Introduction: "Fable" 3D Printed Clock

About: Gilbert13 is the creative partnership of Angela and Mark Gilbert. We are a UK based product design studio involved in a diverse range of projects ranging from furniture to 3D printing and interested in educati…
This is our design "Fable", a 3D printed mantle clock that displays time whilst depicting a tranquil and fairytale like scene.  The classically shaped domed cage frames the rotating tree which moves with every second gently swaying the swing as time passes by and the hour and minute hands rotate with the correct time passing through the viewing circles at the front.
Designed by Angela and Mark Gilbert, the product developed from an interest in the beautifully crafted antiquities, curiosities and oddities from days gone by which have survived the passage of time. We wanted to translate the charm and character found in these products into a contemporary piece, which had merit as a sculptural and desirable art piece as well as a useful product capable of communicating data in a beautiful and inspiring way.

The cage and body of the clock have been created using Solidworks to ensure all the components fitted together how we wanted as well as having all the right clearances. The tree on the other hand was created using a Haptic Arm and the 3D modeling program Freeform. The Haptic arm makes modeling an organic form like the tree more intuitive and natural, like a sculptor would create an object in a material like clay or plasticine. Freeform allows you to model "virtual clay" adding and carving the form as you go. The Haptic Arm applies force feedback as you feel the surfaces your modeling so you can touch, pull and tweak the clay into the exact shape you want.  The whole clock has then been 3D printed by Shapeways in 5 parts through the Selective laser sintering (SLS) process and then assembled around a high quality clock mechanism.

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