[Noisebridge-discuss] [sudo-discuss] mx brown switches in salvage

robb sf99er at gmail.com
Fri Sep 23 03:35:30 UTC 2016


i just found a 10.5" X 20" electric hotplate yesterday.
it's on the projects shelves past the robot arm w/a note about component
removal use on it.

On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 3:39 PM, Trent Robbins <robbintt at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks Jake! I was planning on doing it by hand, but it would be neat to
> try the mechanical one at sudo room.
>
> Trent
>
> On Thursday, September 22, 2016, Jake <jake at spaz.org> wrote:
>
>> a hotplate covered with clean sand heated up to 400 degrees (celsius)
>> will be a surface on which you can place a circuitboard covered with such
>> switches, and then you can pluck them out of the board as their solder
>> melts.  This is how old boards had their parts salvaged from them back when
>> people still did that.
>>
>> if you don't have the right hotplate and you want to use a skillet
>> instead, you'll likely have to cut the circuitboard in half or thirds so
>> that it will be small enough to fit in the skillet of sand.  no big deal.
>>
>> you could also remove them one at a time, using a desoldering tool.
>> There's a motorized one at sudoroom, which is basically a gun-shaped
>> soldering iron with a hollow tip and a foot-pedal activated vacuum pump.
>> You could use that to pull the solder out of the hole for one of the two
>> pins of each key, and then use a regular soldering iron to heat up the
>> second one while pulling the key out with the other hand.
>>
>> good luck,
>> -jake
>>
>> On Tue, 20 Sep 2016, Trent Robbins wrote:
>>
>> Does anyone know a good way to salvage from 101-105 mx brown keyboard
>>> switches?
>>>
>>> I'm planning on building my own keyboard this fall or winter and have
>>> plenty of time to source scrap.
>>>
>>> http://cubiq.org/build-your-very-own-pc-keyboard
>>>
>>> Build process is as complex as you'd expect.
>>>
>>> Teensy firmware: https://github.com/tmk/tmk_keyboard
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Trent
>>>
>>>
>
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