A build guide for Dactyl Manuform 5 x 6
The dactyl manuform is an open source ergonomic split keyboard. This board is a mixture of two other open source split ergonomic keyboards: namely the dactyl and the manuform. Thus you can see where it gets its name from.
⚠️⚠️WORK IN PROGRESS⚠️⚠️
This guide is a work in progress. I'm currently working through building it so don't take it as gospel until it's done. I'd rather publish things incrementally than leave it all until the very end to make sure I capture all of my thoughts.
|Amoeba single switch pcb||Keebio|
|Elite C micro controller|
|Female Lemo socket|
|Harajuku pink filament|
|Mill-Max Manufacturing Corp. 0305-2-15-80-47-80-10-0||Digikey|
|Kester leaded solder|
|Male Lemo socket|
|Male TRRS connector|
|Female TRRS jack|
|Male USB-C connector|
Part list breakdown
We'll discuss why we chose each part
Before we begin I want to make sure that we're on the same page. Let's give some names to a few things to make it easier to communicate throughout the guide.
Don't go following these tips quite yet. Just peruse through before beginning your build.
Bending diode legs
Breaking up the amoeba boards
Breaking the boards can be difficult. Sometimes it can feel like you're going to break it the wrong way. I've found the easiest way to break off the individual pcbs is to let one row of the board hang off of a table.
Once you do that push down on the row that is off of the straight edge until it breaks off.
Choosing your model
Remove plastic supports
Make sure the case is level
Note the orientation of resistor
Placing amoebas on the board
Sand down amoebas
One on thumb cluster