NUMPAD BUT BIG (caps I feel are needed)

Ok, so some of you saw a while back when I can bought a quantity 17 of the Novelkeys Big switches. Well, I needed to finally work on it a bit as a break from real work. I present the NUMPAD BUT BIG (working title). This project will take a LONG time as it will also take a large amount of money.

As of this moment what you can see in the assembly weighs in at 17.6lbs. The keycaps by themselves are 2.5lbs. I will be having them printed out of Tough2000 resin on a Formlabs 3d printer by a friend. This material is very similar to ABS. They are scaled up versions of a cherry profile I found on github that should be very close to GMKs.

The switch plate will be Ultem1000 like my other build, but you know bigger. It is 0.500" thick.
The top plate will be made out of 2" 6061-T6 plate. The “PCB” will be a fake PCB. Still debating if I REALLY want to actually do it out of FR4/G10.

This is going to be fun.


Just when Im thinking, “I know, Ill machine a keyboard entirely from Ultem” someone has already started playing around with this idea haha…

I havent done it yet, but I cant help but wonder how it will sound acoustics wise…

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I have thought about doing the normal TKL im working on in Ultem.

Honestly I think you should. I dont have a vmc so Ill be working with a cobbled together router with decent specs but still, Im kinda shocked no one else has done it before. I mostly make keyboards in acrylic with an epilog so id have to play around with the material, but its got to be easier to machine than aluminum at least I would Imagine.

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Its much easier. Just have to pay attention to how it wants to warp.

Got the base plate modeled, and the fasteners added (316SS 1/2-13 bolts X 8). Coming out to 42.29 pounds. A normal scale numpad keycap set is next to it in the pic.


Went ahead and bought a GMMK Numpad PCB, and forgot to order the USB-C daughter board for it so that is on order now. Question is do I now include the slider and knob in the build? or just ignore them?
Assembled with some left over switches and unused keycaps.