Man 3D Prints His Own Working, Triple Axis Tourbillon

Introducing the Clockwork by Adam Wrigley, a working tri-axial tourbillon made with 3D printed plastic parts - which you can build at home too.

American designer and engineer Adam Wrigley conceived a triple axis tourbillon, having been inspired by Vianney Halter’s Deep Space Tourbillon. Made to be hung on a wall as a kinetic sculpture, Wrigley’s creation is made of 99 parts, with 34 of them being 3D printed. Not only does the tourbillon work, it can be regulated by adjusting the screws on the balance wheel. Here it is in action:

The tourbillon is a complicated mechanism, requiring bearings, barbell plates and fishing line to complete. Here’s Wrigley’s video showing how it’s put together.

Wrigley has generously made the files for the triple axis tourbillon available on 3D printing community site Thingiverse, so if you have the right equipment and dexterity, you can do it at home. All the necessary materials can be purchased via Amazon links on his Thingiverse page.

Via: Techcrunch

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