Keyboard Builders' Digest

Issue 15 / Week 8 / 2021

There are 25 entries in this issue.

This is a hand-picked selection of last week's content from a keyboard builder's perspective. Posts that may teach you something, make you think and contribute to the common knowledge of the DIY builder community.

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Community

NathanAlphaMan Interview

In episode 10 of The Thocc podcast NathanAlphaMan answered Vogsphere's questions.

Deskthority for sale

10 years after starting the project, webwit decided to put Deskthority up for sale (source and details).

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Projects

IIICC

The IIICC is a three piece split by kbjunky (git, easyeda).

Ploopy Nano design files released

The design files of the Ploopy Nano Trackball by crop_octagon are officially released (git).

TBK Mini - a 3x6+3 Dactyl

Fmcraft's TBK Mini (a 3x6+3 Dactyl) with lots of info and a related video with designing tips.

Custom PCB workflow

A custom PCB by bigbrobewatching (pics). What's more interesting though, is the workflow: KLE, KLE PCB generator I wasn't aware of & the firmware builder by Ruiqi Mao.

XP64 MIDI mechanical keyboard

The XP64 is a mechanical MIDI keyboard by xpercipio (video, project page).

PicOrtho powered by Python

PicOrtho: a Python powered ortholinear keyboard by SouthPawEngineer with Choc browns and MBK caps.

Dumbpad build

A low budget build by cucumbermemes: impchipwood's dumbpad (git).

Tools

KLE PCB Generator

The KLE PCB Generator by jeroen94704 is a Python tool generating a KiCAD schematic and PCB layout with the KLE RAW json as an input.

Review


Tips & Tricks



Switch films with Cricut

Switch films made from 0.2mm stencil vinyl by hhsandi using Cricut.


Test

Sound test compilation #2

This is a list of 23 sound tests published this week in a single megapack.

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Keyboard Spotting


History

Keypatch by Genest Technologies

The Keypatch AT is an IBM Model F addon from the '80s by Genes Technologies. Presented by LGR (video).

Inspiration

Nyx

The Nyx is tadfisher's first PCB project. Waiting for a git repo.

AI-generated keyset designs

AI-generated keysets. OpenAI’s GPT-3 API beta assisted by snagy.

Solortho: a solar wireless

SouthPawEngineer made a solar powered Bluetooth keyboard, the Solortho.

SilverBullet

The SilverBullet44 is a split keyboard with tented aluminum case by swan_match (details, review).

Bobbysuit's strange boy

This unnamed split by Bobbysuit features a HDMI cable between the halves, thus comes with one single controller.

Giant macropad

A wooden macropad for NovelKeys Big Switches with pen tray. Committed by AuthenticDanger.

Macropad with arcade buttons

This macropad by FatherPaulStone features arcade buttons in a wooden box (pics).