Introduction: 3D Printed Keycaps

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I was planning on buying a Cherry MX Blue keyboard in the near future and I thought it would be cool to 3D print key caps for it.

For this you will need:

1. A 3D printer

2. 3D printer plastic in your preferred colour

Step 1:

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You will need to either make the key caps in CAD software or find a file of it online. You will then need to convert the file to one hat the 3D printer can read and then transfer it to the printer.

Step 2:

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You then need to load the printer plastic and run your file on the printer. It will automatically print the selected file.

Step 3:

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Once its done printing you remove the the key caps from the printer and pull the rafts off the caps.

Comments

tomatoskins (author)2016-05-31

What a great idea! How long did it take to print all your caps?

Jgalvin6145 (author)tomatoskins2016-06-02

Around 4 hours per row

peabody1929 (author)2016-05-31

If your printer can print two colors of plastic, you print the letter for the key into the key. For example, consider the key for the letter 'A'. One could print the key in white and paste or silkscreen a label on the key. One could print the key with a raised or embossed 'A'. Instead, print the letter 'A' in black plastic and the rest of the key in white plastic. The net result is the keys look great and the letter on the key will "never" wear off.