Handwire Soldering Workshop

1/13 • LCM+L

Build your own handwired keyboard

Take home your own custom handwired keyboard!

Handwire? If you've never tried it, this is the workshop for you! Whether you've 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 is a good skill to have for both prototyping and one-off projects.

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.

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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What will I learn?

Handwiring skills for prototyping and one-off project with keyboards and beyond.

If you don't already know how to solder, you will learn. If you already know how to solder, we will help you improve your technique.

Our teacher to attendee ratio will be at least 1 to 4, so there will be ample time to answer any questions that may arise throughout the workshop.

You will leave with the confidence to build keyboards at home. You will also be introduced to our attendee chat where you can ask questions and learn from other attendees longterm.

Where? When?

Living Computers: Museum + Labs
2245 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134

Saturday, January 13th
SOLD OUT - 10:30am to 12:30pm - SOLD OUT


Saturday, January 13th
1:30am to 3:30pm

Length: 2 hours
Ages 12+

Discounted Price: $25*

Full Price: $41

*Museum members and those that have RSVPed to the SMKmeetup are only paying for the cost of supplies for this workshop. Anyone who is not a member of the LCM+L nor has an RSVP ticket to the SMKmeetup will also be required to pay the $16 admission fee to the museum ($25 + $16).

Our semi-annual Seattle mechanical keyboard meetup will start immediately after this workshop. Make sure to stick around!

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