Modeling A Lift

The winch-style model can be used to represent various machines other than ordinary deck winches. By adjusting the size and rotation of the winch we can easily make it look like a lift. Let’s look at the steps to build a lift model by modifying the winch model.

Parameters To Set

  • Axis Type: Lift

  • Width: 8ft

  • Height: 8ft

  • Length: 1.5ft

  • Rotation X: 90 Degrees

  • Rotation Y: 90 Degrees

  • Distance from Center: 13.75ft

  • Distance from Plaster: 20ft

  • Elevation on Stage: -10ft

  • Max Forward Position: 120in


  1. Select the motor you wish to adjust.

  2. Select winch in the Scenery Type window.

  3. Select Lift in the Axis Type dropdown menu.

  4. Adjust Width, Length, and Height.

    1. The Width and Height in this case are the Platform dimensions.

    2. The LENGTH is the DEPTH of the platform.

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

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

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

The stage is semi-transparent so that you can see scenery moving, even when it is beneath the stage.

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