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3D printed Keycaps for PC Keyboards

The keyboard is still one of the best ways to quickly and reliably enter words, numbers, and commands into a computer.  In a word: Keyboards are awesome!  For those of us who type all day long, they can become a bit of a fixation (I’d say: mechanical with Cherry MX Blue switches is the only way to go!).  So it’s no wonder that these 3D printed keycaps caught my eye on a recent trip to Shapeways.com.

Keycaps – as the name implies – are the “buttons” on your keyboard you press to enter words and numbers.  The neat thing about them is that, on most keyboards, they can be removed and replaced.  This makes all kinds of cool customizations possible.

Designer and maker Tasker has gone deep into creative (and cool) territory by designing a whole host of amusing keycaps:  Lego, the radioactive symbol, Cthulhu (Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn), a really interesting hand keycap (which I’m ordering as we speak), and much more.

The nice thing is, you don’t have to be an aficionado to appreciate and use these 3D printed keycaps – you just need to have a keyboard.

Can’t wait to own a custom keycap like these?  Head over to Shapeways.com, check out all the cool keycaps Tasker has to offer, and order one (or ten) today.

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