Author Topic: Making Nixie Tubes  (Read 1898 times)

Offline awemawson

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Making Nixie Tubes
« on: October 03, 2016, 11:54:57 AM »
Came across this amazing video of a chap who has set himself up to make large Nixie Tubes. Highly skilled glass working.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxL4ElboiuA

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Re: Making Nixie Tubes
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2016, 12:56:04 PM »
Thanks Andrew,

Amazing work - and an amazing set of toys  :bugeye:

Dave

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Re: Making Nixie Tubes
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2016, 01:13:02 PM »
Very interesting  :thumbup:



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Re: Making Nixie Tubes
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2016, 01:18:22 PM »
Great video, love those craft skills.
Just get doing and make swarf, you can decide what its going to be later.   :thumbup:

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Re: Making Nixie Tubes
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2016, 02:23:01 PM »
Brilliant,

$145 each - not bad when you consider how much time they take and the investment in equipment.

I had a box full of smaller ones somewhere!

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Re: Making Nixie Tubes
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2016, 03:42:07 PM »
Certainly very interesting.

I have six of the small standard ones in the RACAL 836 Frequency Counter on the shelf across the room from me.  Still work.

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Re: Making Nixie Tubes
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2016, 04:35:59 PM »
I made a clock and a frequency counter using the smaller ones back in the 1970's using 74141 driver i/c's
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Re: Making Nixie Tubes
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2016, 05:11:21 PM »
Amazing skill and dedication.

Some serious boys toys in his Den!
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Re: Making Nixie Tubes
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2016, 05:38:02 PM »
Fascinating.  Thanks for sharing that, Andrew.

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Re: Making Nixie Tubes
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2016, 12:45:25 AM »
I watched this the other day and it's a great insight into what small scale manufacturing is.  No robots or offshore sweatshops.  Those SLS printed jigs and fixtures are pure porn...
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