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Das Keyboard Keycap

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Das Keyboard Keycap by Spaceman-Spliff Oct 7, 2012
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I recently spilled a whole can of beer on to my brand new Das Keyboard. I was able to get the switches clean again with contact cleaner but I had to remove the keycaps to get to the switches. So I neatly packed the removed keycaps away, only to find two of them missing upon reassembly. So I decided to try to print a replacement. I took measurments off of one of the caps and tried my best to recreate it in FreeCAD. I never used a CAD program before and I have not yet printed this thing, but I thought hey, this might be useful for others, why not put it on thingiverse?

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I have not printed this thing yet and I don't know if the measurments are correct - especially for the t-slot that should fit on the switch. This is my first try, but if you find it useful, be my guest - use it.

Update: I redesigned the key so it will be more likely to fit on the switches. I remeasured and found that the base of the switches is 15mm square, while the hole in the older design was only 12mm square. I hope this new version will work - but I still haven't tried it.

Update2: I cleaned up the new version so it has fewer angles and the bottom is flush - just a bit of cosmetic work. I set the bottom view of the cleaned up version as the new default pic.
Also sorry I didn't mark this as a work in progress, because I didn't realize how much I would modify it when I first uploaded the original design... But I guess I'm happy with it now, so, I hope this was the last update - unless I should find out something doesn't work out once I printed it...
The "print ready" version of the .stl is turned 180° so it should be printable without supports...
I also made a version with thicker walls for the central peg (Key print ready strong.stl -if you couldn't tell yourself) - the older design looked like it might be difficult to print...

Ok, I made one and, as was to be expected, there were some issues:
I printed the "strong" version with the thicker central peg, which was a good idea, because even the strengthened peg ended up with rather thin walls. The x-slot did not print properly - I lost about 0.5mm in each direction. I revisited my files and tried to compensate for that in my newest version. We shall see in a week how that works out.
Beside that I am very pleased with how it turned out. Using a fine file I was able to widen the x-slot enough to make it fit the switches and the overall shape came out as I hoped it would.

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Can you make a solid one, without the adaptoe for the switch, it is for a prop for a school theater

Would these fit if I were to be making a keyboard? Also what would it take to make this ready to put on a CnC milling machine?

Thanks, I was looking for this. BTW, these are in fact keycaps for Cherry MX switches, so they should work with several models of mechanical keyboards besides the Das.

I love you... No seriously... I love you... Thank you for making this!

Wow omg I found you jerry ! On which keyboard did you used it ?

how about designing a key remover as well for the das keyboard? the little tiny piece of plastic that helps pop out the keys

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