# What’s in a face?

Design, ideas, progress, challenges, and workarounds for my semester project. Part 4 of 5

Part 1: Time for a semester project?

Part 2: Progress through time

Part 3: Tick tock goes the clock

Part 4: What’s in a face? (this post)

Part 5: Closing Time

With the functionality implemented on a working prototype, the last few stages are aesthetic.

I designed the casing and enclosing structure to be in the style of a press-fit laser cut box. These are something that I really liked the look of and wanted to have a go at creating.

examples of press-fit boxes

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I designed it in the editing program Inkscape, and have made it out of 1/8” wood.

Hand drawing a box design. Hoping it will fit together!

laser cutting the design

putting the box together

I built in a platform to raise the level of the LEDs so that they would cast a general glow, instead of seeing point lights. (point lights are visible if it is mounted directly onto the base).

While the box does interlock, I didn’t design it to take into account the material that would be removed when the laser cuts, so it does not “press fit” together on its own. A glue gun fixes everything though.

On designing the clock face

Tying in with my equations, and “world fundamentals” theme, I wanted an equally relevant clock face.

A lot of ideas that I came across involved using numbers that numerically evaluated to the clock face number:

clockface examples

These were fun, but I wanted each number to have a deeper meaning. The result is a clock face where each number is relevant to a different mathmatical theorem. The majority of this clock face was found online.

My clock face

Each number is related to a theorem, if you’re curious…

I have this description rastered onto the back of the clock

Finally…

Ta daa!!

“I can run, but cannot walk. I sometimes sing, but never talk. I need your hands upon my face, for you to check me, to keep your pace”.

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An exchange student from the University of Birmingham, I am a double major in Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

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