A solution for cracked Hi-Tek switches (VT100, Hazeltine, HP, etc.)

I'm restoring my Hazeltine terminal, which has Hi-Tek High Profile keys which are known to be fragile. And I think I've found a good solution on making these cracked keys work with a small modification.

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Here I posted my illustrated story on how to fix them: https://imgur.com/gallery/lgZZZJ5

And here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMpIg_mjJ0U

Hope this will help others in bringing old terminal keyboards back to life.
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Neat solution, do you plan on sharing the source files or selling these yourself?
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I don't mind sharing them for free.

Designs I made are suitable to be printed on ponoko.com. When printing, choose either white or black Delrin plastic, 0.8mm thick, P1 size sheet (181x181mm).

Option 1: 64 collars on one 181x181mm sheet:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zj1z1xpnik11j...4.eps?dl=0

Making them on Ponoko will cost you $16.10 + shipping.

Option 2: 144 collars on one 181x181mm sheet:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ag78jvzme8mrj...4.eps?dl=0

Making them on Ponoko will cost you $30.63 + shipping.

You can also edit the file and leave just the right number of pieces on the sheet, which can shave off a few dollars from your order.

If you find them useful and if using these will save you some money (on e.g. buying a donor keyboard), feel free to donate me whatever you feel reasonable: https://www.paypal.me/iafan
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