From rLab


The new clock mounted on the wall
We're making a new kitchen clock that should showcase a wide variety of manufacturing techniques that we have available at rLab.

The idea is that each numeral on the clock will be made by a different person using a different method. If you're up for making one of the numerals then please have a go!

  • Numerals can be Arabic, Roman, or English words
  • Any font or style is OK
  • Numerals should be very roughly 75mm high and ideally should stand no more than 25mm proud of the wall.
  • Numerals should be placed about 300mm from the edge of the clock bezel and fixed to the wall using removable sticky pads
  • Numerals should be made at rLab, using equipment we have
  • If your part requires power to operate it must be solar or long-life battery, no wires to external power sources
  • If you have a good idea, the existing numerals can and should be replaced from time to time
  • Hands and clock body can be replaced too
  • Update this page to reflect any changes you make

Current Status[edit]

Part Made By Using Technique Date Installed Picture Details
Clock Body Steve 3D Printing 1st October 2018 Printed from red PLA on the 3D Printer
Hands Steve Laser Cutting 1st October 2018 Laser cut from polystyrene, hands have a counterbalance weight so that they won't be too heavy for the fairly cheap clock mechanism
'1' Numeral Steve Angle Grinder & TIG Welder 14th June 2019
A collection of old bandsaw blades that have been TIG welded together and formed to shape with an angle grinder.
'2' Numeral James M Vinyl Cutter 3rd October 2018
Vinyl cut holographic film, mounted on laser cut acrylic
'3' Numeral Steve 3D Printing 2nd October 2018
3D printed in a variety of colours and effect including metalic and glow-in-the-dark
'4' Numeral Scott MIG Welder 10th December 2018
MIG welded on mild steel plate
'5' Numeral Andrew J Forge (mild steel) 22nd June 2019
Forged from a thin square bar of mild steel and mounted on ply. Across the top is a square twist, the upright features a reverse twist and the nail at the bottom is driven through a basic scroll. The finish is boiled linseed oil wiped into the oxide layer (scale) caused by forging while not quite glowing hot.
'6' Numeral Tony Makyku Formbox 15th August 2021
Vacuum formed over a 3D printed picture frame and a laser cut number 6
'7' Numeral David Z CNC cut PETg 22nd October 2018
Scrap PETg plastic cut and etched on a CNC milling machine and flame polished.
'8' Numeral Steve Metal lathe 4th October 2018
Turned from a piece of solid aluminium, as-turned finish not polished.
'9' Numeral Tony Embroidered and stuffed fabric 3rd December 2018
Fabric embroidered then stitched and stuffed.
'10' Numeral Charles P Wood lathe 1st December 2018
Turned from finest oak. No finish applied.
'11' Numeral Mark M Bandsaw & Large Linisher 8th October 2018
Scrap wood and acrylic found at the lab, glued in a stack, cut on the bandsaw and finished on the sander.
'12' Numeral Steve & Tony Boxford VMC 260 CNC Mill 18th August 2021
Designed by Tony to echo the style of the clock at Elizabeth Tower, Machined by Steve on the Boxford, gun-blacked and soldered together.

Previous Parts[edit]

Part Made By Using Technique Date Installed Date Removed Picture Details
'1' Numeral James M Angle Grinder & Small Linisher 5th October 2018 14th June 2019
Mild steel plate, cut with the angle grinder and finished on the small linisher
'5' Numeral Tony Laser-assisted Origami 3rd October 2018 22nd June 2019
Laser perforated paper origami folded into the numeral
'6' Numeral Rachael Laser engraved 5th October 2018 15th August 2021
Laser engraved Acrylic and MDF using imported font and offset to create the wooden frame around the acrylic.
'12' Numeral David Z's Daughter Laser etched and hot glued pipe cleaners 22th October 2018 18th August 2021
MDF Laser etched with coloured pipe cleaners glued into the recess