The StenoToppers set now has number bar keys! These keys are nice and square, fitting together to effectively form a number bar look-alike best as we can.
Nothing else has changed in this release, so if you already have a StenoToppers set, you can go ahead and print just a number bar for yourself (make sure you test one numbar key first!). If you haven’t printed any StenoToppers, then it’s up to you whether or not you want to print the full assembly with the number bar keys as well - or just the letter keys.
Test prints have been verified to fit the CherryMX keycaps, once they have been properly fitted. See the fitting guide for more information.
Made the keys closer on the sides. Test print still needed, but they should be easier to chord on the sides. Due to tolerance reductions of Version 0.7, the stem deflection should be greatly reduced as well.
A full test print has been made from 0.6
The test print was a success, but some aesthetic changes need to be made. Variations in key switch thickness has caused some of the StenoToppers to be looser than desired. The decision was made to reduce the tolerances on the models at the risk of them not fitting anymore. As it is much easier to file material off than it is to graft more on, the lower tolerances will cause less problems overall.
From first impressions, the keys are a lot easier to press and chording G and Z is relatively easy now.
First release of 2017!
In this release, the resolution of the parts is increased for more accurate printing. The dimensions of the parts are verified with real-world cross measurements made at 0.01 tolerances. All that is left is a test print and fit!
Also decreased the depth of the Cherry MX Pole cut in some more.
Decreased the depth of the Cherry MX Pole cut in - it will take slightly longer to print, but will handle stress a lot better in all directions.
Posts minimum width is about 1.5mm, which is plenty for good strength.
Still do not recommend printing because dimensions and clearances are unverified and untested.
Some major changes to the Cherry MX pole design that will make it possible to print. Previously, the pole was cylindrical and had very thin walls that would have caused problems for the printer. Now, the minimum thickness at any point should always be greater than 1mm (enough for a reasonable printer to handle).
Also added a draft angle to the ribbing.
Note that the keyboard mockup and drawing are likely broken now.
Decided to pull ALPS switch design from the roadmap, because not enough people are using them. If a need arises, we’ll see what we can do. Also pulled the backlit variant from the roadmap because if you need to look at your stenotype, then that’s probably bad.
Also made some important design changes for clearance around the Cherry MX pole and a shortening in the keycap to allow it space to be pressed down.
Added some aesthetic features as well.
Made the keycaps taller and fixed a few issues in the models and the drawing. Made an attempt at implementing iParts - everything seems to work so far. iParts are going to be the way forward for this project.
The first prerelease of the StenoToppers!
In this version, we have finished the preliminary project structure and completed a mockup of the keyboard with CAD drawings for the keycap.
The thumb keycap was also completed.