Winter always brings in joy and happiness, along with holidays. And Holidays usually mean family times, which turn means more outing for families. This winter, Evolution had the privilege of setting up a stage for Warner Brothers Theme Park situated in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi thanks to our client East West Events.
This stage needed to look like something out of a fairy tale, along with multiple magical elements. One of them being a scissor lift that was placed right at the front of the stage. This stage needed to raise up to a height of 1 meter, and the top base needs to rotate only when it’s raised up.
Requirements like this did pose a big challenge, how would you make a lazy Susan stage that moves only when it’s raised and locks up when it’s in zero position. As the delivery date was near, our Automation Engineer had only 3 days to his disposal, where he needed to design, fabricate and deliver.
After 7 different iterations of the design, it was finally time to fabricate it. A scissor lift capable of lifting upto 3 tons was used as the base. A frame was built on top of it to support the top lid and to hold the cladding in place. Cladding needed to travel with the frame to hide all the internal working. Close to 50 rubberized wheels were placed on a 1.7 meter metal sheet measuring 8mm in thickness. Flange bearing was used as the center pivot point. For the lid on top of the stage, two 18mm birch plywood were sandwiched to form the base.
A ring of 10mm rubber was placed on an additional 3mm laser cut metal ring to act as the brake. This rubber plate was rested on top of 10 adjustable stage legs which were placed within the frame, but on its own. They place independently, so that they don’t interfere or touch the cladding, causing it to rise up. We were able to deliver it 3 days after we started.
We faced our biggest issue once the scissor lift stage was placed on site. During transport, the base metal plate which housed all the 10 adjustable legs was moved and got damaged, to fix it we needed to bring it back to our workshop. Our Engineers replaced the base with an additional 8mm metal sheet while making sure that this time nothing moved from its position. And it worked!
We always take pride in being a part of something that’s larger than us. Our work bought joy and smile to those who have visited and seen the show that took place on that stage. In the end of the day, we can say proudly that our hard work got some meaning to it.