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Nixie Clock V2 - Part III

I last left off with the completion of the case design. Well, almost complete. I need to incorporate some kind of mechanism for securing some fabric over the hole for the speaker. I guess I could just hot glue a piece into position, but that seems lame.

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I chalked up a little grommet thing and a test piece for the hole.

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They clip together perfectly and secure a piece of speaker fabric nicely.

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That'll work.

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I incorporated the pieces into the design.

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It was then time to print the final case in wood PLA. The bottom came out not too bad.

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There's a few rough patches where the part didn't quite stick to the raft. I might be able to just sand those out. In any case, it's on the bottom, so I'm not too worried about it.

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The speaker grommet fits perfectly.

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That will work nicely.

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The rest of the case is a different story. While the front looks pretty good….

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…the back is a complete horror show. I don't know what happened, but it's a mess.

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I tried another one and made a few small tweaks to improve the print, but it was still a disaster.

I decided to try filling the holes with some wood filler.

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I then gave it a nice sanding until everything was really smooth.

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Well, the wood fill is supposed to be stainable, but it came out horrible. This is totally unusable.

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The bottom, however, clips on perfectly. I'm really happy with the way that it came out. It's almost seamless. It would be a shame to waste this one and print another one plastic.

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Rather than spend the next week printing enclosure after enclosure until I'm finally happy with one, I think I'm going to cut my loses and save both time and PLA. I'm going to just paint this one black and call it a day.

I gave it a few coats of black, followed by two clear coats. It came out really nice.

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I then reassembled the boards inside the case. It was a pretty tight fit, but I managed it.

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I then screwed the bottom cover on and powered it up. AWESOME!!!

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Here's the chime on the hour in action…

IN-14 Nixie Clock chime

I'm really happy with the way that this clock came out. It's so much nicer than my IN-12 clock.

See this project from start to finish:
IN-14 Nixie Tubes
Nixie Clock V2 - Part I
Nixie Clock V2 - Part II
Nixie Clock V2 - Part III