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Pemdas's Custom Keyboard with Waterjet Cut Plate

Our customer pemdas wrote to send us a photo of the keyboard he created with some help from Big Blue Saw.

The top plate was waterjet cut by Big Blue Saw from 0.063" thick aluminum 6061.

Here's what he had to say about our work:

Everything was perfect. Will definitely be using your services again for my future projects!


You guys made this so much easier than I thought it was going to be when I first started planning this project.


I keep thinking I should've ordered more than one just for the savings.

Pemdas also gave some details on the build:

I used vintage cherry blacks for the switches because I had a bunch of them laying around. They are linear switches and very smooth.



The outline was the easiest part! I used a tool made by a forum member named swill. I believe you guys worked with him as well for the water jet services.



My controller was the standard teensy 2.0 using the tmk firmware made by the another user named Hasu. That base plus a guide made by user matt3o made making the firmware super easy! No pcb meant handwiring which wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.



As for the keycaps in the picture they are a key set called Retro DSAs. They were from a group buy held many years ago. Sadly the only way to get them now is to purchase or trade for them second hand.

 
Thanks! And if you're interested in making your own custom keyboard, check out the Swillkb Plate & Case Builder and our custom keyboard example parts.

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