboration between igus and Thyssenkrupp demonstrates the potential of 3D printing in the manufacturing industry. With the ability to produce customized parts quickly and cost-effectively, companies can develop innovative solutions that challenge and enhance traditional technologies. In this case, 3D printing enables the realization of a ropeless elevator that has the potential to fundamentally change the way we design and use buildings.

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