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Offline Nickagero

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So I want to make a small macro pad to test out a few different switches and keycaps that is also usable for quick macros ike ctrl+z ctrl+f  but I have no idea how.
should I look for really small pcb's cases and plates, but where?.
Or do I just buy a macropad and change the switches?
Or could I change the input of a numpad maybe?
« Last Edit: Tue, 01 December 2020, 07:37:25 by Nickagero »

Offline LucaLo_

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Re: I want to make a small custom macro pad but I hve no idea where to look
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 01 December 2020, 07:44:08 »
https://keeb.io/products/bdn9-3x3-9-key-macropad-rotary-encoder-support

Here's a solid one. If you want custom macros I think you might have to learn some qmk, but also possible that they're easy to set in via.

Offline MakerJake

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Re: I want to make a small custom macro pad but I hve no idea where to look
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 31 December 2020, 07:47:36 »
I made a macro using a Sparkfun pro micro and a custom PCB. Making one from scratch would take more time and has a higher chance of it messing up but you learn a lot. You can get qmk on a pro micro easily and there are some that have USB c.

It sounds like you want it to have hot-swap so you can test out different switches. I found this 9 key hot-swap on aliexpress. It says it has qmk support and it shouldn't be to hard to get it to work with via if it doesn't already.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000510880374.html

Offline Bitdrive

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Re: I want to make a small custom macro pad but I hve no idea where to look
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 20:05:53 »
Late to the party but if youre still looking Id recommend KPrepublic.com they have a couple small macropads from 4x4 to 2x1 so there should be something for you.

https://kprepublic.com/products/xd004-xiudi-4-custom-mechanical-keyboard-4-keys-switch-leds-pcb-programmed-hot-swappable-macro-key-silver-case-micro-port?_pos=5&_sid=9e1a4ddea&_ss=r

Offline Leslieann

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Re: I want to make a small custom macro pad but I hve no idea where to look
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 23:04:38 »
There's also a bunch of 3d printed ones where you use a Pro-Micro controller (under $10), if you have access to a 3d printer.
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