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kcching:

GB Date: 27th January 2022- 8th Feburary 2022 [Unlimited]
Time:  27th January 2022, 10AM (GMT+8)


Introduction
Ark Studio was established in China by a group of keyboard enthusiasts since 2019.
We had run 7 successful group buys in China to date.

Please join our Discord server to discover our previous works: https://discord.gg/UvuTHkHvww

With our own CNC machining factory, all the group buys in China were all delivered earlier than expected (within 4 months).
We are confident that our production quality is in line with international standard.
Here we introduced you our latest product:- Ark68 R2.







Exploded View


We understand that its all about personal preferences in terms of sound and feel.
Hence we provide the foams so that you can use according to your liking.

Case Specification

* 65% with top right blocker
* Gasket mounted
* PCB foam, case foam and switch foam
* 7 degree typing angle
* Seamless design
* Unbuilt base kit is about 1.1kg; Built kit with PVD brass weight and PVD backpiece is about 2.8kg

PCB Specification

* 1.2mm flex cut
* Unified USB-C daughterboard
* VIA supported
* Solder and Hotswap options
* Hotswap PCB only support WK, ANSI layout with 7u spacebar
Solder PCB Supported Layout


PCB Prototypes
Hotswap


Solder


** PCB color is not finalized.

Plate Options

* FR4
* PC
* Aluminum
Packaging Specification
CNC EVA form, anti-dust PE wrapping

Prototypes
We skipped the rendering and go straight to prototypes production.
Some of the prototypes will be send to keyboard enthusiast(s) for build and review (Yes! We are arranging now).

Due to the many components in this board, and we have more than 25 colors to choose from, we haven't decide on the colorway combination yet.
We will create an IC form to gather input from the community before we finalize the colorway.

Here are the actual prototypes photos:























Sound Test
Lubed Cream switches, OW stabilizers, Aluminum plate


Flex test with case foam

Flex test W/O case foam


Piano switches L/F with Sprit 63.5 slow2 spring swap W/O case foam

Banana Split switches L/F , aluminum plate, GMK Wild, NO FOAM

Neapolitan Ice Cream switch L/F , aluminum plate, CRP C64, NO FOAM

Neapolitan Ice Cream switch L/F , aluminum plate, GMK Modo Light, NO FOAM

H1 switch L/F , FR4 plate, GMK Oblivion, NO FOAM


To Do

* IC Form
* Colorway and Options
* GB

kcching:
CHANGE LOG

2021-11-22
- Fix typo for Hotswap PCB, hotswap only support WK, ANSI layout with 7u spacebar

2021-11-23
- Update IC form

2021-12-01
- Sound test and flex test with PC plate, without case foam

2021-12-02
- Sound test with Banana split on aluminum plate, NO FOAM except anti-static sheet beneath PCB
- Sound test with Neapolitan Ice Cream Switch on aluminum plate with CRP C64, NO FOAM except anti-static sheet beneath PCB
- Sound test with Neapolitan Ice Cream Switch on aluminum plate with GMK Modo Light, NO FOAM except anti-static sheet beneath PCB

2021-12-03
- Sound test with H1 Switch on FR4 plate with GMK Oblivion, NO FOAM except anti-static sheet beneath PCB

treeleaf64:
Suspicious flex cuts
Suspicious amount of foam
Time to do more bad word posting

actress:
please no

GrumioThaSpoonGod:
Why does the hotswap PCB say it only supports ISO, when based off the hotswap PCB proto it looks like it supports ANSI.

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