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Issue 15 / Week 8 / 2021

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Projects

IIICC

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/ErgoMechKeyboards/comments/lsqqvq/iiicc_is_now_public/|IIICC]] is a three piece split by kbjunky ([[https://github.com/kbjunky/IIICC|git]], [[https://easyeda.com/pigboard|easyeda]]).


Ploopy Nano design files released

The design files of the [[https://www.reddit.com/r/ErgoMechKeyboards/comments/lqixa5/the_ploopy_nano_trackball_is_officially_released/|Ploopy Nano Trackball]] by crop_octagon are officially released ([[https://github.com/ploopyco/nano-trackball|git]]).


TBK Mini - a 3x6+3 Dactyl

Fmcraft's [[https://www.reddit.com/r/ErgoMechKeyboards/comments/lqojks/finished_building_my_first_tbk_mini_dactyl_3x63/|TBK Mini]] (a 3x6+3 Dactyl) with lots of info, [[https://github.com/Bastardkb/TBK-Mini/|git repo]] and a related [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scoX8NZv4MI|video]] with designing tips.


Custom PCB workflow

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lqz8ms/custom_pcb_fun/gojgi7h/|custom PCB]] by bigbrobewatching ([[https://imgur.com/a/vAl4BVV|pics]]). What's more interesting though, is the workflow: KLE, [[https://github.com/jeroen94704/klepcbgen|KLE PCB generator]] I wasn't aware of & the firmware builder by Ruiqi Mao.


PicOrtho powered by Python

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lrhnay/my_first_python_powered_keyboard_the_picortho/|PicOrtho]]: a Python powered ortholinear keyboard by SouthPawEngineer with Choc browns and MBK caps.


Dumbpad build

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lpicqo/my_first_low_budget_build_the_dumbpad_v11/|low budget build]] by cucumbermemes: impchipwood's dumbpad ([[https://github.com/imchipwood/dumbpad|git]]).


XP64 MIDI mechanical keyboard

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lurise/midi_mechanical_keyboard_2nd_prototype_i_made/|XP64]] is a mechanical MIDI keyboard by xpercipio ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NjEX2Vk04o|video]], [[https://www.xpercipio.com/xp64/|project page]]).


Community

NathanAlphaMan Interview

In episode 10 of The Thocc podcast [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/ls9jma/episode_10_of_the_thocc_is_out_nathanalphamans/|NathanAlphaMan]] answered Vogsphere's questions.


Deskthority for sale

10 years after starting the project, webwit decided to put Deskthority up for sale ([[https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=25298|source and details]]). (more)


Tools

KLE PCB Generator

The [[https://github.com/jeroen94704/klepcbgen|KLE PCB Generator]] by jeroen94704 is a Python tool generating a KiCAD schematic and PCB layout with the KLE RAW json as an input.


Review

Everglide V3 'Water King' switch review

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lujj2h/everglide_v3_water_king_switch_review/|Everglide V3 'Water King']] switch review by ThereminGoat ([[https://www.theremingoat.com/blog/everglide-v3-water-king-switch-review|article]]).


Tips & Tricks

Dactyl design in Fusion 360

Fmcraft's tips to [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lppu5m/guide_dactyl_design_in_fusion_360_quick_tips/|design a Dactyl]] in Fusion 360 ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scoX8NZv4MI|video]]).


Weirdo keebs for shared PCs

A guide to [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lri667/guide_programming_weirdo_keebs_for_shared_pcs/|setup weird keyboards]] for shared PCs by SEXUALLYCOMPLIANT.


Machining a custom brass weight

A video of [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lsjxtz/machining_a_custom_brass_weight_for_the_tokyo60/|machining a custom brass weight]] for the Tokyo60 keyboard by HadiPotter.


Switch films with Cricut

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lrj49p/cricut_once_again_coming_in_handy_in_this_hobby/|Switch films]] made from 0.2mm stencil vinyl by hhsandi using Cricut.


Test

Sound test compilation #2

This is a list of 23 sound tests published this week in a single megapack. (more)


History

Keypatch by Genest Technologies

The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYpjeqZAnzc|Keypatch AT]] is an IBM Model F addon from the '80s by Genes Technologies. Presented by LGR ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYpjeqZAnzc|video]]).


Keyboard Spotting

WAM Cherry G80-0485

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lr9zfw/wam_cherry_g800485/|WAM Cherry G80-0485]] posted by Str0hkopf ([[https://imgur.com/gallery/Mweaygr|pics]]).


Inspiration

Solortho: a solar wireless

SouthPawEngineer made a solar powered Bluetooth keyboard, the [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lt9k8p/i_made_a_solar_bluetooth_keyboard_the_solortho/|Solortho]].


SilverBullet

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lraxs1/silverbullet44_with_alminium_case/|SilverBullet44]] is a split keyboard with tented aluminum case by swan_match ([[https://royal-keyboard-works.square.site/product/silverbullet-requiem/1?cs=true|details]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC8PDV–0q8|review]]).


Bobbysuit's strange boy

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/ErgoMechKeyboards/comments/lqn7ya/my_strange_boy_first_mech_split_ortho_etc/|This unnamed split]] by Bobbysuit features a HDMI cable between the halves, thus comes with one single controller.


Giant macropad

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lq0akw/why_dont_more_macro_pads_have_a_pen_tray/|wooden macropad]] for NovelKeys Big Switches with pen tray. Committed by AuthenticDanger.


Macropad with arcade buttons

This [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lpuy8k/made_a_custom_board_with_the_kid_for_their_school/|macropad]] by FatherPaulStone features arcade buttons in a wooden box ([[https://imgur.com/gallery/0EcjAzy|pics]]).


Nyx

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/ErgoMechKeyboards/comments/lu8sx0/nyx/|Nyx]] is tadfisher's first PCB project. Waiting for a git repo.


AI-generated keyset designs

[[https://www.keebtalk.com/t/i-had-an-ai-design-some-keysets/13216|AI-generated keysets]]. OpenAI’s GPT-3 API beta assisted by snagy.