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October 2019

First of all, thank you for the large number of responses. This page summarizes the fields which...

Cases

  Low-Profile The case wall doesn't reach as high as the keycap base.Thus, the switches are cle...

Switches: The enthusiast guide

What the big brands don't tell you. So, what are switches anyways? To put it simply, they're ju...

A list of the major keycap profiles

The Major Profiles That was a lot of info.  Fortunately, you mainly have to remember only a sel...

Keycaps and profiles

The big differences at your fingertips.   What are profiles? For this, I'll assume that you've...

Things to know before joining your first group buy

Before you hop into a group buy expecting it to be just like buying a random product from a webst...

Aftermarket

You may have opened mechmarket or some similar keyboard marketplace, and looked at the prices in ...

Introduction

So you've decided to jump into this black hole of a hobby, but don't know where to start. Nobody...

How a keyboard is built

To build a keyboard, you must know how one is built.   Overall Structure Here's a generalizati...

PCB Guide Part 7 - USB-C and LEDs

Notice: This page is incomplete and is currently being written. Let's spice up the project with ...

PCB Guide Part 1 - Preparations

This guide is intended as a direct replacement for the aging Ruiqi Mao's guide.Credits go to that...

PCB Guide Part 5 - Creating the PCB

Now that the schematic is finished and footprint data has been exported, we can begin with the PC...

PCB Guide Part 3 - Creating the MCU schematic

By this point, you should have installed the programs, created the repository, and added the loca...

PCB Guide Part 4 - The rest of the schematic

By this point, you should have the MCU schematic zone complete. Step 6. The rest of the schemati...

PCB Guide Part 2 - Beginning the project

By this point, you should have a repository readied for the project. Step 3. Creating the KiCad ...

QMK Basics

A short guide by PyroL. Free yourself from those prebaked, out-of-date and several-hundred-commit...

Backlighting And RGB

Bling bling. QMK-Compatible LED backlighting This is one LED per switch. The structure is: ...

PCB Quantity vs Price Comparisons

Using JLCPCB price quotes. All blanks; no PCBA cost factored in. First set of data without shipp...

Breakaway Tabs

Occasionally, you'll want to use breakaway tabs in your PCB to combine a few PCBs into a single p...

PCB Guide Part 6 - Fill zones, decoration and production

Now that the routing is finished, let's tune the PCB up. Step 11. Ground fills You may remember...

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