Silicone tactile switches

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Silicone tactile switches

Post by Robochris » Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:56 am

Has anyone used them for L/R on the vmu? Will they need caps of some kind? I can print anything.

Also where do you prefer the placement top or back?

Just looking for opinions here.

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Re: Silicone tactile switches

Post by sygyzy » Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:10 pm

I haven't tested any of this out but I would go with rear placement and no caps.

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Re: Silicone tactile switches

Post by Robochris » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:57 pm

sygyzy wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:10 pm
I haven't tested any of this out but I would go with rear placement and no caps.
I think that’s what I’m going to go with but my only concern without fitting is whether the switches come thru the case far enough.

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Re: Silicone tactile switches

Post by sygyzy » Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:36 pm

With non silicone versions, they have ones with extra long posts. Does something similar exist for soft switches? Also, I saw a VMU build where someone actually carved into the back cover plastic so the buttons sit a little bit deeper. You can try that?

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Re: Silicone tactile switches

Post by Strider » Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:51 pm

I've got 8mm clicky switches on the back of mine, there's just enough to tuck them above the 400mah battery. If you want more juice it'll be better to place them in the cap.

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Re: Silicone tactile switches

Post by Robochris » Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:19 am

I do have plenty of the longer clicky ones on hand but the soft ones feel like actual buttons. I may try to design and print some small caps to extend them.

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Re: Silicone tactile switches

Post by Robochris » Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:22 am

I haven’t started building yet but I bought a 750mAh battery that is 30x48mm. Think I could still fit L/R on the back?

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Re: Silicone tactile switches

Post by diko_d » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:52 am

I actually fitted two regular tact switches with the 850mAh battery in there. I mounted the switches on the 45 degree angled sides of the VMu. It actually much nicer than in the back, cause I want it to sit flush on it's back or ruining the front clean view of the case.
Personally, I've also noticed that it has a more natural feels with that small package to hold it that way.
The only modification to the tact switches I did was to just slightly file some of the plastic off the angled side towards the PCB to make it sit snug in there.

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Re: Silicone tactile switches

Post by vinomer » Fri May 03, 2019 11:21 pm

Until someone 3D prints a bracket for the L1/R1 buttons for us to be able to use buttons rather than tactile switches, tactiles with or without caps is one of our only options.
I've been experimenting with ways to use buttons and the best way to do so is using a 3D Printed bracket (similar to the GBZ brackets for buttons) that we can use to glue to the inside of the casing, drop our buttons into the hole on the bracket aligned with the hole we drilled into the back VMU casing. Then, place a tactile switch onto the button and glue it in place without glueing the clicker, that way your clicker is touching the inside on the button. Let it dry and test it out.
The other is using a slightly longer tactile, glue it in place and gluing a button or cap onto the clicker from the outside of the casing. Maybe hollow out the cap enough for you to fill it with glue and place it over the clicker. Let it dry and you've got L1/R1 buttons.

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