Veteran designer Danny Tasmakis tackled the challenge to print a windup clockwork motor in one go, shared by SolidSmack.com:
Danny has a lot of experience in designing plastic products, complex plastic injection molds, jigs, fixtures and know his way around 3d printers quite well. After contemplating how many mechanical elements could be printed, he fired up MoI, modeled the Windup Clockwork motor you see below, then printed it on a Stratasys Mojo 3d printer using ABS plastic. This home project of his had two goals 1) prove an assembled mechanism could be printed and 2) take it to the next level.
Firstly, I wanted to prove the concept and see if it was possible to print the whole assembly in one go; body, gears, spring and ratchet then having it work straight from the wash. The Mojo comes with a washing station called the Wavewash 55 support cleaning system. It just took one print to get to know the accuracy of the printer with success on the second print.
Now that I have the 3d printed motor that can be reproduced an infinite number of times, it can be used as a plugin windup motor for other 3d printed gadgets. There is one mechanism I want to try and am working on when I can that is similar to Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest which I find cool and creepy all at the same time.
The video he put together shows the entire process, including details of the mechanism, the 3d print and wash cycle, and the motor in motion. There’s more to come with this project as well. In a future post, we’ll have part two, where Danny prints a mechanism and attaches it to the windup motor to take it all to the next level
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
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