There comes a point where all systems need an upgrade to make sure they continue to be safe, efficient, and operational. The rigging business is no different with its systems.
Lyons Township High School recently had Flyhouse upgrade their theatrical rigging system from a manual to an automated ETC rigging system. The previous system had become unsafe and dangerous to continue to use in productions.
Over the course of the project, Flyhouse demolished the existing counterbalance and out-of-compliance curtain system before any newer systems could be installed. The new rigging system included single and double purchase counterweight line sets, a motorized counterweight line set and dead hung side tabs for brand new curtains.
While the newer rigging system was an upgrade, the already established structural features required some innovative methods to create workarounds to install the system. For Flyhouse, the challenge of installing around I-beams, an HVAC system, water pipes, and existing conduits was just another day at the office.
Lyons new theatrical rigging system is now up-to-date and productions can move forward safely.
Advances in 3D printing have come a long way over the last few years. Flyhouse recently brought a 3D printer on to our team and we are excited to see what it can do. To break it in, we created a basic locking ring and waited an hour to see what would come of it. The results are below in our time-lapse video.
Chicago Flyhouse and its friends working on Chi-Town Rising received a wonderful write-up from the Chicago Tribune on how the Rising Star is made possible. Take a look and get excited for New Year's Eve like we are!