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Hydek
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May 20, 2015
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I'd like to make this bluetooth, is there some extra space inside the case for the bluetooth module and battery?
May 20, 2015
Kaan
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May 20, 2015
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I know the new pcb's have work to enable bluetooth integrations, so it's *theoretically* possible
You should probably buy the new plastic cases if this is your intention, they seem to have a small gap in the middle, it might be for the bluetooth modules in further revisions
However, in general, 60% cases are VERY crammed, impossible to cram lithium batteries in, so your best bet is the plastic case, it looks similar to the V60 plastic case, which had the most room I've seen in 60% cases
You should also find HaaTa on geekhack/github, he might guide you
May 20, 2015
AElric22
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May 20, 2015
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Oh that's awesome. Despite the problems people are posting about the stabilizers, the fact that there's room for future upgrades makes it worth the buy. I just hope that MassDrop will provide those separate upgrades individually instead of us having to buy brand new kits. Besides, if we can't fit a nicely sized lithium battery into it, we could modify the case or even make 3D CAD models of revisions that would include that. That way, someone could 3D print it in a nice polycarbonate material or even machine it out of aluminum. We are mostly makers and tinkerers here right?
May 20, 2015
Kaan
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May 20, 2015
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Indeed, don't hold your breath for future updates tho, that will most probably never happen There will probably be a community around the keyboard tho, it's small, it's not too active, yet at least you will always be able to find people that will aid you: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=64198
Personally, I think bluetooth would take away from the robustness of the keyboard, however it's a personal preference All the issues I have with the infinity keyboard is related to the plate and the top-row, so my solution was to 3d-print the plate, and the first trial was very successful, I'm going to improve the plate pieces, print the plate in 3 pieces with carbon fiber pla, convert the pcb to have an 2u top row, while also improving the spacing, so far I'm pretty satisfied with this plan, otherwise I was also considering getting a Nerd60 (the gon/nerd60 seems to have bluetooth/lipo modules by the way, but it's a bit more expensive)
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May 20, 2015
AElric22
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May 21, 2015
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Good idea man. I'm planning on getting a TAZ 5 very soon, and I'm also looking into 3D printing keycaps (it's an untapped business), cases, and etc. Carbon fiber can be used, or you could use the special poly-carbonate material to save some money. Yes, the Nerd60 is a bit more expensive but the amount of support you get from the company is incredible. You could make your own case by 3D printing it, machining it, or just get it printed by Shapeways. And if the bluetooth would take away from the robustness of the design of the case, there are always solutions to that :).
May 21, 2015
Kaan
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May 21, 2015
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A decent texture is generally unachievable with 3d printing, however post processing and double filament printing might do wonders for keycaps, indeed it's an untapped market (just printing it with 2 filaments and sandpapering might even work)
I couldn't decide between printing the plate myself or getting it produced using a service like Shapeways. Just getting it done by a CNC also makes more sense, but I will definitely get the dimensions right first by doing it myself, I don't like the gaps the current plate has, I will definitely enlarge the model by 1-2mm before the manufacturing - I'm most probably going to melt my extruder if I attempt the carbonfiber print tho :)
trev, it's nice to hear a positive experience, hhkb/unix users generally have it easier :) - I'm using dedicated arrows myself, I'm a very unoptimal typist, I almost never used the right shift, so the dedicated arrows there is just perfect for me
I initially tried to adopt the hhkb layout, as it's more optimal, but the changes messed with my reflexes a lot, the ISO to ANSI switch took an hour for me, the ANSI to 60% with dedicated arrows was similar, however for the 60% to hhkb switch, I was still maimed after more than a day, so I returned back to the ANSI with modified arrows
If I manage to drill the pcb and integrate the 2u backspace position, the keyboard will become just perfect for me. From the photos, it's extremely doable, luckily there are no electronical connections between the top 2x1u switch positions
Edit: Just inspected Shapeways further, the possibilities are indeed exciting
May 21, 2015
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