The manifold is a handwired keyboard in a 3D printed IBM SSK-like case. Designed by _galile0.
Published January 25, 2024
Swedish community member _galile0 shared manifold, a handwired keyboard in a cool 3D printed case, inspired by the IBM SSK.
The distinctive curvy plate is misleading, it's only a design element here, not a true bent plate like with vintage IBMs:
This is my new 3d printed thingy, I call it the manifold. It's essentially an IBM SSK-alike, but to be clear, the curve here is totally fake, the switches are not on a curved plate – _galile0.
Many thanks to _galile0, who, after posting only some photos first, shared the files publicly upon my request:
The reason why I’m heading to publish projects like this is that it’s a significant amount of work to get it to a polished state with documentation and firmware and the such, and in the end they usually get almost 0 engagement. Very few makers have the patience or equipment to print a 400 mm wide keyboard or to source parts and handwire a whole TKL.
- TKL layout
- mounting: top mount or 3d printed rubber pylons
- Unified Daughterboard C-series
- printed on a RatRig V-Core 3.1 400mm
- printed in Formfutura Galaxy PLA Space Grey
The author designed the board with two different mounting alternatives: top mount with M3x6 screws or 3d printed TPU pylons. More info and illustrations in the repo.
Other than that, the handwired project uses a USB daughterboard in the form of the Unified Daughterboard C-series, which screws into the bottom case.
How long did it take to print the case?
About 20 hours total for all parts. Which I think is really good for such a big board.
What about the sound?
It’s currently kind of meh. I unfortunately did not have enough filament to print the case solid infill, so it exacerbates the hollow plasticy sound of the gat milky yellows that I didn’t really like to begin with. The TX stabs however, sound perfect.
- Manifold GitHub repo with 3D files and some guidance on how it assembles.
Published on Thu 25th Jan 2024. Featured in KBD #152.