Case and Plate Design

Physical goodness.

Plate With SwillKB Builder

The quick and easy method.

 

WARNING: OUTDATED. For a better tool, please see this page.

Tutorial

  1. Begin by making the layout in Keyboard Layout Editor.
    http://www.keyboard-layout-editor.com
    i-7-iplpn.pngIf you need compatibility cutouts, overlay the various options.
    h-docfuqqgwx-1-m-9-hqfukrq.png
  1. Copy the info from the Raw Data tab into the Plate Layout box at SwillKB Builder.
    http://builder.swillkb.com/

  2. Select the switch cutout types, stabilizer types, case types, etc.

  3. Press the "Draw My CAD" button to render the plate files.

  4. Download SVG, DXF, or similar. These files can be edited by other programs to perfection.

Kerf Settings for Various Services

Ponoko

Acrylic:

Thickness Kerf in mm
3mm 0.2
4.5mm 0.25
6mm 0.26
8mm 0.24

Lasergist

Stainless Steel:

Thickness Kerf in mm
1.5mm 0.15

Switch Dimensions and Physical Specifications

Cherry MX

For specifics, please see the full datasheet

Simplified info (Graphics from datasheet):


Alps SKCL/SKCM

Recovered partial datasheet from Deskthority Wiki

Simplified info (Graphics from datasheet):


Omron B3G-S

Datasheet 1 from Deskthority Wiki
Datasheet 2

Simplified info (Graphics from datasheet):

 

 

Plate with ai03 Plate Generator

A quick and easy method that doesn't compromise.

Tutorial

  1. Begin by making the layout in Keyboard Layout Editor.
    http://www.keyboard-layout-editor.com
    i-7-iplpn.png
    If you need compatibility cutouts, overlay the various options.
    h-docfuqqgwx-1-m-9-hqfukrq.png
  2. Copy the info from the Raw Data tab into the KLE Data field at ai03 Plate Generator.
    https://kbplate.ai03.me/

  3. Select the switch cutout types, stabilizer types, fillet radii, etc.
  4. Press the "Generate Plate" button to download the plate.

  5. Tune to perfection using a CAD program of your choice. Enjoy!

Using ai03 Plate Generator as a CLI tool

The ai03 plate generator doesn't have to be web-hosted. 

Requirements

Usage