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Lamina Nixie Clock

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This is my first instructable and I hope you will like it. I have been reading this website for a while now and I decided to publish my project. I am non-native English speaker please excuse my language mistakes.

This project is inspired by a previous instructable from Hellboy and his Lantern Clock. In the meanwhile he came out with the Cyclops which has a kind of similar concept as mine, but God see my heart, I just took the Lantern clock as my starting point. Anyway I would like to thank him for that inspiration.

When I first saw Hellboy's clock, I said I want something like that. So I sat to my desk switched on my computer and started to design. After a while I came up with the final plan.

The rendered 3d image looked quite OK for me.

For the wooden parts I wanted to use wenge wood but I could not get wenge in that size for a reasonable price. So I decided to use the old proven walnut and maple combination.

I realized soon enough that finding a similar brass disks and gears what matching my design is quite impossible so I decided to make them, but I did not know how yet. The turning would kill my little Unimat machine, which set is meant  to make small parts not these big ones, so I just put them on hold for a while until I find a solution and start the rest. And lately, the solution came to me by itself.

List of Materials, tools:

-walnut timber
-maple timber
-acrylic tubes
-circular saw, scroll saw
-drill and router machines
-brass rods, pipes
-threaded rods
-brass sheets
-screws, bolts
-lots of sandpaper
-lacquer
-nixie clock kit
-12v power adaptor
-wires
-soldering iron
-multimeter
-safety gloves, eye protection

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themadcat1 year ago
Hello! Your project is really grate!
Can i ask you to describe tools and machines you had used during this project please?
Thank you!
zorwick (author)  themadcat1 year ago
Thank you themadcat! :)

I mainly used the Unimat hobby set to complete the clock. You can find all the informations from the set here: http://www.thecooltool.com/index_e.php

I have the Classic set and a lot of extra accessories plus a circular saw set to cut almost everything up to a certain (not too much) thickness. They have the Metal Line set which is much better for any work. I have some parts from that set since I broke some plastic tool from the Classic set.

The machine set has pros and cons of course. I got the Classic set as a gift a few years back so I upgraded that slowly. If I would start from scratch, knowing what I am going to do with machines like those I would go for dedicated machines. Circular saw like what I have or Proxxon circular saw for half price. For turning I would buy an old small engineer turning machine. Even Unimat had it in the past. They are last forever. Also a small and precise bench drill could be handy. All those dedicated machines are strong reliable, just what you need!

The Unimat sometimes is not enough or not that strong as a dedicated machine but there is always a solution to fix problems.
I always need a table router or 3D router or just something special for one little thing. Than the Unimat comes handy and I can build any machine what I want.

I dont promote any brand and I dont really have favorites. I prefer sturdy and precise tools. I really like my Unimat, but I am ok with my "SKILL" super cheap off brand sanding machine, which is strong and noisy and when it breaks I will throw away and buy another one :)

I hope this answers your question :)

Z.
bazsa4 days ago

Gratulálok, nagyon szép munka :) El tudnék viselni egy ilyet otthon :)

pepy3 months ago

awesome......

DGraff7014 months ago

This clock is wonderful! I would love to make one of these as a gift for a friend. Do you have the wood templates on a PDF perhaps?

zorwick (author)  DGraff7014 months ago
Hi, I am making these clocks for sale, therefore unfortunately I could not provide more detailed informations.
Of course if you decide to make your own nixie clock and you have technical questions I am happy to help.

Thank you for understanding!

Best

Zoltan
Darosberg5 months ago

Very nice indeed.

What 3D program did you use for the initial design?

zorwick (author)  Darosberg5 months ago

Thank you Darosberg,

Initially I used pencil and paper, then 3dMax. :)

afoxx6 months ago
I love it! Very nice sir. :)
Advar6 months ago
If you sell these, please sign me up! Awsome job! :)
zorwick (author)  Advar6 months ago
Thank you!

I am making and selling these clocks on woodize.com
At the moment I don't have this type on stock only others, but soon will be.

cheers

Z.
agent_k821 year ago
Really great Work, amazing. Can you put one for sale?
zorwick (author)  agent_k821 year ago
I sent you a PM regarding your question.
gknauss1 year ago
Just happened across this post. All I can say is "...wow...". Very nice execution, clean and well-formed design that balances out the beauty of those little Nixie tubes. You have quite an artful eye to pull this design off, I wouldn't change a thing. In reading your pdf instructions, you sound like the type of individual that plans things out quite a bit, and checking to make sure that "all-is-well" before moving on to the next step, it shows in your work. You have provided me with plenty of inspiration in using those little Nixie tubes, they almost beg to be used in a project. Thanks for sharing.
zorwick (author)  gknauss1 year ago
Thank you for your very nice compliments! Yes indeed I dont like something to just glue together and it will be ok kind of way to make things :) As a person who first open every machine, toy, tool to see what is inside, I planed all the parts to be manufacturable, openable, replaceable, maybe not always choose the easy way, but there is a way always :) This clock took a while to complete I have modified a lot before I cut the final parts. Since than, I have already made 3 of them for some request and I am making 2 more. I did change a little, not the outside but just a way of how to assemble and fabricate. Thanks again!
cparsley1 year ago
This clock is amazing artwork. I would never attempt to make it myself. How much would it cost to purchase?
asawyer51 year ago
This is awesome - if you ever go into production I'd be willing to pay quite a lot for one of these
Warp Racer1 year ago
Nice craftsmanship Zoltan. If you go ahead with a planned production run, please let me know. :)
longpcb1 year ago
Hi! Your Project is very nice!
I want to make for myself the nixie clock the same you! If you can send to me the pdf document please! Thank you very much! My Email: longpcb@gmail.com
nwitte1 year ago
This if fabulous. I would buy one if I could. Absolutely beautiful in every detail. The tubes of most Nixie clocks are fascinating but usually are set in the most dreary containers. Very well done!
zorwick (author)  nwitte1 year ago
Thank you!
I will keep you updated when it comes to production.

All the best!

Zoltan
That's a piece of art! Amazing.
zorwick (author)  diegofenner1 year ago
Thank you!
mamajr961 year ago
Approximately how much did the whole project cost.
Is it possible to get the templates for the woodwork?
IronWill2 years ago
This is amazing, well done.

perhaps i've missed it but what is the circuit diagram for this clock? i see the parts but not the way to arrange them.
thanks!
anim8er2 years ago
A work of art!
zorwick (author)  anim8er2 years ago
Thank you!
Fukkel2 years ago
very very cool !!!
zorwick (author) 2 years ago
I have added a packaging update.
gentry2 years ago
This is great. How long did it take you to make it?
zorwick (author)  gentry2 years ago
It took a lot of time to finish the design, play around with materials and different solutions and so... To finish this first clock, it took around 3 month time, of course I had no time to work on it every day:). To replicate, it would take a 2 weeks, I guess, if I have all the necessary components.
kingbin2 years ago
Very nice design, I love it!
docgates2 years ago
Very beautiful clock, thanks for sharing this project. I'm inspired to see if I can build something similar. It's hard to judge the scale; what size nixie tubes did you use for it?
zorwick (author)  docgates2 years ago
The tubes are around 5,5 cm tall, the diameter 18 mm. I used 50 mm diameter acrylic tubes for the tanks. The clock itself around 32 cm wide, diagonally fit onto an A4 size paper, and 2,5 kilo :)
YAR!N2 years ago
This is really great! Do you have some pattern or something you would share? It would be very useful :)
tgirard2 years ago
Wow.... amazing build. any chance of getting dxfs for cutting out the parts. I'd be on this tomorrow if I had those :)
mochimaster2 years ago
Very, very impressive.

Would look really cool in a living room.
I cannot express how impressed I am. Good work, and one of the better of instructibles I've read. Incredible for the first tutorial in that you've made
zorwick (author)  Dynamic Nerd2 years ago
Thanks! :)
kubulai2 years ago
Very nice!
Russ.R2 years ago
Awesome build & design...I also would be interested in buying one or a kit if made available..

Well Done!
zorwick (author)  Russ.R2 years ago
Thank you, I wil let you know.
cknapp12 years ago
Gotta say, this clock looks amazing! My grandpa and I are considering working on one in the near future, though considering how beautiful this one is, it'll be a hard act to follow.
zorwick (author)  cknapp12 years ago
You will have lot of fun and the end is going to be beautiful. Even a single Nixie tube is stunning!
sway2 years ago
It is stunning. Just really beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Hammernator2 years ago
Very well done, I liked everything about it. Good work, and hope you have great success at your new project!
I just want to say that this a an awesome looking project and great job man...
halciber2 years ago
Wow, even without the clock features, I love this project for the beautiful wood work. This is a fabulous article, thank you for publishing it.
carfur2 years ago
If I were you I would change the blue LED to a white LED.It would look a lot better and classy.
Why not build one, so we can compare to see if you're right?
Nixie tubes are VERY expensive in my country.I live in Romania and i can't find a direct importer.As soon as I find a cheap way to get a hold on this sistem I will definitely begin working on one of my own.Of course it wont be as awesome as this one because I don't have a CNC to mill the pieces for it.
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zorwick (author)  DELETED_jrutherford52 years ago
I tried with white LED and actually it's a not a bad choice but indeed the blue has more radiation force field effect. The pictures are not really give back the glowing blue light.

I am sure it would worth of the time and effort to play around with different colors and type of LEDs and try different angles and quantities to have more cool effects.
carfur zorwick2 years ago
I forgot to mention.AWESOME job !!!
carfur zorwick2 years ago
You could also fit RGB leds 'cause it looks like you really know DIY electronics.That way you can select whatever color you like.It would also be cool to hook-up the backlight leds so that they change color when the alarm is ringing.
Sorry I disagree completely, the blue looks excellent and very classy. Great project, I think I shall give it a try.
ksykes2 years ago
Great design and fabrication!
I want one...best Nixie clock I've seen yet!
x4junk2 years ago
Beautiful design zorwick. Execution is also really fine. The challenge in my home: we're lazy about cleaning dust off things and this device would test us further.
Pattymouth2 years ago
Zorwick, good job! Please let me know if you decide to sell these! I want one, too. It's fantastic! Good job!!!!!
greT PIECE WHERE CAN I GET ONE?
randomray2 years ago
Argh , you used a computer and a laser cutter , the shame of it . But seriously I just say that because I do traditional wood work . This is a really nice design kind of a cross between Art Deco , Industrial and steampunk . As for the tools you used , hey it's what you had and knew how to use . Good for you . I bet it was a lot faster too . Thanks for sharing . Really like it !
Txkink2 years ago
That's beautiful work and a well done instructable!
vsams142 years ago
Absolutely love this and really want to build one!

Can we have a price estimate? I do have a budget and if this costs a lot, I will need to save up for it. Also, could someone recommend a good place to get nixie tubes in the states?
tpobrienjr2 years ago
Outstanding!
Stuart212 years ago
What a thing of beauty!

P.S. your English is very good too - just found 1 minor - P2, 1st para, expect > except.

;-)
zorwick (author)  Stuart212 years ago
Fixed :)

Thanks ;)

Z.
zorwick (author) 2 years ago
Thank you for your compliments! I am very happy that you like my project.

I don't want to say...actually I do want to say :) that I am planning to make some more.
I love to sit and watch the numbers when it's dark outside, I definitely think that I need to share this experience :)

Z.
Yes, please see if you can make a kit for this and let us know! Perhaps you can partner with the firm that makes the electronics kit.
Pauper2 years ago
Your English is AWESOME and so is this project !!! WELL DONE !! :-{D
zorwick (author)  Pauper2 years ago
:) Thanks!
gafisher2 years ago
Beautifully done! Your finished product is stunning, your 'ible, including the photos and video, is awesome, and your English is very good.
kfi55999822 years ago
I agree with all very, very nice....thanks for sharing. And yes you should consider selling this.....
rms12 years ago
a fine example of design and workmenship to the Nth.
I purchase one in a heartbeat. Great job to ZORWICK
and HELLBOY
jpf552 years ago
Absolutely stunning, Bravo
radioman6732 years ago
how can i get a kit?
MadCobbler2 years ago
Beautiful! If you would make a kit I would buy one.
RedBinary2 years ago
Gorgeous!!!!
qorlis2 years ago
I am very impressed at how clean and professional the final product looks. It looks as though it was something that can be purchased in a high end store or as a kit. In fact, if you wanted to sell it as a kit as well as a finished product, you could potentially make a good profit. Something to consider.
ringman572 years ago
Beautiful.... Can you post the schematic, pcb layout and drawing files? Please?
DSPNRG2 years ago
I suggest using something other than "benzol" (i.e. benzene). It is highly toxic. Rubbing alcohol (i.e. isopropyl) should achieve similar results. If you insist on using harsh chemicals, then use toluene at the very worst, but do wear a respirator (a dust mask won't work). You and your future kids will thank you.
arsenaldb102 years ago
That is a great work of art, I'm with the others, I want one.
jeremysale2 years ago
Name your price, brother. Lots of interested parties here.
gersong2 years ago
You have done well, fantastic work.
fantastico seu trabalho. Voce esta de parabens.
juliadee2 years ago
Sign me up - I'll buy one if you produce them. Just beautiful. Great job of building from Hellboy's work.
klillestol2 years ago
Beautiful design. Looks pretty complicated for me but I would certainly consider purchasing one as it looks like one of those things you can really pass down from generation to generation.
dave172 years ago
Wow,really beautiful project!
And your English is great too.
guadi172 years ago
can we purchase one? i would like this for my grandfather
dslocum2 years ago
I'm at a loss for words. REALLY! Great design aesthetic, my friend!

I'll take one if you decide to make these puppies!!!!
zorwick (author)  dslocum2 years ago
Thanks, I will let you know!
hellboy2 years ago
Great job Zorwick.... Looks awesome
zorwick (author)  hellboy2 years ago
Thank you for your inspiration!
Simply AWESOME. Congratulations!
Paperduck2 years ago
Wow. That's beautiful! :O
It's BEAUTIFUL! A lot of work and your effort is well rewarded. Thanks for sharing your project.