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theimmc
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Sep 12, 2015
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Switches transplanted to my own plate. There's also a MX Gray (tactile) and a ErgoClear. Saving one spot for the Zealio.
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Sep 12, 2015
Mattr567
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Sep 12, 2015
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How did you take out the switches?
Sep 12, 2015
theimmc
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Sep 13, 2015
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Use a small flathead screwdriver. Put some electrical tape if you're worried about scratching the plate / switch. You can press on the tab on the top and bottom of the switch to release it and pull it up, but I find it easier to do it from the back, as you can push on the switch from the back to pop it out. Very little force required except for the Kailh switches, which seem tighter.
Sep 13, 2015
Monkeh
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Oct 5, 2015
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may i ask where did you get that plate? how do I source for a single mx gray & ergos to test? thank you!
Oct 5, 2015
theimmc
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Oct 5, 2015
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I got the plate from eBay : http://www.ebay.com/itm/141643552738 or you can get the grid top plate from Ortholinear Keyboards : http://ortholinearkeyboards.com/planck/planck-top-plate-grd
You can get switches in 5 packs from mechanicalkeyboards dot com including Matias switches (but they won't fit plates for Cherry MX switches).
I'm not sure where you can get small numbers of Ergo Clears. You're probably better off getting the springs and modding a MX Clear yourself.
Oct 5, 2015
romevi
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Oct 6, 2015
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I NEVER EVEN THOUGHT OF USING THE PLANCK AS A TESTER PLATE!!!
Ever since this drop I've been thinking of ways to make my own custom switch tester; it'll house all my standard Cherry MX switches, as well as mods, Gaterons, Greetechs, Kailh, etc. I've browsed all different kinds of plates, from acrylic to custom-made ones, but in the end I just want a simple metal plate that'll allow for swapping around. The Planck is *perfect*.
What else would I need for it? Just the formed bottom? Or do I need a middle layer as well?
Oct 6, 2015
theimmc
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Oct 6, 2015
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I think all you'll need will be the Planck grid plate and the bottom. No need for a middle layer (PCB) unless you plan to actually wire them into a functioning keyboard. Get the universal plate and you can install Matias / Alps switches as well - but the bottom row would not hold switches as securely.
By the way, there's a drop for a milled bottom drop here if you really want to go high end with your switch tester :)
https://www.massdrop.com/buy/anodised-aluminum-planck-case?mode=guest_open
Oct 6, 2015
romevi
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Oct 6, 2015
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Thanks! Are there pics of the Universal plate? Are they pretty much all 1u slots?
I saw that aluminum case, but as a switch tester bottom I think it's a bit much. With the Ortholinear top and bottom pieces, and the relegendable keycaps currently running, I think I'm set for any and all future switches!
Oct 6, 2015
theimmc
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Oct 6, 2015
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All their pics are renders, I haven't tried searching for a photo.
Oct 6, 2015
romevi
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Oct 7, 2015
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Gotcha, thanks! Sorry, one last qustion!
If I wanted to use the plate in a portrait/vertical layout, I can do that, right?
Oct 7, 2015
theimmc
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Oct 7, 2015
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Cherry MX mounting holes are squares. The switches can be rotated 90 degrees without any issues on Cherry MX plates (not plates that take Alps or Cherry) - or not rotated at all, if you don't care where the LED hole is located. Matias / Alps switches are not, though, so if you have keycaps, they will be sideways.
Oct 7, 2015
romevi
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Oct 7, 2015
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Sweet. That's what I thought. Cheers!
Oct 7, 2015
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