The Great Search: Cherry MX switches & hot-swap sockets #TheGreatSearch #Adafruit #DigiKey @DigiKey @cherryswitches @Adafruit
The Great Search is a new series of videos focused on searching the Digi-Key catalog to narrow down to the parts you want to buy. This week (video):
It’s time for some keyboard action. After nudging by just-about-everyone on the Adafruit team, we’ve finally started looking at mechanical keyboard parts. It seems like our reverse-mount NeoPixels from a month ago may come in handy! We roughed out a few PCB designs this afternoon with a variety of keys and will start sourcing various switches and keycaps this week.
Wanna get parts to make your own customized mechanical keyboard or keypad? Digi-Key can hook you up! They’ve got Cherry MX switches for immediate shipment – both clicky Blue’s and linear Black’s
We also found a lot of threads where folks use slim mill-max sockets to hot-swap their keys. Looks like these slim sockets can press-fit into PCBs quite easily. The 7305 are gold plate, the 0305 are tin plate. Here’s some part numbers that were popular: https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/mill-max-manufacturing-corp/0305-2-15-80-47-80-10-0/2639493 and https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/mill-max-manufacturing-corp/7305-0-15-15-47-27-10-0/1765737
Look for yourself on digikey.com at https://www.digikey.com/short/bv29r5qt
Catch live airings of The Great Search in the Desk of Ladyada! broadcasts https://youtu.be/46zAO_3-ozY
Visit the Adafruit shop online – http://www.adafruit.com
LIVE CHAT IS HERE! http://adafru.it/discord
Adafruit on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adafruit
Subscribe to Adafruit on YouTube: http://adafru.it/subscribe
New tutorials on the Adafruit Learning System: http://learn.adafruit.com/
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.