Using a keyboard without a case

I’m wondering if there are ways to use a mech keeb without a case. I have a kbd75v2 PCB on a brass plate with Glorious Pandas and it just like the sound as I type on it on a bare deskmat. Now I want to put it on some sort of minimal bottom case or a stand that lets me set an angle. Is there such a thing? Maybe some foam? Looking for ideas.

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Maybe carve up some Styrofoam or craft foam blocks?

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I would be worried about ESD shocking and killing it.

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I used to type on a bare gergo pcb with just some silicon feet to stop it from scratching the table, took it around to classes and such, and never had an issue with ESD.

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Yeah, what if you had stand offs that screw mounting plate to pcb could screw into. Then the other end of stand off got some rubber feet threaded on?


I’ve used Silverstone foam to make my caseless boards. Silverstone foam is sticky on one-side and the other side doesn’t slip. Just add layers of the foam cut to same size below the PCB. Layers should vary in size to add incline, bottom-most layer should be full-size so board can sit flat.

If you like muffled sound, put the board with foam bottom inside a box made out of cardboard. Fill sides and cavities with tissue papers as needed to sculpt the sound to your liking.


Cork tiles would be an interesting variant.


I haven’t done it with a full board, but I have a pcb-only macropad that I have held up/angled with these m2 standoffs. It should work for any pcb with tray mount holes.


My caseless 6x4 macropad (left-half of a Let’s Split+VIA) with just foam bottom. Mauves are better plateless IMO. Sickest macro on it is “Reset TS” which restarts typescript service. Urgh.

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My low-profile keyboards are all basically just PCBs, and I like to stick thin foam stickers on the bottom of them. I found the perfect ones are for something called “fingerboard”, which seems to be a kind of miniature toy skateboard?

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