3D Printer Creates Functioning Keyboard with No Assembly (Video)

In today's Stratasys blog video we have for you another 'first' from the world of multi-material 3D printing.

This time we've created a functioning keyboard using the Objet Connex 3D printer. Using the system's multi-material 3D printing  capability, our keyboard designer Arnon Gratch (who works right here at Stratasys HQ) was able to create the true feel of functioning keys using a combination of rigid and rubber-like materials.

Remarkably, using this technology means there is no need to assemble the individual keys into the board. Instead, the entire keyboard is 'grown' as a single homogeneous unit that nevertheless retains its independently functioning key elements!


Objet Connex technology is capable of jetting both rigid and rubber-like materials at the same time

Objet Connex technology is capable of jetting both rigid and rubber-like materials at the same time

Comments

  1. This is a very interesting invention, great job!

  2. Yoni Kaplan says:

    Great video Sam. What does this mean for replacing the parts? Is it similar to standard keyboards in that the individual keys can be replaced? How does the internal structure allow for this?

  3. Hello there,

    I'd be interested in using a keyboard like this (as it is, I'd solder my own contacts) in an art installation - can you give me an indicative price of how much you would charge for it?

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