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Nixie Tube Shield for Arduino © GPL3+

The Nixie Shield allows an Arduino board to connect any Nixie tube to use in your projects.

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The Nixie Shield is a modular circuit board that piggybacks onto your Arduino to install it with extra functionality. Shields have the same form-factor as the standard Arduino. The Nixie Shield allows an Arduino board to connect any Nixie tube you want to use in your projects.

You can find this project and support on the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign: https://igg.me/at/arduino-nixie-shield

Nixie Shield

For better understanding on what the Nixie Tube Shield is about, please take a look on the video below.

With Nixie Tube Shield for Arduino you can bring to life any Nixie tubes and use with your projects!

How To Use

To use the shield, mount it on top of an Arduino board, then mount any nixie socket (with nixie tube) on top of the nixie shield. To upload sketches to the nixie "sandwich", connect it to your computer with a USB cable as you normally would. Once the sketch has been uploaded, you need connect 12V external power supply and ... voila.

Extension Pins

The Nixie Shield have extra functionality - external pins. All Arduino pins are available for use with different modules, breadboards (connected by jumper cables). You can use these pins with your projects.

What You Can Build

  • One tube clock
  • Nixie tube tester
  • Thermometer
  • Counter
  • Reminder
  • Unread Mail Count / Notifier

... and more.

Nixie Tube Sockets

Why Self Assembly Kit

  • Educational value - You can always learn something new
  • Because it's fun to build
  • Easy to assemble
  • Without SMD components

How To Operate Nixie Tubes

Arduino Coding

Driving Nixie tube by Arduino is very simple. The Nixie Shield use only five Arduino pins. Take a look at the following code:

/*
  Nixie Shield Basic Example 
  This example shows how to control a nixie tube with an Arduino using Nixie Shield
  Nixie Shield uses five digital outputs to drive nixie tube. 
  Pin A0 as on/off line, 13,12,11,10 as an address of nixie tube cathode.
  This example code is in the public domain.
  http://www.nixietester.com
*/
const int EN = A0;          // A0 pin is attached to on/off line
const int A = 13;           // 13,12,11,10 pins are attached to address lines
const int B = 12;           
const int C = 11;           
const int D = 10;           
void setup() {
  pinMode(EN, OUTPUT);      // declare pin A0 as output
  pinMode(A, OUTPUT);       // declare pins 13,12,11,10 as output
  pinMode(B, OUTPUT);       
  pinMode(C, OUTPUT);       
  pinMode(D, OUTPUT);       
}
void loop() {
  delay (1000);
  digitalWrite(EN, LOW);    //turn on the tube
// set address of the tube cathode '0':  
                            //   ___    
  digitalWrite(A, LOW);     //  |   |
  digitalWrite(B, LOW);     //  |   |
  digitalWrite(C, LOW);     //  |   |
  digitalWrite(D, LOW);     //  |___|
  delay (1000);
  
// set address of the tube cathode '1':                                    
  
  digitalWrite(A, HIGH);    //   /|   
  digitalWrite(B, LOW);     //  / |   
  digitalWrite(C, LOW);     //    |  
  digitalWrite(D, LOW);     //    |
  delay (1000);  
  digitalWrite(EN, HIGH);   //turn off the tube
}

More code examples you can find on GitHub: https://github.com/marcinsaj/Nixie-Shield-for-Arduino

Boxes for Nixie Sockets

Tube Socket Assembly Instruction V1: https://github.com/marcinsaj

You can find this project here: http://nixietester.com

Code

Arduino Example Code
Nixie Shield for Arduino

Schematics

Nixie Shield for Arduino
Nixie Shield for Arduino
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Nixie Tube Socket Module
Nixie Tube Socket Module
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Tube Socket Assembly Instruction V1

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