Here is Cyclops... all metal, shiny, very industrial. I can picture it sitting on baron Harkonens mantel....
I have been wanting to build a single digit Nixie clock for a while now, I looked around the workshop and found a bunch of bits and pieces that I would start the design with, little is sketched its more of putting pieces together and seeing what they look like. after I started I saw the Shop Bot Challenge and worked hard late nights to complete this in time....
Just A starting note, I tend to communicate better through an image so please read the tags, they will sometimes hold a lot more info then the body of text...
here are my parts list, remember not finding the identical pieces is not a problem , just explore what you get your hands on and something is bound to climb out of that mass of parts....
here we go.....
- Found 13 pieces of an aluminum bottom plate, 1/8”thick and looks like it has a 4” hole cut for a speaker.
- Had some misc brass parts from a previous project.
- will need access to the following tools
- A milling machine (preferably with X Y Z readouts)
- Band saw, need a pretty robust one for this project
- soldering skills
- Buffing wheel with compounds.
- sand blasting booth (not necessary can substitute sandpaper for a similar effect)
- Basic electronics and machining skills
- All kinds of hardware
- loc-tite retaining compond (green).
- loc-tite 430 metal cyano-acrylate.
- 20AWG wire, red /black, and some 28AWG ribbon wire 12 conductor.
- an assortment of clear acrylic tubing
- Blink M programmable RGB LED. here is the info... http://thingm.com/products/blinkm and this is where i got mine http://www.sparkfun.com/search/results?term=blinkm&what=products
- you will need to buy the BlinkM interface too, Looks like a USB flash drive with a 4 pin input..
- Single digit Nixie kit.... I got mine here....
Pete has to my knowledge the only Nixie prototype board out there that gives the experimenter options of screw terminals, solder pads and designated Nixie patterned mounts for leads,this isn't the kit I used in this instructable but will aid you on any 6 digit clock you wish to build.....
Pete always answers and is there to help you out.
If this kit is not on the site right now, be patient .
9vdc- 15vdc power supply
3 momentary buttons + caps (got mine off an old record player)
delrin and nylon washers and stand offs
soft rubber tubing
a multimeter with a continuity function (prefer an audible function).
24 blue 3mm LED's
(1) aqua 5mm LED, (1)orange 5mm LED, (1)amber 3mm LED
led sequencer kit (Ebay)
- 4 tactile momentary buttons
- an old black and decker smoke detector
- keep track of the wires, number everything
- imagination and keeping track of plate sequences and directions
- An understanding spouse because this takes time....