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First PCBs received, and first keypresses registered

A project log for lalboard

A 3D-printed keyboard inspired by the DataHand.

Ben GruverBen Gruver 04/08/2021 at 09:052 Comments

I got my order of PCBs for the finger and thumb clusters in from jlcpcb today. Exciting! My first time designing and having a PCB made. I'm super happy with the result. Surprisingly, everything seems fine with them so far.


I got one soldered up and attached to a cluster, and was able to send my first key presses with it, with the current in-progress QMK firmware.

Discussions

Hamish Pain wrote 04/24/2021 at 06:55 point

This is looking rather promising! I love your simplifications on the PCB. I saw your Lalboard a couple of years ago but was rather intimidated by all the manual work and printing revisions that a custom one needed. Since then, I've made dozens of versions of my own, flat or curved keyswitch based keyboards and am still not satisfied with them, so I'm very much looking forward to seeing how your new design comes out. Honestly, I think if I had just gone with your IR based clusters initially, I'd probably be happy by now

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Ben Gruver wrote 04/29/2021 at 06:24 point

Thanks! Yeah, one of my focuses for this version is definitely making it easier to make. I think it will still be a bit time-consuming, just due to the number of parts. But hopefully nothing too tricky -- other than maybe some of the fine SMD soldering on the main board... This will be my first time attempting that, so we'll see how it goes for me!. But I figure someone could order the boards assembled from the fab, if they don't have the tools/abilities for that.

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