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Improved Perpetual Calendar (to the year 2124)

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Most (non-computer) perpetual calendars do not render good representations of a month.  For example, see http://www.photo-dictionary.com/photofiles/list/1717/2276perpetual_calendar.jpg and http://chestofbooks.com/crafts/scientific-american/sup4/images/PERPETUAL-CALENDAR.png. Some show the month with a variable starting day of the week. Others show the month with the maximum number of days instead of the actual number of days in the month. In general, they usually require a complicated table lookup to determine how to set the calendar view. 

This calendar attempts to address this by:

1) Eliminating table lookups by providing viewports that show only relevant information.

2) Providing an accurate representation of a month, always starting with Sunday and showing only the days that actually exist in the month.

3) Providing a logical process for setting the calendar: set the year, set the month, set the starting day of the month, then mask off the days that don't appear in that month.

The calendar is double sided to reduce the diameter of the overall calendar.  A single sided version could be created by putting the year and month information on outer rings. That was my initial design, but it got too big, and I was hoping to create a smaller, pocketable version like some of the older ones. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:50yearcalendar.JPG.

This calendar would be easy to convert to laser cut and laser etched metal sheets, which would yield a keepsake that would work for more than a century. Replacing the year disk would make it work for another century.

 
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Step 2: Cut Out

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Cut out the sections designated in red lines. These are small and large irregular sections.
Cut away the outer red ring from each disk.

Step 3: Punch Center Holes

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Punch a small hole in the center of each circle. I’d start with a pin first to get good alignment of the disks.
Carefully align Disk 2 Back and Disk 2 Front by their center holes and then glue them together, using the light blue marks for alignment.
brsram2 years ago
Great calendar! I am developing a series of activities/models for Mathematics of Planet Earth (http://mpe2013.org is the official website and my own is http://zeal-mpe.com). I would like to provide your pdf files on my website so that my readers can download them easily. I will obviously give full credit to you and the model will be available freely for all users. I trust that would be OK.
Sitaram
dahlkdg (author)  brsram2 years ago
Where do you want me to send the files? I will send you PDFs with the polar grids removed.
brsram dahlkdg2 years ago
Can you email them to me? b.r.sitaram@gmail.com. I am planning to package them into a single pdf along with the instructions so that my users can download them easily.

After seeing your instructable, I designed a couple of perpetual calendars, which i will upload in a few days time.

Thanks! Sitaram
dahlkdg (author)  brsram2 years ago
Sure, I could provide the PDFs. They are attached to the Instructible. I could include the Excel file that I used to create the data represented in the calendar. That was probably the most enlightening part of the project.
ChrysN2 years ago
Cool calendar!
rimar20002 years ago
Interesting design, you could produce it in serie, and market it.