Stage One

Kit

At Stage One, our kit takes many forms. From our ground-breaking, innovative products to our huge range of stock and hire equipment. This can be hired from us, or used on the projects we build for you. Our workshops too are packed with the latest kit, which means that when you bring us your ideas, we can make whatever you want.

Large Volume 5-Axis CNC Machining Centre

Large Volume 5-Axis CNC Machining Centre

Not many companies have one of these. Usually found in F1 and Aerospace workshops, the Poseidon 5-axis CNC High Speed Gantry Machining Centre takes our workshops to a whole new level. With axes strokes of 7500mm by 3800mm by 2500mm, it is big, flexible, precise and quick, increasing our capacity for milling, aperture machining, contouring, finishing, drilling and 3-D machining by using up to 5 simultaneously interpolated axes.

Enclosed Volume 5-Axis CNC Machine

Enclosed Volume 5-Axis CNC Machine

This is used for sculpting, carving and machining 3D items in materials ranging from foam through to solid wood, using CAD models or data from scanned items to obtain the necessary information. From the scenic to the architectural, applications include a stunningly accurate 7m pair of Adidas football boots and 400 complex curved façade panels for the Chanel pavilion.

3 Axis CNC Machines

3 Axis CNC Machines

These machines are used for routing, drilling and horizontal machining. The larger of our two 3 Axis machines can be used for tandem loading which results in faster production. In constant day-to-day use, these facilities have been used on a wide range of projects producing, for example, large quantities of intricate fretwork for the 2011 Pan Arab Games.

Waterjet Cutter

Waterjet Cutter

This twin-headed machine will cut virtually any material in flat sheet: stone, glass, acrylic, steel plate, wood, plastic etc. During the manufacture of the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron it proved indispensable, cutting the plate work required for the ‘wedding cake’ tiers that formed the base. Each tier required numerous precision cut holes to accommodate other components. This machine ensured both accuracy and speed.

Flat-bed Laser Cutter

Flat-bed Laser Cutter

This flat bed laser plate cutter can cut 1mm to 20mm steel plate, stainless steel plate and aluminium. It is accurate and works at high speed. Together with our other CNC kit such as the Press Brake, this machine helps us manufacture complex components with multiple folds and cut-outs.

Laser Tube Cutter

Laser Tube Cutter

This machine cuts steel tube in any way required. It also enables us, for example, to make bird mouth joints both accurately and quickly, achieving in an hour what only 20 years ago would have taken a week. We also use it to make components for frames or truss, such as on the 77Mta project in Qatar, where the entire in-the-round seating block for 1300 guests was cut on this machine.

3D Printer – 900mc

3D Printer – 900mc

This 3D Production System builds durable, accurate, repeatable parts as large as 914 x 610 x 914mm and comes with nine material options. It will provide three layer thickness options enabling the right balance between fine feature detail and speed of production. Throughput is more than twice that of our smaller, office based Fortus 250mc. Both printers are used for R&D, prototyping and production.

3D Printer – 250mc

3D Printer – 250mc

This compact and easy to use office-based 3D printer accurately prints fine detail and can operate at high speed. It can build parts in production-grade ABSplus thermoplastic, allowing prototypes to faithfully resemble finished products in look and durability. Soluble support structures make for easy, hands-free removal - even for parts with complex geometry and twisted cavities. Both our 3D printers are used for R&D, prototyping and production.

Milling

Milling

This XYZ SMX 5000 3-Axis CNC Milling Machine helps us provide multiple axis CNC controlled milling and turning in-house, completely integrated into our 3D CAD and AlphaCAM network design process.

Put simply, we are able to manufacture whatever we can draw.

Multi-Axis Machining Centre

Multi-Axis Machining Centre

Completely integrated into our 3D CAD and Alpha CAM network design process, this powerful machine makes easy work of components that would usually require both milling and turning operations. Over a period of 5 months, it was used to manufacture the 1000+ components for the 2012 Olympic Cauldron stems and pivot housings, refining and reducing the machine time from an initial 5 hours to a confident 50 minutes.

Rolling Machinery

Rolling Machinery

As part of our fully integrated workshops that enable us to manufacture just about anything, we can also provide in-house powered plate and tube rolling.

CNC Press Brake

CNC Press Brake

This Xact 100/3100 CNC Synchronised Press Brake bends and folds any sheet material - usually sheet metal. Together with our comprehensive laser cutting kit, this machine allows us to create complex components with multiple folds and cutouts.

Pro-Spray Paint Mix System

Pro-Spray Paint Mix System

Usually found in high-end automotive workshops, this clever system creates highly specific paints to order. The computerised colour retrieval system offers 60,000 colours in-house. It offers high-speed, accurate colour matching, including the exact matching of project-specific colours. It can mix specific quantities, regardless of volume and provides paint for finishes on a wide range of materials such as metals, fibreglass, plastics and MDF.

Bake Oven

Bake Oven

For curing FRP or post-curing paint. Our oven provides highly accurate temperature control and can be programmed to follow a set temperature profile up to 100 degrees Celcius. At 8m long, 6m wide and 4m high, it provides a very quick drying time, in a filtered, dust-free environment, allowing us to produce exceptionally high quality finishes.

Qmotion

Qmotion

Qmotion is our high-end fully automated motion control system that allows us to move people, equipment, scenery or staging in any 3D environment. Originally used on small-scale projects, it came of age in 2004 when it delivered highly complex aerial sequences for the Athens Olympic opening ceremony. The innovative nature of our Qmotion product and team allowed us to develop this technology for diverse applications, namely for use on live and large scale public events.

Winches & Hoists

Winches & Hoists

Winches for load drag and Hoists for load elevation.
We manufacture and supply both stock and bespoke hoists and winches, from simple 100kg performer hoists to large 2 tonne scenic hoists, with speeds from 2m/s to 10m/s.

Drives

Drives

We manufacture and supply both stock and bespoke squirrel cage and servo motor drives from 0.2kW to 50kW.

Control Surfaces

Control Surfaces

For 3D Live Flying and /or Show Replay. Qmotion is our high-end fully automated motion control system that allows us to move people, equipment, scenery or staging in any 3D environment. The innovative nature of both our product and expert team has allowed us to develop this technology for diverse applications as required by a particular project or client, namely for use on live and large scale public events.

Lifts

Lifts

From a single performer scissor lift to a repeat performer such as the Trinity Kitchen lift at Trinity Leeds - or even the huge bespoke lift (nicknamed ‘Frank’) for the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron – if we don’t have it in stock, we can make it for you.

Hydraulics

Hydraulics

We provide all manner of engineering design, construction and fitting, but it is our creative approach to engineering and the seamless integration with all our other provisions that makes us unique. We design, spec and manufacture hydraulic rams and actuators and the internal encoding of rams. We can design and construct bespoke scissor lifts of any size.

Power

Power

We can supply:

- 200, 400 and 600 amp Powerlock to CEE Form distribution units
- 200 amp and 400 amp Powerlock cabling
- Vast amounts of CEE Form cabling

Testing & Monitoring Equipment

Testing & Monitoring Equipment

We have the facilities to carry out in-house testing or real-time monitoring as required during the course of a project, including on site. For example:

- Electronic circuit board testing
- Electrical panel wiring testing
- Weather monitoring
- Weight monitoring
- Power monitoring

Cablenets

Cablenets

Since 2004, we have designed, engineered, installed and operated most of the significant global public event cablenets, also providing all associated automation and engineering systems. We undertake all manufacture in-house and can also provide any aerial scenic elements, as well as performer training and supervision, enabling us to take responsibility for the cablenet flying systems on behalf of our clients.

Temporary Flying System

Temporary Flying System

Our system provides large, arena-type venues with a complete but temporary theatre ‘infrastructure’. The system allows for the containment of all scenery, lighting, sound, video and also temporary power flying - as opposed to the laborious use of counterweight systems. Freed from the space restrictions of conventional theatre, productions can be installed and dismantled far quicker.

Track Based Flying

Track Based Flying

This system was developed for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic ceremonies. Nine multi gradient tracks, each 400m in length, featured tight curves as well as steep gradients. Carriages fitted with multiple large capacity winches lifted scenic items of up to 1000kg at high speed and to a high degree of accuracy - whilst traversing. The tracking carriages also worked in pairs or in groups to traverse and lift larger scenic elements around the stadium.

Rigging

Rigging

We always provide rigging for our own kit. If flying people or scenery is part of your show or event, coming to us for the complete package ensures full integration with our automation system. This reduces risk, cost and time.

Truss

Truss

We keep a stock of truss, supplying it as necessary for many of the projects we undertake. We also manufacture bespoke truss, in-house, as required. From a basic grid to Olympic Rings and a 40m Ice Breaker: truss provides the structure and support for a diversity of projects. In-house and in stock helps reduce costs, trim timelines and makes life simpler for our clients.

Stage Engineering

Stage Engineering

Revolves, lifts, wagons and trucking dollies - whatever engineering your stage requires, we can provide it. We have 2m, 4m, 6m 8m and 14m revolves in stock and these can be hired out along with a simple operation system. Should more complex operation or show control be required, then we can put together whatever you need for your project, supplying any number of automation, scenic and staging contexts and extras.

Staging & Support Structures

Staging & Support Structures

We have a huge range of staging stock. And if we haven’t got what you need, we can make it for you. Standard components held in stock include staging units, treads, legs and handrails along with various add-ons. Our staging often uses a mix of stock and bespoke, offering our clients the most economical configuration for their individual project. We have 2440mm x 1220mm scaffolding specially made by Layher specifically for our stage decks.