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Laser Cut Clock

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I recently made a bunch of laser cut clocks inspired by the clocks I saw being made by Flat Clock. While I liked the style of their clocks, the $100 price tag was far more than I wanted to spend. Fortunately I have a lot of free time and access to a laser cutter. After spending an afternoon fiddling about in Illustrator, I ended up with my own similar clock designs. The best part is that a single clock cost slightly less than $15 in material and takes almost no time to make. In fact, I had so much fun making the first one that I ended up making five of them to give to friends. Follows is how to make your own.

I made it at TechShop!
 
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Step 1: Go get stuff

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You will need:

(x1) Ikea Rusch Clock
(x1) 14" x 14" x 1/8" acrylic
(x1) super glue
(x1) Adobe Illustrator (or similar)

Step 2: Create a file

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Create a series of cellular shapes using the pen tool. Once you are happy with the number of cells, trace around the outline of all of the shapes also using the pen tool.

Make a 1/4" circle and place it at the center of your clock.

Finally, select all of the paths and join them together by going to:

Object --> Path --> Join

Your file should now be done and ready for printing.

Step 3: Laser cut

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Laser cut your file out of colorful 1/8" acrylic.

If you don't have a laser cutter or access to TechShop, you can use an online service like Ponoko.

Step 4: Take apart the clock

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Take apart the Ikea clock by first removing the plastic front panel.

Next, pull free the clock hands.

Lastly, free the clock movement (mechanism) from the body of the clock.

Step 5: Drill a hole

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If you are using an Ikea clock movement, drill a 1/8" hole directly through the "Q" in "Quartz" in the back of the movement. This will create a mounting hole that will not interfere with the gears.
mclare501 year ago
This is really creative!! Nicely done!!!
pippi461 year ago
Hi very nice job, compliments.
I would like to put some of your art on my website,
Would you contact me at lori.venturi@gmail.com
Thanks
Loredana
leeski1 year ago
sweet looking. Wheres the instructable robot clock?
shiftins1 year ago
These are real cool. Thanks for sharing
taulman2 years ago
I like the red pattern.
I think Hobby Lobby sell's clock mechanisms. I think they have 2 different types. Might be interesting to cut "hands", maybe in an unusual shape while the laser cutter is hot.
The red shape would be recognizable from a distance as a clock as well as artistic.