Introduction: The Swinging Triforce Pendulum
The goal of the clock project is to create a DIY pendulum clock actuated by weights and gravity that acts as a timer.
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Step 1: CAD - Computer Aided Design - 3D Modeling
Basic Components Needed for Clock:
- Escapement Wheel
- Pendulum Design OR Create Your Own!!!
- Download the attached files and open them in Autodesk Inventor.
- Export the files as .stl if they are not in that format.
Step 2: Export Files to As .stl
- Export the downloaded files as .stl and save it in a folder that you'll remember.
- Open the files in a 3D printer program such as MakerBot, RepetierHost...etc. depending on what 3D printer you have.
- Adjust the models such that it prints properly by clicking the "Lay flat" option if available.
- If the print bed is not big enough, print the wheel and pendulum files separately.
- Scale appropriately so the entire model fits within the 3D printer box.
Step 3: Print Files
- After adjusting printing options, export the file once more as a .makerbot, or depending on the printer type, another file name.
- Save the 3D-printable file onto an SD card or USB stick and plug into the 3D printer.
- Lastly, simply hit start printing!!!
Step 4: Assembling the Clock
- Mount the escapement wheel and pendulum onto a wooden or acrylic post OR even a wall in you home!
- Make sure you press fit bearings for the wheel and pendulum that are 0.25'' and 0.355'' respectively.
- Drill clearance holes for #10-32 1/2" flathead screws and attach base to bracket.
- Drill clearance holes for #8-32 1/2" roundhead screws and attach bracket to upright post.
- Lastly, attach weights to the escapement wheel axle on the back of the clock to keep it ticking.
Step 5: YOU ARE FINISHED!!!
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