Location clock is done!

Hello Internet!

After a little more than a year of tinkering on this project, I finally put the finishing touches on my IoT location clock!

After my last post, I picked up some 1/4″ thick birch plywood and got ready to design the clock hands. I put together a clock hand design in Photoshop and converted it to a CNC-friendly vector in Illustrator. I then went to the Omaha Do Space with the plywood and had the clock hands cut out. Here are some pictures!

(Sorry for potato quality) picture of the Laser cutter cutting out the clock hands!

Hands all cut out on the laser cutter!

I set the laser cutter a little too high in it’s settings, so the hands got a little scorched. Oh well, time to paint!

How I wanted the hands to be set up on the clock, is the K&S Hobby brass tubes I have would go through the first hand (with one of the tubes connected to it to move it around) and then the second hand would sit on top of the last brass tube. Unfortunately, when I tried to cut the hole in the first hand for the tube to go through, then the hand broke apart. I tried this with multiple hands (I cut out quite a few extra in case this would happen) but was getting nowhere fast.

To work around this, I took a bit of scrap acrylic, and cut a strip that was about the same width as the clock hand. I then spray painted the acrylic and the clock hands black, drilled a hole through the acrylic and then glued the broken pieces on to the acrylic to better hold the assembly together. Because of this, I was able to space out the first hand enough to where the two hands wouldn’t rub together, and it actually made the design more solid! How’s that for making lemonade with lemons!

fixed hand with the acrylic glued to it.

With the hands finished, it was time to put the whole thing together. I admit, there was quite a bit I left out of my blog that I should’ve added in previous posts (sorry I’ve been neglecting my blog, guys!!), so to keep this post from being too long, here is a youtube video of the general assembly of the inner workings of the clock. Enjoy!

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view of the inside of the clock from the front

With the inside of the clock put together and the hands done, it’s time to make the magic happen, and put the whole thing together!

That’s the gist of it! I’ll post more about the software setup later, I head out. Feel free to leave a comment on what you think, or if I should make any changes!

See you later!

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  1. administrator says:

    I forgot to add, if you want to view all the steps in my clock making process, visit my instructable at http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-Your-Own-Weasley-Location-Clock/. Check it out!