Mechanical watches and clocks have amazed people for centuries and now it is possibility almost every on build one. Timemachine.fi is now introducing very intresting project for watchmakers, watch hobbyists, engineers or people who just like to have fun with 3D-printer.
Timemachine.fi introduces this amazing 3D-printed tourbillon which is fully functional. Creator of this masterpiece is Swiss engineer Christoph Laimer. Christoph is not a watchmaker. He has studied electrical engineering and working for 18 years for example in computer science inqustry.
"The Laimer Tourbillon is an innovative design with the heart beating highly visible in the core. The key function to indicate the time is direct and straight. Balance, escape wheel, tourbillon cage, hands, and barrel are all arranged co-axial. Gears for the transmission from the barrel, and the reduction from seconds to minutes and hours are placed behind the tourbillon in order to keep the design circular.
All parts are 3d-printed except a few screws and pins. The concept also includes a 3d-printed mainspring even though it is irrational (plastic is not elastic - it slowly flows and deforms). In order to make it 3d-printable, a lot of engineering effort was invested. The complete movement was essentially re-invented. The resulting timepiece works surprisingly well - of course, with it's runtime and accuracy, it can't compete with a conventional watch.The entire 3d-model is published and downloadable on Thingiverse. Many thanks to Nicholas Manousos for his great article in Hodinkee explaining the importance of my project from a traditional watchmakers perspective. Seeing his 3d-printed Tourbillon 1000% in action was very motivating to finish my work." says homepage of Christoph Laimer.
The best part of this project really is that all 3D-models are downloadable in Thingiverse so all other persons can try to print and assemble very own 3D-tourbillon:
Check more details from this unique project from the inventor´s homepage where is also other intresting 3D-projects: http://www.laimer.ch/ and also Hodinkee website: https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/a-major-step-forward-in-horological-additive-manufacturing-christoph-laimers-3d-printed-tourbillon
There is another amazing 3D-project finished and project is 3D-printed triple-axis tourbillon by Adam Wrigley. Triple-axis tourbillon are probably one of the complicated subassembly to manufacture in watchmaking, because it needs hundreds of hours hand- and finishing work. Only few watchmaking companies are able to manufacture one. This one is also fully working and it has designed mechanical engineer Adam Wrigley at Frog design. Man himself is a mechinal watch fanatic. The final design consists of 99 parts: 34 printed parts, eight ball bearings, three metal shafts, two barbell plates, one meter of fishing line, and 51 screws. Read more about project from http://wornandwound.com/clockwerk-3d-printed-triple-axis-tourbillon-adam-wrigley/
If you are intrested to make your own, download all 3D-files of triple-axis tourbillon from Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1624844
If you have 3D-printer and you are willing to print your own tourbillon, you must have patient and time to print all parts. It can take up to 2-3 hours to print one part. Timemachine.fi encourage everyone to build own tourbillon! Go for it!
Have a nice 3D-printing!
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