Was absolutely stunned by @Druz320 Canoe inspired SMOLBOAT case. I had to have it...but it was for ortho keyboards, too large to print, and I wanted to use my teensy mount as well as other things I learned from my previous keyboards. Thus, the SiCK-68 was born.
The SiCK-68 is a custom mechanical keyboard built from scratch without the price tag often associated with one. Designed to be as low cost as possible, “SiCK” stands for Super, Inexpensive, Cheap, Keyboard. It’s not for everyone but if it peaks your interest, you will need access to a mountain of patience, a 3D printer, soldering iron and equipment, and the desire to learn, create, and build. The result is a great keyboard that is functional, good looking as well as fully customizable with the help of EasyAVR or similar software. The Tada68 layout is the perfect mixture of a compact design and a functional layout without much compromise. If you like the sound of that, let the fun begin.
Here is the cost breakdown:
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Update 2: Updated the SiCK-68 EasyAVR folder with correct files and updated the instructions doc with updated instructions
Update 2: Updated the SiCK-68.py document that stopped the .json file from loading to get the firmware installed with EasyAVR.
Update 1: Added a full how to program guide including all files required to get the SiCK-68 up and running. Enjoy
How to program the SiCK-68 using EasyAVR if handwiring using the "SiCK-68 handwiring diagram".
- Download the file named "SiCK-68 EasyAVR.rar" in the source files
- Unzip the contents of "SiCK-68 EasyAVR.rar" and open it
- Open a new File Explorer window and create a new folder in C:\Users(your username)\
- Name the folder ".EasyAVR"
- Create a new folder inside the folder you just made called "boards"
- Move "SiCK-68.py" into "C:\Users(username here).EasyAVR\boards\"
- Navigate to the "EasyAVR-master" folder and open "easykeymap.exe"
- In the software, navigate to "File" > "New"
- Select "TADA68" and click "OK"
- Here you can map the keys anyway you want, create layers, macros, ect. You can also leave it the way it is if you just want to make sure everything is working first.
- In the software, navigate to "Build" > "Build"
- Name the file "SiCK-68v1.hex" and save it to a convient location by clicking "Save"
- Plug in your Teensy 2.0 and run either "Fake Teensy Loader.exe" or "Real Teensy Loader.exe" depending on which Teensy you purchased.
- Now press the button on your Teensy and wait for the loader to pick it up
- Press "Open HEX File" and select "SiCK-68v1.hex"
- Press "Program"
- Press " Reboot"
Your keyboard should now be booted with the firmware you just created. If you wired everything correctly and to the diagram, you should now have a working keyboard. Head to https://www.keyboardtester.com/tester.html test each key.
If everything is working feel free to do steps 6 through 17 to customize your SiCK-68. :)