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Hello. I will ask this here since this community seems to be the most active one in this "field".

I have seen a lot of DIY keyboards but DIY mice are almost all simple kinzuadders or similar. I realize shells are hard to make but couldn't one design all the electronics for a shell of their liking, right? Especially since most people here dislike the implementations made by the manufacturers.

I have seen qsxcv's projects but that is pretty much it, where are other DIYers? Is it too hard? Too simple or not rewarding enough? Discuss.
post #2 of 61
well the mouse enthusiast community is significantly smaller

i know trism has something though tongue.gif
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post #3 of 61
Hahahahahaha


Diy keyboards are extremely Crude objects..

It's mostly a bunch of flat milled panels..

Doesn't matter how you dress it up, or anodize.. it's mostly just a box.. Simple to do.


Mouse, has curves and more complex moving parts.. Curvature itself is something that is order of magnitude more difficult to Machine and master.. biggrin.gif

To make a living hinge that comes together.. be durable and move freely, etc, requires alot of engineering knowledge


Any dim wit can CAD holes into large flat panels.. and make a keyboard..
Edited by tp4tissue - 7/16/16 at 10:30am
post #4 of 61
I'm the person who attempted to DIY completely custom mouse shell for g303 internals via 3d printing and abandoned the idea.

Problem with 3d printing mouse shell is materials. Some of them are just bad for these purposes, and those that are good are way too expensive. Also building a decent mouse shell requires alot of test trials which are taking very much time, cuz the process is: 1) CAD the model, 2) send it to printing company, 3) wait, 4) receive the model, 5) repeat. Not to say that they take alot of money.
post #5 of 61
Well I made a 518 3.0 shell mod.

Also made a logitech g3 mx 518 mod.

Part of the reason is that it has very little tolorance. The switches need to be aligned perfectly for the clicks to feel right and mouse wheel construction plays a big role (has to be correct height and whatnot
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post #6 of 61
almost none of the mouse enthusiasts are actually interested in learning how mice work. people who are actually able to DYI internals have no interest in mice (but rather in other fields).
that said, it does take a lot of knowledge, and it's not easy to get into without prior experience..

what qsxcv said obviously is true, but i also think it's a matter of audience.
people buying expensive mice are usually just gamers or otherwise casual folk, but people buying expensive keyboards are relatively often coders who would have less big a problem picking up firmware/software development, and it would be easier for them to pick up electronics if they don't already know a thing about it
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Originally Posted by qsxcv View Post

well the mouse enthusiast community is significantly smaller

i know trism has something though tongue.gif

a niche within a niche tongue.gif

Same goes for keyboards really. DIY keyboards a bit more common than mice i think(dont even know any tbh)... cant get either in my country, to small market :/
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post #9 of 61
Shell is the biggest thing keeping me from custom-making a mouse

Shells have to secure the sensor and switches at a minimum so you generally have to mutilate an existing mouse
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Originally Posted by wareya View Post

Shell is the biggest thing keeping me from custom-making a mouse

Shells have to secure the sensor and switches at a minimum so you generally have to mutilate an existing mouse

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