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 ]
3D Printing 1st October 2018
Printed from red PLA on the 3D Printer
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
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.
Vinyl Cutter 3rd October 2018
Vinyl cut holographic film, mounted on laser cut acrylic
3D Printing 2nd October 2018
3D printed in a variety of colours and effect including metalic and glow-in-the-dark
MIG Welder 10th December 2018
MIG welded on mild steel plate
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.
Makyku Formbox 15th August 2021
Vacuum formed over a 3D printed picture frame and a laser cut number 6
CNC cut PETg 22nd October 2018
Scrap PETg plastic cut and etched on a CNC milling machine and flame polished.
Metal lathe 4th October 2018
Turned from a piece of solid aluminium, as-turned finish not polished.
Tony Embroidered and stuffed fabric
3rd December 2018
Fabric embroidered then stitched and stuffed.
Wood lathe 1st December 2018
Turned from finest oak. No finish applied.
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.
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 ]
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
Laser-assisted Origami 3rd October 2018
22nd June 2019
Laser perforated paper origami folded into the numeral
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.
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