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by SneakyRobb
Today, 00:55
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Factory process - How to
Replies: 25
Views: 1423

Re: Beamspring Factory process - How to

Hi, so I spent a while trying to use scissors to cut new beamsprings in a bit of a more nice fashion. I have now marked this component as DONE. My basic conclusion from this process of making new "beamspring" components works. It can be a bit finicky and annoying but it works. I have now made multip...
by SneakyRobb
Yesterday, 23:54
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Factory process - How to
Replies: 25
Views: 1423

Re: Beamspring Factory process - How to

PlacaFromHell wrote:
09 Jun 2019, 23:48
I understand now, that's cool. I'm so hyped with this project!
Hi, thanks. I think We can really make it happen.
by SneakyRobb
15 Jun 2019, 00:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F 122 "restored" and bolt-modded
Replies: 37
Views: 905

Re: IBM Model F 122 "restored" and bolt-modded

Even the XT, none of my foam replacements worked. The closest one was this relatively firm art foam (not the Michael's stuff everyone's banging on about), but the center row was noticeably mushier. It just never works, it's depressing. in fact, the XT I tried to service recently failed miserably. i...
by SneakyRobb
14 Jun 2019, 21:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F 122 "restored" and bolt-modded
Replies: 37
Views: 905

Re: IBM Model F 122 "restored" and bolt-modded

Because these fucking things never feel good after reassembling with new foam. Ever. I had no choice. This is true. The F122 feels noticeably loose in the middle when you reassemble it with new foam with no screws. The FXT and FAT feel a lot crisper with new foam as they have much fewer rows and he...
by SneakyRobb
14 Jun 2019, 21:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F 122 "restored" and bolt-modded
Replies: 37
Views: 905

Re: IBM Model F 122 "restored" and bolt-modded

Why does one bolt-mod an F? Bolt-mod on an M is to replace failed heat staking, F has no heat stakes and operates on a different principle. What does it do? Because these fucking things never feel good after reassembling with new foam. Ever. I had no choice. This is true. The F122 feels noticeably ...
by SneakyRobb
13 Jun 2019, 14:09
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Blue Alps Destructive Testing
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Blue Alps Destructive Testing

There are differences between blue Alps, however I'm not sure that this extended to differences in lubricant in plastic yet. I have tried out different generations and they do feel different. Yours will be older blue Alps, at least 2nd gen. A former Alps employee couldn't guide me further than that...
by SneakyRobb
11 Jun 2019, 00:27
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Blue Alps Destructive Testing
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Blue Alps Destructive Testing

There are differences between blue Alps, however I'm not sure that this extended to differences in lubricant in plastic yet. I have tried out different generations and they do feel different. Yours will be older blue Alps, at least 2nd gen. A former Alps employee couldn't guide me further than that...
by SneakyRobb
09 Jun 2019, 23:09
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Factory process - How to
Replies: 25
Views: 1423

Re: Beamspring Factory process - How to

I notice they are not flat, but we need to make them this way? Maybe cutting squares from a sheet will work as good as these non-flat feet. Hi, I modelled the feet after the original feet and their geometry. If you see here when I press down the switch, the fly spring bends downward to follow the a...
by SneakyRobb
09 Jun 2019, 22:29
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Factory process - How to
Replies: 25
Views: 1423

Re: Beamspring Factory process - How to

Hi,

And here are the capactive feet. There isn't much too these. Just a 3d printed carbon black conductive filament.
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by SneakyRobb
09 Jun 2019, 22:23
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Factory process - How to
Replies: 25
Views: 1423

Re: Beamspring Factory process - How to

Hi, So using scissors isnt the best. But. But. I did make a "new" beamspring. 20190609_154142.jpg 20190609_154147.jpg The scissor method is currently the easiest. It is a bit tricky though as the spring is 20mmx3mm. I believe that some kind of printer toner acid etching might be much better. The fir...
by SneakyRobb
09 Jun 2019, 01:41
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Leading Edge DC-2014 review (Alps SKCM Blue)
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: Leading Edge DC-2014 review (Alps SKCM Blue)

Chyros I have been waiting for a leading edge review for so long. Good job. I know you have mentioned the Leading edge saga for a long time. gj
by SneakyRobb
08 Jun 2019, 02:32
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Changing Soarer's Converter data and clock pins
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Changing Soarer's Converter data and clock pins

Hi, I am not sure that we have the source code for the soarer converter. I believe that it is lost with soarer. You may just have to get a new circuit board.
by SneakyRobb
07 Jun 2019, 22:03
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 38
Views: 2038

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

Hi, that is most unfortunate. It sort of looks like the traces above your last shot corroded away? I would imagine if that is so they would not return signal. It would cost you perhaps $50 +import/etc but you could always make a new PCB for it. I have had success making new beamspring PCBs with DMA...
by SneakyRobb
07 Jun 2019, 19:51
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Blue Alps Destructive Testing
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Blue Alps Destructive Testing

Also I asked ALPS about the lubricant. "Hi,Mr.Robb. The reason why I am writing this email to you is I'd like to thank you and answer your questions. Thank you for using our products for a long time. We will answer your questions about products "SKCMAG" series. As you know, this product series was a...
by SneakyRobb
07 Jun 2019, 19:46
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Blue Alps Destructive Testing
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Blue Alps Destructive Testing

Hi, I am taking some blue alps sliders to the Chemistry lab here to see what kind of Lubricant is on the switch and if the plastic has impregnated lubricant. Mostly for my curiosity and fun. ZedTheMan pointed this out but I wonder now if there may be a difference between early and late blue alps swi...
by SneakyRobb
07 Jun 2019, 19:26
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 38
Views: 2038

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

Isn't the silver there the solder finish to protect the copper trace layer under from oxidation? I wonder if this will affect long term connectivity. Yeah, unfortunately it still doesn't work with xwhatsit. Not sure what to do from here. Hi, that is most unfortunate. It sort of looks like the trace...
by SneakyRobb
07 Jun 2019, 16:36
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 38
Views: 2038

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

I'll have to do a deep cleaning of the edge connector. It is in pretty bad shape. Luckily this junk comes off pretty easily with a little bit of alcohol and something pokey. https://thumbs.gfycat.com/QuickEntireIndigobunting-size_restricted.gif https://i.imgur.com/WAuTzPM.jpg Isn't the silver there...
by SneakyRobb
06 Jun 2019, 16:32
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Factory process - How to
Replies: 25
Views: 1423

Re: Beamspring Factory process - How to

thanks anthonymak, It has been a bit laborious trying to cut beamsprings by hand. The 3dprinted punch die also does not work very well. It will have to be metal. I am hopeful the acid etching process will be easier. More to come Sunday. I have my 3dprinted carbon black feet, PLA clearish housing, sc...
by SneakyRobb
05 Jun 2019, 20:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM 5251 beamspring spacebar
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: IBM 5251 beamspring spacebar

I found that the contamination shield on the 3278 somehow held the plastic clips that the stabilizer bar goes into still. When I removed the shield the clips jostled around. When you secure the clips with tape or foam to keep the rattling down the spacebar is much less loud.
by SneakyRobb
03 Jun 2019, 21:49
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Learning on a cheap keyboard?
Replies: 0
Views: 252

Re: Learning on a cheap keyboard?

I've always wanted to learn keys/piano but I come from a working class family so my options have been really limited. When I was an older kid I had a keyboard but I accidentally stepped on it and it broke (lol). Any instrument I get is usually from a pawn shop. Currently I have a Yamaha PSR-11 with...
by SneakyRobb
31 May 2019, 16:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3602
Views: 168453

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Anyone have any idea what keyboard this might be? Unfortunately it is the only photo I have. I wonder if it could be a computer or Word Processor with built-in monitor, kind of like the Bondwell posted further down but with a printer. Especially Word Processing machines would have been built that w...
by SneakyRobb
30 May 2019, 20:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3602
Views: 168453

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Looks like a daisywheel/dotmatrix printer. probably Hewlett Packard or brother or some such

Sort of like this setup. This is a thinkjet printer

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by SneakyRobb
30 May 2019, 18:26
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Factory process - How to
Replies: 25
Views: 1423

Re: Beamspring Factory process - How to

Just a small manic video to show the extreme insanity of the horizontal stability of beamspring switches. I can press this spacebar along its entire length with no stabilizer of any kind and it will still actuate. Every press in this video clicks the spacebar. I am just going to make a model m/f sty...
by SneakyRobb
30 May 2019, 16:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Strange Finds
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: Strange Finds

Last month, I went looking and found five different makes of numpad-mice (not just brands) without breaking a sweat. That only raises the question of who in the world is buying those things? I'd never seen one before myself. My only guess would be laptop users that lack a numpad and a mouse but thi...
by SneakyRobb
30 May 2019, 15:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Just came to mind now, a question about a converted Beamspring
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Just came to mind now, a question about a converted Beamspring

Sounds like you could have bought the wrong controller. Shitfire. I bought it from Orihalcon and I hate to trouble him about it at such an advanced date, already once having had to return a Soarer's Converter. I myself sell on eBay from time to time and detest having to accept returns and so deeply...
by SneakyRobb
28 May 2019, 16:51
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Low profile Beamspring project
Replies: 14
Views: 758

Re: Low profile Beamspring project

The mount for the Selectric keycaps seems potentially fragile if it's going to be make of plastic. MX mount example you made seems super solid, though. Absolutely, I'll save those for casting. I fully expected the MX one to break during the abuse, I was surprised. Whoa! This is really cool and a ne...
by SneakyRobb
28 May 2019, 04:49
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Low profile Beamspring project
Replies: 14
Views: 758

Re: Low profile Beamspring project

Whoa! This is really cool and a neat design. I had thought that there was a large area in the middle of the switch that could just be removed and you managed just that. Very impressive
by SneakyRobb
28 May 2019, 04:35
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Factory process - How to
Replies: 25
Views: 1423

Re: Beamspring Factory process - How to

Hi, So I apparently made my side parts with incorrect measurements and it doesn't fit together properly so the case wont get together today. Sad face. I will reprint them. Here are some versions of the side parts to keep the whole thing together. These aren't really necessary as the screws and switc...
by SneakyRobb
27 May 2019, 15:56
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Factory process - How to
Replies: 25
Views: 1423

Re: Beamspring Factory process - How to

Smaller update. Will make a larger update in a few days. I accidentally got 0.015" thick spring steel. The correct number should be 0.0015" thick steel. Doh. I have been printing a lot of barrel housings, stems and capacitive feet. I have got the basic shapes pretty close to correct. Obviously the o...
by SneakyRobb
26 May 2019, 01:07
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)
Replies: 38
Views: 2038

Re: IBM 5251 restoration (rebuilding phase)

snacksthecat wrote:
25 May 2019, 02:55
Wow, the shop did a fantastic job with this. Shout out to Tom at Griffin Plating in Bucktown (Chicago). Definitely going to be returning in the future!
Seriously cool, good job

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