2018-05-14 (M) ModuKey

A new enclosure was necessary for the project. The style before merely involved a mounting frame, spacing layer, and a bottom. The spacing layer was only necessary because of the header pins which weren't present on this revision of the boards. A different left and right would be vital for this particular build. The left side would include the controller, a 4x4, and a 2x4, both with their own IO expander. The right side would consist of another 4x4 and a second 2x4 as well as a prototyping board with an eight IO expander chip.

Paper sketch of the enclosures

Measurements were taken from the EDA software to devise the top layer which would be visible from the top, so it was created with only the necessary mounting holes and gaps large enough to expose the keys. Heat dissipation should not be an issue since the controller would remain exposed. Drawings were made to create the three necessary layers for this enclosure. It was intended to be cut on a laser cutting machine.

CAD representation of the enclosures

All six panels were necessary for the keyboard which was intended to be a split type with an ortholinear key arrangement. This was a simple way to make a full keyboard and start to show some of the capabilities of the hardware. The six panels were cut.

Wood parts for the enclosures

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

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Completed projects from year 1
Completed projects from year 2
Completed projects from year 3
Completed projects from year 4
Completed projects from year 5

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