I’m brand new to this forum and have been lurking around keyb research for about a year now. I had my first 60% board built by kbdfans around a year back and now with the additional knowledge since then, I’m looking to get down and dirty in personal customization/modification for my next board which brings me to my post.
While looking into the monster that is the switch market, you’ll without a doubt stumble upon Frankenswitches. With the limited knowledge I have on the topic of switches, I’m curious about the reasons someone would choose to change the various parts of the switch, primarily the housing and/or stem.
Obviously swapping these parts have a purpose, and my question is what does swapping each of these parts do for the switch? I understand changing something like springs can alter the weight needed to activate the switch, but what would the use case be for experimenting with various stems or housings? What attributes of the switch does changing these parts affect? The fact that someone can create a frankenswitch and have it be recognized throughout the community (holy pandas as an example), speaks to how much of a difference experimenting with switch parts can make for even just personal gain.