[Noisebridge-discuss] mx brown switches in salvage

Trent Robbins robbintt at gmail.com
Thu Sep 22 22:39:36 UTC 2016

Thanks Jake! I was planning on doing it by hand, but it would be neat to
try the mechanical one at sudo room.


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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