DIY RGB Cherry MX Macro Board

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Intro: DIY RGB Cherry MX Macro Board

This is a demo board to showcase the HCC Module, but its cool enough to be its own instructables. I've done a Macro board in the past, but I really wanted to do one with Cherry MX Mechanical switches. So here it is! The Modzilla.

Step 1: Watch the Video!

Step 2: Get the Parts!

There aren't that many for this build. Should be pretty easy!

Parts:

Tools/Materials:

  • Soldering Iron
  • Reflow oven
  • Solder Paste
  • Solder
  • Flux
  • 3D Printer(If printing the Frame)
  • Screwdriver with appropriate head

Step 3: 3D Print the Frame

The frame is very simple, quick print. You could use spacers and screws if you want instead if you don't have a printer.

If you do, download the frame on Thingiverse here.

Step 4: Add Solder Paste for Surface Mount Components

I did this manually. Can be a bit tricky with the APA102 LEDs! One trick is to use a toothpick or small piece of wire to transfer the solder paste to small components.

Step 5: Add Components

Place the components one by one.

Step 6: Bake in the Oven

The HCC Module solders really easily!

Step 7: Test the Board!

Flashy lights!

Here is a demo program that works with the HCC Module to test the LEDs.

Step 8: Add the Key Switches and Solder!

These only have two pins, and rely on the solder to hold them on. Again, its a simple design, but it works for this!

Step 9: Program Again!

I've attached the Arduino code, and in the video I explain what each part does, so you can setup your own Macros!

Step 10: Assemble!

I used plastic threading screws to mount the board to the 3D print.

Step 11: Done!

It works!

Step 12: Support These Projects!

This project uses the HCC Module, which is a project that I am currently Kickstarting! If you would like to support me and my projects, the Kickstarter is a great place to do so, and you can make stuff like this Macro Keyboard!

HCC Module Kickstarter!

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