A quick update.
Have been busy with other things, but have managed to print out a white case for the Longines movement that I've shown above in the black case.
Also printed out a better black case (minor mechanical improvements).
What's more interesting is that I'm dabbling in trying to make dials via 3D printing - I have a few excellent movements that I've not been able to find a replacement dial for. Shame - dial all cracked or messed up that holds an extremely nice movement hostage - thus keeping the movement orphaned.
Idea is to 3D print a thin white, porcelain-like dial and either 3D print the numbers/markings directly onto it with the color added/printed later OR print a completely blank dial that can have the graphics applied via waterslide decals (
). Or more likely a combination of both.
The dial would be constructed with brass dial blank base with the white thin 3D printed dial either directly printed onto the brass dial blank or glued on. Dial feet would be glued on:
Be prepared to deal with whichever timepieces your customers need worked on. 10 pieces of dial feet from your choice of diameter to fit your job.
It would not be perfect, but from arms length it will look pretty good.
Here's a prototype directly printed onto a brass surface to see how the graphics will come out and how well it will stick to the brass, but first here's the original porcelain dial with the cracks (I'll give it a cleaning treatment to see if I can make the cracks become way less visible and try to salvage it).
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Here's the first decent 3D printed dial that I have the graphics printed 0.1mm higher than the dial surface so that the tops can have black and red ink applied to it:
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Not perfect, but it could be a way to salvage an very nice movement by re-creating the original dial that came with it.
You can see that my printer, which is not a very expensive one, paired with the right resin can print extremely fine details (that's a 40mm diameter dial).
My plan is to assemble the white colored case with the Longines movement shown way above in it and see how that goes.
Then I have some movements that are better suited to a wrist watch - make them a marriage watch - and 3D print a cool looking wrist watch case.
More to come!