Switch identification on an old calculator

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stoddartc1

24 Mar 2020, 06:42

Hey all, I found an old calculator and I was just wondering if anybody could identify the switches it uses?
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It's an Olympia CD401A (not the Nixie tube model unfortunately).
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The return force is driven by an external coil spring, and there appears to be an o-ring to dampen the sound. The switches are extremely smooth which I why I was curious as to what it uses, as an entire keyboard decked out with them would be awesome!

Any help is appreciated

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Source for that picture:
http://www.vintagecalculators.com/html/ ... brary.html
Other helpful sources:
http://www.calcuseum.com/SCRAPBOOK/BONUS/16606/1.htm

Anakey

24 Mar 2020, 14:23

hmm the keycap mount along using the external coil spring would suggest to me that it is some form of foam and foil switch however without seeing the back of the keyboard pcb there is no way to be sure

kelvinhall05

24 Mar 2020, 16:09

Anakey wrote:
24 Mar 2020, 14:23
hmm the keycap mount along using the external coil spring would suggest to me that it is some form of foam and foil switch however without seeing the back of the keyboard pcb there is no way to be sure
I bet it's foam and foil. I think you're right.

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