I always think mechanical clocks and watches are way cooler than electronic quartz ones. It is pretty amazing that you can make a tiny machine that's just a collection of gears and springs, and that is accurate enough to keep good time.
Andy Hudson-Smith at University College London posted a nice functional 3D printed weight powered clock this week. The clock is made using modified plans from woodentimes.com and printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2.
The parts were created in SketchUp and then exported to .stl for import into MakerWare. Each part was printed out individually. The complete clock took 4 days to print, after assembly it weighs around 600g. It requires winding every 48 hours but it is functional, and I assume it shows also the correct time.
Images credit: Andy Hudson-Smith
Watch the clip below showing the completed 3D printed clock:
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Passer-By wrote at 5/11/2016 7:02:34 AM:
Are you able to make a SketchUp tutorial on how you created each of the gears and parts for assembly? I am planning on creating my own mechanical clock and I want to know the exact dimensions and lengths used. It would also be cool if you can record the assmbly setup as well to see the process. Awesome creation! P.S i do know that this was uploaded in 2013 (3 years ago), however I am writing this in hope that you would see and consider doing a tutorial. Thank you.
James wrote at 8/11/2015 2:05:02 AM:
This is a motor that charges a cellphone :https://www.facebook.com/100008184129621/videos/vb.100008184129621/1610708162545306/?type=2&theater¬if_t=video_processed It is a swiss maxon geared motor attached to a usb here is the clock that turned on a light and charges a cellphone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX34d7zC9SQ&feature=youtu.be Right now I have to stand beside a plug to charge my cellphone
wrote at 10/2/2013 8:08:02 PM:
wrote at 9/19/2013 8:47:37 PM: