One of my first projects


#1

I’m a bit of a vintage display technology nut and have built numerous nixie tube clocks and even some scope clocks amongst other things. The reason I bought my GlowForge was that I believed it could help me realize complete cases and finished projects easier and as such, here’s the first successful completion of that vision. It’s not particularly complicated, just some cut 1/4 inch acrylic with some engravings to make a case for an all-tube dekatron spinner. It’s a project with a friend of mine and we’ll be selling a few at some point. I thought I’d share the end result as that’s what this bit of the forum is for…:grinning:


#2

Looks great, Good job.


#3

That’s so clean looking and awesome. Please share more of your stuff!


#4

Excellent case! :grinning:


#5

Anything in an acrylic case looks good to me, but what is it. Was it a kit? :thinking:
Beautiful job. :grin:


#6

Case looks great. Please keep posting future projects.


#7

Very nice, indeed. Pretty PCB, too.


#8

Thanks! Yes, it’s a kit designed by a friend…I helped a little with a few things and put together the documentation for it. If you’re interested then PM me and I can send more details…It’s all open source by the way, so the design files will be freely available.


#9

I really like what I’m seeing! You should turn it on for us :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


#10

Very awesome!

On a somewhat parallel path, I have a box of almost 100 IN-14 Nixies and vintage HV driver ICs on the shelf. Maybe this is the universe sending me a gentle reminder.


#11

Pretty amazing! Now don’t forget to anneal that acrylic after cutting. I’d imagine those screw holes will see some stress.


#12

Here you go…

With regards the annealing of the acrylic, it’s not threaded. I use 3D printed Lada components (https://wyolum.com/lada-a-custom-project-box-system/) which make assembling (and disassembling!) cases very straightforward with a little forethought. I’m attaching the kit instructions that I put together for any of those interested…

@coloradocaver - if you need any pointers of clock kits to put those IN14’s to good use then I have a few ideas…or you can just sell them to me… :slight_smile:
All Toob V1.3.pdf (5.5 MB)


#13

Ha! I knew someone would ask to buy them. If there are any left over when I’m done gifting clocks I’ll let you know. I was fortunate to buy them before Nixie prices went crazy.

If you have any 4 or 6 tube clock suggestions let me know. I had done research a while back, but would like to see the current state of affairs. I may design my own boards, but time is precious.


#14

:grinning:

I have plenty of tubes too…been into the hobby since 2001 before prices went silly too…so I know where you’re coming from.

Check out www.pvelectronics.co.uk

Pete has a lot of clock kits and they’re superb value for money. There’s also Jonas’ IN14 clock which is less sophisticated but still a good clock (www.tubehobby.com).

PM me if you want any more info.

Cheers,

Nick