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Model Something! 6/11/12 - Keyboards

Posted June 10, 2012 4:00 PM by Mizuti
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This Week's Difficulty: Experienced

We're going to kick things off with something that we think is a little tricky, a keyboard from one of our latest product reviews. If you find this task to be too difficult, go ahead and try to model the keys, or some fraction / part of the keyboard. Feel free to do a more / less complex keyboard based on your preferences and style.

As per always for this blog, all mediums of modeling are allowed, whether it be a serious program like Inventor Pro, or something a little silly such as Photoshop or MS Paint. Just make sure to include the name of your medium with your submission, and any sources you might've used!

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06/10/2012 10:32 PM

All I have to use is MS Paint. So there's no way I'm going to model an entire keyboard. All I can do is modify an existing image of a keyboard - or really, just an image of a section of a keyboard.

So, here's what I'd do:

MAYBE THIS WOULD STOP THOSE IDIOTS. (ouch!)

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06/12/2012 10:16 AM

Per your specifications, my good man:

Made using free modeling software: SketchUp

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06/13/2012 1:02 PM

Designed using Truespace 3.2 quite an old program but free and quite good. Resolution of blog image doesn't do it justice can we increase it?

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06/13/2012 1:38 PM

Oooooh...looks like we have a competition! ...I was getting worried that all I would see is smart ass comments!

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06/13/2012 3:08 PM

I'm still trying to find a good font to label the keys with....I hope there's no time limit...I should be done about this time next year....

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06/13/2012 3:17 PM

There's no time limit! If you find a previous challenge you'd like to attempt, you're more than welcome to do so (might be tricky right now, seeing how this is the first one). I'm going to put all entries in a gallery on our Facebook and Google+ page after a week, so if you get an entry in sooner, there's a higher chance that you'll get to show off your design, but don't feel rushed. Perfection takes time after all

If you want to just post "where you are" sometime on Sunday, you can always work on it more and polish it up, that's what's so great about subscribing to threads

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06/11/2012 2:05 AM

These I want to make my special keys...

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06/11/2012 7:26 AM

I'd only need one key... the Enter key.

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06/11/2012 4:59 PM

You've been a bad boy...

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06/11/2012 12:29 PM

Modeling...clever!. I vote you as the winner and Usbport as the dirty old man.

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06/11/2012 10:39 AM

I think the right hand shift key should be made smaller and the "enter" key above it made larger. It's too easy to hit the wrong key when you want to enter. Some keyboards already do this, some don't.

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06/11/2012 7:24 PM

the worst that can happen is black keys with white labels (difficult to verify lit by LCD monitors not better with dim content CRT-s @ PM hours) S-pecially when you have multilingual keyboard where some characters are unnative and printed on the sides of the keys

if you enjoy "peaceful computing" (& you have silent fans) the "noisy" keyboard and "awfully loud" mouse clicks are irritating - the design and layout not so important

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06/13/2012 10:06 PM

Custom CR4 Keyboard!...casing made of unobtainium.

Modeled with Catia V5, rendered with Righthemisphere's Deep Exploration.

Resolution here is CR4P. Full size .png available here if you want it.

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06/14/2012 3:29 AM

lmao !

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06/14/2012 7:30 AM

Ha! nice conceptual interpretation... and Terraman takes the lead!

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06/30/2012 3:09 PM

I'm a little late to this party.... sorry I've been away for 187 days...Thanks Kris for giving me the notice. (which I also missed for 30 days..)

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06/30/2012 3:30 PM

rofl !

Good to see you here, Chris. I reckon you can give people a run for their money, and will be following the whole show with great interest. I'm no artist, so it's great fun for me to see what people can do (and hear how they do it). Hope you have time to enter some stuff.

No need for 'sorry' - I'm frequently diverted from CR4 stuff myself.

The thing that strikes me so far is how quickly some people can produce quality stuff.

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