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sid pileski
12-07-2012, 09:28 PM
All- I've been working on my version of Wes's Magnetic clock. It's been a fun project. I made a few changes in the design, but it's basically the same. I re-layed out the entire clock
in ProE. I machined all of the components on my ProtoTrak mill. No rotary table at all.
I have more parts to make but thought you might like to see some progress.

A.K. Boomer
12-08-2012, 09:17 AM
As always Sid - top rate work,
is that anodized aluminum or plastic?

the quality is unsurpassed.

sid pileski
12-08-2012, 10:49 AM
As always Sid - top rate work,
is that anodized aluminum or plastic?

the quality is unsurpassed.

Thanks, Boomer.

The material is 6061 aluminum, black aluminum. The other parts are stainless with the exception of the rotor wheel that needs to be magnetic,
(yes I know some grades of stainless are) is low carbon.
Waiting for the magnets to show up in the mail. Then the wheels will really pop.


12-08-2012, 01:59 PM
"As always Sid - top rate work"- times two! Please continue to show this work, I'm damned if I can figure it out, but it looks stunning!

Weston Bye
12-08-2012, 04:34 PM
Nice work, Sid! Indeed, better than my prototype for surface finish. You can be doubly proud of your clock, because I am proud to see my design so well done by someone else.

I like the way you channeled out the mainframe. I thought about doing that in the original design, but decided to build the basic clock and leave room for creativity On the part of the builder.

I am including some photos of reader's progress in the next issue of Digital Machinist, but would like to devote a future article to reader's clocks as a "Report from Them that's Doing." (an old Mother Earth News expression)

I am impressed with the innovations and creativity of the readers.

Again, great work, Sid!

sid pileski
12-08-2012, 04:43 PM
Wes- Thank you for the kind words! I did a little more work on it today. Still no magnets! USPS is sloooooow!
I can't wait to see it actually move under it's own power.

12-08-2012, 05:02 PM
Very nice work. That is what I enjoy myself. I wish I could stand to spend some more time in the shop. I look forward to seeing it finished and operating.