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by pdc
23 Jan 2020, 16:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Reproducing Alps Keycaps (IC)
Replies: 55
Views: 2074

Re: Reproducing Alps Keycaps (IC)

For an old-timey-looking spherical high-profile set I quite like the idea of MT3 profile. Matt3o prototypes this via 3D printing and might have some ideas of how this might be adapted to ALPS mount That said, I don't know to what extent the designs are his to share, and the fact that (Mass)Drop prob...
by pdc
01 Jun 2018, 15:13
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Alps64 Mini
Replies: 5
Views: 1105

I rather like the 14.5-unit ANSI-style layout: it avoids the 1.5-unit backslash key, which I view as something of a wart. Some awkwardness about where to squeeze in backtick/tilde, and there would be issues with using standard-sized keycaps, but with Alps caps this is less of an issue...
by pdc
10 Apr 2018, 10:39
Forum: Group buys
Topic: HuB Custom Keycap Profile
Replies: 29
Views: 2159

I’d love to see the making-of video of this project. Going straight for double-shots is even more crazy ambitious than MT3. :-)
by pdc
27 Feb 2018, 16:55
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Need help to identify the space-cadet keyboard front-printed symbols
Replies: 38
Views: 3428

± = § (section sign)

1 = dagger

2 = double dagger

3 = nabla (upside down delta)
by pdc
06 Feb 2018, 21:00
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Hi-Profile PBT Dye-sub (the time has come)
Replies: 1283
Views: 101636

My kbd
My kbd
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This is my work keyboard after its transformation.

Since my keyboard is ANSI I did not use the ISO Enter keys, so they are being borrowed by a couple of my colleagues.
Ethan's kbd
Ethan's kbd
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Kim's kbd
Kim's kbd
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by pdc
17 Nov 2017, 13:51
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] SKBXX solid bent alu case made in Germany (60%+75%)
Replies: 167
Views: 16796

I like the idea of a YAS62-style case but if I want to do a layout with my own special design of bottom row, or use ALPS switches, then I will want to make my own plate. Would it be easy to supply a specification for where the cutouts for the screws need to be to fit this case?
by pdc
15 Nov 2017, 18:17
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Devlin K-Series Aurora Planck Keyset
Replies: 3
Views: 958

You can use a Planck/Prionic keycap set on a conventional keyboard and it works and looks distinctively retro or punk.
by pdc
21 May 2017, 20:48
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Building a Q-Series 60% with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1381

IMG_1501.JPG After procrastinating for a while I have soldered wires on to my Teensy LC board which I plan to solder to the rest of the keyboard next. The combination of controller and wires is not as flat as I would like and so far it does not look like it will fit in the height of the case I had ...
by pdc
28 Apr 2017, 23:48
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Building a Q-Series 60% with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1381

The keycaps from Devlin via UKKeycaps arrived this week.
Caps off
Caps off
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After much fiddling with fiddly stabilisers I have populated my key switches and can pretend to type on my poor brainless keyboard.
Caps on
Caps on
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Next task: make it a brain.
by pdc
23 Apr 2017, 09:57
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Building a Q-Series 60% with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1381

After several sessions in the Hackspace tronics room I have soldered on the diodes, row and column rails. P1030232.jpg There is still the small matter of wiring these to the micro controller and programming it. Also the case needs some sides and a bottom—for which I need to work out how to have the ...
by pdc
03 Apr 2017, 13:45
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Hi-Profile PBT Dye-sub (the time has come)
Replies: 1283
Views: 101636

The ‘Ansi with ISO enter’ layout is how Apple do ISO English on Macintosh keyboards.
by pdc
01 Apr 2017, 23:52
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Building a Q-Series 60% with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1381

Looks much more real with the top 2 layers bolted together and the switches inserted! IMG_1341.jpg Started soldering the diodes to the switches—first time with a soldering iron since I was a child—but the ease with which I am popping switches out makes me think I need to consider gluing them in afte...
by pdc
31 Mar 2017, 19:51
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Building a Q-Series 60% with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1381

The group buy was cancelled but I'm still planning on buying the SKIDATA set once it is on sale. I reckon an experimental first keyboard is best made with an experimental first keyset. :-) After measuring he test piece every way I could think of and adjusting the kerf parameters accordingly I have c...
by pdc
28 Mar 2017, 10:41
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Hi-Profile PBT Dye-sub (the time has come)
Replies: 1283
Views: 101636

How about ‘Wordsmith’?
by pdc
17 Mar 2017, 22:21
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Building a Q-Series 60% with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1381

Here is an approach to thick acrylic backplates that turned up on Reddit using the laser cutter to engrave the shapes rather than a router to rout them.
by pdc
12 Mar 2017, 11:18
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Building a Q-Series 60% with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1381

Today’s lesson is about tolerance. Specifically, that the tolerances on sheet acrylic are less stringent than the tolerances on Cherry MX switch and Co-Star stabiliser clips. I have cut a test piece with the assist of Jared at Oxford Hackspace: IMG_1310.jpg The idea here was to make lots of differen...
by pdc
09 Mar 2017, 16:52
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [MechSupply] UKKeycaps Q-Series Skidata Keyset (Produced by Devlin)
Replies: 112
Views: 11280

I like the suggestion of "MintAway". I'm not necessarily a natural Planck user but I like the look of it. Maybe if we could order up some random 1x2 keys I could assemble some kind of odd lop-sided keyboard from it. :-)
by pdc
09 Mar 2017, 11:05
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Hi-Profile PBT Dye-sub (the time has come)
Replies: 1283
Views: 101636

matt3o wrote: that would be a little too extreme :)
Pity, because I was going to make the same suggestion. It is definitely a design calling out for a high-profile spherical style. Maybe as the 2nd use of this new profile it would make more sense … :-)
by pdc
08 Mar 2017, 18:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: HERMES Rocketeer (SA) keyset proposal
Replies: 116
Views: 10583

How about the (?nameless) high-profile spherical profile Matt3o is working on? Likely to be not much less lead time than SP by the sounds of things … :-)
by pdc
04 Mar 2017, 17:21
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Building a Q-Series 60% with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1381

I know what you mean though -- the "under" plate looks like the exact opposite of what it should look like...
by pdc
01 Mar 2017, 17:46
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Building a Q-Series 60% with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1381

This week I have mostly been drawing holes. Here's the SVG version of the top plate: http://static.alleged.org.uk/pdc/2017/x1-20170226-plate.svg Apologies for not leaving gaps for opening the switches; for this build at least is is simpler to use standard square holes. I have intentionally bought Co...
by pdc
27 Feb 2017, 18:37
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Hi-Profile PBT Dye-sub (the time has come)
Replies: 1283
Views: 101636

I would suggest using the Granite legends since Matt3o has already put the effort in to refine them in some detail, and they have centred legends which seems very appropriate for a spherical profile. For colour scheme I like the idea black or very dark legends on ivory or pale cream base colour. Lik...
by pdc
23 Feb 2017, 14:29
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [MechSupply] UKKeycaps Q-Series Skidata Keyset (Produced by Devlin)
Replies: 112
Views: 11280

I hope their photo is exaggerating the colour change because it looks quite different. I was going to ask whether if there were another gb in future whether Pantone colour codes can be used to reduce the risk of surprises, then I looked up how much Pantone charge for plastic colour chips and boggled...
by pdc
22 Feb 2017, 16:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Clic-64, custom build
Replies: 33
Views: 3011

+1 for asymmetrical layout and having the space-bar row being shorter. I've tried to do the same & like you found that standard caps being designed for symmetrical layouts makes it tricky! :-) For more old-timey asymmetry you could replace Caps lock with Ctrl and make the backslash key the proper wi...
by pdc
16 Feb 2017, 15:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keyboardco experiences?
Replies: 8
Views: 664

FWIW, I bought a keyboard from them last year and it was fine.
by pdc
16 Feb 2017, 13:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: [help] Getting a lasercut plate for a 60% board.
Replies: 12
Views: 877

I would worry that even if it can be fabricated the small amount of material might be too weak to hold the stabilizers clipped in place. Is flipping the switches upside down an option?
by pdc
13 Feb 2017, 13:42
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Can we design the teensy alternative for keyboards?
Replies: 808
Views: 54650

Not quite ready yet, but from the last few messages above messages it is getting pretty close.
by pdc
11 Feb 2017, 16:01
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Can we design the teensy alternative for keyboards?
Replies: 808
Views: 54650

I am planning on building a hand-wired board and am wondering whether the ELF controller is the controller I should use. The keyboard-specific form factor is very attractive. Is there anything that makes it unsuitable for a newbie relative to the more usualTeensy 2++? Apart from its not yet existing...
by pdc
09 Feb 2017, 17:41
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] Alps modifier kit: We Are The 65%
Replies: 56
Views: 4151

From discussions elsewhere in the forum it seems SP can do DSA in PBT with ALPS mounts, but cannot print legends on them—they are missing an appropriate jig, apparently. But they are reported as having said that in a couple of months they will be able to, so that could open up a lot of possibilities.
by pdc
03 Feb 2017, 09:40
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Building a Q-Series 60% with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1381

Current status: Visited Oxford hackspace to look in to using their CNC mill and laser cutter to mangle bits of acrylic (or similar—I wonder if a wooden case is plausible) in to the weird shapes I want for this project. They also have an electronics workroom with solder station which is obviously als...

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