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Hey everybody.  This is my first real instructable.  I'm entering it on the Make it Real Challenge so if you like it, vote vote vote!  All of the machines used in this Instructable should only be used with proper training, knowledgable supervision, and extreme caution.  Know what you're doing.  I'm not responsible for anything you do to yourself while completing this Instructable.

I am a high school student, and for my Computer Integrated Manufacturing class (CIM), our project for this month is making a clock.  We have to design and build a clock of our own design that fits a pre-made clockwork.  The main body of the clock has to fit on an 8"x8"x.5" (rough) piece of aluminum, and we can use the plasma cutter as well as the mill. This Instructable is designed to be a rough guide not only on how to make a clock, but on how to set up and use several machines as well as showing several design and shop techniques to help you along the way.  Hope you enjoy!!! I know I did!!!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Materials
8"x8"x.5" piece of aluminum stock
Sheet of .125 plate steel for use on a plasma cutter
Clockwork
Inventor student (or whatever CAD program you prefer)

Tools
3-Axis CNC Mill with a .5" end mill, a .25" end mill, and a .1" end mill
Plasma laser cutter
Calipers
Sandblaster (Optional)

Step 2: Design

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I'm using Inventor to design my clock.  You can pretty much use any design software that is available, but I learned how to use Inventor through my high school. Start by making a new project in your program.  Take your clockwork and dimension it and make it into a part on your computer.  You do not need all of the minor details, but just make sure you have all of the major details that will determine how it will fit in the shell of the clock. 
momof72 years ago
Wow!!! This is the greatest clock I have ever seen!!!! Amazing work!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
wbrazinski2 years ago
Wonderful achievement and I have to say it's great to see such quality, and design, from a young and aspiring engineer. Looking forward to seeing many more!!!!
tanzania662 years ago
Very well done!
meikj2 years ago
Awesome project! Great documentation. What did you use to take all the pictures?
thebeef2 (author)  meikj2 years ago
I took screenshots for the designing stages on the computer and for the actual photographs I used my iPod touch
poofrabbit2 years ago
This looks like something I could go out and buy in a store! VERY VERY well done! I love the craftsmanship and what a great instructable! Nice work!
thebeef2 (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thanks! That means a lot