I have decided to build a wall clock for my final project. I have chosen this project because it has a simple functionality, but a large potential for aesthetics. I want to focus more on the aesthetics rather than the quality of the device functionality.
The theme I am going for in this project is a Mechanical Engineering tools theme. My initial design include the use of gears that can rotate. The difficulty of achieving this is to find the right gear mesh sizes and mount them to the main frame of the clock. I have yet to decide how I will manufacture the main frame, but my options are either machining or 3D printing. I want the look of the frame to resemble a metal, so machining would be preferred but if it ended up requiring a tremendous amount of time and resources, I will 3d print it and paint it to have a metal looking texture.
As for the numbers on the clock, I need to be creative in using simple tools such as screw drivers, wrenches and pilers to resemble the corresponding clock time. For now I have designed tools for the 12, 3, 6, and 9 numbers of the clock. If I decide on 3d printing the frame, then i will have a tool for each number.
Finally, I already have the main parts of a wall clock for its functionality and my main focus moving forward is the aesthetic.