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Corneish split by danns87

A Corne-like choc-spaced unnamed split with custom case – designed by u/danns87.

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Published August 1, 2022

This unnamed wireless split was made by danns87 aka daniel2887. Designed from the ground up, it shares some similarities with the Corne but has a more aggressive staggering and is Choc-spaced.

I made a Corne-like choc-spaced keeb tailored for my hands, from designing the PCB using Ergogen to modeling and 3D printing a custom carry case. […] No fancy name yet since I wasn't planning on "formally" releasing it (even though all the PCB stuff is already on github, and I'm happy to share the case files too) – danns87.

The workflow was similar to what we are used to with MrZealot's Ergogen, probably since soundmonster's Samoklava:

  • Daniel visualized his fingers' reach using Ergopad
  • Used Ergogen to design the layout ("It ended up being a mix of guesstimating stagger from Ergopad and good old Corne (but with Choc spacing)")
  • Imported Ergogen results into KiCad, routing mostly using FreeRouting.
  • Ordered the PCB from JLCPCB.

The keycaps are Lev Popov's version of Pseudoku's Chicago stenos, 3D printed in matte white PLA, on top of 25g gChoc switches.

I had MBK Legend keycaps before, and I never liked the flat and smooth surface. Changing to these has been a _huge_ improvement, feels like a totally different keyboard (for the better!). I love the rough-ish texture, and bottoming out feels softer than on the injection-molded MBKs, which I also like.

The entire keyboard is ~16mm thick and runs ZMK by the way.

Case

Daniel designed a custom carry case in Fusion 360 and printed it in wood PLA. The deboss on the outside is based on exports from KiCad.

Pic:

This was the most custom, personalized keyboard I've made so far. It was a really fun journey! *Huge* shoutout to Ben Vallack's videos, which inspired me to even attempt this.

Resources

Published on Mon 1st Aug 2022. Featured in KBD #89 (source).


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