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Ferris Sweep Build Guide

Ferris Sweep Build Guide

Parts used to build the Ferris Sweep in this Build Guide

Part NameQuantityRemarks
Ferris Sweep PCB2 setsPCBs are reversible on kriscables.com This means you can choose any of them for left/right when starting the build
Kailh Hotswap Sockets34Only MX sockets are supported on kriscables.com
TRRS jack2
Low Profile Case1 set
Mounting hardwareFor Acrylic Base + Acrylic Switch Plates: 8x 6mm Standoffs and 16x 5mm Screws
USB-C Pro Micro Controllers2Also can be used: Pro Micro (micro usb), Elite-C, Nice!Nano etc
Controller Low Profile Sockets2 setsOptional, but strongly recommended to have them to hotswap easily any time
Mill Max Socket Pins2 setsNeeded for controllers hotswap. In 2 sets come 24 + 24 Pins enough for 2 controllers
Switches34
Keycaps34
TRRS cable1
USB-C cable1or Micro USB cable (depending on the chosen controller)
Parts used to build the Ferris Sweep in this Build Guide

Note: This is a resumed Ferris Sweep Build Guide and a WIP (work in progress).

Ferris Sweep Build Guide
Ferris Sweep DIY KIT by kriscables

Start with the one half and only after completing all the steps proceed to the another half PCB. On this guide i started with the left half.

Warnings

โš ๏ธ Don’t connect or disconnect the TRRS cable when one side of your split keyboard is powered. It may short out and fry the microcontroller. Always disconnect the USB cable first.
โš ๏ธ Be gentle with microcontrollersUSB ports. They are easy to break.
โš ๏ธ Before inserting the switches into the PCB’s hotswap sockets make sure the switch’s legs aren’t bend. The insertion should go smoothly with very little resistance. If it is not – don’t force it to get in, check what’s wrong and adjust the insertion.

HOW TO FLASH CONTROLLERS GUIDE
1) Flash the controllers with the keymap before soldering them to the board. Here is the default Ferris Sweep keymap. Here is the .hex file if you don’t want to to create QMK environment and just want to flash using QMK Toolbox: download .hex

SOLDER HOTSWAP SWITCH SOCKETS
2) Since Ferris Sweep doesn’t use diodes we can proceed to solder the kailh hotswap sockets.
๐Ÿ’ก On the PCB tin one socket pad first. After that, holding gently the socket down with the tweezers – solder the corresponding side. With a bit more solder than usual on the tip – solder down the other side to the pad on PCB.

BRIDGE THE JUMPER PADS
3) On the same side of the PCB you chose to solder the kailh sockets, as on the PCB also says, on the controller’s footprint solder the jumper pads.
๐Ÿ’ก Clean always the tip before soldering each pad to avoid getting shorts, also avoid putting too much solder, but not enough solder won’t short and close both pads properly, so getting this step right is crucial.

Ferris Sweep Build Guide
Ferris Sweep: Bridge the Jumper Pads

CONTROLLER HOTSWAP
4) All the work on the bottom side at this point is done. Flip the PCB.
On the top side solder the controller hotswap sockets.

INSERT MILL MAX PINS
5) Insert all the way into the controller sockets the 12+12 Mill Max Socket Pins

6) Insert into the pins the controller facing it’s SMT components down, as suggested on the PCB

Ferris Sweep Build Guide
Controller facing SMT components down

SOLDER MILL MAX PINS TO THE CONTROLLER
7) Solder the pins to the controller. Now you have a hotswappable controller on the left side.

SOLDER TRRS/POWER SWITCH
8) Solder the TRRS and the Power Switch (also both on this top side).
๐Ÿ’ก Solder the Power Switch if you plan to use the Ferris Sweep in the future with Nice!Nano + Li-Po battery wirelessly, if not then no need to solder the power switch.

FINAL TEST OF THE PCB
9) Use tweezers to short kailh sockets or insert switches into the board and test the PCB. If everything works repeat the same steps on the Right Side.
๐Ÿ’ก Check always which half you are working on and which side the components go.

Ferris Sweep Build Guide
Ferris Sweep: Left-Smoked Acrylic, Right-Black FR4 Switch Plates

โš ๏ธ Please be careful when inserting the switches into the PCB. Make sure Switch Legs are not bended and are aligned with socket holes. Don’t force it to enter, otherwise you risk to end up with a broken socket like on the photo below. It should get in smoothly with almost no resistance.

MOUNT THE PLATES
10) Mount the case, insert the rest of the switches and add some keycaps. Done ! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰

Ferris Sweep Build Guide
Ferris Sweep featuring White Switch Plate and White Base Plate