Overview

The Tycho Astronomical Clock is a mechanical and electronic engineering marvel. Inspired by the great astronomical clocks and orreries of the renaissance, the Tycho Design Astronomical Clock is designed to be a unique electro-mechanical centerpiece. The Clock uses the latest NASA data to denote the locations and orientations of planets over long periods of time and can track all 13 astronomical ages, and 12 astrological ages, from 11,000 BC to 16,000 AD. This was truly a project where art, science, design and engineering intersected to produce a spectacular piece unlike any other.

Working with their visionary team, Produktworks was responsible for the mechanical engineering implementation and build. We developed a proprietary, complex drivetrain that moves all the planetary and moon functions, like orbit, rotation, tilt and position. The topographically-accurate planets and moons were  mapped from NASA data, using the very latest in rapid fabrication technologies, while the Sun is a glass orb custom fabricated by an artisan glass blower.

Project

Astronomical Clock

Client

Tycho Design

What We Did

Engineering Research
Design Support
Mechanical Engineering
Fabrication Management
Component Sourcing
On-site Installation

Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Research
  • Design Support
  • Mechanical CAD Development
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Fabrication Management
  • Component Sourcing
  • On-site Installation