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Offline nine-fox

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All-in-one keyboard design tool -- nine-fox.com/diy
« on: Wed, 18 October 2023, 05:31:28 »
Hi there,

After one year development, the DIY tool can now generate realistic keycaps and cases.

You can create a prototype keyboard in 10 minutes, with the help of online layout edting and WebGL rendering.

A short list of features:
  • Provide 5 case types
    Real-time keycap generation, support almost all heights and all special keys
    3 keycap types provided: SA, Cherry, and toys
    Auto-generate PCB and SCHs (JLC) - support BLE/2.4G/type-c
    Provide 3 switch type - Cherry, Topre and Magnets
    30+ keycap themes
    20+ switch themes
    and more


Just take a look at:
https://nine-fox.com/diy

Some related posts (only Chinese for now)
https://www.zfrontier.com/app/flow/REnLPAgPmJ71

A guide video: https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1XH4y1R7st/#reply962252660

Note: all images attached are from website online rendering, without using other tools(ps, kicad etc)
« Last Edit: Fri, 03 November 2023, 04:51:57 by nine-fox »

Offline nine-fox

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Re: All-in-one keyboard design tool -- nine-fox.com/diy
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 18 October 2023, 05:39:00 »
more pics

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« Reply #2 on: Wed, 18 October 2023, 05:42:12 »
more pics

Offline nathanchere

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Re: All-in-one keyboard design tool -- nine-fox.com/diy
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 02 November 2023, 13:13:30 »
I was wondering why this post has gotten no love yet but it seems your links don't work. Even if correcting the http://nine-fox.com/diy to https://nine-fox.com/diy, it seems the entire site is down.

Those are some really impressive looking images though.

Offline CaninoDev

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Re: All-in-one keyboard design tool -- nine-fox.com/diy
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 05 November 2023, 16:25:24 »
The links work for me. As far as I understand it, this will generate design files for use with a custom M.2 custom chip. It isn't exactly clear if the chip support QMK/VIA/VIAL. I managed to download the STP/STL files but not the schematice or PCB layout as it seems to be behind a paywall. As I don't have the AliPay app, I don't know how much he is charging. But in so far as a turnkey solution it is pretty slick (it will also generate case files?)

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Re: All-in-one keyboard design tool -- nine-fox.com/diy
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 18 November 2023, 10:59:11 »
I was wondering why this post has gotten no love yet but it seems your links don't work. Even if correcting the http://nine-fox.com/diy to https://nine-fox.com/diy, it seems the entire site is down.

Those are some really impressive looking images though.

Hi, thanks for your comments. I guess the site is down for you due to China FW(firewall). In order to let the outer world to use it, I am planning to release it as offline tool in Steam Store :-) Hopefully it can be accessed worldwide.

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Re: All-in-one keyboard design tool -- nine-fox.com/diy
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 18 November 2023, 11:09:12 »
The links work for me. As far as I understand it, this will generate design files for use with a custom M.2 custom chip. It isn't exactly clear if the chip support QMK/VIA/VIAL. I managed to download the STP/STL files but not the schematice or PCB layout as it seems to be behind a paywall. As I don't have the AliPay app, I don't know how much he is charging. But in so far as a turnkey solution it is pretty slick (it will also generate case files?)

HI, thanks for your reply.

1) It doesn't support QMK/VIA/VIAL. I created my own layout tools - including online/offline exe/dmg. For online, you can access https://nine-fox.com/#/editor to have a testing. That is only for testing purpose, not real.

The purpose for developing such tool instead of using QMK/VIA is for better experience. Through, it is not blocked for end-users to use qmk/via archtecture - only to replace my module with qmk chips, such as atmega32u4. That is to say, it is not straightforward, may cost some time.

2) For china mainland, I did use alipay. I not sure I can use paypal in the future since I am in china. Due to China FW, I may release it in Steam future.

Thanks.



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Re: All-in-one keyboard design tool -- nine-fox.com/diy
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 25 November 2023, 05:58:38 »
amazing tool!! gotta learn it