Currently, I am in working through the design process for my futuristic fiber optic digital clock. The first step I took in this process was designing the front plate that will be used as a guide for placing the fiber optic cables. The cad for this piece is included as the featured image for this post. The hole pattern was made through a trial and error process of sketching in SolidWorks. I created a line drawing of thee numbers then put points along the lines until I found an arrangement that worked. While doing this I had to ensure no points overlapped and that the points adequately displayed the numbers. With the hole pattern solidified I then laser cut the piece and began using fiber optics to ensure the pattern would work. Images of this are included below.
Trough testing the prototype I found that some spacing of the holes were off and that the holes were a little too large for the fibers. This lead to a redesign of the hole template that I believe will work much better.
The front plate is shaped how it is in order to convey the aesthetic of Italian futurism. Two components of this design style was a fascination with aircraft and the use of geometric shapes. With the front plate, I tried to create the profile of a plane using ver rigid and geometric shapes. These motifs impacted my conceptual design for the rest of the clock as well. A rough sketch of this is included below.
Throughout the design geometric shapes are focused on. This sketch does not show this but I plan to have all surfaces converge to a point in the back right corner. I feel this will contribute to the aggressive nature of Italian Futurism. The front plate will be coated in black epoxy in order to contribute to the constellation appearance of the numbers. The top, bottom and left side off the clock will be curved aluminum sheet since industrial materials do due to the futuristic look it will give. The back and right panels will be made with wood ether painted or stained a deep red. This will supply a pop of color, something very prominent if Futuristic art.
In addition to prototyping the body, I have also started to prototype the electronics. Currently, I have produced the code an nd circuitry to change the color of the lights using a slide potentiometer. I am waiting for a few more parts in order to start prototyping the LED matrix that will be used to light the numerous bundles of fiber optics.
Moving forward I do want to do a few more prototyping tasks, One of these will be gathering the materials I plan to use for the body in order to ensure the color scheme works out. Once this is done and al the electronics are prototyped I will begin production of the final product.