Dashboard Widgets Wall Clock

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Dashboard Widgets Wall Clock by ecken Apr 5, 2013

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If you're a visual type of person, here's a creative clock for your wall that will keep your creativity delighted. This stylish design was inspired by Mac OSX Dashboard widgets. The clocks internals are from Quartex Push-On movements. The icons, frame and seconds hand actually glow in the dark, while the florescent red hour and minute hands glow vibrant red under black uv lighting. This clock is 140mmx140mm (5.5x5.5") in size. Enjoy!



The dashboard base is printed in two colors, using the "Change Filament" during printing method. In the photo above, the base is printed with black and glow-in-the-dark ABS. The enclosure piece fits Mini-Quartex Push-On movements. The enclosure houses the clock components and requires taping or glueing the edges to the back of the dashboard base. The second, minute and hour hands should fit right where they're suppose to and have no tolerance issues. These hands can be printed together in MakerWare. The top of the enclosure has a tab for hanging on walls. Printed on a MakerBot Replicator and sliced with MakerWare using high setting, skeinforge, 0% infill, 1 shell and 0.2mm layer height. I used accelerated x3g 80/150 rates. If you don't have access to a 3d printer, check out our Etsy page http://etsy.com/shop/Pixil3D

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What size Quartex Push-On movement did you use? There seems to be a few sizes available

All of the movements which I have seen have a pin rather than a hole which takes the second hand . That is, the pin on the movement pushes into a hole on the second hand. Were your movements of this type and if so, what technique did you use to attach the second hand?

I forgot to mentiom the second hand requires a hole in the cylinder end to fit into the movements . I heated up a needle and pushed it in to made a small hole. I couldn't get my replicator to print a cylinder with a hole that small, too many tolerance issues.

Exactly what I did! Great minds think alike.

Brilliant as simple !

Watch out, they might sue! ;-P

haha, I hope someone at Apple prints one and puts it on their desk! The icons in the design are a little different then the original Mac OSX Dashboard Widgets icon. I've added the iCloud, cmd and cog wheel icons to differentiate from Apple's icon. We'll see what happens though!

Gonna try out, when I get hands on the glow in the dark filament.