Nixie Clocks go Steampunk

Nixie tubes are glass tubes containing a number of cathodes, used to display numeric or other information. The fact that we don’t see vacuum tubes or valves in electronics very often automatically lends these things an air of old-fashioned goodness as they look like something from the early years of computing (and I guess, actually, they are).

Well, combine Nixie Tubes with a beautiful copper and brass (or gold, if you feel so inclined) frame and you end up with a gorgeous steampunk-style clock capable of showing you the time or date, with a built in alarm. The clock is even set using the little red stopcocks, which I think is a really nice touch!

This particular design is only being produced in a limited run of ten pieces… and the price is available on request. It’s probably a case of, “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” :) Still, it is gorgeous. I wonder if it could be made more cheaply at home?


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  1. I could produce a cheaper version using my 3D printer that I used to make the prototype , it would need either painting or plating to look anyting like the brass and copper one.

  2. Hi Kev – thanks very much for dropping in and commenting!

    Do you have any plans to do a plastic version in future? This really is a gorgeous design.

  3. Hi Chris
    Thank you for your kind comments.
    I think there are a few problems with producing a plastic version, the sales would probably be too low to afford the tooling costs to manufacture in plastic, the number of components approx 20 requires quite a few tools, plus the cost of the tubes and the electronics, even in plastic it would still have to sell for a few thousand pounds rather than a few hundred pounds, rotomoulding could be a possible answer, but I still feel that 3d printing and then plating is better way forward and suits the kind of numbers it would be likely to sell, I guess if I had enough serious enquiries it might be worth costing.

  4. No problem Kev. Here’s hoping you do get some more people asking about it then :)

    Are the tubes fairly easy to get hold of? I’d imagine you don’t just pick them up in your local Maplin!

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