Ever since first seeing QLOCKTWO by Biegert & Funk a couple of years ago, I have wanted a word clock on my living room wall. The original, however, somewhat exceeds my yearly clock budget, so I started looking for alternatives.
The internet is riddled with DIY and commercial versions of this type of clock, but few are as stunningly beautiful as the original. A selection:
- QlockTwo Tribute
- Dougs Word Clocks (and his earlier attempts: one, two, three)
- Arduino WordClock
- Rainbow Word Clock
- Sleek word clock
- Makezine Small Word Clock
- ... and many more, I'm sure
None of these felt "good enough", but I have found one DIY project that really stands out: Elektronika.ba's wordclock, proving that it is possible to build your own wordclock that is as pretty as the original.
Also, here is a video of the manufacturing process of the original: QLOCKTWO manufacturing
I have decided to build my own version, taking some queues from the sources in the above and making some changes (and adding some mistakes) of my own. Along the way, I have tried to take many pictures and I have written a build report in the form of this Instructable.
The entire device is open source hardware: all drawings, photographs, schematics, PCB designs and software are available. However, if you plan to build a clock of your own I encourage you to make some changes and add some twists.
For the Epilog challenge:
What could I possibly do with a laser cutter? Oh boy, what couldn't I do? At first I would probably make some enclosures in wood and acrylic (well, boxes basically...). When that gets old I would move on to some more advanced uses: engraving the anodized aluminium enclosure of one of my next projects (cannot tell you yet what it is, but it will be really cool!), cutting precise mechanical parts (gears a.o.), selectively removing paint from the back of a sheet of glass, ... In summary: a lot of good content for many Instructables!