Mechanical Keyboard PCB

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benthepoet
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Mechanical Keyboard PCB

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I've been getting into the TS 1000 over the past year and one the things that I absolutely wanted was a mechanical keyboard for the system. Looking around I couldn't really find any available PCBs for building such a keyboard (ZX-Key is nice but isn't available). Thus, I figured I'd work out a design for one.

This is the result of my work.
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The keyboard consists of three PCBs (top plate, bottom plate, and the actual matrix).
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Sitting next to my hand-wired prototype (also a different set of caps I was trying out).
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Right now the keyboard is connected directly the lines on the board, however I am planning on building a simple expansion card so that it doesn't require any modification to the system.

I'm still working on some minor revisions, but once that's all done I will be releasing the Gerber files along with design files to the public so anyone can produce it and/or modify it to their liking. At some point I'll probably sell them too as the minimum order is 5 when getting them manufactured (by JLCPCB).
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Re: Mechanical Keyboard PCB

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Welcome to our forum :D

Your keyboard looks great :D

Thanks for posting.

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Re: Mechanical Keyboard PCB

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Welcome on board.

The keyboard looks really nice!
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Re: Mechanical Keyboard PCB

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Beautiful!!
I like the transparent keycaps with the black labels on it. How did you print and attached them?
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Re: Mechanical Keyboard PCB

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benthepoet wrote: Sat Sep 10, 2022 7:57 pm I'm still working on some minor revisions, but once that's all done I will be releasing the Gerber files along with design files to the public so anyone can produce it and/or modify it to their liking. At some point I'll probably sell them too as the minimum order is 5 when getting them manufactured (by JLCPCB).
Are you planning to release the files into the public?
Or the possibility to order batches at JLCPCB?
I might be interested to make a ZX81 Laptop Kit with a Cherry keyboard
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