Binary Clock

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Binary Clock

Release status: experimental [box doku]

Description Clock showing the time in binary or decimal
Author(s)  CSchlipp
Last Version  0.0.1
Platform  AVR
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About This Project[Bearbeiten]

In this project, we construct a binary watch using the common IKEA Ribba frame, several parts cut by the CNC, an AVR-Board and some digital RGB LEDs.

Detailed Description[Bearbeiten]

The clock should be able to display the time (e.g. 12:38:59) in different styles:

  • decimal
H/10 H M/10 M S/10 S
1 2 3 8 5 9
O O X
O X X
O X X
O X X
O O X X X
O O X X X
O X X X X
O X X X X X
X X X X X X
  • BCD (binary coded decimal)
H/10 H M/10 M S/10 S
1 2 3 8 5 9
O O O
O O O
O O O
O O O
O O O O O
O O X O X
O O O X O
O X X O O O
X O X O X X
  • binary
n/a H n/a M n/a S
12 38 59
O O O
O O O
O O O
O X X
O O O O X
X O O O X
X O X O O
O O O X O X
O O O O O X

I was able to gather some cheap digital RGB LEDs from aliexpress and wanted to revive my old binary watch.

WS2812B PCB's

As before, an IKEA Ribba frame is used as a casing. This documentation is about the large version (50cm x 50cm) but should work wit smaller versions as well.

Thanks to some very nice and friendly Laboranten, I was able to cut my dxf-design on the CNC. The result is very good and precise!

To ease things up, the clock will be constructed in a three-layer design: Front - Division - Back

Front:

Binclock-front.jpg
The holes in the front are sized 26mm x 26mm.

Division:

Binclock-mid single.jpg Binclock-mid assembled.jpg
The mid part is designed as a kit which can quickly assembled to "some boxes", preventing the light of one box to bleed into another. The parts had to be splitted due to some limitations of the CNC.(Note that one seperator is missing in the image above)

The larger box will hold the electronic components later on.

Back:

The holes in the back are designed to fit the small LED pcb's exactly. They are positioned in the center of each cutout on the front.
Binclock-back.jpg

Current Status[Bearbeiten]

Assemble parts

Binclock-front bonded.jpg
The front has been bonded with black adhesive instead of paint. The missing seperator has been milled.

Wire LEDs

All LEDs have been wired and tested. Currently there's no hot glue in the house, adhesive tape works as well.

Buy Diffusor

I've found "PLEXIGLAS® Folie Weiss 99532 GT - 0,5 mm" which seems to fit quite well. I think I'll give it a try...

[UPDATE] There was some laminating film left and it works! Four layers (2 pieces) do a very good job in diffusing the light. Maybe I'll stick with this.

Timeline[Bearbeiten]

ToDo:

  • assemble parts
  • wire LEDs
  • buy diffusor
  • prototype with Arduino
  • use wordclock pcb
  • add animations

Done:

  • LEDs arrived
  • DXF Design completed
  • Ribba frame bought
  • Parts cut
  • first prototype of pcb delivered
  • bought all parts for the pcb
  • cut missing seperator (counting is hard sometimes...)

Fieldnotes[Bearbeiten]

  • count parts for division (mid part) correctly
  • fix parts in cnc properly, otherwise parts may become too small
  • don't cut the pieces too fast - the slower, the more precise
  • fix bonding in the back with tape, smaller parts tend to loosen
  • measure milling tool correctly to fit g-code - 0.5mm more do not make a big change, but mid part is less stable
  • cut diffusor for each hole in the front seperatly instead of using a bigger piece for multiple cutouts. Should result in less bleeding of light.

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