Like Clockwork: 3D Print Your Own Tourbillon Mechanism

Andrew LaSane

Delicately crack open a luxury watch and you may find a complicated mechanism known as a tourbillon. Developed to improve the accuracy of timepieces, tourbillons move constantly to keep the watch on track and counteract the effects of gravity as the device is moved around. Gizmodo recently shared a video by YouTuber Adam Wrigley that shows how to make a large version of the intricate device using a 3D printer and a lot of patience.

Inspired by the movement of a $200,000 Vianney Halter Deep Space watch, Wrigley began designing his "Clockwerk" tourbillon using CAD software (after spending two years studying general watchmaking as a hobby). There are a total of 99 pieces in the final product, which is meant to be hung on a wall as a kinetic sculpture, not placed in some oversized watch.

In an album on Imgur, Wrigley shared in-progress photos of the design and details about the project, which took several months to complete. He also included full instructions online for anyone who wants to print the final product at home, as well as a separate YouTube video that shows the half-hour process of assembling the pieces once they have been printed. 

[h/t Gizmodo]

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