Introduction: Geneva Drive Gear Clock

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I designed this geneva drive gear clock a while back but work has prevented me from being able to print it. I have a 3D Printer behind my desk at work but it has been running parts for a couple months now so I can't really use it at the moment. It works by attaching a stepper motor to the orange drive gear. Every minute the stepper motor will take a complete revolution and increment the hundredth place minute gear. After that gear makes a complete revolution, it will increment the tenths place minute gear. After 60 minutes, the hour gear will be incremented.

Step 1: Clock Assembly

Picture of Clock Assembly

Download the stl files to 3D Print all the gears. If you do not have access to a 3D Printer you can use 3D Hubs to find a local printer near you. To assemble the clock you will need a stepper motor, three 1/8" dowels or tension pins(you could also print these), 3 bearings with .5" outer diameter and some rods depending on the bearings you choose.

If you 3d print this, please let me know, as I am very curious to see my design in action.

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stechi (author)2015-05-08

I think the six-bay wheel, what you call the tenths place minute gear, needs numbers 012345, rather than 123456. I might try this, it looks like a good design for an unusual clock, but I think I will use the laser cutter to make the parts, as they are flat. Also I think I can find a spit roast motor that will run forever at 1 rpm

Proto G (author)stechi2015-05-08

It does have 0,1,2,3,4,5 on it. That sounds like a great idea! Please let me know if you make it as I'm really curious to see it in action.

stechi (author)Proto G2015-05-09

Sorry, I thought that was a 6 in the picture. Haven't managed to download the files yet. Thinking about a synchronous mirror-ball motor.

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