My next thought was designing one myself. I have very limited experience doing something similar for a Macintosh Portable keyboard assembly; building a case from layers of acrylic. That took a lot of precise measuring and guesswork on my part.
That got me thinking: I have the Wheelwriter assembly already... can't I just take photos and create a 3D model that would be easier to work with? Which then got me googling for photogrammetry software that might work for this task.
I've been playing around with Agisoft PhotoScan software and it seems pretty powerful. I took a bunch of photos of the keyboard guts and loaded them into the software which processed them and spit out a 3D mesh that (I guess?) can be loaded into some 3D modeling software. I don't need anything photorealistic, just the basic shape and dimensions around which a case could be designed.
I guess I have a couple of questions at this point:
- Is there any more appropriate software for this task? (preferably something affordable/inexpensive from a hobbyist perspective)
- Similarly, is there any good 3D modeling software that might be a good fit for designing a keyboard case?
- What are some tips on manually measuring the keyboard guts then translating those measurements into a design?
- What are the pros and cons of 3d printing vs building from layers of acrylic?
- Based on what I'm trying to do, are there any methods I should check out?