Upcycled Nixie Clock Fit For A Friend


Constructing a clock from pieces is a ceremony of passage for makers, and normally represents a sensible introduction into the earth of electronics. It is also hard to defeat the warm glow of Nixie tubes in a desktop clock, as [Joshua Coleman] learned when building a Nixie tube clock for a mate.

The original conclusion to upcycle the chassis from an unrepairable Heathkit purpose generator came a little undone soon after some misaligned reducing, so the entrance panel ended up staying redesigned and 3D printed. This finished up becoming serendipitous, as the redesigned front panel permitted the Nixie tubes to be inset in just the metal chassis. This outcome seems to be wonderful, and it also superior shields the tubes from impact hurt.

Sourcing clones of the 74141 Nixie driver ICs finished up remaining a lot easier than anticipated, and the relaxation of the electronics came alongside one another speedily. The decoders are pushed by an Arduino, and the IN-4 Nixie tubes are driven by a bespoke 170 volt DC ability source.

Regretably 4 of the tubes had been destroyed through installation, nonetheless replacements were being conveniently accessible on the web. The gorgeous IN-4 Nixie tube has a name for breaking easily, but is priced accordingly on auction internet sites and relatively easy to supply.

The build online video just after the break must get any aspiring Nixie clock makers began, but the video description is also comprehensive of more information and links for these needing assistance acquiring commenced.

We’re not shorter on clock hacks listed here at Hackaday, so why not check out a pair much more? This retro-influenced LED clock seems to be like its proper out of a parallel universe, or maybe this amazing Nixie clock pushed by relays will strike your fancy.

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