Twiget's Cyborg Mods

twiget

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I've been running a Logitech G13 for the last 15 years or so. So long that Logitech doesn't even support it, and I have to use the legacy Logitech Gaming Software to even use it. I've tried many other gaming keypads, and they always got returned as they weren't as good as the G13. Until the Cyborg showed up at my door earlier this week that is. I'll be honest, half the reason I bought a Cyborg is because I've got several 3D printers and I'm all for supporting businesses that use the tech. I am pleasantly surprised at how good the print and build quality of my Cyborg is though.

The first mod for my Cyborg is some extended knuckle paddles for the top switches. I don't like how I have to completely pull my finger out of the pocket in order to actuate these switches, so I decided to make my own paddles. I tried to copy the basic shape of the stock paddles, but I raised them ~11mm (that's around 7/16" for my fellow Americans 🇺🇲). I thought that would be the hard part, but it was pretty easy. The hard part was getting the outer diameter of the through hole correct. Too big and the paddle jams up, too small and there's not enough material and it could break too easily. Hopefully I found a happy medium that will work.

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I printed these out of PLA as a proof of concept. If they hold up well, I may redo them in ABS or ASA.
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Time to get in game and kill some bad guys.
 
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Tovrin

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Any chance you could share the STL? I'd love to print these in resin to see how they go.
 

Gobo

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I got my Cyborg today and decided I'd give these a go and fired up my resin printer. I used white water-washable resin, and I decided to make one set of each size to compare them. As with you, I ended up liking the slimmer one (8mm) best.

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A small warning to others wanting to print in resin, though... The holes in the slimmer set are too tight for the screws (the larger ones are just fine). I had to use a 2.4mm drillbit to carefully widen the hole, which was a bit annoying. Had I known this beforehand I would have widened the holes BEFORE curing the resin, thus saving myself some effort. Just a friendly heads-up. ;)

I've only bothered to try two of the keys so far and they both worked perfectly, and hitting them with the top of my knuckles was WAY easier than hitting them with my nails.
The keys look chunkier than the original keys (well DUH!), but not enough to detract from the aestetics of the Cyborg. I plan on spraypainting them the same color as the original keys, five them a coat or two of matte varnish and then transfer my griptape over to them. Once finished I'll attach them all. :)

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Gobo

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I did exactly as planned and painted them yellow. I found that the "Moon Yellow" from my Vallejo acrylic paint set was close enough to the yellow prints, so I brushed on a few layers, then gave them a coat of matte varnish. I peeled off the grip tape on the original keys and transfered them to my resin keys, and once on they blend in perfectly. ^_^
And, they are much more accessible. Thanks for both making and sharing these, Twiget. ^_^

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SteveCrookJr

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I am another long-time G13 user and my latest just died. Instead of getting another of eBay, I ordered a Cyborg. I can't 3D print (yet, maybe soon). Were you planning on offering these as a product?

If another G13 oldster likes the Cyborg, I'm glad I chose it. Be well!
 

LauraFranke

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I'd like to try this. I don't have a 3D printer though so I'll probably have to pay for a service to print it and ship it to me. I don't have tools like drill bits so I don't know if I'd be able to alter it like @Gobo did though. Plus if I messed them up I'd have to pay to have them printed and shipped again. Is there a way to alter the 3d file to fix the problem? @twiget, did you not encounter that problem when you tried them?
 
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twiget

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I did exactly as planned and painted them yellow. I found that the "Moon Yellow" from my Vallejo acrylic paint set was close enough to the yellow prints, so I brushed on a few layers, then gave them a coat of matte varnish. I peeled off the grip tape on the original keys and transfered them to my resin keys, and once on they blend in perfectly. ^_^
And, they are much more accessible. Thanks for both making and sharing these, Twiget. ^_^

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@Gobo I'm glad to hear they print well with a resin printer and they look great. How do you like the grip tape? Until recently I've never used it, but I've got some on my mouse and it's ok. Haven't gotten around to putting any on my Cyborg. I'm not surprised to hear that you had to fine tune the screw holes, they are finicky to get right.

I am another long-time G13 user and my latest just died. Instead of getting another of eBay, I ordered a Cyborg. I can't 3D print (yet, maybe soon). Were you planning on offering these as a product?

If another G13 oldster likes the Cyborg, I'm glad I chose it. Be well!

I so wish Logitech would do a new G13, with mechanical keys, that would be awesome. My G13 is still running strong and now that I've got my Cyborg, maybe it's a moot point.

I'd like to try this. I don't have a 3D printer though so I'll probably have to pay for a service to print it and ship it to me. I don't have tools like drill bits so I don't know if I'd be able to alter it like @Gobo did though. Plus if I messed them up I'd have to pay to have them printed and shipped again. Is there a way to alter the 3d file to fix the problem? @twiget, did you not encounter that problem when you tried them?

I have no plans on offering these up for sale. I travel a lot for work and I don't have the time to print and sell them.
 

Gobo

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"@Gobo I'm glad to hear they print well with a resin printer and they look great. How do you like the grip tape? Until recently I've never used it, but I've got some on my mouse and it's ok. Haven't gotten around to putting any on my Cyborg."

I love it. I've used the Azeron Compact without griptape and I occationally have to realign my hand to the handrest as I slightly slide around. On the Cyborg I got the grip for both the palmrest and the buttons, and I love them. Once I place my hand on it, I stay put with no movement or slippage at all. And I love the textured feel on the buttons.
Do they improve my gameplay? Nah, not really. But they make the ketpad feel even more like a luxury item, and to me that $12 (6 for palm and 6 for buttons) was worth it. If you only can afford one, go with the palm griptape.
 

LauraFranke

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I have no plans on offering these up for sale. I travel a lot for work and I don't have the time to print and sell them.

@twiget That's totally fine, I wasn't expecting you to print them for me. Since you were kind enough to put the files up on printibles.com, I was planning on downloading them and using an online service like shapeways.com to print them and have them shipped to me, or maybe find a local 3D printing service. I was just curious if you noticed a difference in the screw holes between the two different sizes of paddles, like Gobo did.