MakerBot Clock

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MakerBot Clock by MakerBot Feb 27, 2012
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The pendulum swings, releasing the escapement. Stored energy is transmitted through the gears. The hands move forward.


The pendulum returns, the mechanism shifts. The clock moves, a physical manifestation of the passage of time.


The modern world is regulated by this simple sound. A sound reaching back to the first mechanical clocks in the 13th century.


Each tick is uniquely human. It expresses a yearning to bring order to the chaotic passage of events. An attempt to break the unfathomable eons into moments small enough to be understood.




Created by Thingiverse user Michael Curry (Skimbal), designer of the Turtle Shell Racers, MakerBot Botmobile and the Gothic Cathedral Playset.


The MakerBot Clock is inspired by 8 centuries of human timekeeping, and the MLT-13 clock designed by Marc Tovar of http://wooden-clockworks.com

Assembly instructions are avalable at

Non-printed parts are part of the Makerbot Clock Kit at http://store.makerbot.com/ted-clock.html

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Got it going .. 30 seconds per second hand revolution, so it is a clock in concept. But, fun to build and , for me, learn the 3d printer. Source parts on Amazon (rods , tubes, bearings and fasteners). Detail parts list and assembly instructions (what i needed most) are here...


I tried the other escapement with 2x teeth, and need to lengthen pendulum, but, it didnt work so printed the original just to get some 'tick toc" and it worked great.

I have printed all of the parts on my Monoprice MakerSelect V2 (Wanhao clone), and everything came out well, except the winding drum. The solid model appears correct, but when sliced it shows solid layers in the middle of the print where there should be none. The holes in the face are fully through the part, but the main portion where the ratchet fits should be all the way through the model. Using Cura 2.3.1, any suggestions?

same problem here. don't know where to fix it. only apparent in cura with layer view. with and without support still shows a couple layer blocking the hole


in the included sketchup file I found the part in the fully assembled model. (the layed out part all seem different). so I selected the part, re exported to .stl in sketch up and re sliced it no problem so far.

Well I've printed all the parts using petg material on my Rostock V2 delta printer, using a 0.6mm nozzle. Parts look good, flat and sharp corners. I'm needing assembly instructions as the link here is not working...will gladly pay for a set of instructions to get it assembled and running.

How many hours it "tick" per winding please?

This is a nice project. But I can't find assembly instructions for this project. Hardware kit not anymore existing. Can someone write about hardware like bearings or rods to be needed for assembly this clock?

The links to the instructions seem to be broken. Does anyone know if there is a new link or any other way to access the instructions?

Anybody have an escapement wheel file. The STL on this seems to be damaged.

Hello everyone,
I found the stl files to 3D print this clock.
Fine, we will wait when printed and assembled.
On the other hand, in an old-fashing pocket watches ( Rosskoph ) you Always find a romain digit 4 ( IV ) on emailed cadrans as ( IIII )
This is realy an option for this clock !
I'v tried to change it with Shetchup to 'Face_Back_3_to_5_IIII.stl' but without result.
Has anyone an idea or suggestions ?
To be continued ...
I will devellop a half- an hour 'bel' as an extension to this clock.
BELGIUM ... and mechanical clock collector ...

Is it just me or do these gear ratios not add up to seconds, minutes, and hours?

Kits aren't available any more apparently.

Aside from the wood frame pieces, you can pretty much get the hardware needed from a regular (metric) hardware store. It's mostly screws and nuts. The bearings I used are 623ZZ from http://vxb.comvxb.com. They are 3mm ID X 10mm OD X 4mm wide. The list of kit parts is found on the assembly page http://www.makerbot.com/projects/clock/http://www.makerbot.com/projec...

(Oh, and I recommend going through the assembly instructions carefully to figure out what hardware is needed. For example, if you don't have the lasercut wood pieces, you don't need all 17 of the M3 screws and nuts to put them together...)

Was an excellent workout for the Replicator. I did a little mod to the second hand and am planning some more. Have been experimenting with an improvement to the winding drum. All will be posted.

I just finished my clock and found the winding wheel cumbersome so I'll be interested in seeing what you have planned.

An easy fix is to shave off the points on the winding ratchet gear so it moves more smoothly inside of the stretchlet ratchet, That helps a lot. An exacto will do the trick. I will modify the geometry on the model after a bit more testing. Pretty clear this is a demo - lots of winding to have it run for an extended period ;)

I have found an issue with the Middle Frames, both parts are not on the same plane, can someone fix this and upload a new STL?

signed by bre nuff said.

Looks like a really nice clock but Makers need to be aware it will not print on a ToM without scaling or modifications. This project appears to be optimized for the Replicator. I wish I'd known that before dropping the 50 bones for the hardware kit. :(

When are the tom files going to be uploaded, greatly appreciated.

I have posted the broken down parts here:


I haven't had the cance to print them all yet so you may find some problems. Leave me feedback on the my page and I'll try to get them cleaned up.

ToM modifications for the MakerBot Clock

I'm making progress hacking the larger parts up for printing on the ToM. The back frame has been printed in three pieces. I have two of the three front frame pieces printed. The hour wheel is ready for printing and the minute and second hands are broken down but still need cleanup in Netfab.

For those who are thinking of building this clock but are unhappy with the Makerbot price for the hardware, realize the fishing rod reel bearings are the reason for the high price. I looked around on the net and could not find any for much below the $50.00 Makerbot is charging for the hardware ki
t. I'm sure Makerbot was able to source the bearings cheaper than the sites I was looking at but with seven bearings in the hardware package, $50.00 starts to look like a fairly decent price.

Making progress ToMifying the clock design. I now have the bottom frame printed in three ToM sized sections. I'll keep going and post a derivitive if there is interest. 8-)

Please do. I have been keeping an eye on this waiting to print on my TOM.

On clocks it's customary to use IIII instead of IV for 4. I'm not sure why.

Wikipedia actually has a discussion about it, though, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_numerals#.22IIII.22_on_clockshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

Guesstimate on final?

It lokks good!

Woot! It's gorgeous. :-)

From you write it sounds like you read Terry Pratchet's Time theif. Tock