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Filament Spool Clock With RGB Lighting

by dominofreak Feb 19, 2019
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I tried searching for the clockwork but couldn't find any. Can you link the one you used or any other compatible ones? Thank you!

I salvaged mine from an old Ikea clock, but since clockworks are standardized, just go to amazon and search for "quartz clockwork". You will find hundreds of clockworks with identical body sizes which you can choose from. The type you need is the one having a AA battery slot on the bottom, like this one (I'm not saying you should nessecarily buy exactly the one from the link though, i'm sure there is way cheaper alternatives with the same body if you search a bit longer than me):

Cool, thanks for the reply.

How many turns should there be on the LED strip, and how many LED's per meter?

I used a cheap standard led strip, no idea how many leds are on there per meter to be honest. The only important thing is to get a strip that has rgb in every led (really cheap ones sometimes have red, green and blue as seperate spaced out leds) and to use at least 1 meter to get a few windings around the spool. That makes the light brighter and a bit more even on the diffusing panel.

Eine wirklich tolle Uhr. Eine Frage habe ich jedoch, die Zeiger sind vom Uhrwerk oder ?

Genau, das sind die Zeiger die dabei waren.

Great clock....Just wish the customizer did work. OPENSCAD is not a user friendly software for us mere mortals.

Yeah, openscad can seem a bit complicated for beginners, but for customizing the file you actually don't need to know anything about the software, just change the variables on the top, cycle through the objects one by one, save out the stl files and you are good to go. It's pretty much the same as customizer, only without the fancy sliders ;)

Before I look for a source for the clockworks, I want to be sure I order the right one. In your description, you mention a maximum size of 58mm x 58mm. However, in your Non-printed Parts list, you reference a 68mm clockworks. Which is correct? I would love to try this project but don't want to order the wrong item. Thanks for any advice and for such a cool project!

Oops, i got the numbers messed up somehow, the 58x58mm is correct. As far as i know the standard for quartz clockworks is 56x56mm, so pretty much every clockwork you find on ebay or amazon should fit in.

Great! Thanks for the information! Now, I just wish my spools were the same dimensions as yours. I'll have to see if I can modify the files to match my spools. Those are great looking clocks.

Brilliant idea! I will need to make about 50 of these.. hahah, guess I know what I will be giving out for Christmas.

Is the paper on the sides?

I made the diffusion panel out of white pla printed one layer thick, you can use paper too but pla ist more stable and allows more light to go through, so it is probably the better choice.

This is such a great new idea for spare spools. I am going to make loads of them. Thanks