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Issue 49 / Week 42 / 2021

This is a hand-picked selection of last week's content from a keyboard builder's perspective. Posts that may teach you something, make you think and contribute to the common knowledge of the DIY builder community.

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There are 15 entries in this issue:

Editorial

Behind the Scenes of Issue 49

New vendor map with sneak peek. Vendor database update with new discount codes. Olympia SM2. Is this a typewriter collection now? Issue 48 follow-up.


Behind the Scenes of Issue 50

Upcoming giveaway, vendor map disaster with takeaways, bong cat guest appearance, new discount codes, experiences of mailing 340 keyboard vendors.


Projects

Modular 3D ergo

A modular mini 3D keyboard by ikeji.


A 3D-printed, handwired build

Jibril-sama built his own 3D-printed, handwired keyboard with exposed diode array.


Harkonnen

A low profile Atreus62 variant by tahnok42 with Kailh Choc V2 and plate files.


SeveredDuck36

The SeveredDuck36, a 36-key split keyboard inspired by the Kyria and Arch-36, is now released by CyanDuck17.


Enki42: slim ergo keyboard

Enki42 is a slim ergo split keyboard by aroum2 with Choc spacing.


Red Herring

The Red Herring by dj_edit is a split ergo 75% board similar to an Alice, but with columnar staggering.


Tips & Tricks

Open-sourced flexible PCBs

Fmcraft published his flexible Dactyl Manuform PCBs.


Imitating various layouts

Imitating various ergo keyboard layouts with Zebra. Posted by key-yack.


Keyboard Spotting

Fujitsu Micro-8

Akabander plans to recreate a Fujitsu Micro-8 keyboard.


Keyboard of a Soviet ICBM silo

The mechanical launch button of a Soviet ICBM silo over 100 feet below the surface. Posted by MaximumBasis9326.


TRS-80 Model 4

The TRS-80 Model 4 is the last Z80-based home computer family by Radio Shack, sold from April 1983 through late 1991. Posted by Tomegajones.


Inspiration

A heavyweight fullsize with handle

Filco's 4.4kg heavyweight fullsize with steel top plate and handle.


Medley of crazy ideas

Big-ass enter with embedded touchpad, artisan OLED covers, prototyping with rails, LED indicator light using a BIC ballpoint tube.


This issue was made possible by the support of:
splitkb.com, Jeremy Kitchen, AikenJG, @keebio, @kaleid1990, u/chad3814, Eugenie, sebastian siggerud, ajoflo, cdc, Keycapsss.com, Jim, kiyejoco, faso, _qdw_, Micho, Noah Smith, Keith

Your support is crucial to help this project to survive.

Discussion over at r/mk!
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