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July 25, 2013 AT 3:00 am

3D Printed Prototying the Way Towards a Chorded Keyboard #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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3D Printed Prototying the Way Towards a Chorded Keyboard. From Tequals0:

I recently bought a 3d printer (makerbot replicator 2…story to come soon) and I have been playing around with printing some chorded keyboard chassis.

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This is the first prototype. The Z axis of the print is away from the pad of my hand, and perpendicular to the cross bar int he back. I was concerned about rigidity, and the size of the print. Overall, it is not horribly uncomfortable, but it raised several issues. Obviously, this thing is tiny in comparison to my hand. Unfortunately, it is pushing the build area limit on the printer. Second are the thumb buttons. This is a 7 key-board, inspired by the spiffchorder and BAT keyboards. As they are, the thumb buttons are going to be miserable here. I will have to modify it. Also, there is no way to keep this thing from moving without a base. This is bad, because right now there is no “base” connection.

This is the first prototype. The Z axis of the print is away from the pad of my hand, and perpendicular to the cross bar int he back.  I was concerned about rigidity, and the size of the print.  Overall, it is not horribly uncomfortable, but it raised several issues.  Obviously, this thing is tiny in comparison to my hand.  Unfortunately, it is pushing the build area limit on the printer.  Second are the thumb buttons.  This is a 7 key-board, inspired by the spiffchorder and BAT keyboards.  As they are, the thumb buttons are going to be miserable here.  I will have to modify it.  Also, there is no way to keep this thing from moving without a base.  This is bad, because right now there is no “base” connection….

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