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MTNU: September update

MTNU: September update

Time flies when you are designing keycaps! 3 months have already passed since the announcement of my collaboration with GMK and MTNU has already gone through multiple revisions. I think it’s time for a well due update.

The main shapes and physiology of the profile are defined but small adjustments can still be done. We had a few prototypes 3D printed to check the overall look’n’feel and GMK is working on the tooling as we speak. The first batch of injected proto-keycaps should be manufactured in about a month, that will give us a better sense of what this profile will actually be. I don’t hide that I’m a bit scared but mostly excited :)

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OPK: Open Programmatic Keycap in CadQuery

OPK: Open Programmatic Keycap in CadQuery

It’s a long time I wanted to release a fully open source keycap profile that is easy to customize and pleasing to the eye. It’s relatively easy to create a keycap with a parametric CAD software like Fusion 360 or Solidworks but this solution has some limitations. These software are generally expensive, some can be used only on Windows and often you don’t actually own your designs as they are stored on the cloud and the companies can alter their end user agreement at any time limiting or even denying access to your work.

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GMK + Matt3o

GMK + Matt3o

By now the news is out but it’s time to make it official.

If you follow my Discord you know that MTNU (pronounced emty-new) is the code name of the new profile I’m working on since a few months. You haven’t heard much about it since the initial announcement because I was busy finding the right manufacturer.

I’m happy to announce that I not only found a manufacturer but also the perfect partner with years of experience in the keycap industry. The moment I reached out GMK they showed great interest in my new profile and I feel incredibly honored that they are willing to take this project under their wing.

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DIY Doubleshot with 3D printing

DIY Doubleshot with 3D printing

By now you know that I’m a 3D printing freak. The evolution of resin 3D printers in these last few years has been exponential, not only from a technological point of view but also for accessibility and resin quality/range.

I’m being using 3D printing for prototyping since some time and with the right resin you can actually print fully functional keycaps you can use day to day and in any size you need. The only issue is the legends. How can you have doubleshot-like keycaps with 3D printing?

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A new keycap profile is in the work

A new keycap profile is in the work

After 5 years from MT3 I’m finally working on a new keycap profile. It’s still spherical top and sculpted but medium height. In many ways it’s an evolution of the MT3 design but they are different enough to coexist. I’m still early in the development process but I want to show you the current state of thing so to get feedback and suggestions.

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How to write in Sindarin, an introduction

How to write in Sindarin, an introduction

This is the video I wanted to do since a long time. The Tolkien sets are not just fancy gimmicks, they can be actually used to write in Sindarin and Khuzdul. All you need is to install the right font and a little reference material.

In the following video I show you how easy it is to write in Sindaring and show off your Tolkien nerdom to the normies! It’s just an introduction, but should give you an idea.

The Tolkien keycaps are finally live!

This will be a very quick update, but an important one.

After months of work and tribulation I’m cautiously proud to inform you that the official Elven and Dwarven keycaps are finally up for pre-order at Drop!

The pre-order phase will last a couple of months at a special price, after the release date they will be still available for a while but at full price.

Production has already started so they should be ready really soon!

All left to do is to choose your race!

Are you an Elf?

https://drop.com/buy/drop-the-lord-of-the-rings-mt3-elvish-keycap-set

Or a Dwarf?

https://drop.com/buy/drop-the-lord-of-rings-mt3-dwarvish-keycap-set

The Lore behind the Tolkien keycaps

The Lore behind the Tolkien keycaps

The Tolkien keycaps are being produced as I write and I think this is the right time to talk about the lore behind this keycap set.

I’d like to stress on the fact that this is more than just a fancy LoTR set to dress your 5th keyboard; if you want to you can actually write in Elvish and Dwarvish with these keycaps. They are not just nice, they are functional. Not to mention they are officially licensed!

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