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LEGO Clock

LEGO Clock

LEGO Clock

When I was at my parents for Christmas, we were visiting one of their neighbors who owned an old style mechanical clock. It was simple, a small box with the clock face, and the pendulum and weights coming out the bottom of the clock. It got me thinking that I could build one with the same principles in LEGO Technic. Here are the goals I had for the clock, in priority order:

  1. Accurate, within a few seconds per hour.
  2. All of the key operating mechanisms should be visible at the front of the clock.
  3. Be able to wind the clock without interrupting the operation.
  4. Be able to change the time easily.
  5. The pendulum should have a period of 1 second.
  6. It should run for at least one hour.

After a few weeks of tinkering, I have met all the above goals, and have the clock running for 4 hours!
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