Constructing a clock from components is a ceremony of passage for makers, and infrequently represents a smart introduction into the world of electronics. It’s additionally arduous to beat the nice and cozy glow of Nixie tubes in a desktop clock, as [Joshua Coleman] found when constructing a Nixie tube clock for a pal.
The unique determination to upcycle the chassis from an unrepairable Heathkit operate generator got here slightly undone after some misaligned chopping, so the entrance panel ended up being redesigned and 3D printed. This ended up being serendipitous, because the redesigned entrance panel allowed the Nixie tubes to be inset throughout the metallic chassis. This impact appears nice, and it additionally higher protects the tubes from impression injury.
Sourcing clones of the 74141 Nixie driver ICs ended up being simpler than anticipated, and the remainder of the electronics got here collectively shortly. The decoders are pushed by an Arduino, and the IN-4 Nixie tubes are powered by a bespoke 170 volt DC energy provide.
Sadly 4 of the tubes have been broken throughout set up, nevertheless replacements have been available on-line. The attractive IN-4 Nixie tube has a popularity for breaking simply, however is priced accordingly on public sale websites and comparatively straightforward to supply.
The construct video after the break ought to get any aspiring Nixie clock makers began, however the video description can be full of additional info and hyperlinks for these needing assist getting began.
We’re not quick on clock hacks right here at Hackaday, so why not try a pair extra? This retro-inspired LED clock appears like its proper out of a parallel universe, or possibly this gorgeous Nixie clock pushed by relays will strike your fancy.