Percebe is a 48-key mechanical keyboard with a staggered layout, a 6.25U spacebar and arrow cluster. This keyboard has been designed for both new and experienced enthusiasts that have yet to try a small form factor keyboard.
Proposed default layout
The proposed default layout was designed to be as intuitive as possible and requiring little adaptation time. When pressing the left function key, we put more emphasis on the right side, and when pressing the right function key, we do the opposite.
- Layer 0: allows a basic typing experience with an arrow cluster.
- Layer 1: by holding the left function key MO(1) we access the number row, pipe and question mark keys, and on the right side the navigation cluster and delete key.
- Layer 2: by holding the right function key MO(2) we access the function row and media keys, which are placed on the left side of the keyboard.
Making the acrylic pieces
The case is made out of a bunch of 3mm thick layers of acrylic. Here are a handful of ways of getting these pieces done:
- Commissioning one to an acrylic keyboard maker.
- Contacting local maker spaces or a laser cutting shop.
- Ordering online:
Making the switch plate
As for the leaf spring switch plate, take these into consideration:
- DO NOT make it out of acrylic.
- As this is a leaf spring plate, consider making it out of 1.5mm aluminium. I ordered mines on Laser Boost.
- Alternatively, carbon fibre and FR4 could be used.
I've included in the assembly a placeholder of the wilba.tech WT45-A hot-swap PCB.
- 6× M2 square nuts.
- 8× M2 18mm long spacers.
- 6× M2 20mm long spacers.
- 28× M2 4mm long screws. Ultra-low profile socket head.
- 6× M2 8mm long screws. Ultra-low profile socket head.
- Use your files at your own risk.
- Basic CAD and vector work (Inkscape/Affinity Designer) is required to prepare the assembly for production.
- The plate has been designed to be made out of metal.
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