Modeling A Hoist

By adjusting the size and rotation of the winch we can also make it look like a hoist.

As you saw with a lift, the winch-style model can be used to represent various machines other than ordinary deck winches. A hoist is set up similar to a lift, but it often has smaller dimensions, and resides above the deck, instead of below.

Parameters To Set

  • Axis Type: Hoist

  • Width: 1.5ft

  • Length: 5ft

  • Height: 1.5ft

  • Rotation X: 90 Degrees

  • Rotation Y: 90 Degrees

  • Distance from Center: 0ft

  • Distance from Plaster: 1.5ft


  1. Select the motor you wish to adjust.

  2. Select winch in the Scenery Type window.

  3. Select Hoist in the Axis Type dropdown menu.

  4. Adjust Width, Length, and Height.

    1. The Width and Height in this case are the plan dimensions of the unit.

    2. The LENGTH is the DEPTH of the unit.

  5. Adjust Rotation X and Rotation Y so that the unit travels vertically.

  6. Adjust Distance and Elevation to reflect actual location on the stage.

    1. In this example, we have the unit coming all the way to the ground. If you have a minimum height above the deck, use that height for Elevation from Stage.

  7. Set Max Forward Position Soft Limit for actual travel distance.

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