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Offline mkawa

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Keycap manufacturing resources
« on: Tue, 31 July 2012, 10:10:51 »
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Signature Plastics
switch compatibility: Cherry MX, Alps
materials used: ABS, PBT
capabilities: 2-shot, dye sub, pad printing, laser engrave/infill
key profiles: DCS (most cherry-like)
contact: sales@solutionsinplastic.com

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imsto/KBC
switch compatibility: Cherry MX
materials used: PBT
capabilities: Laser engrave/infill, dye sub
colors: full-color dye sub, several plastic colors
key profiles: Filco/Ducky OEM
contact: vendor forum

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QWERKeys (devlin UK)
switch compatibility: Cherry MX
materials used: ABS, PBT?
capabilities: laser engrave/infill
colors:
key profiles:
contact: vendor forum

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qtan
switch compatibility: Cherry MX
materials used: PBT
capabilities: whole-key dye
key profiles: Filco OEM, Cherry Corp OEM (via KBC?)
colors:
contact: vendor forum

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WASD
switch compatibility: Cherry MX
materials used: ABS
capabilities: Laser engrave/infill
key profiles: Filco/Ducky OEM
colors:
contact: http://www.wasdkeyboards.com, vendor forum

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Unicomp
switch compatibility: Buckling Spring
materials used: PBT
capabilities: dye sub, silkscreen (silkscreen no longer offered)
colors:
key profiles: 2-piece, 1-piece, single profile
contact: support@pckeyboard.com

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Topre
switch compatibility: Topre Capacitive
materials used: PBT
capabilities: dye sublimation
colors: various, check elitekeyboards.com for currently available selection
key profiles: realforce/hhkb OEM
contact: NO CUSTOM ORDERS

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Cherry Corp
switch compatibility: MX, ML, MY, etc.
materials used: ABS
capabilities: 2-shot, dye sub, laser engraving/infill, pad printing
colors: various
key profiles: Cherry OEM, low-profile
contact: NO CUSTOM ORDERS

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Clack Factory
switch compatibility: MX, BS, Topre
materials used: ???
capabilities: SKULLS
colors: various
key profiles: various
contact: MYSTERIOSO
« Last Edit: Sun, 28 October 2012, 09:10:44 by mkawa »

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 31 July 2012, 10:13:00 »
Nice...Good information

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 31 July 2012, 15:57:26 »
That's a nice thread.

What would be nice now is to give out what image file/format they expect and/or accept.

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 31 July 2012, 16:27:47 »
That's a nice thread.

What would be nice now is to give out what image file/format they expect and/or accept.
Working progress lol
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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 31 July 2012, 18:08:33 »
Shapeways keycap testing:
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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 31 July 2012, 18:11:01 »
How much did you need to pay for one? :o

Also, could you post the cad files you used please?

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 31 July 2012, 18:22:34 »
How much did you need to pay for one? :o

Also, could you post the cad files you used please?
The transparent one is in "Frosted ultra detail" and it cost 7.72$ but the result is quite good. The white one is in "White strong flexible polished" and cost 2.87$ but the top is not very good, maybe with a bit of sanding it could be better.

You can buy one or download the model here:http://www.shapeways.com/model/637295/keycap.html
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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 31 July 2012, 18:25:18 »
Thanks !

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 31 July 2012, 19:47:49 »
Shouldn't this be in the wiki?
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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 31 July 2012, 21:40:16 »
sure, if someone wants to migrate the information over there, i can change the OP to a link or embed the wiki page in the post (ok i don't know if the latter's really possible, but it should be!!)

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 17 August 2012, 10:09:46 »
Thanks.
Is really helpful.
Does anyone know where we can get custom POM keycaps?
I'm in chronic intoxication to keyboards,

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 09 October 2012, 20:09:04 »
No Fentek for BS keys?
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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 18 October 2012, 09:36:17 »
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Signature Plastics
switch compatibility: Cherry MX, Alps
materials used: ABS, PBT
capabilities: 2-shot, dye sub, pad printing, laser engrave/infill
key profiles: DCS (most cherry-like)
contact: sales@signatureplastics.com

contact: sales@solutionsinplastic.com

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 28 October 2012, 09:08:50 »
fixed!

fentek can mold BS keys?!?!

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 28 October 2012, 10:48:10 »
Has any GB ever tried this  manufacturer?
They seem to be doing double shot, dye sub, low profile...

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 28 October 2012, 18:57:27 »
i'm willing to put money down that they're just reselling signature plastics products

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 31 October 2012, 13:55:16 »
fixed!

fentek can mold BS keys?!?!

I haven't called them or reached out, since so far I have been able to get all the keys I need from Unicomp // but Fenteks site seems to indicate they manufacture BS keys.

http://www.fentek-ind.com/keys.htm - scroll down
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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 31 October 2012, 14:42:51 »
i'm willing to put money down that they're just reselling signature plastics products
I can confirm this.

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 27 November 2012, 08:53:29 »
Cherry doubleshots http://www.gmk-electronic-design.de/ Take a look at the MX cylindrical on the examples... 100% Cherry

Also another source for dyesub came up http://www.bspeurope.com/top.html

Both of these were given to me by Cherry employee after inquiring about keycaps.
« Last Edit: Tue, 27 November 2012, 08:55:32 by lysol »

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 27 November 2012, 09:05:23 »
Denmark and Germany...

And they come to a point at the bottom rather than being rounded all the way!

Hmmm, wondering if this could be the way forward for Sam/Matt's Elven set...

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #20 on: Tue, 27 November 2012, 09:23:43 »
Awesome find lysol.  So is it just cylindricals or do they have something like regular Cherry profile?

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 27 November 2012, 09:29:02 »
Cherry doubleshots http://www.gmk-electronic-design.de/ Take a look at the MX cylindrical on the examples... 100% Cherry

Also another source for dyesub came up http://www.bspeurope.com/top.html

Both of these were given to me by Cherry employee after inquiring about keycaps.


Very nice find. And interesting they do windowed and relegendables.
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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 27 November 2012, 10:51:12 »
Cylindricals is Cherry profile. They are the original maker of Cherry keycap, and maker of WEY keyboards.
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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #23 on: Tue, 27 November 2012, 11:01:09 »
Cherry doubleshots http://www.gmk-electronic-design.de/ Take a look at the MX cylindrical on the examples... 100% Cherry

Also another source for dyesub came up http://www.bspeurope.com/top.html

Both of these were given to me by Cherry employee after inquiring about keycaps.


I'm from Denmark ..
This BSP-outfit is just down the road from where I live - Maybe I should go pay them a visit and get some samples ??

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #24 on: Tue, 27 November 2012, 11:01:35 »
Please do.

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #25 on: Tue, 27 November 2012, 17:05:45 »
Cherry doubleshots http://www.gmk-electronic-design.de/ Take a look at the MX cylindrical on the examples... 100% Cherry

Also another source for dyesub came up http://www.bspeurope.com/top.html

Both of these were given to me by Cherry employee after inquiring about keycaps.


I'm from Denmark ..
This BSP-outfit is just down the road from where I live - Maybe I should go pay them a visit and get some samples ??
This would be great. Let us know something if you go there.

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #26 on: Tue, 27 November 2012, 17:07:28 »
Cylindricals is Cherry profile. They are the original maker of Cherry keycap, and maker of WEY keyboards.

Oh, whoops.  I was thinking sphericals.

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #27 on: Tue, 05 March 2013, 06:15:40 »
are there some 3d files(.str ect) that i can use for making a classic cherry cap ( i mean the ones you can find on a QFR, filco, ect.
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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #28 on: Tue, 28 January 2014, 06:50:02 »
What are the minimum orders with GMK? And has anyone tried BSP yet?

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Re: Keycap manufacturing resources
« Reply #29 on: Tue, 28 January 2014, 07:54:51 »
GMK minimum used to be 400, but it seems that they've lowered it to 250 on doubleshot keys. I believe blanks are still at 400.

I want to say that BSP is 400 too, but I don't remember where I read that.