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  • Electronics for the Weston Bye Magnetic Clock

    As a service and convenience to readers of Digital Machinist magazine, I have made arrangements to offer printed circuit boards,parts kits and assembled and tested assemblies for the Magnetic Clock.



    The bare board is $15.00
    The kit of parts including the board is $35.00
    The assembled and tested board is $50.00
    All prices are postpaid USA, payable by check or money order to Weston Bye. Additional postage required outside the USA.

    You may PM me through this BBS or e-mail me direct at [email protected], or postal mail at P.O.Box 811 Grand Blanc MI 48480

    The circuit will work with the Magnetic Clock featured in the Winter 2011, Spring and Summer 2012, and upcoming Fall and Winter 2012 issues of Digital Machinist magazine. Also, it will work in the Time Machinery clock presented in the Winter 2006 and Spring and Summer 2007 issues. Back Issues, Photocopies and Subscriptions are available from Village Press.

    George has approved this departure from the "no sales" policy, as it directly benefits the readers of Digital Machinist magazine and Village Press.
    Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
    ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

  • #2
    Coil winding service to the Digital Machinist readers building the Magnetic Clock: the cost is $30.00 (was $20, see post #14 below) for the 3 coils, postpaid USA. Use the address in post #1 above.

    In addition to winding the coils on your bobbins, I will terminate the magnet wire on the diode and install the stranded leadwires.

    Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
    ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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    • #3
      Wes, that is ice looking work on the board, and reasonably priced as well. Given that one of my interests are clocks, I guess I should build one. If you did it with all manual tools, I should be able as well. Where do I get all the plans? What's the source for the magnets? Thanks, Bob.

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      • #4
        How about supplying a link to the clock project so we don't have to go do a search to see what
        this is for. It would just be a nice convenience.
        John Titor, when are you.

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        • #5
          Mike,
          Look back in this thread: the project plans are in the Digital Machinist magazine, over 4 issues. Wes had his clock at the N.A.M.E.S. show in April, and like many visitors, I went directly from Wes's table to the V.P. booth to subscribe, including getting the back issues. Do a quick search, and you'll find a couple more message threads on the subject.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mikeamick View Post
            How about supplying a link to the clock project so we don't have to go do a search to see what
            this is for. It would just be a nice convenience.

            Look here:
            http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...Magnetic+clock
            And here:
            http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...Magnetic-Clock
            Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
            ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bob Fisher View Post
              Wes, that is ice looking work on the board, and reasonably priced as well. Given that one of my interests are clocks, I guess I should build one. If you did it with all manual tools, I should be able as well. Where do I get all the plans? What's the source for the magnets? Thanks, Bob.

              Bob,
              You can contact George Bulliss or the Village Press subscription department for back issues and subscriptions. There will be 2 more issues in the Magnetic Clock series.

              While most builders I know of are building the clock with CNC, I designed it and wrote the articles with manual machining instructions. Indeed, I built all but two details of the original clock with a Sherline lathe and mill.

              I have been getting my magnets from United Nuclear, a Michigan company. Google it. There are other sources as well.
              Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
              ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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              • #8
                The Magnetic Clock series began in the Winter 2011 issue of Digital Machinist magazine and looks like it will wrap up in the Winter 2012 issue; making for five parts.

                To purchase the full series, call 800-447-7367. Your $19.95 subscription will start with the Summer issue and will cover Parts 3, 4, and 5. Parts 1 and 2 can be purchased as back issues.

                After September 15, subscriptions will begin with the Fall (Part 4) issue.
                George
                Traverse City, MI

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                • #9
                  I procured my magnets from an online company called "KJMagnetics.com". They have anything you can imagine in magnets.
                  Larry

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                  • #10

                    Holy crap ...

                    I really don't think I was ready for all that. Those projects are so far above my current pay
                    grade .. some day ..
                    John Titor, when are you.

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                    • #11
                      Build the clock!

                      mikeamick, not above your pay grade by any means!

                      I am a real novice at working with metal. Just started learning about 3 years ago.

                      If I can build this magnetic clock, believe me, anyone who really wants to can.

                      It is one of the neatest project that I have ever done!

                      George
                      My Web Site
                      www.mrrace.com
                      Builder & Test Pilot N73EX

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                      • #12
                        Ummmm ... I'm afraid your being a little humble. I drove around your webpages for a bit .. and it's
                        obvious that your just one of those guys .... very talented.

                        I don't want to hog up this sticky with a thousand questions .. but .. I HAVE to get into this
                        CNC hobby.

                        I see your using a CNC router/mill ... (possibly a home brew). Man .. these things are cool
                        for exactly what you are using yours for. What do you do if you have a little larger piece to make ... like a 3" x 4" bracket/mount type thingy ... ?


                        Thanks
                        John Titor, when are you.

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                        • #13
                          Mikeamick, more curious than talented I am afraid. But it has served me well for years. I am the kind that has always said, "yes I can do that" and then went and researched how it was done, just in case I got stuck doing the job!

                          I built my CNC from the ground up, using some easily available assemblies. K2CNC supplied the basic frame. Hobby CNC supplied the steppers and a electronics kit. Other bits and pieces in my shop from all different ebay and other places.

                          My table actually will CNC cut 15" high X 24" long jobs. I actually do aircraft instrument panels that are over 4 foot long.

                          Take a look at my products page, and you will see the kind of stuff that I CNC cut, and everything there is my own original design, mostly CNC cut.
                          George
                          My Web Site
                          www.mrrace.com
                          Builder & Test Pilot N73EX

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                          • #14
                            Sad to say, I have had to increase the price for winding bobbins to $30.00.

                            I have found that I am not able to get as many coils out of a spool of purchased magnet wire as I expected, and at the $20 price I was operating at less than the cost of materials, packaging and postage. The new price will cover all that and a little for my time.

                            Now, if the price of copper doesn't rise...

                            Prices for all the other packages will remain the same.
                            Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
                            ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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                            • #15
                              Recapping the goods and services I have available in support of those building or contemplating the build of the Magnetic Clock.

                              Bare printed circuit boards - $15.00
                              Kit of board and all electronic components - $35.00
                              Assembled and tested circuit board - 50.00

                              Coil winding service - 3 coils wound, terminated with diode and lead wires, on your machined bobbins - $30.00

                              NEW - I have a limited supply of machined bobbins, wound and terminated with leadwires - 3 for $48.00
                              All prices are postpaid in the US.
                              Payment by check or postal money order.

                              Weston Bye
                              P.O.Box 811
                              Grand Blanc MI 48480
                              Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
                              ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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