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geekhack Community => Keyboard Keycaps => Topic started by: SolenoidJoe on Sat, 07 March 2020, 09:14:18

Title: Where to learn about designing keycaps
Post by: SolenoidJoe on Sat, 07 March 2020, 09:14:18
I'm curious about the folks who design and fabricate keycaps and other keyboard components-- how the process starts, what software they use, what kind of manufacturers they work with, how to change design based on material, the whole nitty-gritty of it.

Has anyone come across resources/forums where these folks hash out details and troubleshoot? I love assembly videos/streamers, and I'm getting curious about the early-stages of keycap and switch design.
Title: Re: Where to learn about designing keycaps
Post by: Zustiur on Tue, 12 May 2020, 00:33:13
I also want an answer to this question.
Title: Re: Where to learn about designing keycaps
Post by: ZG2047 on Tue, 12 May 2020, 14:56:22
Watch the artisan keycap makers and go from there. a lot of them document their process on social media
Title: Re: Where to learn about designing keycaps
Post by: abstractkb on Tue, 12 May 2020, 18:27:33
Keycaps are mostly done thru the manufacturers GMK and Signature Plastics (unless you are talking about artisans, in which case no clue).  Chances are if you email either of them they will be able to tell you what you need to do to design and make it real.  To sell them, there are people in the community who will sell you renders if you don't know how to make them yourself.

You mentioned other keyboard components, so:
laser cut stuff - ponoko, laserboost
machined stuff - most people won't say their manufacturer
PCBs - JLCPCB, PCBWay, most PCB manufacturers do it fine if you don't have any particular requirements
Aliexpress and Alibaba for all sorts of manufacturers and parts
Title: Re: Where to learn about designing keycaps
Post by: Pylon on Tue, 12 May 2020, 20:37:33
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Title: Re: Where to learn about designing keycaps
Post by: azzipa on Sun, 17 May 2020, 10:06:43
keychatter blog is a good resource. The author goes by @livingspeedbump and heís written a ton of stuff, been involved in the community for years. Heís also done collabs w Drop and has some articles there. This one might help:

https://drop.com/talk/475/what-goes-into-creating-a-custom-keycap-set

Thereís also a ton of information here but you might need to spend some time digging threads and reading about what works and what doesnít. For ever successful set of keycaps there are many that donít fly. Take your time because Even though there is no magic formula you can improve your odds of success. Good luck.

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