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« Reply #250 on: Wed, 25 April 2012, 01:58:44 »
yeah, you need to post pics, as not a lot of fonts are common on al setups.

I have 4 times the exact same symbol :p

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« Reply #251 on: Thu, 26 April 2012, 00:07:36 »
So I've been playing a lot of StepMania lately, and got the idea of getting a keypad and customizing it specifically for SM.
How cool would this be: [ Attachment Invalid Or Does Not Exist ] 49112[/ATTACH] dysubbed probably, to get the arrow thickness detail (the inner lines are probably too thin at this scale to make DS).

Additionally, a couple of other keys for enter, esc and tab (if you play stepmania you'll know why) could be awesome too.
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« Reply #252 on: Thu, 26 April 2012, 18:29:32 »
Those would look GREAT as a PBT dyesub. Forget DS: the PBT texture will last longer.

I was considering suggesting some for "frets on fire" http://fretsonfire.sourceforge.net/

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« Reply #253 on: Thu, 26 April 2012, 18:35:35 »
I want a ninja turtle head with 1 keycap for each ninjaband color
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« Reply #254 on: Thu, 26 April 2012, 18:37:49 »
Someone do a KR flag GB T_T



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« Reply #255 on: Fri, 27 April 2012, 01:58:25 »
why are a lot of GeekHacker so interested in a korean flag? :o

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« Reply #256 on: Fri, 27 April 2012, 02:10:50 »
Korean flag is pretty. :)

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« Reply #257 on: Fri, 27 April 2012, 08:51:41 »
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« Reply #258 on: Fri, 27 April 2012, 09:54:01 »
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why are a lot of GeekHacker so interested in a korean flag? :o
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« Reply #259 on: Fri, 27 April 2012, 15:04:28 »
Long time lurker here with my first mechanical board en route. Two things I would like to have on my board:

1. An escape key shaped like a mushroom cloud. The mushroom top covers the key stem to the back edge, and the stem of the cloud starts at the front bottom edge.
2. A spacebar shaped like a blunt.

Both of these have potential to play very nicely with backlighting. I'll work up some sketches later (Warning, I'm no Leonardo - not even a Picasso!) - or maybe not if these don't pique anyone's interest.

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« Reply #260 on: Fri, 27 April 2012, 15:09:03 »
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Long time lurker here with my first mechanical board en route. Two things I would like to have on my board:

1. An escape key shaped like a mushroom cloud. The mushroom top covers the key stem to the back edge, and the stem of the cloud starts at the front bottom edge.
2. A spacebar shaped like a blunt.

Both of these have potential to play very nicely with backlighting. I'll work up some sketches later (Warning, I'm no Leonardo - not even a Picasso!) - or maybe not if these don't pique anyone's interest.

Clever ideas, but feasibility is low.  You would need to find a way to make the keys yourself because the cost to have molds make commercially would be astronomical.

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« Reply #261 on: Fri, 27 April 2012, 15:14:30 »
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Clever ideas, but feasibility is low.  You would need to find a way to make the keys yourself because the cost to have molds make commercially would be astronomical.

I'd be okay with hand carving them if I could obtain solid blanks somewhere.

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« Reply #262 on: Fri, 27 April 2012, 15:16:48 »
Signature Plastics sells blanks for about a buck each unless you buy in bulk.  I got a set of clear blanks to replace my letters

http://www.keycapsdirect.com/inventorypdfs/DCSABSInventory.pdf

You can also post a thread in the classified section, I'm sure you would find some eager sellers.

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« Reply #263 on: Fri, 27 April 2012, 15:26:38 »
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Signature Plastics sells blanks for about a buck each unless you buy in bulk.  I got a set of clear blanks to replace my letters

http://www.keycapsdirect.com/inventorypdfs/DCSABSInventory.pdf

You can also post a thread in the classified section, I'm sure you would find some eager sellers.


Do they have keys which are actually solid, i.e. not hollow in the back? (Apart from the hole for the switch stem of course.)
If they are hollow I'll have to figure out how best to fill them, which would complicate the project from the start...

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« Reply #264 on: Fri, 27 April 2012, 15:29:45 »
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Do they have keys which are actually solid, i.e. not hollow in the back? (Apart from the hole for the switch stem of course.)
If they are hollow I'll have to figure out how best to fill them, which would complicate the project from the start...

I have never seen keys that are solid.  Anyone?

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« Reply #265 on: Fri, 27 April 2012, 15:32:38 »
If the key cap were solid the part of the switch that goes into the cap as you press it wouldn't be able to do that.  So then the switch would be unusable.
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« Reply #266 on: Fri, 27 April 2012, 21:51:26 »
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If the key cap were solid the part of the switch that goes into the cap as you press it wouldn't be able to do that.  So then the switch would be unusable.
There is definitely a large void necessary to allow for a keystroke, but I'm guessing that the hollow space behind many keycaps (especially taller and more convex ones) is not the minimal required shape of the internal void, but more a function of the process used to achieve the external shape. If this weren't true you wouldn't hear people constantly commenting on differences in the thickness of keycaps. If one were to start from a solid cap I'm well aware there would be a lot of careful shaping of the indentation on the back to allow it to sit on the switch when depressed. I don't actually need a solid cap; I really only need the edges to have enough material behind them to achieve a more cylindrical shape for the spacebar.

It is an important point you made. The only appropriate starting point for planning a sculpted design is the minimal rear void necessary to achieve full depression (plus the minimum thickness) - not the desired exterior shape.

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« Reply #267 on: Sat, 28 April 2012, 22:39:59 »
nonlnear, somewhere in the wiki subforum (modifications I think?) there is a thread about casting your own keycap molds with a lot of good info you might be interested in.

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« Reply #269 on: Wed, 02 May 2012, 08:35:00 »
Ha... I prefer this though...

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« Reply #270 on: Wed, 02 May 2012, 08:41:27 »
Not the same thing :P.

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« Reply #271 on: Wed, 02 May 2012, 13:49:28 »
It's better!
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« Reply #272 on: Fri, 11 May 2012, 23:33:33 »
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Signature Plastics sells blanks for about a buck each unless you buy in bulk.  I got a set of clear blanks to replace my letters

http://www.keycapsdirect.com/inventorypdfs/DCSABSInventory.pdf

You can also post a thread in the classified section, I'm sure you would find some eager sellers.


Hmm I didn't know this. Cool!

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« Reply #273 on: Sat, 12 May 2012, 00:56:10 »
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Any baseball fans around here?

We would probably run into copyright issues with these though.

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« Reply #274 on: Sat, 12 May 2012, 00:57:58 »
Maybe an imsto dyesub run?

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« Reply #275 on: Sat, 12 May 2012, 01:01:54 »
What colours can he dyesub on?

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« Reply #276 on: Sat, 12 May 2012, 13:12:13 »
What about laser PBT like that china keycap ripster loves so much.

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« Reply #277 on: Mon, 14 May 2012, 08:32:55 »
an " EXTERMINATE " backspace or enter key (QQ iso)
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« Reply #278 on: Mon, 14 May 2012, 11:10:22 »
I was thinking of high-visibility keycaps perhaps with a font for dyslectics. Personally I am not a dyslectic nor have poor eyesight, but I do see the occasional question on these forums.
Something similar to this, but without the horrible font.
Maybe with a font like this: Project Dyslexie
example pdf here and here
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« Reply #279 on: Mon, 14 May 2012, 11:14:19 »
I think it's more efficient to encourage people to learn to touch type. And then use bigger font/special font on the monitor.

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« Reply #280 on: Mon, 14 May 2012, 11:28:28 »
Maybe, but I would like to hear what people with dyslectia or poor eyesight have to say.
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« Reply #281 on: Sun, 20 May 2012, 23:48:10 »
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any anime fans out there? I'm hoping to see custom keys made for other rows rather then esc/number row

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« Reply #283 on: Thu, 24 May 2012, 14:04:08 »
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I love it, I would certainly be down for such a set.

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« Reply #284 on: Thu, 24 May 2012, 14:06:41 »
I don't like the look of the interrobang.

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« Reply #285 on: Fri, 25 May 2012, 15:19:29 »
Any cave story fans? I'm interested in Quote, Curly brace, and Balrog keys.

What is Cave story? - http://www.cavestory.org/info_about.php
Characters - http://www.cavestory.org/info_characters.php

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« Reply #286 on: Fri, 25 May 2012, 16:30:09 »
You are reminding me that I never finished this game.

But if you want those keys, I suggest you to contact Imsto, as he is able to make them for you, and eventually set up a group buy to get better prices.

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« Reply #287 on: Sat, 26 May 2012, 15:51:46 »
Did anyone ever contact Deck or TG3 for custom doubleshot dye subliminated keycaps for backlit boards?

It seems like they are the only ones that offer keys for backlit boards that don't rely on clear keys with a coating that is lasered off.
Could be interesting, especially in a nice font for both Deck as other backlit board owners.
Even though they will probably have the same (minor) problems that Deck keys always have. (some light leakage around the edges)
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« Reply #288 on: Sat, 26 May 2012, 16:33:25 »
sp did their keycaps IIRC
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« Reply #289 on: Sat, 26 May 2012, 18:03:51 »
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Has this been done before? I'd love to have this to replace my esc or the += next to backspace.
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« Reply #290 on: Sat, 26 May 2012, 18:10:31 »
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Has this been done before?
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« Reply #291 on: Sat, 26 May 2012, 18:18:22 »
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Has something like this been done before?

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« Reply #292 on: Sat, 26 May 2012, 18:18:52 »
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Has something like this been done before?
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« Reply #293 on: Sun, 27 May 2012, 16:40:42 »
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We would probably run into copyright issues with these though.
I'd be interested in this. It wouldn't be able to be dyesub because it's light on dark, though.

I'd buy an Indians keycap.
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« Reply #294 on: Sun, 27 May 2012, 16:53:02 »
i reckon we could do these
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I'd be interested in this. It wouldn't be able to be dyesub because it's light on dark, though.

I'd buy an Indians keycap.
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« Reply #295 on: Sun, 27 May 2012, 16:53:48 »
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Has something like this been done before?

swiss flag! Very cool

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« Reply #296 on: Sun, 27 May 2012, 17:04:42 »
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swiss flag! Very cool

That was my initial idea. Hey, swiss flag!

Then realized by adding 3 more colours, they could be matching those 4 common MX switch colours.

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« Reply #297 on: Sun, 27 May 2012, 18:30:55 »
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« Reply #298 on: Sun, 27 May 2012, 19:44:57 »
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Has something like this been done before?

I would like the inverse, with the cross colored, like seeing the stem through the keycap LOL.

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« Reply #299 on: Mon, 28 May 2012, 11:56:30 »
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I would like the inverse, with the cross colored, like seeing the stem through the keycap LOL.
I'd go for that. Also, it'd be perfect on PBT.