Hey fellow Key cap enthusiasts! As of now I am working on bringing a full sized 104 key aluminum key cap set to market. Each key would be individual milled to ensure maximum quality. I am interested to know how many of you are interested and what you would be willing to pay for the set. It will probably go for around $1,900 (EDIT: now my goal is $600 to $800) Do you think that is too high or am I undercutting myself. To tide you over till make a full set, here's a photo of an unfinished prototype.
(The final design will have a mat finish)
Edit: New photo of latest key design
Hey my keeb friends, it's your boye oldcat here, to present a design in collaboration with airpotter from Gray Studio.
Krauth summarized René Descartes' philosophy succinctly, "That cannot doubt which does not think, and that cannot think which does not exist. I doubt, I think, I exist." As a fan of and heavily influenced by Descartes' Philosophy, I combined the key term with some design choices of this board, and named it "Think6.5°".
Think6.5° has been more than 3 months in the making, and the prototype is currently being made. I think it is a good time to gather some final feedback for a potential production version. My original plan was to make about 10 boards (at a relatively high price) for myself and friends, but PCB maker is not willing to just make 10. Potter asked me about doing a GB to lower cost of production, if enough people in the community are interested. So here it is:
Motivations and Design Choices
1. It is a design that I...
I went ahead and broke open my KBD19X kit I've been sitting on meaning to build that I bought specifically for GMK Laser when its drop started, and ironically I never got around to building it in time, lol. I kept telling myself, "you have plenty of time!"...days rolled to weeks...months.... and now GMK Laser is sitting on one of the worktables in the shop, unopened, and collecting dust. Hahah. One of these days I'll get around to it! --probably when the drop for the KBD19X PCB shows up, that is.
So I went ahead and designed and made an acrylic-cased deck using the PCB I have from the kit, using lubed ZealPC Zilents with 63.5g springs (85g on spacebar), ZealPC PCB-mount stabs, pink 1.8mm LEDs, and a gradient Cherry profile PBT keycap set I've been sitting on from KBDFans that went great with the theme I wanted to go for. GMK Laser would also work on it too, but that's still going on the main deck. ;) This one I'll use as my work deck for the time being...
EDIT: I'm not longer planning on doing this. Feel free to leave interest here in case someone else wants to pick this up. I bought Ducky PBT double-shots and they've been great. Some tips if you do the same:
Use the ]} for the 3# key so it's the right profile. Likewise, use the KP8 key for 8* instead of the 8* key. Use alt/ctrl/win as the modifier keys on the left and right. Use KPenter and KP0 for the thumb buttons. Ask mechanicalkeyboards.com (where I bought my keys) for an extra KPenter/KP0 if you order from them, they were able to help me out with that for an extra $5. I decided to leave some keys properly labeled rather than have them be mislabeled and PBT. I don't know of where to get tall PBTs, so those are still OEM.
Here's what mine looks like:
I'm just gauging interest here for now, but how many of you would be interested in buying a PBT Keycap set from Signature Plastics? The price would likely be ~$100 plus or minus depending on # of buyers.
ALF's DC60 has completed an alpha run private GB and an international GB in GH. DC60 features an elegant and pragmatic design with a myriads of customization opportunities. Given the current success, it is ALF's ambition to take it one step further to make it available for more customized keyboard fans. Therefore, we'd like to share the design and information about this project to the Massdrop community, to gather feedback, to prepare for a possible collaboration with Massdrop if enough people are interested.
Let us know what you think! And maybe it will happen on Massdrop!
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