Using Glowforge, 3D printing, and SketchUp to create custom keyboards

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Using Glowforge, 3D printing, and SketchUp to create custom keyboards

Kevin Simpson, a front-end/Javascript developer for Trimble, spends a lot of time jockeying a keyboard and crushing out code. Because of this, he has developed a bad case of tendinitis in his wrist. He has tried to solve this issue with all of the usual solutions: taking breaks, finger curls, and stretches. None of these solutions have had any lasting, measurable effect. This led him to two options: surgery or some kind of technical solution. As a hobbyist maker and a general fan of technology, he went with the latter and decided to build two split ortholinear keyboards – one for working from home and one for the office.  

Anyone old enough to remember the splash that split keyboards made back in the late 90s will remember split keyboards as larger, bulky affairs that took up a lot of desk space and were really difficult to type on. These products are still available, but I often work from home and didn’t want to lug one of those mammoth devices to and from the office on a daily basis. So I began looking for more elegant options; enter the Keebio Iris. Read more

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