Back in February we bought a Red 3D printed skull keycap from Shapeways created by lkong. We thought, well hey, why not. We wanted an artisan keycap without the artisan cost and we also thought it’d be a good idea to test out this 3D printed idea that’s been kicking about and see if it lives up to the hype. It’s been around 6 months, and we thought it’d be a good time to chime back in after a fair bit of use.
The 3D Keycap is sold over at Shapeways for just under £5 which is pretty reasonable. Of course, you get a bit of a burn when you go to ship the thing, but remember, £20 is well under artisan prices for single keycaps of such “artistic” nature. And hey, if you’re looking for a single keycap like this, chances are prices are pretty high already. There are plenty of different material, colours and finishes available, if a flat red doesn’t take your fancy. Want it in yellow or maybe green? Sure. Matte Gold Steel? For a little more money, go ahead!
We’ve had this keycap on our Ducky Mini for the whole six months we’ve had it, and it’s still there, it’s still red, it’s still the same shape, and even though it’s 3D printed it’s held up just as well as any other keycap. The only slight wear on it is the area that contacts your finger, has lost a bit of colour. It’s slightly lighter than the rest but for something that came out of a 3D printer, wear and tear is something that concerned me, but not anymore. It hasn’t broken, it’s pretty solid, and it fits the original MX steam perfectly.
We think it looks great on our Mini, and it definitely garners interest. The holes for the eyes are also all the way through, so if you’ve got backlighting, it shines right through like some sort of keycap demon. We’d definitely get another one. Matte Gold Steel anyone?
Gallery here – https://mechboards.co.uk/red-skull-keycap-gallery