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[GB] SA Polyclear (2 DAYS LEFT!) GB Ends 20th Oct
« on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 10:33:47 »




Group Buy 20th of Sept - 20th of October
Expected Shipping Q1 2022.

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UK:  NOESC
CA: Alphakeys
US: Vala
EU: Candykeys
CN: Zfrontier Zfrontier CN
JP: Basekeys
KR: Swagkeys
SEA: Zion Studios
OCE: All Caps
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SA Polyclear with:
 SA Nightlight by Frosty on the Boston120 by Bluepylon --- SA Ramses by Avrocado on the QAZ by Whydobearsxplod
 SA Spectra by Nasp on the Whimsy by PRKNS --- SA Espresso by Jpoc on the M0lly by TheKeyCompany
SA Polyclear on the Ikki68 by Wuque Studio --- SA Fledgling by Andromache on the Rotor by Popsmoke.

Prototypes
I had some prototypes made, namely some 9u bars.





An extreme closeup reveals the shot pattern that only occurs on the longer keycaps, this pattern is barely visible under normal conditions.

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ImperfectLink for the renders and video.
Cthalupa, SpikedSynapse, Afresh and ThickJimmy, click their names for some of their projects/work.


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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 19 September 2021, 10:13:36 »
Approved :thumb:
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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 19 September 2021, 10:21:50 »
Just blanks? I dont get it.

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 19 September 2021, 10:59:36 »
Just blanks? I dont get it.

They're not blanks, the legends are just transparent...

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 19 September 2021, 12:04:22 »
Do you have plan for Cherry or KAT?

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 19 September 2021, 12:13:33 »
Do you have plan for Cherry or KAT?

I've not found a manufacturer yet that I'm confident in their production to deliver the quality I want and in a lead time that I think is acceptable. I might consider a lower profile at somepoint in the future but it's more likely to be a project that is still run with Signature Plastics.

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 19 September 2021, 13:14:40 »
Thanks. I'm in. Good luck with GB.

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 19 September 2021, 17:13:23 »
Let's go! I'm in for a couple sets.

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 20 September 2021, 00:49:10 »
Damn, not sure how I feel about the way the kitting ended up, but that might just be because of how I plan on using them.

It's not just that I think they're lacking a bit (I guess it has to come from somewhere when one of the big selling points was how bang-for-buck the set would be - but I probably set my expectations a little high 🙃), but it kinda seems to force us into buying every main set just to get common compatibility, or full accents. Mainly because of Mods only having a 7u (!?), 2.25/2.75 twice but no 1u/1.25u's + only one 2u in the Space kit, etc. And it honestly doesn't actually seem that much cheaper than what would be expected, where it matters. But again, maybe I just had my hopes too high.

Anyway, do you have any centered shots of full sets on a board from the protos? I personally love that they're blanks, and think they look best as accent/mod sets. I'm still psyched these are happening, but I really gotta see how they look IRL. Renders for clear polycarb in-general are so susceptible to the artists stylistic expression, or they end up looking straight up invisible anywhere without bright reflection sim.

Also (and I feel like this needs to be acknowledged, for my own sanity); am I the only one that considers a goddamn 9u-Spacebar the LEAST "namely" or relatable keycap someone could possibly use as the only real-life advertisement sample?
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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 20 September 2021, 05:04:23 »
Damn, not sure how I feel about the way the kitting ended up, but that might just be because of how I plan on using them.

Also (and I feel like this needs to be acknowledged, for my own sanity); am I the only one that considers a goddamn 9u-Spacebar the LEAST "namely" or relatable keycap someone could possibly use as the only real-life advertisement sample?

Yeah agreed on a few of your points. The kitting does feel very restrictive - however, I guess that was what was needed to get the prices where they are?

Anyway, I'm in already because I'm excited to try something with this set, but yeah I would love to have seen a sample of a 1u key.

Edit: I also didn't realise that £ would be the same as $ - imagined the pricing would be a little lower in GBP but I guess taxes/import costs?
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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 20 September 2021, 13:38:32 »
Damn, not sure how I feel about the way the kitting ended up, but that might just be because of how I plan on using them.

Also (and I feel like this needs to be acknowledged, for my own sanity); am I the only one that considers a goddamn 9u-Spacebar the LEAST "namely" or relatable keycap someone could possibly use as the only real-life advertisement sample?

Yeah agreed on a few of your points. The kitting does feel very restrictive - however, I guess that was what was needed to get the prices where they are?

Anyway, I'm in already because I'm excited to try something with this set, but yeah I would love to have seen a sample of a 1u key.

Edit: I also didn't realise that £ would be the same as $ - imagined the pricing would be a little lower in GBP but I guess taxes/import costs?

£ to $ is the standard pricing for most keysets run in the UK because of import/taxes and shipping. It's unfortunate but that's the UK for you.
In regards to samples, 9u was chosen for other reasons mostly because of how purchasing samples works and because a 9u has the most room for defects. The 1us that I have are from other tests (doubleshot ect) they're not indicative of the product other than the outside shell which is perfectly clear and feels great, others have received similar caps from SP grab bags.
The kitting was made in such a way to accommodate the majority of standardised layouts at the best prices when the kitting was original conceived I wasn't sure of the popularity of this project and I just wanted to make the pricing as affordable as possible for the most people.
For any future GBs depending on how well this one goes a more expanded kitting lineup is something on the cards.

Thank you to all who have purchased/shown interest so far.

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 08:19:30 »
All kits ordered.  Hope these look as well finished in RL as they do in the renders.
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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 13:15:19 »
All kits ordered.  Hope these look as well finished in RL as they do in the renders.

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 13:20:42 »
kitting here is a little wacky but so is the product so i guess it works out

probably gonna kick myself if i don't buy this so im watching this space
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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 22:29:29 »
Thoughts on polishing these guys to shine and clear them up?

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 22 September 2021, 13:10:11 »
Great numbers! Excited to see it grow!

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 22 September 2021, 14:59:26 »
Thoughts on polishing these guys to shine and clear them up?

based on the sample pics they're probably gonna be pretty shiny and smooth out of the box
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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 22 September 2021, 20:17:37 »
Awesome pricing and turnaround time. I'm in soon.

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« Reply #19 on: Thu, 23 September 2021, 08:23:59 »

based on the sample pics they're probably gonna be pretty shiny and smooth out of the box

Yeah I'm in

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #20 on: Thu, 23 September 2021, 13:48:41 »
Not a particular SA fan but these look great!  :thumb:

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #21 on: Thu, 23 September 2021, 17:01:35 »
Awesome pricing and turnaround time. I'm in soon.

Look forward to it.


based on the sample pics they're probably gonna be pretty shiny and smooth out of the box

Yeah I'm in
Thanks for getting me a sale Puddsy  ;D

Not a particular SA fan but these look great!  :thumb:

Thanks, so far sales show that other people think the same hopefully our good numbers keep going!

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #22 on: Thu, 23 September 2021, 17:12:43 »
Picked up DCS clear from pimpmykeyboard, and I gotta say, I see why you didn't post samples of any 1u caps. The double shot moulds don't look very smooth underneath the top surface heh. Pretty renders though.

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #23 on: Thu, 23 September 2021, 18:18:48 »
Picked up DCS clear from pimpmykeyboard, and I gotta say, I see why you didn't post samples of any 1u caps. The double shot moulds don't look very smooth underneath the top surface heh. Pretty renders though.

One possibility could be that I'm trying to mislead people so I can have a massive backlash at the end of the groupbuy.

Or it's because my 1us on hand are from experiments with doubleshotting polycarbonate. Like this keycap that is polycarbonate and glow in the dark material for the legend shot.

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I omitted the images because they're projects that are only tangentially related and because I thought that the 9u spacebars would be sufficient.
 

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 26 September 2021, 19:56:58 »
The promotional video just hit 7.6k views, it is now the most viewed keycap promo video. Thank you for all the support so far, hoping to release first week numbers soon.

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #26 on: Wed, 29 September 2021, 01:42:51 »
I'm in, new to sculped SA profile but a clear set has been on my wishlist for a long time! GLWGB
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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 30 September 2021, 12:50:14 »
I was honestly worried due to GMK IC not going as planned, but the protos for this looks super clean!

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #28 on: Fri, 01 October 2021, 10:19:41 »
I was honestly worried due to GMK IC not going as planned, but the protos for this looks super clean!

Different manufacturer, also part of the reason I got protos to hopefully assure people it will come out in such a way.

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #29 on: Tue, 05 October 2021, 11:40:16 »
I registered here to write this - I've never liked clear plastic, but something with these intrigues me.
So much that I just orded a full set!  ;D

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #30 on: Thu, 07 October 2021, 12:32:39 »
I registered here to write this - I've never liked clear plastic, but something with these intrigues me.
So much that I just orded a full set!  ;D

Sounds good, hope you enjoy, looking forward to seeing all the builds!

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #31 on: Thu, 07 October 2021, 14:26:44 »
looking forward to seeing all the builds!
Yea, me too  :)

Do you know if we have reached MOQ yet?

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #33 on: Thu, 07 October 2021, 21:05:36 »
what a unique idea 0..0

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #34 on: Sun, 10 October 2021, 12:10:12 »
looking forward to seeing all the builds!
Yea, me too  :)

Do you know if we have reached MOQ yet?

Everything will be made.
10 days left now.

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October
« Reply #35 on: Tue, 12 October 2021, 21:57:40 »
We're in our final week!

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear 20th of September - 20th of October (Final Week!)
« Reply #36 on: Sat, 16 October 2021, 02:19:24 »
i'm going for Mod set, can't imagine myself use all clear keycaps yet :D

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear (3 DAYS LEFT!) GB Ends 20th Oct
« Reply #37 on: Sat, 16 October 2021, 20:07:20 »
i'm going for Mod set, can't imagine myself use all clear keycaps yet :D

Thanks for your purchase.
3 days left for the GB!

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear (3 DAYS LEFT!) GB Ends 20th Oct
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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear (3 DAYS LEFT!) GB Ends 20th Oct
« Reply #39 on: Sun, 17 October 2021, 15:39:20 »


If anyone is wondering about clarity, the SA Relegendables are the same material/process for this, Polyclear will be the same except with a stem.

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear (3 DAYS LEFT!) GB Ends 20th Oct
« Reply #40 on: Sun, 17 October 2021, 16:20:37 »
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If anyone is wondering about clarity, the SA Relegendables are the same material/process for this, Polyclear will be the same except with a stem.

gorgeous. thanks for sharing

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« Reply #41 on: Mon, 18 October 2021, 13:24:54 »
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If anyone is wondering about clarity, the SA Relegendables are the same material/process for this, Polyclear will be the same except with a stem.

gorgeous. thanks for sharing

I know a few people were concerned about the clarity so just wanted to provide some other images.

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear (2 DAYS LEFT!) GB Ends 20th Oct
« Reply #42 on: Mon, 18 October 2021, 19:53:23 »
Is there a reason why you went SA profile and are you thinking of maybe in the future run different profiles? I know SA it's not for everyone since it's a much higher typing experience and some people hate it for games for example.

I'm on the edge, I'm too used to cherry profile and I don't want to spend 100€ to hate them, but I like how they look on the Ikki.

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear (2 DAYS LEFT!) GB Ends 20th Oct
« Reply #43 on: Tue, 19 October 2021, 10:42:20 »
Is there a reason why you went SA profile and are you thinking of maybe in the future run different profiles? I know SA it's not for everyone since it's a much higher typing experience and some people hate it for games for example.

I'm on the edge, I'm too used to cherry profile and I don't want to spend 100€ to hate them, but I like how they look on the Ikki.

The reason is pretty simple, I like SA it's my preferred profile.
It does go a little deeper though, SP was capable of making this product and in this way for this profile. Other manufacturers haven't been and lots of the lower profiles have fins or the process makes a rougher top texture making the overall caps less clear.

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Re: [GB] SA Polyclear (3 DAYS LEFT!) GB Ends 20th Oct
« Reply #44 on: Tue, 19 October 2021, 12:54:55 »
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If anyone is wondering about clarity, the SA Relegendables are the same material/process for this, Polyclear will be the same except with a stem.

Looks fantastic, like glass block.  I didn't imagine it would be this polished.  A lot of work goes into making and maintaining the the tooling finish required.