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wayneph
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Posted - 01/22/2016 :  11:47:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had a random thought, but wanted to ask and see if any one else had thought about or tried this before spending too much time on it.

My public library recently got a 3D printer, so I now have access to print things with a cost solely based on weight. (And the KPL buttons are pretty light.) That being said, I've never seen the 3D printer material, so I don't know if it would stand up to key presses, or work for letting light through to determine status. Depending on if/how it works, I'd have some new color options at my disposal to play with as well.

Once concern I have is how I would print the text on them. I don't know if I can specify two colors at print time to have them "mixed", or if I would have to come up with something else. I'm asking them the dual color question as well.

Anyhow, before I think about it too much was curious if anyone had other thoughts.

Thanks,
Wayne

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EVIL Teken
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Posted - 01/22/2016 :  11:57:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Wayne,

Are you intending to make custom KPL square keys? If so good luck because that is a tall order to take on never mind finding a way to etch the words that will match the OEM color keys.

Initially I thought you were going to try to make a four button frame kit. Doing so would avoid the middle black shadow that others have present by using the standard six button frame kit.

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wayneph
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Posted - 01/22/2016 :  12:12:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, I was talking about attempting to create the little individual keys. I wasn't too worried about matching the OEM color because of the prices worked, I would just go ahead and print a full set so that all of the buttons matched. Then I wouldn't have to worry about the little inconsistencies.

One thought had been to try and print the whole KPL as a single sheet, but I'm guessing that would take even more effort to try and get the spacing right. I'd also have to worry about what happens if I press 'C' with it connected to 'A', 'D' and 'E' on the sides. Really don't think it would work, but it could have simplified it a bit of a lot of keys wouldn't be changing regularly.

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EVIL Teken
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Posted - 01/22/2016 :  12:16:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well I really wish you the very best in this project and (IF) you decide to pursue the actual making of a native 4 button frame kit hit me up!

This is something I have been hoping to see somebody try to make on a reasonable budget say sub $5-12.XX range.The problem is unless the 3D printer has a scanner its near impossible to get the frame details.

I've asked a few injection molding places to quote me for such a project but the set up fee was just too huge to take on with out some kind of group buy purchase or KS project.

Teken . . .

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Edited by - EVIL Teken on 01/22/2016 12:17:40 PM
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cottngton
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Posted - 10/04/2020 :  08:10:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Wyneph, I am very interested how you figured everything out that time, because now there are a lot of hardwares which solves all the problems by itself and we don't need to think more about small things. My dad was creating custom parts for different cars in the town. He was the most modern mechanic that time and everybody wanted to be served there. So, he had a 3D printer and he was making all the parts in one color. Then, he was doing the print with a laserjet high quality cartridge from Brother and beautiful.

Edited by - cottngton on 10/05/2020 10:20:56 AM
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