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Online Dactyl Generator

LostPistachio shared his online Dactyl generator – with fast previews and STL export.

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Published March 15, 2023
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LostPistachio's in-browser Dactyl Generator has near-live preview, STL export options, and more.

As I've been working on building my first dactyl board I wanted an easier way to mess around with all the knobs and parameters one can change. I found a lot of cool tools for working with SCAD models in the browser, so this website is the result of a distracting side project to see how far I can take the idea of making it as easy as possible to generate a keyboard you like – LostPistachio.

The site uses OpenSCAD for renders but JSCAD for previews. The latter is quite fast, but the speed comes with a cost of leaving random holes in the previews.

  • The Clojure scripts are based on the code of ibnuda's generator (now hosted at dactyl.mbugert.de).
  • The configuration data is saved within the URL, so you can bookmark any design you like and come back to it.
  • The STL export runs a version of OpenSCAD compiled for the browser, so it will fix most of the holes and wacky geometry you see in the preview.

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Published on Wed 15th Mar 2023. Featured in KBD #116 (source).


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