Nixie Inspired 7 Segment Display




Introduction: Nixie Inspired 7 Segment Display

This Instructable is the first part of a bigger project : a desktop clock with 4 pseudo Nixie 7 segment digits.

I decided to publish a dedicated Instrcutable for the Nixie because I was highly inspired by an article read on hackaday (

Here is my version which looks promising. Stay tuned for the desktop clock.

The 7 segment is a one inch high 10016AS model. I will use a plexiglass tube to make it look like a nixie tube.

Step 1: The Grid

The grid is made with a metalic mesh I bought on internet.

It is shaped with pliers and painted in black.

Step 2: The Display

Between the display and the circuit, I inserted a Blue led (3mm size), drowned in hot glue to diffuse the glow.

The base circle is the size of the plexiglass tube.

Step 3: Painting

Painting in black with Tamiya paint.

Step 4: Preparing the 3 Others

After the prototype, I prepared the stuff to make the 3 others nixie.

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    2 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I really like this idea. I've always wanted to build a nixie clock but the tubes and the kits are so expensive. It would be great to make a clock with these alternatives. Did you ever make one? I'd love to see the result.


    3 years ago

    This looks really good!