3D Printed Clock

Peter Schmitt & Robert Swartz

The 3D Printed Clock results on the idea of ready assembled 3D printed computational mechanisms and relates to research in the field of rapid prototyping and digital fabrication. The clock was modeled in CAD software after an existing clock utilizing a weight and a pendulum to keep track of time. The CAD model was created according to the specifications of the 3D printer assuring sufficient gaps and clearances for the different parts to be separate. In addition support material drainage and perforations were added to allow for the access support material being removed after the print.

The 3D Printed Clock is intended to demonstrate superior capabilities of 3D printing as fabrication process. It should contribute towards a future use of 3D printers to replace injection molding and expensive tooling processes and allow for on demand, customized and “greener” consumer products.

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