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TA Royal Alpha 610

A TA Royal Alpha 610 typewriter turned into a keyboard in micho___'s first hand-wired project.
Published August 20, 2021

micho___'s project blurs the line between electric typewriters and mechanical keyboards with his handwired conversion.

So I found a Royal Alpha 610 electric typewriter at Goodwill for $15. It was in awful condition but I just had to grab it anyways.


  • Original Cherry doubleshot ABS keycaps
  • Vintage Cherry M9 switches (lubed with Krytox 205g0)
  • Original steel plate
  • 3D printed PLA case
  • Microcontroller: Elite-C
  • 18 AWG magnet wire

Some hi-res images:

Photolog of the process:

This was both therapeutic and painful to do at the same time.

Published on Fri 20th Aug 2021. Featured in KBD #40 (source).

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