Author Topic: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!  (Read 3521 times)

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Offline AKiwi92

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Hey guys! Just dropping a quick IC here for the new KiwiKeebs Macro!

EDIT:A few photos of the purple anodised prototype cases here: https://imgur.com/a/5GqoQQ4

Renders




https://forms.gle/79xVBEc19qF4JEyAA

WHAT IS IT?

This is the newest version of the KiwiKeebs MacroBoard kit, but weíve made a few changes.

Itís a 6 key hotswap macro board with rotary encoder sporting a solid CNC aluminium case and chunky knob - with USB-C!

THE PCB

Soldering a pro micro or USB-C counterpart was fiddly for new users, we designed this new PCB to have all these components integrated.

The only components that require soldering this time around are the 6 hotswap sockets and the rotary encoder which is a much simpler task for someone new to this hobby. I will also offer an assembly service for a small fee for anyone who isnít confident.

The board will come pre-flashed with VIAL and be both QMK and VIA compatible so you can start customising right away! Note: QMK and VIA donít currently support rotary encoders but you can custom compile firmware to change this functionality, this is also why I am pre-flashing and encouraging the use of VIAL to make this easier.

THE CASE & KNOB

Both the case and knob are made from CNC aluminium manufactured and anodised here in the UK. For the moment the plan is to run with:

Black (Anodised)
Purple (Anodised)
E-White

E-White is more difficult for me to get made so it will depend on the IC and MOQ as to if this is possible!

WHAT DO I GET?

* 1 x Aluminium Case
* 1 x Aluminium Knob
* 1 x Rotary Encoder
* 6 x Kailh hot swap sockets
* 1 x PCB
* 1 x FR4 Plate
* 1 x KiwiKeebs Sticker
* Screws & fittings

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to source your own 6 x Cherry MX switches, keycaps and USB-C cable.

PRICING

The full kit will come in cheaper than the V1 at £73 + Shipping providing MOQ is hit!

PLEASE NOTE: If you require a specific carrier for your country because of COVID please message after ordering and I can quote you the extra needed.

SHIPPING TIME?

I tentatively want to ship these in Q3, but Q4 is a more realistic goal!


If you want to check out the V1 macro and the 3D printed kits they are still visible on the site! https://kiwikeebs.co.uk
« Last Edit: Thu, 15 July 2021, 18:22:53 by AKiwi92 »

Offline SolidCactus

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 15 June 2021, 16:20:27 »
Looks good to me dude!

Offline Neely_12

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 15 June 2021, 17:01:37 »
Looks pretty cool. features are nice too. Hopefully the price is decent enough

Offline ImportShark

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 15 June 2021, 17:41:18 »
Looks great!. I really like my v1 so im excited for v2.

Offline LupoLoopy

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 15 June 2021, 17:53:39 »
Pleased to see this up! An opportunity for me to get one in aluminium. Although I love my 3DP v1, there's nothing like a cold metal dial!

Really interested to see how VIA/VIAL goes. Let me know if you need me to test any firmware.

Offline saam

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 16 June 2021, 00:41:11 »
Very nice! I would like to see this in some other case materials as well, maybe PC, or all brass ;). Good luck!


Sam E

Offline jpjoseph12

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 16 June 2021, 02:23:15 »
Awesome, glad this came as missed out on the V1!

Offline sagarpruthi

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 16 June 2021, 02:56:50 »
I am really enjoying my Kiwikeeb v1. The build quality is solid. Really looking forward to the purple version in r2 along with USB C

Offline AKiwi92

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 16 June 2021, 02:58:42 »
Very nice! I would like to see this in some other case materials as well, maybe PC, or all brass ;). Good luck!

Haha you know I have been daydreaming about this, maybe another lil run / case only run in the future :P

Oh and thanks!

Offline TheWonderBubble

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 16 June 2021, 03:04:23 »
Why does everything with rotaries have so much of my interest? At this rate I'm going to end up with 5 rotaries on my desk and I've only thought up three uses for them.

I don't even care. I want this.
Shhhhh...my wallet doesn't know I'm here.


Offline einhaufenpizza

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 16 June 2021, 11:25:27 »
Looks good.  :) Are Poly or ABS cases planned?

Offline Daesya

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 16 June 2021, 16:51:05 »
Didn't know I needed this but now I do T_T

Offline AKiwi92

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 17 June 2021, 03:58:47 »
Looks good.  :) Are Poly or ABS cases planned?

Not for the GB but I am exploring options for future case drops! :D

Offline __init__

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 10 July 2021, 02:32:07 »
H Y P E E E E E E
I am all in for this! Looks SICK!

Offline Sandersoni

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 10 July 2021, 06:44:33 »
Very interested.

VIAL working great on my BNR1 Binepad!
Recommended for rotary encoder programming.

Offline g_hack_it

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 10 July 2021, 14:34:06 »
Definitely in on this guy, looks awesome!

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Offline g_hack_it

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 10 July 2021, 14:37:38 »
The IC mentions a build service, but also says hotswap. Will soldering be required?

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Offline AKiwi92

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 10 July 2021, 15:47:35 »
The IC mentions a build service, but also says hotswap. Will soldering be required?

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So the kit will need the 6 hotswap sockets and the rotary encoder soldering.

It is a really simple solder job but I will also include a build server for a small fee and it will arrive assembled :)

Offline g_hack_it

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Re: [IC] KiwiKeebs MacroBoard V2 Kit - Hotswap, USB-C, New Colours!
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 10 July 2021, 15:53:35 »
The IC mentions a build service, but also says hotswap. Will soldering be required?

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So the kit will need the 6 hotswap sockets and the rotary encoder soldering.

It is a really simple solder job but I will also include a build server for a small fee and it will arrive assembled :)
Thanks for clarifying!

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