Thingiverse user G4lile0 has devised a 3D printed moon face with an Arduino, OLED. G4lili0 has made this lunar phase clock which offers lunar simulation using lighting effects. In addition, it provides features like the thermometer, hygrometer, alarm and more. The maker of this device was inspired by the supermoon that was visible earlier this month.
G4lili0 used the Cura slicing software as well as FreeCAD and some other open-source tools. He then fitted the device with a customized Arduino, a 9.9” OLED display, RTC module, a DTH11 sensor, buzzer, push buttons, and more. This cool clock can be easily customized as per the needs and requirements of the user. All you require is a 3D printer and some money to build the gadget.
To exactly recreate all the phases of the moon, he used an APA102C strip of 18 LEDs, which he meticulously arranged behind the 3D printed moon face. The moon phases lit up as per the time determined by the placement of the Earth and the Sun. Hence users can see the various phases of the moon like the crescent, waxing, waning, and gibbous. This lunar clock could be useful for those who are affected by the changing phases of the moon. Werewolves are an example.
G4lile0 printed the clock using specifications of a layer height of 0.2 mm, wall thickness of 1 mm, a top thickness of 1 mm, and bottom thickness of 0.2 mm. The moon part was printed with an infill density of 0%, and the rest of the parts at 100%. G4lile0 used a Prusa RepRap 3D printer to print his clock.
The clock has interesting features like ‘relax’ and ‘party’. When applying these functions, the clock turns into a disco lamp radiating party lights. How we wish that our very own ‘moon’ could switch over to that mode when we wanted it to?