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Hmmm... Is it like a capacitive or something?

4.2mm travel
30m keystrokes
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post #12 of 36
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Yea, paper clip under each side of the key and pull up together.
k got it, its a spring sticking up right out of the middle of the hole. I will take a picture give me a min.
post #13 of 36
Do you want to sell one of them maybe?
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And the vultures begin circling to get a mech keyboard
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Thanks for the paper clip advice scrappy, on my other non-mechanical keyboard I used a butter knife and the caps shot all over the place .



post #16 of 36
^ New to me, possibly buckling spring?

Edit: looked at the mechanical keyswitch bible we have and I would say buckling spring.

Double Edit: Not gonna lie, now I kinda want one if only to feel buckling spring.
Edited by Scrappy - 5/22/11 at 12:50pm
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Buckling Spring Keyswitches:

Type: Tactile & Clicky Mechanical Switch
Link: Patent
Tactile: Yes, very precise
Clicky: Yes, loud
Actuation Force: 65g-70g (Force Diagram)
Key Travel: 2.3mm to actuation, 3.7mm to bottom
Buckling springs are pretty straightforward once you see them in action. After pushing the key down a certain distance the spring buckles under pressure, causing the hammer at the bottom to hit a membrane sheet and create an electrical contact. The buckling of the spring also provides tactile feedback and a satisfying click as it hits the shaft wall. And you might also notice through the force diagrams that this is the only mechanical switch where the tactile and audible feedback correspond to the exact moment the switch actuates.

Yeah sure enough looking at the picture it 100% has got to be a buckling spring. I guess that's good news? No wonder why this thing makes so much noise! Are buckling spring style still made in the newer mechanical keyboards? I know the IBM Model M is buckling but I dunno of others.
Edited by innovatek - 5/22/11 at 1:00pm
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Yea, I can't even find the company anywhere though, must have been some random small company that just kinda died out.
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Ouch the switch without the key on it looks identical, that guy ripped it in his mini-review to lol!
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