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[IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65% | US Vendor Confirmed
« on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 09:59:27 »
Chapter 1

Rooke Design








Chapter 1 was inspired by material and finding a way to display those materials in a simple yet sophisticated way.



IC Form (CLOSED)






0. Contents

1. Details
2. Status
3. Photos and Renders
4. Deskmat and Comic
5. Vendors and Pricing
6. Contact and Socials
7. FAQ




     


1. Details

- 65%
- Isolation gasket mount with leaf spring plate
- 6.5į typing angle
- 18mm front height (excluding front chamfer)
- Footprint = 340mm wide x 136.5mm deep
- Weight is between 1.8kg and 2.5kg depending on configuration
- Arrow cluster
- Rotary encoder
- ANSI and ISO plate options (6.25u and 7u)
- USB-C daughter board
- Aluminium and Polycarbonate Case Options
- Various Weight Options
- Custom Knob
- Expected Q3 Group Buy Date








2. Status

Update 16.05.2021: Lot's of great feedback from the first IC form so far! I am currently working on other layouts for the PCB, as well as the plate design. Flex cuts are next on the agenda!

R1 prototypes have been received and are in the process of testing. I am happy with the Polycarbonate, Black and E-white but the teal didn't come out as expected and will, therefore, be replaced with a Dark Navy. Some dimensions needing minor adjustments, this will be done in the coming days. This includes adjusting leaf plate design slightly and fixing the gap between keycaps and the case.

R2 prototypes will then be ordered to confirm that I am happy with fitment and with the colour outcome. R1 custom knobs will be ordered at this time too, along with deskmat prototypes.

Update 01.06.2021: I'm very excited to announce that Mekibo is on board to be the US vendor for Chapter 1 Group Buy!

Changes for R2 prototypes are going smoothly. I have also been working on redesigning the bottom engraving, and will release it once finalized!

Poesjuh will be streaming a R1 prototype tonight at 8pm CET - CLICK HERE





3. Photos and Renders

V1 Prototypes

Black and Polycarbonate Variants



     

     

More
     

     






Exploded View






Plate Design

Plate design is subject to change, the below renders are used to give you a better idea of what the plate will look like, but are not the final. I am working on adding flex cuts for a more uniform typing feel as well as adjusting the leaf spring dimensions.

Anodized Lilac Plate






See below for other plate colours (renders not accurate to real life):

More
Anodized Black
     

Anodized Green
     

Anodized Navy
     

Anodized Red
     

Brass


Copper




Knob Design






General Renders

     

     





4. Deskmat and Comic

Chapter 1 is only the beginning of the story...

The board will come with a comic illustrated by my good friend Jack Singer and will be used as a "verification" method, as well as a collectible for (future) returning customers!

Along with this, I will be offering a deskmat GB alongside Chapter 1 which is inspired by one of the many beautiful frames in the comic!

Deskmat (more to come soon)



Comic (teaser)







5. Vendors and Pricing

Exact pricing and number of units to be announced. Price estimated to start around +-430usd

Asia: Ilumkb
Australia: Daily Clack
Canada: Ashkeebs
Europe: Mykeyboard.eu
US: Mekibo
 




6. Contact and Socials

Please follow me on Instagram and come join the Discord if you want to chat!


         





7. FAQ

Q: Is the layout fixed?
A: Yes, 6.25u and 7u ANSI and ISO.

Q: Will there be RGB?
A: No.

Q: Will there be a hotswap PCB?
A: Maybe.

Q: Can I buy your prototypes?
A: They will not be for sale.

Q: How many units will be available?
A: Depends on interest, but I am aiming an MOQ of 500.

Q: How will the GB in my region run?
A: That is determined by the Vendors.

Q: Typing tests?
A: Coming soon!




Special Thanks!

A big thank you Tom Sparrow for all the help throughout the process; Mykeyboard.eu for being a huge part since the start of the project almost a year ago(!) and also to all vendors for showing their interest in my design. As well as the German community for all the love early on, and my girlfriend for the constant support!

« Last Edit: Wed, 02 June 2021, 08:51:39 by Rooke-Design »

Offline Rooke-Design

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 10:00:19 »
16.05.2021 - Added an exploded view and plate renders to the thread. Plate is subject to change and will be updated as soon as the changes are made!
« Last Edit: Sun, 16 May 2021, 06:43:03 by Rooke-Design »

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 10:04:17 »
You are killing it man!

I wish you all the best!

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 10:06:46 »
This board looks pretty sweet, hope there will be a hotswap pcb

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 10:12:28 »
In for the deskmat and comic

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 10:14:01 »
Imma fan

Offline Demagine

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 10:27:03 »
I've been waiting for this IC - your Insta has me impatient for this board!

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 10:44:30 »
this looks amazing! +1 for hotswap PCB. GLWIC!

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 10:53:46 »
Looking forward to the gb  :D

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 11:21:41 »
Knob!! :thumb:

Offline Vaudevi77ain

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 12:42:48 »
Looks awesome. Would love a beige or off-white aluminum color to go with the comic/paper theme

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 13:04:37 »
overall looks solid and the IC is nice. the board design itself is clean, but that lookstoo much like  rama u80 plus an iron 165 for my taste.

Offline Xyzzyka

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 13:05:11 »
Looking nice! Is there a view of the bottom of the board too? And whatís going on in that PCB render?
« Last Edit: Wed, 12 May 2021, 13:16:30 by Xyzzyka »

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 13:19:03 »
Looks clean; really like the knob design. Glwic
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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 13:42:54 »
I thought I was sick of regular 65% rectangles and knobs, but this one looks so aesthetically pleasing!

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 14:06:57 »
I really think that the idea to add something that expands on the project like your comic idea is gangbusters fantastic! I instantly want to know more and will be watching this project!  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 14:21:36 »
Looking nice! Is there a view of the bottom of the board too?
Agreed. Very curious to see the bottom.

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 14:36:12 »
Finally! I've been waiting for this for so long :D

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 14:46:28 »
This is actually a pretty balanced looking 65 with knobs. On the topic of the knobs, the ones you got from the proto and the ones in the renders seem very different, which one is reflecting what you are going with for production units? Personally I feel the ones in the proto pics are too tall (for cherry profile keycaps at least) but the render ones look okay height wise. Maybe consider offering different height knobs to compensate different keycap profiles?

Offline squallingmonkey

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 14:54:36 »
Def +1 for hotswap as well!

Beautiful looking board, and excited to see how it continues to evolve. Love the stance and the proportions of the bezels.

On the topic of the knobs, the ones you got from the proto and the ones in the renders seem very different, which one is reflecting what you are going with for production units?

The ones in the render are the ones planned for production according to posts by Rooke in the Discord. They agreed that the knob on the proto looked too tall.

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 14:55:06 »
Would love more weight pics

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #21 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 16:27:40 »
please consider 2x 1.5u to the left and right of 7u as a layout...if possible.
This and the swiss cheese keyboard is the next generation of keyboards

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 16:41:49 »
An assembled picture of the bottom would be nice but overall I dig it. glwic

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 17:35:29 »
Nice. RGB with that polycarbonate case would look so good.

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #24 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 17:46:54 »
Buy comic book and get free keyboard, great deal!

Jokes aside, I dig the layout and the backside. Any chance for more color options such as lilac, green, red, teal, or coyote brown?
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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #25 on: Wed, 12 May 2021, 19:48:33 »
Uh, what is that render on the top left under the render section? That looks sick. And also comes with a comic?  :eek:

Offline Rooke-Design

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #26 on: Thu, 13 May 2021, 02:30:31 »
Looking nice! Is there a view of the bottom of the board too? And whatís going on in that PCB render?

I was playing around with an oxidised copper plate patina! Just included it for some eye candy!

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 13 May 2021, 02:33:24 »
This is actually a pretty balanced looking 65 with knobs. On the topic of the knobs, the ones you got from the proto and the ones in the renders seem very different, which one is reflecting what you are going with for production units? Personally I feel the ones in the proto pics are too tall (for cherry profile keycaps at least) but the render ones look okay height wise. Maybe consider offering different height knobs to compensate different keycap profiles?


On the topic of the knobs, the ones you got from the proto and the ones in the renders seem very different, which one is reflecting what you are going with for production units?

The ones in the render are the ones planned for production according to posts by Rooke in the Discord. They agreed that the knob on the proto looked too tall.

Correct. Only the 2 renders under the Knob subheading are the correct ones. Other renders just used a simple placeholder, and the photos are just standard parts. They are far too high, so the custom knob will be about 2mm higher than R1 cherry profile caps.
« Last Edit: Thu, 13 May 2021, 02:39:50 by Rooke-Design »

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #28 on: Thu, 13 May 2021, 02:35:08 »
Buy comic book and get free keyboard, great deal!

Jokes aside, I dig the layout and the backside. Any chance for more color options such as lilac, green, red, teal, or coyote brown?

I'm considering some more colours. Will post another IC in the coming days to see what the people want!

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #29 on: Thu, 13 May 2021, 02:38:21 »
Uh, what is that render on the top left under the render section? That looks sick. And also comes with a comic?  :eek:

Thank you! Is a patina copper plate render, just for the fun of it!

The comic is only the first chapter of an artistic story that Jack and I are cooking up! I'm very excited to see where it goes!

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #30 on: Thu, 13 May 2021, 04:40:47 »
Been following this on insta! Looks fab!

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #31 on: Thu, 13 May 2021, 05:29:57 »
Can you add a picture of the contact point where the plate sits on the gasket, it doesn't look like there's going to be any space for the leaf spring to do the leaf spring thingy

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #32 on: Thu, 13 May 2021, 14:49:07 »
Looks pretty cool!
Excited to hear how the aluminum version sounds.

Offline Rooke-Design

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #33 on: Fri, 14 May 2021, 02:22:16 »
Can you add a picture of the contact point where the plate sits on the gasket, it doesn't look like there's going to be any space for the leaf spring to do the leaf spring thingy

The leaf spring cut out is slightly covered by the gaskets. This will be adjusted and tested with R2 protos!

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #34 on: Fri, 14 May 2021, 02:24:11 »
Buy comic book and get free keyboard, great deal!

Jokes aside, I dig the layout and the backside. Any chance for more color options such as lilac, green, red, teal, or coyote brown?

Thanks! I'm very keen to get the comic done. It is gonna be beautiful!

In terms of colours, I am considering a beige of sorts to match the comic theme. (also there are many many beige sets coming out this year)

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #35 on: Fri, 14 May 2021, 02:27:58 »
Can you add a picture of the contact point where the plate sits on the gasket, it doesn't look like there's going to be any space for the leaf spring to do the leaf spring thingy

The leaf spring cut out is slightly covered by the gaskets. This will be adjusted and tested with R2 protos!

Nice!! Thank you for addressing this, since most maker will just forget it and move on lol, waiting to see the next prototype!!

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #36 on: Sun, 16 May 2021, 06:48:41 »
Jokes aside, I dig the layout and the backside. Any chance for more color options such as lilac, green, red, teal, or coyote brown?

I'm considering a beige as a possible "comic edition"

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65%
« Reply #37 on: Sun, 16 May 2021, 06:53:21 »
Changes to IC 16.5.2021:

- Added an Exploded view for a better understanding of how the board fits together
- Added plate renders with various colours. I have also showed the anodized colours with the poly top so people can see how the plate colour can change the entire feel of the board. The renders aren't 100% accurate, as the colour will show through much better IRL, but poly is a very complicated material to render.
- Adjusted layout, bring more important topics further to the top
- Added missing info to the Details
« Last Edit: Sun, 16 May 2021, 07:00:18 by Rooke-Design »

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65% (added exploded view and plate renders)
« Reply #38 on: Sun, 16 May 2021, 11:07:14 »
we've been talking on IG about this and it's another yes from me
100% in for the poly. hotswap would be more than welcome.

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« Reply #39 on: Sun, 16 May 2021, 12:22:06 »
What's up Proph! Just dropping by to say hi. Thank you for the crisp renders! GLWIC! I'm going to save up for a PC variant, looking forward to Chapter 1's GB. :thumb:

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« Reply #40 on: Sun, 16 May 2021, 12:53:12 »
This looks amazing! I really like the different plate colour options (especially lilac). Also hoping for hotswap!

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65% (added exploded view and plate renders)
« Reply #41 on: Sun, 16 May 2021, 13:59:09 »
Looks great! Love the offset arrow keys. I would prefer a thinner bezel but that's it! Definitely keeping an eye on this one. Maybe even both :)

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65% (added exploded view and plate renders)
« Reply #42 on: Sun, 16 May 2021, 15:18:29 »
You have to put the gasket on the outside of the leaf spring otherwise the leaf spring cannot work  And the treeleaf cannot be happy
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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65% (added exploded view and plate renders)
« Reply #43 on: Sun, 16 May 2021, 16:50:44 »
Oh wow, this looks really good. Might end up being my first PC board. Also interested in the suggestion that treeleaf made above and if any changes will be made for that

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65% (added exploded view and plate renders)
« Reply #44 on: Sun, 16 May 2021, 17:20:53 »
I really love this. Any chance that there will be a teal option like in some of your early insta posts?

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65% (added exploded view and plate renders)
« Reply #45 on: Sun, 16 May 2021, 17:38:54 »
Great looking board, this is basically my favorite layout.

There isn't anything I would change, so I can't really give any comment.

Except I hope you will offer some interesting colors.
Nothing wrong with black, white, silver, navy or PC. But I like when a board has at least 1 or 2 more unusual colors.
Like a nice shade of light green, lilac or teal could be fun for example.
« Last Edit: Sun, 16 May 2021, 19:19:37 by CookieFlow »
   

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65% (added exploded view and plate renders)
« Reply #46 on: Sun, 16 May 2021, 18:36:56 »
I love the wide bezel, personally. Not a huge fan of the acute angle on the back of the top (on top of the back?) of the board, but thatís definitely a me problem. Iíd love some dyed polycarb options too, but all this hotswap talk is probably more practical in terms of appeal. :))

I may have to pick up more than one knob, depending on what shade of navy that is.

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65% (added exploded view and plate renders)
« Reply #47 on: Sun, 16 May 2021, 18:58:11 »
Wdym by  "Inspired by Material" Lol     You don't need to be inspired by them, you can just say " I wanted to make a good keyboard out of these materials"
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« Reply #48 on: Sun, 16 May 2021, 18:58:40 »
sorry for using tp4 color   i forgot
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Offline Rooke-Design

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Re: [IC] Chapter 1 - Exploded 65% (added exploded view and plate renders)
« Reply #49 on: Mon, 17 May 2021, 01:50:42 »
You have to put the gasket on the outside of the leaf spring otherwise the leaf spring cannot work  And the treeleaf cannot be happy

Hey! Yes, I'm aware! The plate is a work in progress, but I'm aware of all changes that need to be made!
« Last Edit: Mon, 17 May 2021, 02:00:11 by Rooke-Design »