Steampunk is a sub genre of science fiction and fantasy, it features a world based on the late 19th century were the greatest works of invention and construction all used steam driven machinery as an alternative to the electronic world we live in today. The technology was based on Newtonian principles and could be readily understood any young engineer, so in a sense it allows us mechanical engineers to return to a world we understand as opposed to the mysteries of electronics.
This clock is my nod to that style featuring a simple gear layout with a short pendulum used in clock 9, but all mounted in a more straight forward framework. The addition of a chime mechanism that uses steel balls, carried around by a large additional gear to strike a coil gong an the quarter hours.
The clock has again been designed with a short pendulum having a period of oscillation of 1 second, that is a ½ second swing in each direction. This requires an extra set of gears in the train, to achieve the correct ratio for the escapement.
The dial and the brass dressing at the rear transform the conventional layout into a stylish statement of its aesthetic origins.
The clock can of course be constructed entirely from wood or a combination of materials as illustrated in the illustrations that accompany the design.
Following the trend started in Clock 9 the 2D and 3D data is offered to aid in your construction of the clock.
The design was mainly done in inches, with all the shaft sizes given in inches,but the plans are detailed in both millimetres and inches.
DXF, DWG 2D files, and the IGS and STP files that can be used with your CNC machine can be downloaded here for $26. You also get the unrestricted version of the PDF files that can be printed at full size.
Special offer you can get all of the 2D files plus those for Clock 6 and Clock 9 as well for only $36.
Drawings for this clock in PDF format can be downloaded here. These free files are restricted so that you can only view them on screen but not print them. Clicking here will download the PDF file directly to your browser, may take a few moments so please be patient.
To print only a single item of the drawing to scale using Adobe Acrobat Reader, do the following:
Go to Edit, then click on Take a snapshot, move the cursor to the top left of the item you want to print and hold down the left mouse button whilst you drag a box around the item. The inside of the box turns blue and you can now go to File and then click on Print. This brings up the print dialogue, make sure Selected graphic is selected and that the Page scaling is set to None and the click on OK. As long as your printer is connected you will have printed the item at size. Do this for each item you want to cut out.