The red circles are the numbered faces, the large blue circles are the drive gears, smaller than the printed faces to they don’t hit each other, then the small blue circle is a pinion gear. The green border is a frame, made so the wheels can be turned.
If slim is the goal, I’d look at 1/16" acrylic and use 1/16" pins to keep everything properly placed and act as axles. Should be able to do it in about 1/4" total thickness, less if you do something like a veneer for the printed surface.
Thx. Thin is the goal, and I have clear 1/16" and black 1/25" (1mm) acrylic. Intended to make numbered rings and gears from the 1mm and use the 1/16" as the back plate, and use 1/8" acrylic for pins that go thru and are glued to the back plate. I also have a nice selection of exotic 1/32" wood that I plan to use for the face. I’m looking to make the whole thing about 2" wide, with just extension sticking out to turn the units (think ship’s wheel…)
Hey @bill.m.davis - what was the smoothest/best non-binding tooth profile you came up with?
No, I mean the teeth, I got the pivot axles working really well on one project I did, but the teeth would want to grab each other in a bad way. I didn’t want to be on the hook for lube, so slop it was.
I have the design pretty much done using a geneva mechanism, but I spotted some minor irregularities with a couple of components, and should have included the digits early on vs. trying to align everything when the rest is done. I’m going to re-draw it with those corrections, then cut one. It’s so small, I’m not concerned about making test parts first. The only except will be the face plate, that will be from one of my exotic hardwoods - nothing passes thru the face plate - the gear pins will recess slightly into an engraved depression, so I can make the face from anything (likely a scrap of acrylic or draftboard) and tape the front to the rear just to validate the mechanics.
FWIW I switched my design of a pendulum clock I am working on from wood and MDF, to acrylic on account of the warping of the gears. I have not had any trouble with the acrylic gears as long as the cut speed and power leave the face of the cut polished and not streaked. For such a small proyect you could even polish the acrylic gear faces with a quick pass with the flame of a lighter.
Oher than the face plate, this will be all acrylic - although for the axles I am going to use aluminum tubing. I had selected a hardwood dowel (I think walnut) but then spotted the tube and it’s almost identical diameter (3.5mm.) I have needle files, including a tapered round, to soften the inside of the gears if needed, and possibly the mating gear profiles if I think it’s needed.
Again, this will be powered by a small nudge of a finger typically once daily, so I don’t think friction will be an issue.