DIY Machines shows off a really creative design for a wall shelving unit. Not only does it provide 12 illuminated cubbies for items like small plants or collectibles, but its light-up edges double as a colorful digital clock. To build one for yourself, you’ll need a 3D printer, plus the items listed on the project’s YouTube page.
THE BEST Clocks
Etsy store Heritage Racing makes desk clocks that look like the speedometer or tachometer of classic cars. The clock face is a high quality glossy print, set into a glass and wood fram. There are dozens of designs to choose from, including the BMW E46 M3, Porsche 911 Turbo, Nissan GT-R, and more.
This might look like some old industrial equipment, but it’s actually a clock. Ren Kitchener of Limaflo designed this unique timepiece that displays hours and minutes on analog gauges. It’s also got an oscillating “pendulum” gauge. Each one is handbuilt in a solid wood enclosure, with authentic Bakelite and glass gauges.
This retro-modern digital clock from NIXT uses old school vacuum fluorescent tubes to display the time, date, and day of week. It comes with eight real VFD tubes, along with colorful LED underlighting. It’s also got GPS-based time sync, alarm, and temperature functions.
Bulova’s unique and substantial tabletop clock features an adjustable tripod stand that’s reminiscent of a telescope or surveyor’s equipment. It tells time in military 24-hour format, is made from solid hardwood and metal with a glass front, and features a glow-in-the dark face. Measures 11.25″ w x 22 to 29″ h.
Created by Raven Kwok for Shanghai’s TODTOWN, time++ is a computer generative artwork which displays the passage of time in a unique way. Particles appear on its screens representing the current second, and then migrate into position to display the hours and minutes as giant digits. Can we please have this as a screensaver?
This cast aluminum wall clock is perfect for anyone who loves space, rockets, or classic sci-fi. The pointy metal rocketship looks like it’s straight out of an H.G. Wells story. It features an analog dial with brass details, and can be hung at any angle thanks to a rotating hanger on the back. It measures 17″ long from tip to tail.
Mojoptix’s nifty 3D-printed object works like a traditional sundial, casting a shadow as the sun moves overhead, but it displays the time using dot-matrix digits, thanks to some very clever engineering. You can buy a pre-printed version from 3D Expressions on Etsy, or download the STL files on Thingiverse if you’ve got a 3D printer.
Aviation buffs will dig Trintec’s wall piece, which combines an analog clock and thermometer, both designed to look like analog cockpit gauges. Choose from vintage or modern styles,in altimiter, gyro, horizon, and VOR variants. Measures 15″h x 7.5″w x 2″d, and the clock runs on a single “AA” battery.
This bedside alarm clock uses a matrix of 121 RGB LEDs to display the time. It also works as a Bluetooth speaker, and can display colorful images and animations you program via a smartphone app. Available in white or black plastic, or wood. They also make a mini version.
There are lots of different ways to tell time, but if you’re looking for something a little different, check out the Timedrop, a slimline desk/wall clock from Mareike & Felix. It features three stacks of LEDs which represent hours, minutes, and seconds. As the day goes on, each column fills with light, resetting when it reaches the top.
Artist Felix Vorreiter’s unusual timepiece uses a single, long piece of string that feed through a series of pulleys. The rope is marked with dots which align to display the current time. The current clock only has 120 minutes of string, as it would take about 4000ft to cover a full day.
Ascetic Design’s unique desk clock uses LED-illuminated acrylic panels to display the current time. It offers 7 display modes, and you can choose from digital, binary, or word style panels in a variety of etched typefaces. The 8-piece set comes with a display stand for the panels.
Designed by Nazar Şigaher and crafted from laser-cut anodized aluminum, Meyer Objects‘ unique wall clock extends its hour and minute hands into an outer frame, creating an ever-changing piece of wall art with each passing minute of the day. Sadly, it’s also priced like a work of art.
Fans of daytime game shows will immediately recognize the background of Dragon Vision’s playful wall clock. Inspired by Wheel of Fortune, the 8″ acrylic and printed vinyl clock features prize denominations instead of hours on its dial. Just be sure to avoid 12:30 and 5:30.
This unique clock from ChronoCo tells time in two ways at once. The pointer travels around the dial like a normal hour hand, floating over precise markers, while its back end indicator window displays time in 10 minute increments. Measures 500mm (appx. 19.7″) in diameter, and features a weathered look.
We’ve seen lots of clocks that use Nixie or other illuminated vacuum tubes. But we really dig this version where the entire time is displayed on a single tube. Pandicon’s IV-18 clock uses a new, old stock VFD tube to emit it’s greenish-blue glow. You can find more IV-18 clocks from other Etsy shops.
Douk Audio’s unique desk clock uses an old-school vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) to produce a cool greenish glow. It shows the current time using analog-style hands, and has an optional second hand. Made from sturdy CNC molded aluminum, and measures 2.87″ x 2.28″ x 0.87″.
Instead of sourcing vintage nixie tubes, Millclock made its own tubes for its ZIN18 clock. The handmade tubes are longer, more durable, and are rated to last for 200,000 hours of operation. The clock can be controlled via its touchpad or companion mobile app.
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