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Title: Design for the Nixie Clock casing with miniature nixie tubes
Post by: dimasua on April 18, 2021, 11:01:11 am
Hi everyone, I'm planning to assemble a nixie clock, similar like here for example: https://nixiedream.com (https://nixiedream.com) but with different nixie tubes, IN-2. They are the smallest nixie tubes I could find. I have already the schematic and working on PCB, but a design for the casing is always a challenge for me. What is a better case for a nixie clock? Classical or modern, just pure wood or with brass elements, or steampunk? If you can give me some ideas or inspirations, that would be awesome! Here is a video for the nixie tubes I'm referring to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcEtGR_f_00 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcEtGR_f_00)
Title: Re: Design for the Nixie Clock casing with miniature nixie tubes
Post by: t1d on April 18, 2021, 01:50:07 pm
Throw concrete into your considerations. No joke, concrete. It can be easily shaped to any form. It's cheap. It's heat resistant. It has weight, to make your clock stable. You don't need a shop full of tools to use it. Look up how to make concrete counter tops on YouTube, for the instructions you will need.
Title: Re: Design for the Nixie Clock casing with miniature nixie tubes
Post by: strawberry on April 18, 2021, 03:39:50 pm
Throw concrete into your considerations. No joke, concrete. It can be easily shaped to any form. It's cheap. It's heat resistant. It has weight, to make your clock stable. You don't need a shop full of tools to use it. Look up how to make concrete counter tops on YouTube, for the instructions you will need.
25...50kg and you need one teaspoon of it

how about clay or glass? with help of some traditional workshop
Title: Re: Design for the Nixie Clock casing with miniature nixie tubes
Post by: wizard69 on April 19, 2021, 03:20:22 am
Throw concrete into your considerations. No joke, concrete. It can be easily shaped to any form. It's cheap. It's heat resistant. It has weight, to make your clock stable. You don't need a shop full of tools to use it. Look up how to make concrete counter tops on YouTube, for the instructions you will need.
25...50kg and you need one teaspoon of it

how about clay or glass? with help of some traditional workshop

You can actually buy concrete type products in small buckets.   Often these are grouts or concretes for setting posts, patching holes or other special applications.    Very handy and I've used such concretes for a variety of projects.

However I'm very partial to wood and brass for these sorts of retro electronics projects.    That might sound steam punkish but a well designed project base does wonders for the finished item.   In fact a good cabinet is the difference between something sitting proudly on a shelf for a life time vs hidden in a closet.    That cabinet or base must get the same attention as the electronics no matter what is made of.
Title: Re: Design for the Nixie Clock casing with miniature nixie tubes
Post by: Alex Eisenhut on April 19, 2021, 12:43:13 pm
Here's something that might change your plans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygjonCPPcGM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygjonCPPcGM)