How to Build a 60% Keyboard: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re looking for a way to customize your mechanical keyboard, then building a 60 percent keyboard is the perfect solution. By building your own 60% keyboard, you can tailor the design to fit your exact needs and preferences. Here’s how to do it!

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How to Build a 60% Keyboard?

 

Step 1 – Gather Your Materials

The first step in building a 60% keyboard is gathering the materials you’ll need. This includes the following:
• PCB (printed circuit board)
• Plate
• Switches
• Keycaps
• Stabilizers
• Cable & Connectors
• Wires & Solder
• Case & Feet
• Screws & Nuts

Once you have all the materials, you’re ready to get started on assembling your keyboard.

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Step 2 – Assemble the Plate and PCB Together

The next step is putting together the plate and PCB. Start by placing the plate onto the PCB and securing it with screws and nuts. Then use solder to connect each switch to its corresponding pad on the PCB. Make sure all of these connections are secure before moving on to the next step.

Step 3 – Install Switches

Now that you’ve connected each switch to its corresponding pad on the PCB, it’s time to install them into their respective holes on the plate. To do this, gently press each switch into place until it clicks into place. Once all of them are installed, check again that all connections are secure and none of them have come loose during installation.

Step 4 – Insert Keycaps

Once all switches are installed, it’s time to insert keycaps onto each one of them. Make sure they align properly with their corresponding switch before pressing firmly down so they snap into place securely.

Step 5 – Attach Stabilizers

Now that all switches and keycaps are in place, it’s time for stabilizers! These will help ensure that each keypress activates evenly regardless of which row or column they’re located in on your keyboard. Start by attaching one stabilizer wire per switch using either plastic clips or metal springs depending on which type of stabilizer you have purchased (or built). Then attach another wire from those wires directly onto each keycap using clips or springs as well so they remain stabilized when pressed down or pulled up during typing/gaming sessions later on.

Step 6 – Connect Cables & Connectors

Finally, it’s time for cables and connectors! Connect one end of each cable/connector to its corresponding port on both sides of your case before plugging in any additional wires or connectors required by your specific model such as USB ports etc.

Next, connect any additional wires such as LEDs for backlighting (if applicable) and lastly plug in any necessary plugs such as power supplies, etc.

Make sure everything is plugged in correctly before powering up your keyboard for testing purposes later on!

Conclusion:

Building a 60% mechanical keyboard from scratch isn’t as difficult as it might seem at first glance – but if done properly, can be extremely rewarding! With just a few simple steps outlined above, anyone can build their very own custom mechanical keyboard tailored specifically for their needs and preferences – whether it be gaming or everyday typing scenarios – without having to pay an arm and a leg for one pre-made online or at retail stores around town! So what are you waiting for? Get out there today and start building yours now!

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