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3D Printed Tourbillon Clock – Hackaday

by • January 10, 2016 • No Comments

3D printed clocks have been done preceding, but never a thing like this. It’s a 3D printed clock with a tourbillon, a creative way to drive an escapement developed around the year 1800. Instead of a pendulum, this type of clock uses a rotating cage powered by a spring. It’s commonly discovered in a few quite expensive modern watches, but never preceding has a thing like this been 3D printed.
3D Printed Clock[Christoph Lamier] created this tourbillon clock in Autodesk Fusion 360, with 50 printable parts, and a handful of pins, screws, and washers. The most delicate parts – the hairspring, anchor, escapement wheel, and a few gears were printed at 0.06 layer height. Equitething else was printed at a much additional normal resolution with 0.1mm layer height.
Because just about the entire clock is 3D printed, this means the spring is 3D printed as well. This huge 2 meter-long spiral of printed plastic may not have been printed without altering a few settings on the printer. The setting in question is Cura’s ‘combing’ or the ‘avoid crossing perimeters’ setting. If you don’t disable this setting, the print time increases by 30%, and moving the print head causes the plastic to ooze out over the spring.
There’s a 26-minute long video of the 3D printed tourbillon clock in action which is horrendously boring. It does demonstrate this clock works, yet. You can check out the additional informative videos at a lower place.

Thanks [LupusMechanicus] for the tip.


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