Project Description

A lot of people are using mechanical keyboard. Having a custom SUSE-branded keycap would be cool. The idea is to create a set of 3D models for such keycaps in various profiles for everyone to print.

Goal for this Hackweek

  • List the required profiles
  • Create STL files for each of them
  • 3D print and test if possible

Resources

  • 3D printer, I don't have one

Looking for hackers with the skills:

keyboards 3d-modeling 3d-printing suse

This project is part of:

Hack Week 21

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    • dirkmueller
      8 months ago by dirkmueller | Reply

      test

    • bmwiedemann
      7 months ago by bmwiedemann | Reply

      For the instructions for the previous mini batch of black-chameleon-on-green keycaps see https://mailman.suse.de/mlarch/SuSE/maxtorhof/2018/maxtorhof.2018.02/msg00022.html

    • bmwiedemann
      7 months ago by bmwiedemann | Reply

      Would also be cool if we could get the Geeko as a standard keycap into https://www.wasdkeyboards.com/products/keycaps.html?p=2 next to Arch, Debian and Mint

    • rainerkoenig
      7 months ago by rainerkoenig | Reply

      The question is: 3D print the keycap or do it in a more professional way? In my previous job I worked at Fujitsu and when we were producing keyboards they were taking raw keyboads and then engraving them with a laser. You can see lots of videos on keyboard laser engraving on YouTube. Maybe there are services around that do custom keyboards with laser engraving.

      On the other hand there are laser cutters for 3D printers on the market, so you could also try to engrave them at home with a 3D printer plus laser unit. I have no idea how precise this is.

      3D printing could be possible as well, but don't expect very high quality (shiny surface) from a 3D printed keycap, at least with PLA. Maybe ABS and then finishing it wir Aceton works better. But keep in mind the usually the nozzle of a 3D printer has a diameter of 0.4 mm, so the question is how good the logo will come out with this limitations.

    • rainerkoenig
      7 months ago by rainerkoenig | Reply

      There are STLs for Cherry Keycaps on Thingiverse. I just setup my 3D printer to try out...

    • rainerkoenig
      7 months ago by rainerkoenig | Reply

      Half an hour later: Key cap 3d printed

      Printed with 0.1mm resolution. The side surfaces are great, the top is a bit rough because its round and not flat.

    • rainerkoenig
      7 months ago by rainerkoenig | Reply

      Took the SVG scaled and extruded it in openSCAD. Then export to STL. Then then merging this with the STL of the key cap in FreeCAD. STL-Export again. Result: FDM printer is at its limits when using a 0.4 mm nozzle). Maybe better results with resin printers that have a higher resolution.

      Picture with colored Geeko

      • cbosdonnat
        6 months ago by cbosdonnat | Reply

        Could it help using some filler and sanding to get a better surface before drawing on it?

    • ecandino
      7 months ago by ecandino | Reply

      Hi all, I would like to join the project! I'm new to 3D printing and such, but I was curious to try and learn. A friend of mine is also available to borrow me his Prusa Mini (with the 0.25 nozzle) add-emoji

    • MattK
      6 months ago by MattK | Reply

      I have a modified CR-10 and have tried to make keycaps before with varying levels of success. I've also tried printing molds in TPU and then using them to make resin keycaps. My smallest nozzle right now is 0.4mm though. Maybe this is my excuse to finally buy a resin printer.

    • cbosdonnat
      6 months ago by cbosdonnat | Reply

      Not really 3D printable models, but still instructions to build brandable keycaps: https://www.instructables.com/Wooden-Keycaps-Using-Hand-Tools/

    • ecandino
      5 months ago by ecandino | Reply

      This is the video of the bicolor keycap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjOd9OIDABY

      I've uploaded the STL on Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5423109 but it's not visible yet because I am a new user.. :/

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