At the designing phase of the final project I already knew what I wanted to build, which was a dive watch style wall clock. Below are my initial design and the final product picutres:
It’s pretty obvious that my final product stayed very consistant with the initial design. However there are some details that didn’t end up matching my origianal idea. These discrepancies include: The “Made in Boulder, CO” line didn’t show up on the final product because the laser cutter wasn’t set up correctly; the clock dial doesn’t block light perctly due to spray paint thickness too small, etc.
The lesson that I learned from this project is mainly to leave extra time for any project I work on in the future because anything can go wrong during a project and end up delaying the whole process. I used laser cutter and 3D printer for this project and both machines didn’t perform perfectly.
The lesson I learned from the class include the knowledge about industrial design basics and modern art history. As an engineering student I wasn’t exposed to enough materials about this subject and I think this class is very beneficial for engineering students. It’s all about being creative and start building what you have in mind using your school learned skills.
I do have plans on improving my project clock. Right now the clock case is lacking some good color and quality. I plan to make a new one with a clear front cover as well so the clock will be dust proof. I will also work on a better design of how the major components attach to each other to make this clock more practical to use.