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About

This project uses retro technology for a cool looking clock.  Nixie tubes were used in the 1950's, 1960's and early 1970's.  The goal of my project is help our generation not only understand how far we have come with technology, but also to appreciate the beauty of previous designs. 

Special Thanks to ...

Peggy Budai (my wife) for helping with the video and putting up with all my electrical and chemical mess around the entire house.  

Jamie, Kylee and Sarah (my daughters) for helping me clean up my lab area so I had a clean place to do experiments.

Kerry, my friend, for doing all the woodworking on the prototype clocks.  << Sorry I took credit that in the video. >> 

Possible changes

I am thinking about making the top in solid copper instead of wood.  I will be in contact with all people that are donating enough to get a completed clock.  I can produce both the wooden top and copper if there is enough interest in both.   

The Clocks

Copper with chemical finish
Copper with chemical finish
Copper with matte finish (no clear coat)
Copper with matte finish (no clear coat)
Copper with matte finish and a clear coat
Copper with matte finish and a clear coat

Risks and challenges

The design is proven to work well but the sustainability of the project may be limited due to the limited supply of nixie tubes. That being said there are currently enough tube available for me to complete a few hundred clocks.

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    Limited edition Nixie Tube Clock Project coffee mug.

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    A nixie tube clock printed circuit board with the microcontroller loaded and programmed. A printed list of all parts needed to build the rest of the clock. Perfect for a hobbyist that is familiar with soldering.

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    A nixie tube clock printed circuit board with the microcontroller loaded and programmed. A printed list of all parts needed to build the rest of the clock. Perfect for a hobbyist that is familiar with soldering.

    One solid copper box for your clock. A drawing for the wooden top with all dimensions.

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    A nixie tube clock printed circuit board with everything professionally loaded except the nixie tubes. Includes the AC-DC power supply required. Nixie tubes are not included, but I will provide you with part number and the best location to purchase them. Perfect for a hobbyist that is familiar with soldering but doesn't desire to build the complete board. THANK YOU -- Your name will proudly be displayed on my office wall in thanks for your support in realizing my vision.

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    A completed nixie tube clock with matte finish.

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    A completed nixie tube clock with matte finish, with a clear coat finish.

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    A completed nixie tube clock with a chemical coloring treatment, with a clear coat finish.

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