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    Life is learning... or...Expanding my possibilities...

    Recently I'm thinkering a bit about the next steps to go in direction of professional dial making ( single piece or small series off)

    I usually plan my dials in CAD and realize them partially handcrafted with a good and solid CNC basement ( shaping and engraving)

    What I achieved until now is to
    -manufacture the blank
    -with feet in one piece ( much effort ) or to solder , screw or glue the feet on the dial
    -drill holes for rivetting the applica or logo
    - 2D/ 3D engrave a dial
    - 3D routing objects on a dial mint like pattern
    - apply a rose engine like pattern using the lathe
    - color the grooves with acrylics
    - electroplate the dial ( copper and nickel and silver ( not that successful)
    - finish and polish flat structures
    - turn a rehaut ring
    - route applica
    - route logos
    but its always the same - as soon as it shows success interest decreases to go further with the technique as the proof of process is done at that time

    Now I'm not sure what else remains when it comes to new fields of engagement on routing dials

    I planned a mechanically morphing dial but tolerances would not let me manufacture this for any existing watch .

    What still seems to be open is a good coloring processual concept and to learn how to paint clean burst or fade effects on that size and with the necessary dryness.

    but that is more or less the final paintjob and the laquer coating....


    Any ideas / suggestions what next??? I love to solve challenges....!

    Thank you in advance.....

    Hj


    P.S.: Strange understanding of "Reverse Engineering ":
    It seems that I have some solutions, but it seems that there are no problems/ applications existing for.....
    ( or at least no market for single piece off efforts)
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    Re: Life is learning... or...Expanding my possibilities...

    Quote Originally Posted by MechaMind View Post

    I planned a mechanically morphing dial




    Pic or drawing of this one, please

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    Re: Life is learning... or...Expanding my possibilities...

    In my opinion you need a Name and a Trademark if you do not already.

    The name and how it is designed will have an impact on your dial designs.

    Your clearly a talented artist and you should be combining your name with your style.

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    Re: Life is learning... or...Expanding my possibilities...

    The morphing dial is just an idea wich works together with a modified or DIY movement.... unfortunately I'm not that far to publish this ... ( perhaps I will target a patent claim if I will once make it!)

    I already included my hand written name in some dials or made a fingerprint as a structured dial background.. Both appeared much to complex and disrupted a
    smooth and even design ... I also tried some possibilities to route a more complex 3D logo ( 2 Chess Kings) , but such a logo on a dial ... as a single piece.. is about 3 h of machining ( it is just 4.5x6 mm x0.3mm in size...) - as it is possible so interest in pure doing is low....as it works. But it is surely not effortable in economical way to be offered as a service in non luxury segment....

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