Pendulum rolling ball clock (EN). Homemade 100% mechanical marble machine clock.





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Published on Nov 27, 2013

A homemade mechanical rolling ball clock (english, deutsche Version: http://youtu.be/wJK0AjOHbzk)
The clock runs for 12 hours, driven by a weight of 2.5 kg sinking approx. 1 meter during that time..Every minute a marble is lifted up and goes down a marble run with three flipping traps that count marbles for minutes, five-minute-steps and hours.
The timekeeping element is a second-pendulum with a pinwheel escapement.

The clock achieves a drift of less than 1 second per day.
I have to admit that this is based on a measurement over 24 hours only, so it does not include large temperature variations. Nonetheless, I did not expect that high accurracy. But keep in mind that a pinwheel escapement is among the most precise.

Stereoscopic photographs of the clock on Google+: http://goo.gl/dWnkb8
Tutorials and plans for my projects: http://turnvater-janosch.blogspot.com/

Material: - Wood (mainly remains) - Plastic gear wheels - Brass wire (1.3mm, 3mm) - Steel wire (bicycle strokes) - Old flat iron


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