3d printers are so special! Why? They bring the day-to-day used products so easily right from toys, ear pod, bike clamp, gear wrap, key chains, door holder, to iphone cases the list goes on. All these simple items can be printed using one single printer and that is why it stands high and so special.
Adam Forland a creator has done a good job of creating a Keyboard completely using 3d printer. The keyboard is not a typical one as we are using, but it is almost similar to the normal keyboards other than space bar, Adam replaced 5 keys over there that can be used space bar key.
“I just got into Mechanical KBs a month ago but I was immediately drawn to the idea of a [DIY] keyboard. The plate, feet and key caps are all 3D printed on my desktop printer,” explained Forland. “I then hand wired it to a Teensy controller and programmed a few different custom layouts. The green/yellow keys are the arrow keys and a function key.”
Although the finishing doesn’t look smooth this was good attempt to learn the process of making electronic gadgets. Adam used 0.5 mm nozzle diameter and printed the boards at a layer thickness of 0.3mm and the parts were printed using ABS filament since the filament is stronger than PLA. Adam bought cherry mx switches that will control the movements of the keys and along with the switches, he bought many other components necessary for completing the process.
Adam spent dollars, the project took him plenty of time yet it was a great experience for Adam to learn the process of keyboard and he successfully managed to produce the keyboard that works just like normal keyboards.