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Offline NintendoNoNo

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[IC] KAMistry
« on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:00:03 »



Hello fellow keeb enthusiasts! Straight from the realms of my overworked, sleep deprived grad student brain, I want to finally introduce you to a keycap set I have been working on all year, called KAMistry. KAMistry aims to bring elements (pun fully intended) of chemistry (and biology) into your keeb. The four main colors of the set (teal, light blue, light grey, and dark grey) were inspired by my repeated trips to my lab’s trusty -80 freezer. Because you can’t tell me you haven’t just looked at a freezer before and thought to yourself “Damn, that’s a nice looking freezer.” Complete with a grey face and a bright blue LED screen graced with a teal bezel, this gargantuan freezing lab companion was just begging to be used as an inspiration for pieces of matte PBT plastic.

As the name implies, this set will be in KAM profile. For those that are not familiar with the KAM profile, here is a diagram for you compared to KAT and Cherry. You can compare other profiles to it as well here: https://www.keycaps.info/stack



I have done my best to ensure the colors look accurate to the Pantones. However, do keep in mind that color can vary depending on the screen that it is viewed on. The best way to see what a color will look like as the end product is to check the pantone code in a physical guide. Samples will be ordered for comparison to those pantones!



Kits

As always, kitting is subject to change following the interest check phase.

Alphas


Alphas - Periodic


Homing


Text mods


Icon mods


Numpad


Numpad - Alternative


Novelties


Spacebars


40s text


40s icon


QAZ text


QAZ icon


Ergo text


Ergo icon


Maroon accent


Orange accent


Grey accent


Blue accent


NorDe


German


UK


Deskmats

Two deskmats will be made for this set. The first one is one I have designed myself, which includes the chemical structure of ABS and PBT, along with some details on the plastics.


I am working on setting up a collaboration for the second deskmat.

Artisans

Discussion with artisan makers are in the works! There will be artisans for this set, but no renders for them yet.

Keyboard renders

Zodiark by Split Logic Keyboards


Ikki68 Aurora by Wuque Studio



Mode SixtyFive by Mode Designs


Oni by SJ



Ilex by FFKeebs


Isometria by ebastler


Fuji65 by CMM Studio


M60-A by Rama Works


SP-111 by BlindAssassin111


Gentleman65 by JKeys Design (top case modified to match wrist rest) with Rama M6-A



Vendors

US – Rocket Keyboards and Cables
CA - TBA
EU – TBA
UK – TBA
OCE – TBA
CN – TBA

Follow this project!

Forget needing a paid subscription to a journal. For once in science, you can get the latest updates for free! Join my NA vendor’s discord to follow updates of KAMistry.




While I may not have done something spectacular enough to receive the Nobel Prize, I do feel as though I need to thank some people for help with creating this set. So, like any good scientific paper, I would like to acknowledge the following for their help and support:


The entire PDXKBC discord. There are too many of y’all there who helped me, so I can’t list all of you unfortunately, but you have been the driving force behind this set coming to fruition.
SJ for his case file and for bouncing ideas off of.
Nathan (of GMK Iceberg fame) for answering my dumb questions about rendering.
Cadvahn for doing post-processing edits on the renders for color accuracy.
GentleBear for making materials for me in blender. He isn’t a keyboard nerd like us (yet) so I’m not sure he’ll ever see this, but his help was invaluable.
ThiccWicc for helping me with all aspects of making this set.
And of course RocketCables for answering my questions and putting up with me as I slowly figure this process out.

To-do list
Finish up some nice keyboard scenes (will be done very soon)
Select and announce vendors
Finalize collabs of deskmat and artisans
Announce GB date
Announce pricing

Offline MIGHTY CHICKEN

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:02:47 »
Nice name, >.> Glwic

Offline Neely_12

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:07:36 »
The periodic alphas are super cool. The accents are also very nice. Good luck!

Offline KneeDeep

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:31:48 »
Fine, take my valence electrons.

Offline mydens

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:36:01 »
Need sublegends for the "Alphas - Periodic" number keys > ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & *  ( ) _ +

Offline firstworldproblems

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:36:54 »
My wallet is ready to be oxidized!

Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:39:11 »
Need sublegends for the "Alphas - Periodic" number keys > ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & *  ( ) _ +

Someone else has mentioned this as well in the IC form. I will see what I can do with that. The icons there sort of make that difficult but I appreciate the suggestion!

Offline mydens

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:43:58 »
Need sublegends for the "Alphas - Periodic" number keys > ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & *  ( ) _ +

Someone else has mentioned this as well in the IC form. I will see what I can do with that. The icons there sort of make that difficult but I appreciate the suggestion!

Offline TyPo.mk

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 12:08:13 »
I know you’ve put a ton of work into this! Good luck with IC,
As a biochemist I love the theme

Offline rooski15

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 12:51:10 »
Long time coming, very excited for this! Great work, man.

Offline Runningtarrens

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 15:45:16 »
looks really good.

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 15:50:09 »
More KAM is nice to see. Is this going to be using the shiny or matte finish?

Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 17:33:39 »
More KAM is nice to see. Is this going to be using the shiny or matte finish?

It will be matte

Offline Parva Ovis

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 22:52:50 »
Chemistry themed novelty text on the 40s and Ergo Text kits would be great and would lower the number of keys needed in each kit.

Sublegends on the periodic alpha kit will probably ruin the look.

Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 19 September 2021, 14:53:18 »
I know you’ve put a ton of work into this! Good luck with IC,
As a biochemist I love the theme

Thanks man, I appreciate it! Lmk if you catch any chemistry mistakes in my compounds on the deskmat haha

Offline Klackygears

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #15 on: Mon, 20 September 2021, 10:16:34 »
Wow, I really like the looks of this set, the colors, the novelties, the periodic alphas are all so great!

Offline ravenousrhino

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #16 on: Mon, 20 September 2021, 14:20:36 »
As a physicist I hate this (but I secretly love it)
« Last Edit: Tue, 21 September 2021, 03:07:25 by ravenousrhino »

Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #17 on: Mon, 20 September 2021, 22:06:04 »
looks really good.

Thanks! Glad you like it.

Offline William_S_Jones

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 00:07:31 »
I'm loving this, thanks for the 40 support, & looking forward to it!

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Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 00:46:26 »
I'm loving this, thanks for the 40 support, & looking forward to it!

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So glad you're liking it! I plan on having more 40s renders in the next update. Some of my favorite boards are 40s so I definitely want to show them more love.

Offline William_S_Jones

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #20 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 00:50:20 »
I'm loving this, thanks for the 40 support, & looking forward to it!

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So glad you're liking it! I plan on having more 40s renders in the next update. Some of my favorite boards are 40s so I definitely want to show them more love.
Thanks, appreciate it; all I own are 40% to 50% MKBs;  I hope more designers give 40s their due!

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Offline HappyB0T

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 00:53:26 »
Checking IC ... colors are fine .. checking IC ... lots of KAM kitting - thats totally normal ... checking IC ... Novelties match theme - mmmmok ... checking IC... accent kits are pretty interesting - whatever ... checking IC.... QAZ Kit?!

**** - uh that is pretty awesome. Any set that straight up convinces me to 3d print a board and nab a PCB is fun times. Saw Elmo's QEZ PCB and open source project and now I am over here scheming.

Really solid set - lots of cool things to check out.
It would be cool to see a QAZ render - since most images of QAZ just have mods instead of Alphas. I can use my imagination but it might be fun for others to see.
« Last Edit: Tue, 21 September 2021, 01:09:05 by HappyB0T »

Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 01:09:51 »
Checking IC ... colors are fine .. checking IC ... lots of KAM kitting - thats totally normal ... checking IC ... Novelties match theme - mmmmok ... checking IC... accent kits are pretty interesting - whatever ... checking IC.... QAZ Kit?!

**** - uh that is pretty awesome. Any set that straight up convinces me to 3d print a board and nab a PCB is fun times. Saw Elmo's QEZ PCB and open source project and now I am over here scheming.

Really solid set - lots of cool things to check out.
It would be cool to see a QAZ render - since most images of QAZ just have mods instead of Alphas.

Totally agree! I have been working on a QAZ render for quite some time, just trying to get the lighting better in it, but one will definitely be up in the near future.

Offline fortaye

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #23 on: Thu, 23 September 2021, 00:02:50 »
This is looking to be like a great set! Love the 40's love. Love the colorway. Love the theme.