Open Source Keyboard Project: A Study in Manufacturing OptimizationExploring Open Source Hardware: At Lavigne Labs, our foray into the open source hardware realm, led by Brian Barrett, focused on manufacturing the K-type keyboard, originally designed by Input Club. This project was a deep dive into the intricacies of manufacturing and design efficiency. Manufacturing and Design Insights:
- Project Scope: The goal was to reproduce an open source hardware design, assessing the feasibility and uncovering manufacturing efficiencies.
- Valuable Learning Experience: Recreating the K-type keyboard provided firsthand insights into the production process and the potential for design simplifications.
- Cost-Effective Alternatives: The project revealed several opportunities to reduce the Bill of Materials (BOM) cost significantly. For instance, optimizing CNC design, minimizing vacuum tooling, and selecting cost-effective component alternatives like USB ports.
- Design Efficiency: Identified that the acrylic layer's design could be more efficient, suggesting the use of securing pins instead of machined acrylic pins.