I thought it would be useful to have a sort of catch-all thread for 3D printing as it relates to keyboards. I searched but didn’t see anything that seemed close to a general-purpose thread. So I hope people will feel free to post anything related to 3D printing and keyboards here.
I posted about printing my first keyboard case a while back, but I finally decided to try my hand at designing one in Fusion 360.
It was definitely a learning experience since I don’t really know how to use the program, but I’m slowly catching on. I had to print several iterations to get the sizing, etc. correct.
I didn’t originally design this with SA Laser in mind, but then I saw that I had some hot pink filament and decided to see what it would look like. It would be nice if it was an exact match for the pink accents, but still I think it looks pretty decent, and it functions as a case, which was the important thing.
I bought some brass knurled nuts that I could heat up with my soldering iron to melt them into the case, allowing me to use screws to attach the PCB to the case. But I had trouble figuring out where to place standoffs in the 3D model so I ended up not doing that.
This was printed in 3D Solutech PLA on a Creality CR-10S4 printer, which is big enough to do it all in one piece. Due to the curves, I needed to print it at .1mm layer height, which meant it took more than 30 hours to finish. But it didn’t really require any kind of post-processing.
[EDIT: I decided to get rid of the pink space bar and take a photo in different lighting.]