Makers, hobbyists and electronic enthusiasts searching for a project to keep them busy this weekend may be interested in a new DIY custom mechanical keypad complete with TFT LCD display, which has been created by Thingiverse member JayFi. Who has kindly provided full instructions on how to recreate one as well as all the 3D printing files required if you have access to a filament 3D printer.
The DIY mechanical custom keypad is perfect for those who have a workflow that requires remembering a number of different shortcuts or custom shortcuts need to be set up. Removing the need for you to remember a wide variety of different key combinations to get the most speed and productivity from your most used software applications.
The system is equipped with a small Arduino Pro Micro development board on which the Arduino software uses the OneButton Library to allow the mechanical keypad to be customised to your exact requirements and to simply connect multiple buttons without debounce handling needed. The integrated display shows the current selected mode in the function of the keys and will update as you change each function.
For more information on full wiring specifications as well as links to purchase the mechanical keys and 2.2 inch display jump over to the Thingiverse website by following the link below.