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  • #78542

    Jeffeb3
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    Has anyone carved the body for mechanical keyboard? I’m thinking of making an ergodox or ergodox mini and I would love to make it from something nice with the Low Rider. If anyone has tips, I’d appreciate it. I have built a Planck and I use a pok3r now.

    #78677

    Jeffeb3
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    Guessing from the crickets, you haven’t :).

    I decided to buy the iris pcb from here:

    Iris Keyboard – PCBs for Split Ergonomic Keyboard

    I also bought a simple case, but I hope to build at least the bottom part from wood on the cnc. It kind of depends on if I want to raise it up at an angle. The pcb doesn’t seem to be open source :(, but the case is and the software is. I ordered a box of switches and stuff from ali, do hopefully I’ll be able to work on it during Christmas break.

    As someone who writes on a keyboard at a linux workstation, I’m pretty sure I’ll get the value back. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. I’m already thinking about the next one…

    I do have a little bit of the hand and finger pain starting, but it’s probably as much to do with typing on a smart phone as at my desk.

    #78699

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    That is a lot of soldering, it does look like a really cool project though.

    #78755

    Bill
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    And they provide STL files for the keyboard case. Now all you need is the keys themselves.

    #80439

    Jeffeb3
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    I’m trying to make a case out of maple, and I am trying to do the simplest thing if just see if my scale is right. So I 2D printed an outline. Apparently, I suck at 2D printing. This is after using 5 programs total to convert formats…

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    It looks fine in the print preview, so maybe it’s my printer/post script thing? I think it’s funny that I’ve somehow gotten worse at things like email and printing. Maybe I’ll just print the first two layers on my printer :).

    #80441

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Printing a PDF should work, as long as you are sure to set your printer to “actual size”. At least that is the only way I have ever printed true scale.

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    #80442

    Jeffeb3
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    It looks like it’s close to the right size, and it actually is a pdf. It’s definitely odd though.

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    #80444

    Jeffeb3
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    I’ll figure it out. I am trying to do this quickly, between taking shoes away from Alice “tastes everything” the daughter. I’ll have better luck after they go to bed.

    #80445

    BT
    Participant

    What did you use to design it?  It does look odd, with some almost doubled lines and zig zags in various places.

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    #80446

    Jeffeb3
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    I downloaded the .ai (illustrator file), opened it in inkscape, saved as dxf, imported into onshape. Offset the edges and extended the wrist rest, saved as dxf, opened in librecad, printed to pdf, loaded to google drive, opened on the phone, then printed it…

    I think the error was in libredcad printing to pdf. I think it thinks the paper is 8.5x11mm.

    I’m probably going to trace/redraw the original in onshape because it’s super slow with all the data in the original file. But I still need a bulletproof way to print it how it will be carved.

    I am not really asking for help, I just thought it was funny.

    #80507

    BT
    Participant

    I just had a typical male response, doubly so since I’m an engineer too: See problem…try to fix problem…fix problem wrong way.  My wife has told me many times to practice the bucket method and just listen.  Apparently, just because someone is talking about a problem does not mean they want me to fix it.

    Anyway, sounds like you have many hours of fun ahead of you.  Good luck!

    #80509

    Jeffeb3
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    FTR, forums are an appropriate place for support. No offense taken. I have redrawn it and when I set the scale to 1:1 in librecad and set the paper size to the mm size of a letter, it printed with fine resolution, but still about 5% off in size. I added a rectangle and that was the wrong size too, so it’s definitely my printing. I think I’ll probably have to open the windows vm and try that.

    #82507

    Jeffeb3
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    I found a printer that I could use to reliably print 1:1.

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    I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try this. That was really fun to watch, easy to do, and it worked very well.

    I’m really liking this keyboard. I have the keymap almost perfect, and my hands are starting to find keys faster than my head. I want to carve that wrist rest out of a common, but nice hardwood. Like maple or cherry.

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    #82535

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    That looks pretty cool. It would take a lot of swear words for my hunt and peck method to get used to it, but maybe it would fix my “teh” and “can;t” habit…

    #82562

    Jeffeb3
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    I’m hoping having it split, and having the modifiers from my pinkies to my thumbs will make me feel better after being at my keyboard all day. I have a pretty keyboard centric workflow and desktop environment.

    #82746

    Bill
    Participant

    How many passes does it take that pen to build up those keys? 🙂

    #82755

    Jeffeb3
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    I always only use one pass!

    #83050

    David Walling
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    I tried out a Microsoft natural keyboard years ago. I haven’t used anything else since.

    The pinky buttons land in just about a perfect spot for me.

    The more DIY keyboards look pretty slick. I’ve always wanted to try making a wooden keyboard.

     

    I know the feeling about the ‘bucket’ thing… One of my wife’s bigger complaints is that I can’t always ‘just listen’ to something without trying to figure out a way to fix it. I’m an engineer. I fix things for a living. In the shop, if I can’t fix something, I get a bigger hammer… in life, if I can’t fix something, I get a bigger hammer….

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    #83062

    Jeffeb3
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    I know the feeling about the ‘bucket’ thing… One of my wife’s bigger complaints is that I can’t always ‘just listen’ to something without trying to figure out a way to fix it. I’m an engineer. I fix things for a living. In the shop, if I can’t fix something, I get a bigger hammer… in life, if I can’t fix something, I get a bigger hammer….

    Yeah, when sometimes when you try to suggest a solution, they only think you’re not empathizing, and try harder to convince you it sucks, which makes them even more angry about it… People make the worst computers, so illogical!

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    #83243

    Barry
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    How long can that connector cable be?

    #83257

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    How long can that connector cable be?

    Pretty long. It’s just got 5V, GND and either UART or I2C. I would think with 5V digital signals, it could be very long. Maybe not Ethernet cable long, but certainly video cable long, like 10m?

    Why?

    #83406

    Barry
    Participant

    Thinking one on each arm of a chair.  Cable would have to wrap around the back.

    #83414

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    Thinking one on each arm of a chair. Cable would have to wrap around the back.

    I might actually try that. For my office chair.

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