What Makes a Maker?

Meet Andrew Lee, a mechanical keyboard designer and creator. Andrew comes into the Makerspace at Main for help cutting the acrylic needed for his designs. We asked him if we could interview him for Maker Faire and he said yes! Thanks, Andrew!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started making things.

I was interested in making my own fight/arcade stick, and that kind of spilled into mechanical keyboards instead.

 

What does the term “Maker” mean to you?

Someone who likes making something instead of buying/getting a premade product

 

Who or what inspires you?

One of my main keyboard inspirations is Mintlodica, who is a keycap designer.

 

Is making your hobby or business? How does it relate, if at all, to your day job?

It’s just a hobby, though I have done custom builds for clients. I use a mechanical keyboard I made every day at work.

 

Why is making important to you?

I enjoy the mechanical work, and I’ve acquired a lot of skills in the process that can apply to other things as well.

 

What have you made that you are most proud of?

A hand-wired hotswap Dactyl Manuform, which was an ergonomic split keyboard I built for a friend.

picture of a dactyl hot swap keyboard. not made by A. Lee

(link to image source– above keyboard not made by Lee)

What would you make if you had unlimited resources?

I’d want to make custom keyboards even more accessible than it is getting by making the cost of entry as low as possible to get other people into it.

 

What up-and-coming maker trends excite you the most?

Custom keyboards is a very money-restrictive hobby. In the past year or so, a larger focus on budget offerings has made it significantly easier for people to get into the hobby.

 

What advice can you give someone who wants to get involved in the Maker movement?

Even if you think you don’t have the skills to be a maker, try and you might be surprised.

Tell us something surprising about yourself.

I’ve spent more money on this than I’d care to ever admit.

 

 

Sounds like a true maker to us, Andrew! 🙂

Check out some of Andrew’s completed creations below!

Glowing rainbow ergonomic keyboard. Keyboard is brightly lit in a darkened room. The keyboard rests on a mat with a hamster on it pastel themed mini keyboard. the letter keys are white, alt/ctrl/shift keys are light pink and light purple. The keyboard rests on a pink table with cute animal silhouettes on it. the key pads or "guts" of a mechanical keyboard. This is what the keys sit on when assembling a keyboard various split keyboard designs. There are four in total. Upper left is a clear acrylic keyboard with white buttons. Upper right is a clear split keyboard with clouded keys. Lower left is a black split keyboard with neon green keys. Lower right is a white split keyboard with purple, pink, and white keys