Weight Controlled Clock-Stand
For an introductory engineering course we were assigned to weld together a clock stand that would allow the clock to be viewed from 2 distinct angles by some form of manipulation.
For my clock stand I imagined a weight controlled device, and made it into a reality. I distinctly remember this project being the first time I considered incorporating more organic elements into my design. I felt that since a sense of balance comes naturally to humans, it may be a more engaging way to manipulate an object by simply changing it's center of mass.
The clock stand uses a sliding weight on a middle bar to control the angle at which the clock can be viewed. The back of the clock stand has stops that will stop the clock if it goes too far back.
The clock face itself was made from a sand mold and cast in 6061 aluminum. I had the option to sand blast the face and give it a textured look, but the dull, cast finish fit the design on the clock face well.
The clock numbers, already raised from the surface from the casting, were colored in with a sharpie to give them definition and make them stand out from the rest of the face.
Once all other fabrication was complete, I drilled a hole in the aluminum clock face and fastened a pre-assembled, battery powered clock movement onto the face.
If I were to do the project again, I would have found a way to make the weight control more sensitive, and better balanced as the action on the slider can cause violent movement of the entire piece (which is admittedly exciting), and I would have painted the stand black rather than gray. I feel that a black color of the stand would complement the design well, and would have complemented the numbers on the clock face.