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Making a clock

Making a clock turns out to be more straightforward than it sounds as the clock mechanisms themselves are readily available, which leaves it mostly down to the actual design which starts in Illustrator with a clock face, numbers and marking and a design for the clock hands. The colours aren’t so important though I did stick with a black clock face.

Clock in Illustrator
The Illustrator design
Clock in lightburn
Arranging the individual pieces of lasercutting

Next the Illustrator file is imported into LightBurn and all the individual elements collected together for cutting which looks like the clock has fallen apart into a pile! This is to save space on the materials otherwise you’d have to use a 300x300mm sheet of material for everything if you cut the elements as-is which is a bit of a waste!

There’s several layers as the face was cut from 2mm laser MDF, the hands from 0.9mm laserply and the numbers/pips from gold-faced 1.5mm laser laminate.

Assembly then involved inserting the gold laser laminate shapes into their respective cutouts in the clock face, spraying the hands gold to match and pressing them onto the clock mechanism’s spindle, the mechanism being mounted on the rear and held in place with a nut and washer on the front.

All that remains is to fit a hanging hook to the rear!

Naturally this can be customised in various ways, e.g. ‘Your logo here’ or some commemorative design as well as the face being cut in a different pattern such as Big Ben!

The end result!


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