Assignment 1: Lasercut Clock

“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

– Steve Jobs



A clock is one of the oldest human inventions and has evolved significantly over many centuries. BTW – there’s a cool sun dial behind AIMM. For this assignment, you will design and construct a mechanical clock using our 50 watt Epilog laser cutter. The laser cutter enables you to cut and engrave almost any material (wood, plastic, etc).  Except for PVC and vinyl records – using that in the laser cutter might permanently ruin the laser cutter while poisoning and killing everyone in the digital fabrication studio because it’s really toxic. Definitely avoid that if you can…

Remember – time waits for no one. So, please don’t waste it. Get started right away. If you’re not trained on using Adobe Illustrator, please spend a few hours learning how to make basic shapes, using the pen tool, using the pathfinder, etc. This is an iterative design project, meaning that we will be critique your design before you actually build the final product.

You’re probably going to search the internet for inspiration. I did too. Here are few good ones:

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