I started my company about a year ago with the goal of designing and building the keyboard I always wanted to make. I went through the process of designing the case and optimizing it for manufacturability, designing the electronics and getting the FCC pre-screen testing performed (absolutely smoked it, that one felt good), and thinking through every conceivable problem a customer could have and trying to head it off with smart design choices. I’m quite proud of what I made.
It was the point where I started looking at advertising more seriously that just how not-fun the business part of this project was going to be became a reality. So I decided to just. . . not do it. I want to spend my time working on cool designs, not bury my face into my inbox for days at a time.
So after a hiatus I took my finished design and re-worked it to use off the shelf hardware and wrote up some detailed instructions so people can build one themselves. I may dust off my original design someday, and I’m glad I went through the exercise I did, but for now I feel better about doing it this way.
Hmmm I am tempted to venture to the 3d print shop, I think they offer printing too and see if they could do up a couple of these. I had a look at the git and associated ZMK stuff and the wireless boards, all seems doable.
I had planned to also hand wire a planck a long time ago but ended up with PCBs. So this could be fun.
Also do post some of this and a link back to this topic in the Mechanical Keyboard Corner.