Pac-Man Neon Signs

Neon Pacman

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a love for neon signs. There would be nothing radder than a collection of them in my future “ultimate game room.” A jukebox playing Tool 24/7, a fully stocked bar, a wall full of classic arcade machines, and neon signs lining the walls. Yeah… that would be bodacious!

There are a few problems with neon signs, though. They create a lot of heat, custom-made signs are really expensive, and their constant buzz would quickly drive me insane.

Making them myself is out of the question. I may have a lot of hobbies, but there has never been an interest in learning how to glass blow pipes, then filling them with strange gases. Best to leave that task to the professionals.

However, I’m superb with electronics, CAD, and I own a 3D printer! This was an easy design project as it’s basically drawing an eaten pizza, giving it some height, and making a channel for LEDs.

Neon Pacman

The print took roughly 10 hours and was instantly ready to have a row of LEDs shoved into it. Once I found Mr. Pac a home, I soldered 12V to the strip, plugged in some dimming, and shoved a screw into the wall. Now they’re hanging pretty with their dimming controls slightly out of the way.

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