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Offline paulgali

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[IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 02:58:56 »
Introducing Type-B


Update on 5th April 2023...
GB dates finalized: May 1st to May 15th. Limited quantities of Black and Silver available. FCFS, price dropped to $450 thanks to increased MOQ.


I've grown rather fond of 60% boards lately. Outside of WK/WKL, HHKB 60s often stick to 7u, instead of committing to the original layout.
Type B has one option only - 6u bottom row. I'm not the biggest fan of topre (sorry) but I am in love with the layout.
8 months since the start of the project, here it is.



IC FORM


Specs
- 7 degrees angle
- Adjusted front height of 18.746 mm (see below, measured from the control key area, not spacebars as that would be a useless measurement)
- 7.8mm plate to top case clearance
- Integrated USB hub - this is on it's own daughterboard setup, deliberately designed in a modular fashion to be used in other projects
- MX and custom EC PCBs available (EC will come later, this is just an IC, I still need to test)
- 2 piece brass weights
- "Hotdog" (o ring strips) or top mounted
- 1210g built

Integrated Hub

Currently powered by USB2514 - this chip is EOL, but we have enough in stock to make this work. I'm working tirelessly to upgrade this to USB3.2 spec, but that will make these a lot more expensive.
Why make a HHKB inspired board without this?



Fitted here with a Razer Viper v2 dongle and a USB drive.
My intended purpose for this was to use a MFA FP reader required for my office work, and keeping it somewhat hidden (ie, dont have it stick out) by the ledge above it.



Layout

For those that want to use full backspace / Rshift, ISO, ABNT2, that will be included.
6u bottom row. That is the only thing not optional here



Gallery

Optional gummy strip mounting, helps keep a firm but not harsh bottom out



As much of the wiring necessary is kept below the weight. Phillips head screws will not be there in the final units, don't shout at me.     





Yes - the vertical feet are changing.



Blackout variant - black coated brass weight



The stock engraving. I infilled this with acrylic paint.





Changes

- Internal cable adjustments
- Updated clearance for gummy strips
- Alignment pillars updated
- Plate modifications (for alu plates)
- Custom EC PCB in development

Pricing / Vendors / Unit allocation

- 100 Unit-capped raffle. 50 units Black, 50 units Silver. Still deciding how to configure the weights (coated black or clear).
- When? When I'm happy with all the testing completed. I am at minimum 6 months away from this - just sharing the project now.
- How much? Sub $550 target. Too early to be more accurate. I know it's a lot, I'm praying prices can come down. The single prototype I made cost over $1000
- No manufacturer issues this time, I am over the moon with how this turned out.
- Vendors? SandKeys, Cannonkeys

Credits

Maelk and Cipulot - absolute geniuses
-[miko]-#7570 - your magic work on the baulterboard  ;D
The MENA community - as always  :thumb:
Ankit - legit the biggest fan of this project since it's inception, you've pushed me to make this public
Alessio - for the hotdogs

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« Last Edit: Wed, 05 April 2023, 12:09:06 by paulgali »

Offline paulgali

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 02:59:05 »
Reserved

I forgot to mention, I will have 6u wires arranged to come with the board. No need to hassle that way :D
6u DCS compat will also be available, that means, 5u stab support will (hopefully) be easy to add
« Last Edit: Wed, 03 August 2022, 04:04:25 by paulgali »

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 02:59:29 »
So in for this, thank you baul.
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« Reply #3 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 03:01:42 »
One of my favorite projects ever, I can't wait. Thank you for making it happen, it is as good as I could have imagined it.

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 03:03:23 »
B

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« Reply #5 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 03:04:45 »
Absolutely awesome board, keen to see this run

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« Reply #6 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 03:04:58 »
Looks really cool, take my money baba

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 03:06:05 »
Will this cure my thocc addiction?

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« Reply #8 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 03:07:52 »
Looks awesome dude!!

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 03:10:32 »
Very hyped for this one, I find the USB hub feature very interesting  <3.


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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 03:10:42 »
Another cracking Baul project!

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« Reply #11 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 03:10:56 »
 :eek: :eek: :eek:
What a stunner, amazing job baul, good luck with IC!

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 03:16:06 »
Never really been interested in HHKBs before but this is beautiful. Seriously tempted. Good luck with the project!

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 03:18:51 »
Yoooooo EC PCB? Nut

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 03:32:32 »
Never really been interested in HHKBs before but this is beautiful. Seriously tempted. Good luck with the project!

Feel the same - +1 for black weight. Really like the look on my blk frog. Keep the good stuff coming.

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« Reply #15 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 03:49:10 »
BBKB looking good  :thumb:

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« Reply #16 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 04:05:03 »
My 🅱️ody is ready.

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 04:06:22 »
Banger of a board. really looking forward to it, especially bc of possibility of EC version :cool:

Design it's clean af and I really like the fact that weight has holes that are "just big enough" to accommodate for different height required clearance wise.
USB Hub is a nice addition and if someone wants to put in the effort can definitely have maybe a USB 3.0 version, with maybe one USB-A and USB-C port.

Needless to say I love the board (totally not fanboying bc it's HHKB  :D)

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 05:13:49 »
Very interesting project, looking forward to some EC testing in the future.
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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 05:32:52 »
Interested - very clean!

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« Reply #20 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 05:58:05 »
Very hot project, price is a little high, but delivers a lot (more than any 60% I could think of).

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« Reply #21 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 06:16:06 »
In for a blackout, I hope!

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« Reply #22 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 06:24:24 »
Are there any issues preventing you from offering more spacebar support? I would like more spacebar layout support

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« Reply #23 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 07:11:55 »
I love this so much

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #24 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 07:16:33 »
The internal weight coverage is kinda crazy  :eek: awesome project, I can’t wait for the ec pcb  :thumb: glwic

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« Reply #25 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 07:36:51 »
very thocky (sent from my hhkb)

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« Reply #26 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 07:45:20 »
10/10 will cop

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« Reply #27 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 07:54:47 »
keeping my eyes on this, the recreation of the type-s logo is so clean

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #28 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 08:10:33 »
This is really nice. Really hope the EC version works out. This would be a great for some rubreh domeh

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #29 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 08:30:06 »
I love bbb.
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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #30 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 08:30:33 »
really nice work. my only worry with this is that fewer and fewer sets these days are supporting 6u spacebars.
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« Reply #31 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 08:50:56 »
it types B  :eek:

Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #32 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 09:06:16 »
I like this. I like Baul too. This is a no-brainer  :thumb:

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« Reply #33 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 09:07:53 »
amagad pls gief
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« Reply #34 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 10:04:51 »
another great project from a great guy :eek:
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« Reply #35 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 11:52:52 »
hehe kay be is so good.

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #36 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 12:15:48 »
Are there any issues preventing you from offering more spacebar support? I would like more spacebar layout support

A quick thanks to everyone so far!

Are there any issues preventing you from offering more spacebar support? I would like more spacebar layout support

If the engraving is anything to go by, I'm clearly imitating the Type-S Logo - I want to be (somewhat) faithful to HHKB. There's no issue - I want 6u, and that is not changing.

really nice work. my only worry with this is that fewer and fewer sets these days are supporting 6u spacebars.

Most addon's still support it though, wouldn't you say? With the exception of SP not having usable 6u bars at least :(
Just use WOB, game set and match ;)

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« Reply #37 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 13:13:21 »
this looks great! the added usb hub is a very nice and much needed addition

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Re: [IC] Type-B - A true MX HHKB 60%
« Reply #38 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 13:16:00 »
The design is interesting, would personally prefer 7u support however.

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« Reply #39 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 13:28:55 »
Oww hype hype! I like this so much!
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« Reply #40 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 13:31:44 »
Very much looking forward for that EC PCB!!

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« Reply #41 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 14:26:23 »
really nice work. my only worry with this is that fewer and fewer sets these days are supporting 6u spacebars.

Most addon's still support it though, wouldn't you say? With the exception of SP not having usable 6u bars at least :(
Just use WOB, game set and match ;)

sizable portion of recent sets have not been including it, but i agree that just using wob or beige is the right call in all cases

i am, after all, a man who owns like 10 different beige sets
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« Reply #42 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 16:37:58 »
True HHKB layout with two USB ports. Love it!!!

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« Reply #43 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 17:22:39 »
interest piqued!

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« Reply #44 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 17:42:20 »
I love you Paul

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« Reply #45 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 22:18:02 »
Based bottom row. Hope you can have an OCE vendor.

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« Reply #46 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 23:02:49 »
So sleek and thoughtfully designed

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« Reply #47 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 23:19:53 »
B for bussin
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« Reply #48 on: Tue, 02 August 2022, 23:43:16 »
Ofcourse I'm interested in this. Just run this after Safa gets delivered.

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« Reply #49 on: Wed, 03 August 2022, 16:13:02 »
Buddy... nice keyboard
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