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You Can Now 3D-Print One of Watchmaking’s Modern Mechanical .

by • July 21, 2016 • No Comments


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Watchmakers are always striving to add additional showcases to their timepieces, but it’s the most easy and obvious feature—accurately keeping the time—that’s the holy grail of horology. And now you can 3D-print a tourbillon, a complicated device that improves a watch’s accuracy, and marvel at its mechanics.
Originally made by watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet over 220 years ago, a tourbillon is just a mechanism to constantly rotate a watch’s escapement and balance wheel—essentially its beating heart—to assist improve accuracy and counteract the forces of gravity while it’s being worn and moved around.
A three-axis tourbillon, as the name implies, spins a watch’s escapement and balance wheel in three size, additional improving its aptitude to stay accurate as it ticks away. It is in addition a mechanism that contributes to the obscene price tags most Swiss watches are known for, but it’s a genuine mechanical marvel, that is why Adam Wrigley has made a larger 3D-printable-bodied edition for anyone to download and study.

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All of the 3D files for Wrigley’s creation are on the market over on Thingiverse, and as intricately complicated as a three-axis tourbillon can be, there are just of 99 parts for you to print and assemble to create your own. Is it a bargain-priced way to just 3D print your own mechanical watch? Not quite, most 3D printing devices wouldn’t be able-bodied to accurately churn out these parts at that small scale. But as a crash course in how old-school watches work, this is advantageous than attempting to dismantle an expensive Swiss masterpiece.
[Thigiverse via TechCrunch]

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