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ZM1042 Nixie Tube Clock
July 2014

3.  Links

If you consider building a nixie clock without using pre-designed PCBs, these website might prove helpful :

And if you do want to use Arduino to run your clock, here are some option you might want to look at :

  • ArduiNIX, ArduiNIX shield for Arduino Uno — The ArduiNIX shield is a user open-source programmable platform for driving multiplexed nixie tubes or other high voltage displays (used on this clock).
  • RLB Designs, PCB nixie clock — This compact standalone clock is powered by an Arduino Nano and has five built-in inputs as well as a RTC in its latest version.

Some links about nixie tubes themselves :

  • ExplainThatStuff, How nixie tubes work — In depth explanations on nixie physics and operation.
  • Wikipedia, Nixie tube — A rather complete article.
  • Tube-Tester, Nixie World — Huge nixie tube inventory.
  • Evil Mad Scientist, Nixie tube take-appart — The dissection of a nixie tube is performed, with neat pictures.

On this website

If you want to stay on Hazardous Physics, I would suggest you read :

  • IN-18 nixie tube clock — My very first nixie clock and serious Arduino project altogether. The coding share many similarities with this one.
  • RLB Designs' nixie tube clock — Electronic schematic and source code for RLB Designs' standalone PCB clock. As with the previous one, this clock shares many similarities with it regarding programming.
  • Nixie tube at 300 000 V — A little fun with nixies tubes and a Tesla coil. It produced very beautiful displays, which also highlight how a nixie tube works in normal conditions.