Tinker's Word Clock – REVISITED! NOW 110% more AWESOME

I have been tinkering with Word Clocks for years. There is only one thing I like more than making word clocks… it’s designing them so that they are easy to put together. This tutorial will go through my latest version (5!!!!!). By the end of it you will have a clock with:Tinker's Word Clock - REVISITED! NOW 110% more AWESOME

  • User selectable colours (Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink, Purple)
  • Beautiful clean crisp letters
  • An understanding of what is inside and how it goes together!

If you have already bought the kit feel free to jump to the Assembling the Electronics section!
There are three ways to go about getting your own Word Clock:

  • Make it from scratch – I include all schematics and mechanical instructions.

Step 1: Gathering the parts

Three major components go into building this clock:

  • The Electrical (The Good) – this keeps track of the time, changes the colour and makes it glow all pretty. This is made of the ‘PCB’ (Printed Circuit Board), microcontroller and power via USB.
  • The Mechanical (The Bad, ass) – This is responsible for its structure and preventing the light seeping into other letters. Its mainly made of the ‘baffle’ and a backing plate.
  • The Face (The Pretty) – To get the face done nicely we use a vinyl sticker with frosting. Out of all the methods I’ve found this to work the best. The face is responsible for the letters appearing crisp and readable.

Next, we collect all the parts!
Gather the following parts:

  • Acrylic for internal structure – 2mm black opaque acrylic sheet 16.5 inches (420mm) by 28.3 inches (720mm). This will need to be laser cut later. There are a variety of local laser cutting workshops available to do this.

The following parts below are needed. Note: the lithium battery is not normally included due to flight restrictions.
Bill Of Materials (BoM) (see attached image)
PCB and Schematic:Schematic Tinker's Word Clock - REVISITED! NOW 110% more AWESOME
-Attached is the Eagle schematic and board. As well as the GERBER files needed to get the board produced at a PCB house. (I use PCBWay.com, good quality, good price, good service)
Face: The face is to be cut out of vinyl adhesive. An additional ‘frosting’ layer is added to diffuse the light.
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About The Author

Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer holding a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan, Pakistan University. With a background spanning various industries, particularly in home automation and engineering, I have honed my skills in crafting clear and concise content. Proficient in leveraging infographics and diagrams, I strive to simplify complex concepts for readers. My strength lies in thorough research and presenting information in a structured and logical format.

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