Posts Tagged ‘printable clock’

Robot Hospital! Episode Nine!

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In this episode Ethan gives you a worms-eye view of perfecting your build surface, Matt gives you an nifty intro to solid modeling withTinkerCad, and Isaac runs down the latest notables from Thingiverse! Check it out!

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Watching the Clock

As incredible as RustedRobot’s print of Syvwlch’s printable parametric clock is, a single still photograph just doesn’t do it justice. Two weeks ago there was no such thing as a 3D printed clock. Today you get to watch one in action. Sure, it’s powered by a drill and running a little fast… but this is progress! In the history of the world, there has probably never been a clock that has gone from concept to actuality and run through so many iterations so quickly. Syvwlch has been crunching through versions and derivatives of derivatives of this clock just about as quickly as OpenSCAD can render.

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Printable Clock – Printed

Clockwork Library & Printable Clock Script designed by Syvlwch, printed by rustedrobot
Clockwork Library & Printable Clock Script designed by Syvlwch, printed by rustedrobot

Thingiverse citizen rustedrobot has printed, assembled, and in the true cooperative spirit of open source design provided feedback to the designer to help improve the designs for everyone.

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Syvwlch’s Printable Clock – ready for printing!


Clockwork Library & Printable Clock Script by syvwlch
Clockwork Library & Printable Clock Script by syvwlch

Syvwlch’s work on a printable clock has been one of the most exciting ongoing projects on Thingiverse.  He’s just upload what might be a final version of his work.  This version includes the escapement, pendulum, gears for the seconds, minutes, and hours, and a set of nested concentric gears to provide the corresponding second, minute, and hour movement.  And, let’s not forget he’s made this entire clock parametric in OpenSCAD – in case you need to print up a grandfather clock or a teeny-tiny watch.

As quickly as he’s been developing this project, it hasn’t been without it’s obstacles.  Syvwlch explained some of the benefits to designing such a complex mechanism in OpenSCAD:

There are none of the usual frustrations.  If you made a mistake a few steps back, it’s not a big deal.  I had the math on how to size the thing to fit inside a MakerBot completely wrong.  It took me two minutes to fix it.

As if designing a printable clock weren’t enough, Syvwlch has also set up his OpenSCAD file so that it will kick out STL’s for easy printing on just about any 3D printer AND so that it can show you an animated diagram of how the parts fit together and operate.  I can’t wait to start printing up these parts.

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Fast Time

Printable Clock, Parametric Proof of Concept by syvwlch

Printable Clock, Parametric Proof of Concept by syvwlch

Syvwlch has been busy at work on his printable clock over the last week.  He’s produced SEVEN iterations of this design so far.  I’m a huge advocate for posting unfinished or even obsolete designs – the is a perfect example of the benefits.  At any point someone could have jumped in to help out with these designs, the formulas, or contributed code.

Following the evolution of his designs as been very educational for me.  I’ve struggled with how best to design a multi-part mechanical device.  Syvwlch clearly has the right idea – starting with the centermost component – the escapement mechanism – and building outwards upon it.

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