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DIY Mechanical Keyboards?

SugarJ

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So after I managed to replace 8 burnout LED's in my old K95 Saturday, I've gotten the bug to do some more soldering to renew my skills a bit. One of the things I was thinking about was a custom keyboard.

So from what I can figure out, you need a case, PCB, plate, switches, keycaps and a USB cable. I've never had a small keyboard, so I was looking at 60% layouts, and the Tada68 layout just because I'm partial to my arrow keys. :biggrin:

Anybody assembled their own keyboard? Tips? Places to shop? Why are some of the keycap sets $75-90 USD?
 

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You'll also need a teensy 2.0 or similar to use as a controller. /r/mechanicalkeyboards is probably one of the best communities on the internet for this sort of thing, but there might be someone here that's gone that far down!
 

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Yeah that looks more reasonable. Don't get me wrong the other process was cool and an interesting read but just way beyond my ability and discretionary time! ;)
 

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The cost has always swayed me against the idea. Even if I were to 3D print a case, the PCB switches, plate, etc are going to be in Realforce territory of pricing.
 

SugarJ

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Yeah, it's looking like about $150 USD for the build I think I want. That's more than I really wanted to spend. I might still buy some parts over a couple months, I haven't really made up my mind yet.
 

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That actually looks like a really cool project I never would have thought of. I feel like there would be something quite satisfying about completing it. I say go for it, even if, as you say, pick up the parts bit by bit and then build it.
 

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If you pursue this make sure whatever PCB you end up with has the controller SMD parts pre-soldered or has a through-hole controller, otherwise you will be expanding your refresher course on soldering to include drag soldering.
 

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