PocketCHIP Keyboard Faceplate

by vjapolitzer, published

PocketCHIP Keyboard Faceplate by vjapolitzer Dec 26, 2016
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Tired thumbs from lots of typing on your PocketCHIP? Games got your hands sore? This faceplate is designed to provide a more familiar - and less fatiguing - typing and gaming experience.
This design is based off of NTC's STEP CAD files (https://github.com/NextThingCo/PocketCHIP-Mechanical).

My git repository with files can be found here: https://gitlab.com/vjapolitzer/PocketCHIP-Keyboard-Faceplate/tree/master

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0.2mm layer height with 36% infill has sufficed for me. No supports necessary. I have had success with both PLA and PETG. Be very careful when removing the keys from the print surface - the connections between the keys are thin, as they are meant to be flexible. PETG is nice for this purpose.



After inserting the keys through the back of the faceplate, it is ready to be installed. This faceplate replaces the bezel that comes with PocketCHIP, so remove the bezel. Then, taking care so that the keys do not fall out of the faceplate, snap into place. I find it is easiest to start with the two clips at the very top and work down. Some satisfying clicks later, you are good to go!


Removal is simple. Like the installation, I find it easiest to start with the clips at the very top. Carefully pop the clips off, and there you go!

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With PLA I find that the link between the right side of the arrow keys and the next key over is too short and doesnt allow enough flex to have the right arrow depress consistently.

Might be better off joining it to the next row down

Hmm, that might be a good idea! I am uploading a version with the connection where you suggested. I haven't tested it, but hopefully it works!

I'll test it out now

Has anyone made lettering to fit this design?

Thanks for a really great design. It snaps in great and the keys have a perfect feel. Any chance you would share the parametric version of the files? I'd love make a dual-extrusion version of the keys with letters on them.

(Also -- what filament are you using in the cover photo? Those colors are sick)

Hi! I am sorry for such a late response, I have been super busy lately. A dual extrusion version would be awesome! I am uploading the files in .STEP format. I made this in Fusion 360, let me know if you want me to export some other format. And for the cover photo, I used light blue PLA and red PETG, both from eSUN. Thanks for you compliments!