If you have ever found yourself getting tired hands/wrists while using a computer Mouse (sometimes it even leads to RSI
- Repetitive Strain Injury), or you wished you could just open up that mouse and re-arrange all the functional components just the way you wanted, so it felt great to use - then this is the Instructable for you!
I've been a Design Engineer
for a few years now and thought I should share some of the tricks I learned and developed along the way (I also blog on Design Modelling
and run workshops
): In this Instructable you can learn how to take apart your mouse - saw the circuit-board in half, and segregate the functional parts with a little soldering. You will then be guided through how to sculpt a small chunk of foam into a shape that feels good (is 'ergonomic') to you - and fix the click/scroll wheel just as you want them. Finally there are a few tricks to making the Mouse look and feel cool to use (that is not red paint you can see, but silicone rubber!)
I hope this Instructable is useful for anyone wanting to become more fluent in other modelling techniques and is especially useful if you are starting-out in Product / Industrial Design. This is about you controlling the materials to get the design you want, and is a great precursor to CAD work, where you might not be able to 'feel' the true experience of a highly ergonomic item like this. Of course, the process could be applied to a variety of projects - electronic or otherwise (though I would not recommend mains electricity, unless you are trained to do so).
So, if you are ready - let's take a look at how we will do this.... And if you like this - please consider voting, as it would enable me to build my skills and tools to do more of these sorts of projects for free. Do let me know if you have a go at this and have any further questions, as you can see from a previous Instructable - Solder Buddy, I really enjoy seeing how you get on!