Ever since i found out about the nixie clock i couldn't get it out my head. I wanted one so badly but i couldn't find a nice a case to fit the electronics in and still get that vintage look without spending too much so one day i got the idea to design my own case. So here you have it.
The vintage TV nixie clock.
It has been designed to fit the Nixie FunKlock kit by Pvelectronics.co.uk.
In addition to the kit i have replaced the two buttons found in the kit for adjusting the clock, with two push-button encoders to get the feeling of the old days with the rotary buttons.
The files are optimized to be printed on a small bed (at least 200x200mm) and without any need for support for easy printing. Unfortunately i haven't printed it myself since i'm away from my 3D printer at the moment but i'm confident enough that there will not be any problems fitting the parts together.
- Nixie Clock kit (PVElectronic.co.uk)
- Power Supply 12V@500mA with 2.1mm center positive
- Wires for connecting the encoders and the DC jack to the PCB
- 2xKY-040 Rotary Encoder for replacing the buttons (Aliexpress.com)
- 4xM3 5mm Female-to-Male standoffs for mounting the clock to the case (Aliexpress.com)
- 4xM3 11mm Female-to-Male standoffs for mounting the PCBs together (Aliexpress.com)
- 4xM2.5 5mm Screws for mounting the encoders to the case
- 10xM3 10mm Screws for mounting the antenna and feet to the body
- 8xM3 6mm Screws for fixing the PCB to the standoffs and the mount
- 2xD4L75mm Dowel Rods for the antennas
For thee nixie clock, you can follow the instructions provided by Pvelectronics.co.uk but skip the steps where you solder the buttons and the dc jack since those will be mounted on thee case for convenience. I have provided two diagrams on how to solder the dc jack and thee encoders properly.
As for the case itself:
- STEP 1: Glue the dowel_cup to the dowel and then glue them to the antenna_mount. Do the same for the other side and after that fix the mount to the body with two 10mm screws.
- STEP 2: Take the feet you printed and mount them to the body with four additional 10mm screws. You can choose whether you want them to pointing out or be parallel to the body as the pictures show.
- STEP 3: Solder two wires to the encoders as the provided picture shows and mount the two encoders on the front_lid.
- STEP 4: Glue the front_lid to the body. The body has an edge to prevent the lid from falling.
- STEP 5: Screw the 5mm standoffs to the clock_pcb_mount_cover and mount the PCB with the tubes to the cover with the 11mm standoffs and finally fix the second PCB to the first one with the 6mm screws, as per the instructions of the PCB assembly.
- STEP 6: Mount the clock_pcb_mount_cover with the PCBs to the front_lid using the remaining 6mm screws.
- STEP 7: Solder three wires to the provided dc jack barrel and then solder the wires to the PCB as the provided picture shows. Then glue the dc jack to the back_lid.
- STEP 8: Screw the back_lid to the body with remaining 10mm screws.
- STEP 9: Push the two encoder_cups to the corresponding encoder keeping in mind which encoder is connected to which place on the PCB.
- STEP 10: Enjoy your new vintage clock!!