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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Many small steps, one giant leap

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Finally, just before the years’ end, we made┬áthe giant leap of constructing our first LightSaga clock (Technically it is the second if you count the original iteration made of wood). A lot of small steps were required to finally get to this point and we still need to assemble the other 19 out of our first prototype run, however this marks a big milestone and our first chance to really see the aluminum and acrylic coming together.

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The software that was running fine on the Spark needed some touching up for the Photon, but now runs fine on both platforms and as we now have a finished clock with all the electronics in it we can now also focus on the software.

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Glueing of the other 19 rings will take place in the beginning of 2016, or, not all of the rings can be glued yet as many orders haven’t picked colors yet and the rings need to be anodized before glueing.

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Also a redesign of the PCB is needed for better accommodation in the clock as we learned that some of the things on the first iteration on the PCB simply won’t work (we now manually modified the 3 existing PCBs).

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A lot of steps still to take, but a nice result just before 2015 ends.

Glass Bead Blasting!

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After manually sanding our first acrylic ring from opaque to diffuse it became painfully apparent that this method doesn’t give the envisioned result nor did it scale well to our full prototype run. A single ring costs around 20 minutes to properly sand manually and even then the result wasn’t the silky milk glass finish we envisioned. Bead blasting was the way to go!

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Bead blasting uses many kinds of media, but in our case we used glass beads. Glass beads are made from lead-free glass. These materials are formed into tiny glass balls. You can recycle the beads that you use in the course of bead blasting up to 30 times before replacing them. The glass beads used in the process are free of chemicals and safe for the environment. They come in several sizes and the size you choose will depend on your needs.

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We found a place that had a large enough bead blasting machine for our needs, as the whole 70cm ring had to fit into it and the owner was friendly enough to open up his workshop to us as he was enthusiastic about two guys trying to create their product. We had to develop a bit of a feeling for the bead blasting as the cabinet features thick rubber gloves and a very limited view of what you’re actually doing, but after a couple of rings all was going smooth, averaging at about 3-5 minutes a ring dependent on the size.

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The end result is simply stunning and the feel of the acrylic is completely different after getting treated to a shower of small glass beads. Another step to the envisioned end product is made, and we even managed to glue a couple of parts, hopefully glueing the other rings in the coming weeks.

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