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Nixie socket (LC516 / IN-1)

by hansj66, published

Nixie socket (LC516 / IN-1) by hansj66 Apr 20, 2013

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The design files for this thing have been removed as a protest against Stratasys after their decision to file a patent infringement lawsuit against Microboards Technology. Their decision is extremely destructive and also underlines that the patent system is obsolete as it no longer serves any purpose for the betterment of society. Its main role is as a blunt weapon used by incumbents to hamper innovation. I see absolutely no reason to continue indirectly supporting Stratasys by providing free content to Thingiverse.

IN-1 Nixies are readily available from multiple sources, but the sockets needed are hard to find and expensive. This design uses 11 Molex 08-50-0106 / 08-50-0108 crimp terminals for making contact with the tube pins.

I printed this with 30% infill and one shell.

Update (21. apr. 2013): Added a second version with improved snap-fit for molex terminals.

.STP and .STL files can be downloaded from https://github.com/hansj66/Nixie-socket-LC516--IN-1

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Thanks for reposting this on GitHub !!

I have a few nixies around. I even made a power supply for em. Just need to make my own socket as mine are different. I have the B-6091.

Nice. this saves me a lot of time. I will be doing a set for my 18's sometime.

You rock. One suggestion, though: mounting ears. A socket is great, but you still need something to mount your nixie to a chassis or plate or something.

Also: any chance on seeing something similar for IN-4 or IN-18?

Thanks :) The second version I uploaded has mounting ears. Unfortunately, I have no immediate plans for other sockets (The only Nixies I have, are IN-12 and IN-1). I only created this because IN-1 sockets were way too expensive (The other alternative is using Millmax pin sockets, but they aren't exactly cheap either)