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Levitation Clock P13321. Trong Duong – Electrical Engineer Kevin Fronczak – Electrical Engineer Holden Sandlar – Electrical Engineer. Final Project Review – MSD II. Project Description . A clock that uses levitation to tell time. Appear “magical” to the observer

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Levitation clock p13321

Levitation ClockP13321

Trong Duong – Electrical Engineer

Kevin Fronczak – Electrical Engineer

Holden Sandlar – Electrical Engineer

Final Project Review – MSD II


Project description
Project Description

  • A clock that uses levitation to tell time.

  • Appear “magical” to the observer

  • Design a clock that would look cool and aesthetically pleasing as a display unit






Build process
Build Process

  • PCBs fabricated and ordered via OSHPark

  • Wood Frame built by Byron Conn

  • Glass Tubes purchased. Cut, rounded, and annealed by Tom Zogas

  • Tube Support Rings 3D printed by Vince Burolla

  • Levitating Objects cut from high-density foam


Test process
Test Process

  • Verify User Interface Operation

  • Verify Main Controller Signal Routing

  • Verify RTC Functionality

  • Tune Solenoid Lift Height

  • System Integration Testing


Temperature test
Temperature Test

  • Ran clock in “Test Mode” at Imagine RIT

    • 7 hours


Lessons learned
Lessons Learned

  • Temperature/Heat dissipation big concern

  • Molex KK connectors should NEVER BE USED

    • They were manufactured by Satan himself

  • Hand-winding coils imprecise and tedious

  • If something looks like it COULD be touched, someone will ALWAYS TOUCH IT

  • Triple-check BOM entries after design changes

    • Ordering incorrect package size or wrong regulator very easy to do

  • Quadruple check PCB layout

    • Helps avoid rework

    • Missing standoffs on main board


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