I've been following this project for a while now and I thought this would be a good idea to give some new life on my existing Model M. I personally enjoy the standard IBM ISO configuration, but I thought it would be nice to have the same idea, except in an ortholinear
layout, like this:
I made some modifications to i$'s/wcass's FEXT PCB layout
with Adobe Illustrator, and this is the result (vector PDF files attached to this post):
I had to ground two unneeded row lines from i$'s design (since this would only need six) and add an additional column line. Also, I added some key spaces that I personally would not be using, but that someone else that moves forward with this idea can use in their keyboard.
Keep in mind that I don't know a damn thing about PCB design, so I'll be glad if you guys can provide any feedback on this idea: would this PCB (or something close to it) work on an Xwhatsit controller?
After the PCB design is complete, the list of things to do includes:
- Buying and perforating an aluminum sheet to mount the barrels.
- Fabricate the barrels: my idea is to buy a small bunch of XT ones and produce copies with casting resin.
- Buy the spring hammers from Ellipse's Model F project (I considered casting copies of those, but the conductive plastic they're made of is an issue).
- Buy blank keycaps from Unicomp.
- Acquire an Xwhatsit controller, solder and program the keys.
- Dye-sub the lettered keycaps.
- (optional) Find four guys who might be interested in this specific PCB to share costs
Whatever the case, I would be doing this after the lockdown in my country is over, so there is some time before I do anything.
Thanks in advance.