Proton C Handwire Soldering Workshop

01/05/19 • LCM+L

Build your own handwired keyboard

Now with the new Proton C ARM based microcontroller!

Handwire (a.k.a point-to-point)? If you haven't tried it, this is the workshop for you! Whether you have only soldered with PCBs or have never soldered at all, you will walk away with tips and tricks to help you with your next keyboard project. Handwiring switches and diodes to a microntroller (Proton C) is a good skill to have for both prototyping and one-off projects.

You will learn the basics of keyboard electronics, microcontrollers, and soldering. Leave the workshop with your own 4x4 programmable USB keyboard. Your microcontroller will come pre-flashed. After the workshop you can learn how to program and flash your fully programmable keyboard yourself (or attend one of our not-yet-announced workshops on keyboard firmware). We will provide all tools and supplies.

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Have you seen handwired projects online and thought you could never do it yourself? Learn handwiring first hand from someone that thinks handwiring is easier than working with PCBs.

What will I learn?

  • Handwiring (point-to-point) skills for prototyping and one-off projects with keyboards and beyond
  • How to use magnet wire for faster column wiring
  • Soldering basics and safety (if you haven't soldered before)
  • Keyboard specific soldering skills (if you have soldered before)
  • Necessary skills to build full-size keyboards at home
  • QMK and mechanical keyboard programming


Saturday, January 5th, 2018
12:30pm to 2:30pm*


Living Computer Museum + Labs
2245 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

Length: 2 hours
Ages 12+**

Workshop Fee: $36
Museum Entry Fee: $16***

*Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the workshop.
**Parent or Guardian must drop off any attendees under 18 years of age and must sign a waiver.
***Museum entry fee is only required if you are not exhibiting keyboard(s) at the Winter SMKmeetup. You can register for both the workshop and meetup using the registration button below.

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