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3D-printed hotswap sockets V4

V4 of the 3D-printed hotswap sockets by stingray127 are open source.
Published June 12, 2021


Guide on Github:

This is a completely solderless way of wiring a keyboard matrix together. Using these 3d printed pieces, through hole diodes, and solid core wire, you can put together a keyswitch matrix that conforms to the shape of any build space, with the added benefit of being able to remove and replace all of the switches.

Version 4 improvements:

  • Easier to print
  • Improved robustness of row wire connection
  • Faster to assemble / put in diode
  • Better method of connecting pin and diode

How long does it take to assemble each socket on average?

I got this down to like 1:30 - 2 minutes per socket, so yeah its still a time sink.

Published on Sat 12th Jun 2021. Featured in KBD #30 (source).

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