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Puri Nixie Clock in Grandhotel Pupp

June|2019 – Nixie Machine III, Grandhotel Pupp, new projects

Puri and OOO clock in Grandhotel Pupp We finally delievered the Puri and OOO clock to Grandhotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic). The OOO clock turned out to be extremely difficult to finish – the ceramics shrinks and deforms and matching it to exact layout of mounting holes or tubes on board with electronics […]

Space Odyssey lab :-)

May|2019 – visiting Paul Parry, new lab, TV spot

Meeting Paul Parry Finally, after years of email communication, I had a chance to personally meet Paul Parry with his wife and see his workshop. As you probably know, Paul Parry creates nixie clocks and other devices under brand “Bad dog designs“. Among others, Paul is creator of the wonderful Bombe clock. We spent many […]

Fog problem

April|2019 – FOG!

!!!!!!! WARNING !!!!!!! In this post, I am talking about internal problems we struggled with. Common way how companies deal with problems is denying them – everyone wants to be seen perfect. When I established this business, I decided we will do it differently. We will be honest and open, no BS. I will boast […]

March|2019 – Less distraction, clock boards revisions, fog

Clock boards revisions During March, we prepared revision of electronics board for Puri clock, revisited board for project NX2 (details will come), new board for our Blub clock (details soon) and few prototype boards for our new burn-in/testing device (machine we will use for burn-in and testing of our tubes). looking into list of our […]

Blub nixie clock

Feb|2019 – GIT, OOO clock, Blub

February.. We started using GIT We are now three people writing software for our devices – Sebastian, Radim, me. The same files need to be accessed from LAN and from internet as well (Sebastian on homeoffice or me from home). So we decided to setup a GIT for our source codes. It turned out that […]

Jan|2019 – Getter cutter progress, motion sensor

Getter cutter machine I am building a machine which will cut getter strips to individual pieces with minimal attention from the operator. The process must be clean, precise and reliable. It is not very difficult project, so I decided to take it as first project for my planned youtube video build series. I am learning […]

Dec|2018 – Burn-in device progress, filming stuff progress

Okay, December is over, 2018 is over, 7.1% of 2019 is over.. It’s high time I wrote a December update 🙂 Burn-in machine Probably the most single amount of time was invested into building of the new burn-in machine. This project is completely on Sebastian, I am just a source of information about current burn-in […]

Nov|2018 – Grandhotel Pupp, Youtube restart

Mid November.. we are having a meeting with guys from Creepy Studio, discussing results of Designblok. I am pretty frustrated, with this amount of resources spent (wasted), trying hard not to show it and demotivate others. Actually, I am depressed. I don’t mind failing when it is about building a machine, trial and error experiments […]

Oct|2018 – Designblok, Puri Nixie clock

This year, October was unusually warm and beautiful, it was great to look through the window while working and watch people enjoying the weather 🙂 So, this is what we did in Octorber: Puri Nixie Clock I started development of Puri Nixie Clock in August 2017, more than a year ago. In october 2018, it […]

Sep|2018 – Sebastian, new clocks, new tubes

Summer is always busy. We need to do more work before holidays season (July/August) and then need to catch up with the work we delayed – and this happens in September. Fortunately, beside regular work on nixie tubes and clocks, we started several new projects and I want to write about these. Sebastian – our new […]

Update February – August 2018

Everytime I finally get to writing a post I am surprised how much time passed.. Since September, I decided to post updates every month. There are more and more things happening, more open projects, more people working on them.. So I must write continuously. Otherwise the information are condensed and miss the details and opinions I […]

iOS app home screen

Successful beginning of 2018

New year started in good way, there were no troubles with manufacture on our side, no surprises on side of suppliers. After Christmas holidays, we jumped into work relaxed, with new energy. The days are longer, with more sun, spring will come soon 😉

2017: Year In Review

Another exciting year is over, let’s take what it brought to our nixie tube endeavour!

Reliability of our nixie tubes – vacuum tightness

Customers often ask questions related to lifespan and reliability of our nixie tubes. We recently made a tube with serial number #3000, I think we now have representative sample of tubes to make some nice statistics. In following months, I will write several articles covering all the problematics.

Mid 2017 update

Recent 6 months were pretty busy, we now make much faster progress in development of our little nixie tube factory than anytime ever. This blogpost is a summary of our successes and also problems we face to. Let’s take a look what’s been going on here: Zen Nixie Clock The Zen Nixie Clock is what […]

2016: Year in review

Year 2017 is here, right time to review year 2016. Year 2016 was about transformation from one-man-show to small company. And because business is about numbers, I decided I will share them with you. Maybe business people among you will have some notes to my decisions 😉 One year ago, I set myself a goal […]

Zen Nixie Clock – Update #4

I am bringing new information regarding the Zen Nixie Clock progress.. Briefly, 99% of all things ready, whole project is now blocked by issues with the aluminum stands.  

Zen Nixie Clock – Update #3

Middle of September is here – expected time of shipment of the Zen Nixie Clocks, let’s take a look at what is ready and what we are waiting for.  

Zen Nixie clock – update #2

New updates regarding the Zen Nixie clock are here! Aluminum parts surface finish I just received first small batch of tube bases from Adruu, Netherlands based company specialised in surface treatments of aluminum parts. The results is amazing – uniform surface, very nice satin texture. The bases are bead blasted first, then bright dipped and eventually […]

Zen nixie clock – development update

The Zen nixie clock is successfully evolving, right time to share the current phase in a post! Display case The case is designed in a minimalistic way to emphasize the nixie tubes themselves. The overal shape of the case and surface finish of the parts will fit every interior. The stand is made of aluminum, […]