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Universal Equinoctial Ring Dial [message #15189] Sat, 24 July 2010 22:16 UTC Go to next message
avatar jasolo  is currently offline jasolo
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This Universal Equinoctial Ring Dial is a portable and self-orientating sundial based on similar sundials that were very popular before the existence of reliable wristwatches. The next images show the rendered model, the real thing in White Detail and the same after some dying tests:

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This ring dial has 5 parts but three of them come assembled by design, using clearances: the meridian (external) ring, the equatorial (internal) ring and the central bar (with months and days marks). The eyelet is inserted through the "jasolo fecit" part of the meridian ring. The slider is entered through the slit of the central bar and then it is turned with a little force.

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This model is a sundial so it works under sunlight, but it is difficult to see the marks in White Detail material. Also real ring dials made in brass come with inked marks. So I tried to dye it with red tea, also looking for a coppery texture. Smooth surfaces, parallel to the printed layers, lost most of the dye after using a fingernail and only the rough areas maintained the dye (such as the marks). But the legibility was still poor, so I painted with black ink the surfaces with marks and later used a wet tissue to remove the excess.

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The final dyed result is a little "dirty", specially the internal ring, that wasn't printed parallel to the external one and the central bar. The actual design doesn't allow this (parts will get fused), but I'm thinking in a new design that will print the internal ring parallel and disassembled (found that the elasticity of the material allows that).

In fact, next version will probably have all the parts disassembled, so I won't have to use clearance around the pivots and their movement will be stiffer. Also I will deepen the marks to improve their dying and to avoid that could be erased with sanding.

So this is the Universal Equinoctial Ring Dial, a functional model that needs some improvements. You can see it in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJAEhqzAOsg

Re: Universal Equinoctial Ring Dial [message #15190 is a reply to message #15189 ] Sat, 24 July 2010 22:36 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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This kicks ass, full stop. Love the design, love how you've finished it too. Perfect. Thanks for sharing it too!
Re: Universal Equinoctial Ring Dial [message #15192 is a reply to message #15189 ] Sun, 25 July 2010 00:21 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Drawn-SteelHero  is currently offline Drawn-SteelHero
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This looks really cool. I think what you've called a 'dirty' look actually works for it very nicely; I'd say it looks more 'antiqued'.

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Re: Universal Equinoctial Ring Dial [message #15193 is a reply to message #15192 ] Sun, 25 July 2010 01:03 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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wow it kinda looks like old worn out wood. the finish is amazing top notch work.
Re: Universal Equinoctial Ring Dial [message #15194 is a reply to message #15193 ] Sun, 25 July 2010 05:15 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I like the final finish too,

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Re: Universal Equinoctial Ring Dial [message #15196 is a reply to message #15194 ] Sun, 25 July 2010 07:00 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Super Steampunk Stylee..

Nice work.


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Re: Universal Equinoctial Ring Dial [message #15198 is a reply to message #15196 ] Sun, 25 July 2010 10:02 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Please stop making things that are cooler than what I am thinking of making. Wink

Seriously though, WOW! You keep making really cool stuff!


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Re: Universal Equinoctial Ring Dial [message #15199 is a reply to message #15193 ] Sun, 25 July 2010 10:11 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar euphy  is currently offline euphy
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Antiqued is right - I think it looks like scrimshaw (bone) which is just ideal for a seaman's navigation device. I always thought WSF was rather bone-like, or quill-like, but I'll have to trial the detail materials.

I love that you've used the original type and markings, it looks like it's come out amazing - well detailed.


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Re: Universal Equinoctial Ring Dial [message #15200 is a reply to message #15199 ] Sun, 25 July 2010 11:58 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks everyone!

The problem with I called 'dirty' look is that it hides the marks in the internal ring and it's a pity because they are well detailed (thanks to the Detail material). It can be fixed by sanding, but I want to avoid extra post processing to the final users: tea dying is an easy and clean task, but not sanding. Anyway, the new design will get the same shiny look to both rings and the dying will be more uniform.

The antiqued design is deliberate and it is mainly based on this real ring dial: http://www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/explore/object.cfm?ID=AST03 09 . I selected it between other twenty ring dials because the mechanism was possible with 3D printing (no screws, no wires) although some details are from the other models, as the signature 'jasolo fecit'. Also the size of my ring dial is smaller to get a size appropriate for pocket and necklace (6cm diameter).
Re: Universal Equinoctial Ring Dial [message #15230 is a reply to message #15200 ] Mon, 26 July 2010 10:34 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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wow! genius! this looks soo good!
This should get featured on the shapeways blog!!
Re: Universal Equinoctial Ring Dial [message #15286 is a reply to message #15189 ] Mon, 26 July 2010 16:45 UTC Go to previous message
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I have updated the model so now the depth of the marks is 0.5 mm depth (previously was around 0.25).

 
   
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