KeyV2: Parametric Mechanical Keycap Library
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KeyV2 is a keycap generation library designed for ease of use while still being extremely configurable. Whether you're looking to rattle off a single print of a pre-generated keycap, or you want to print one with custom legends, or even design your own key profile or custom key set, this library has you covered! To learn what types of keys you can generate with this library, check out the documentation.
What are mechanical keyboards?
Mechanical keyboards are keyboards that use mechanical switches instead of membrane sheets to register keypresses. Mechanical keyboards generally last longer and have more satisfying tactile feedback, and are much easier to customize or design yourself. A keycap is the piece of plastic that goes over a switch and lets you know what letter you are typing, so this library is a way to generate those pieces for mechanical keyboards. It's a really fun hobby, I swear.
How to use this library
For basic use, feel free to download the models attached to this page or boot up the application in the Thingiverse Customizer. Row 5 keycaps lie on the number and function layers, so the single keycaps provided make great escape keys. The default settings provided in the customizer should produce sturdy and functional keycaps on a variety of FDM printers; the models attached were generated with these settings. If Thingiverse's customizer is giving you trouble, you can always use OpenSCAD's customizer.
For more advanced usage, refer to the Github Documentation to get started!
Please note that Thingiverse requires customizable projects to have a single .scad file, with no import statements. While there's no harm in downloading and using
customizer.scad from the files list, it will be much easier to browse the full, compartmentalized source code. Rather than attach a zip to the files list that will get out of date, you can download the most up-to-date version of the code on Github by clicking this link.
- 3D file format: SCAD and STL
- Publication date: 2020/03/31 at 23:58
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