Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2019


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Timothy Hight

Second Advisor

David Sword

Third Advisor

Michael Taylor


SwiftScene DMX Control is a safe, simple, and low-cost solution to automated scenery marketed to educational level and low-income theaters. The module is an 18” x 18” electrical enclosure that attaches to the underside of a stage platform and is fully controlled wirelessly via a light board. This is a scaled down prototype meant as a proof of concept and product viability. It is capable of rotational motion and limited linear motion. This prototype meets expectations of traveling at 1 ft/s with acceleration and deceleration at 0.5 ft/s2, but speed and acceleration can be varied based on desired functionality. An actual product will be able to carry a higher load and perform closer to ideal specifications.