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by kuato
08 Aug 2017, 23:42
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Xwhatsit/CS-Compatible IBM 3277 PCB
Replies: 103
Views: 13168

Re: Xwhatsit/CS-Compatible IBM 3277 PCB

Here it is, all hooked up. I'm using a zip-tied type b extension for now.. not the most elegant solution but works great. Base layout also wip. emdude, thanks again! https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170808/812071bb97cbb87612caccaf2ded3aea.jpg https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170808/9a1091f45c4f1...
by kuato
07 Aug 2017, 23:41
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Xwhatsit/CS-Compatible IBM 3277 PCB
Replies: 103
Views: 13168

Re: Xwhatsit/CS-Compatible IBM 3277 PCB

I received the pcbs today. They look and work great! I'll hook up the solenoid later tonight but so far so good :D Thanks emdude!!!
by kuato
21 Jul 2017, 18:06
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Xwhatsit/CS-Compatible IBM 3277 PCB
Replies: 103
Views: 13168

MrDuul wrote: Great job man!
Indeed! Thanks emdude for doing all this work and for making it public!
by kuato
20 Jul 2017, 23:35
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 Restoration
Replies: 80
Views: 13818

The tech wasn't able to find the drawing for the lid, so they have to measure the part again and make a new drawing. I'll reach out to him in about two week, when things die down at the shop. I'll keep you guys posted.
by kuato
14 Jul 2017, 16:32
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 Restoration
Replies: 80
Views: 13818

I went by the shop today to talk to the owner about doing a small run of the lids (5-10 units). They just moved to a larger location, so he has to pull the drawing from their old database and get back to me by Monday with pricing. Now, if we want to do this in the short term he said he can have them...
by kuato
13 Jul 2017, 05:00
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Xwhatsit/CS-Compatible IBM 3277 PCB
Replies: 103
Views: 13168

Following this closely.. Put me down for round 2!
by kuato
10 Jul 2017, 16:12
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Xwhatsit/CS-Compatible IBM 3277 PCB
Replies: 103
Views: 13168

This community is amazing. Thanks again for all your hard work!
by kuato
05 Jul 2017, 22:49
Forum: Gallery
Topic: 3278 1979 Plastic Case Beamspring and *Accessories*
Replies: 15
Views: 1652

Congrats on your find. The engraved caps are badass.
by kuato
30 Jun 2017, 22:14
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 Restoration
Replies: 80
Views: 13818

Things are slow in the shop with the coming holiday, so expect an update late next week.
by kuato
30 Jun 2017, 16:06
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 Restoration
Replies: 80
Views: 13818

I'm taking the lid to the shop tomorrow to get a quote. I'll keep you posted.
by kuato
29 Jun 2017, 23:54
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Xwhatsit/CS-Compatible IBM 3277 PCB
Replies: 103
Views: 13168

Thanks, the extra measurements would be great! I measured the thickness of my 3277's PCB and got ~1.2mm. I'm also glad to have found that Model 95 typewriter; it is the only IBM keyboard I have with an edge connector. I took measurements of the connector and have an image below. The pitch seems to ...
by kuato
29 Jun 2017, 00:34
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 Restoration
Replies: 80
Views: 13818

I'm in talks with a fabricator for the metal lid. I currently don't have a ton of free time to organize a large gb, so I'm considering of doing a mini run (depending on cost). These lids will be most likely 304 SS (.125"), laser cut and tig welded i.e. not cheap :lol:

Anyone interested?
by kuato
27 Jun 2017, 05:31
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Xwhatsit/CS-Compatible IBM 3277 PCB
Replies: 103
Views: 13168

I have completed an initial drawing for the top row pads as well as the bolt holes and attached a full-sized SVG and PDF. If anyone with a 3277 would like to print out and test the drawing, I would appreciate the extra feedback. I also updated the row/column key spacing, using a 19.125mm spacing no...
by kuato
26 Jun 2017, 22:05
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3277 mini Beamspring keyboard
Replies: 34
Views: 3341

I wish that these pcbs would work but there is the 3277 mini beamer and the normal bigger one, the pcb is for the bigger one and not the 66 key one. But I think orihalcon is working on a replacement pcb for this one. If there is any way to help him he should message us but I guess that my knowledge...
by kuato
26 Jun 2017, 21:51
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Xwhatsit/CS-Compatible IBM 3277 PCB
Replies: 103
Views: 13168

I measured the pads on my 3277 using a cheap chinese caliper and they're ~ 7.5mm wide x 16.5mm tall. Has anyone else measured their pcb?
by kuato
26 Jun 2017, 19:32
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3277 mini Beamspring keyboard
Replies: 34
Views: 3341

by kuato
26 Jun 2017, 17:05
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3277 mini Beamspring keyboard
Replies: 34
Views: 3341

So cool. These Beamsprings seem to come in waves.. now it's the 3277s!
by kuato
01 May 2017, 05:42
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3277 - 78 Key APL
Replies: 23
Views: 1807

You know how to program APL?! What's wrong with you? :mrgreen: I'm trying to get the 3277 terminal what came with the keyboard. Waiting on the shipping quote :oops: APL is awesome. You know that it's still in active use by some investment banks because it's the best tool for the job. Merryl Lynch i...
by kuato
30 Apr 2017, 19:54
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3277 - 78 Key APL
Replies: 23
Views: 1807

Re: IBM 3277 - 78 Key APL

Honestly, PCB replacement is probably the quickest (and safest) route to ground. I have a "test" beamspring PCB due back to be in a week or so. If it works as expected I could conceivably put one together for this layout too. Also, as a point of order... if you don't know how to program in APL, you...
by kuato
28 Apr 2017, 17:20
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Why we need a macro photographer
Replies: 28
Views: 1821

See, auto mode is for people like me. As long as the lighting is not to bad I usually manage to photograph something that's at least slightly recognisable in the sludge. What I can produce with manual or raw modes is usually way worse. A low end phone camera on auto beats a high end DSLR on manual ...
by kuato
28 Apr 2017, 14:25
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Why we need a macro photographer
Replies: 28
Views: 1821

Cameras are dumb... even the best ones will try to turn everything to sludge in auto mode. It can be very frustrating. Having a camera that allows you to shoot RAW (doesn't have to be expensive), in manual mode makes a world of difference. You can push/pull your white and color balance after the fac...
by kuato
28 Apr 2017, 05:20
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Why we need a macro photographer
Replies: 28
Views: 1821

XMIT might be able to help. I'll also snap a couple of shots to see if I can achieve the quality you're looking for. You rang? DSC_1222.jpg Sure, maybe send a couple of switches and I'll see what I can do. But for now here are a few of my macro photography tips: Get a macro lens. Sure, seems obviou...
by kuato
28 Apr 2017, 05:03
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3277 - 78 Key APL
Replies: 23
Views: 1807

As far as I can tell, the 3277s were the first design of beam spring keyboard. As bizarre as it sounds, that PCB is beautiful! The tag on the connector says 'JUN 1 1979'. I really rather not hack into the PCB.. hoping we can get enough interest to create a replacement to use with a modern controller.
by kuato
27 Apr 2017, 07:10
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3277 - 78 Key APL
Replies: 23
Views: 1807

I've asked about this too, since I have a 3277 as well. I don't think there is any easy way to do it, since the controller is integrated into the pad card. Designing a brand-new xwhatsit/CommonSense-compatible PCB would probably be the most straightforward solution. Is there anyone that owns a 3277...
by kuato
27 Apr 2017, 06:54
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3277 - 78 Key APL
Replies: 23
Views: 1807

The case and caps cleaned out nicely. The finish on the metal case is extremely durable. Here are some pcb shots: https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2839/33910671760_b9ab698d52_h.jpg https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2871/33917145830_de0180ea67_h.jpg https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2817/34163582891_2c54f4e496_...
by kuato
26 Apr 2017, 14:09
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3277 - 78 Key APL
Replies: 23
Views: 1807

Awesome find. Seems like Beamspring season started in the USA. If you are not IBM management approved, please send it to me to avoid doing something illegal :P I thought that sticker was hilarious. I'm trying to get more info on the site where this was found. All this beamspring . I need to get min...
by kuato
26 Apr 2017, 14:03
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Using Selectric Keycaps on a beam spring Keyboard
Replies: 13
Views: 1050

Early selectric caps fit tight on bs stems. They're kind of a pain to remove from the typewriter so you have to be very patient not to brake anything. A 3278? Nise! Where can you find those blues? Perhaps there are DSA's that look like that? It looks charming a n d classy Bruh that's a 3276. I boug...
by kuato
26 Apr 2017, 02:13
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3277 - 78 Key APL
Replies: 23
Views: 1807

Same here, first time seeing one of these with the dark APL keys. The guys that found it were clearing a manufacturing company inventory that just happened to be on an old IBM site. They found it in one of the hidden rooms!
by kuato
25 Apr 2017, 23:03
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3277 - 78 Key APL
Replies: 23
Views: 1807

IBM 3277 - 78 Key APL

New one on the bench! https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2839/34139321941_23303a9d2b_b.jpg https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2834/34139037281_ac4718804b_h.jpg https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4166/33428113024_73173d16fd_b.jpg https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2886/33428112774_d30f05a29a_b.jpg https://c1.staticflick...
by kuato
25 Apr 2017, 16:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Beam spring restoration: fixing the white whale (Displaywriter)
Replies: 29
Views: 4348

Amazing work, congrats! The board should last multiple lifetimes :)

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