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[IC] Alveus | Price now $450, Units 50!
« on: Thu, 26 January 2023, 02:56:04 »
Introducing Alveus



Big Alveus Update



Units: Units will be increased from 20 to 50!

Pricing: The price will be reduced from 500usd to...... 450usd! :WowBuddy:

EC & MX: I'm very pleased to announce that buyers will be able to choose between MX and EC as their base option. With EC the base price increases slightly to 460usd, while MX stays at 450usd.

Colours: I have decided to only run this board in Black and Brown.
Why? - Biggie puts it best: Mo MoneyColours, Mo Problems. Plus these timeless colours will match a lot of sets. If it's that big a deal, you can always re-ano the board to your desired colour.


FRL has always been one of my favorite layouts, it was only some time before I would release my own take on it.

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Specs

WKLFRL
Top mount
18.8mm front height
8° Typing angle
Weighs 2.2kg unbuilt
Weighs 2.5kg built with EC
Brass internal weight
Stainless steel backplate
MX PCB by Mechlovin'
EC PCB by Cipulot





Inspirations

Land Rover Defender 90 front grill for the backplate
Realforce R1 for the spacing between the alphas and nav cluster



Internals

Alveus features a huge internal brass weight, weighting around 1.24kg itself.
It has a nice cable tunnel on the under-side, The weight also covers the 4 screws which hold the backplate in place!









Screws

Alveus will come with both silver steel and blackened steel screws.
This gives the option to the user to change the screw colour to match their board, keycap set etc.
Silver screws will be 316 stainless steel grade screws.
Blackened steel screws will be made of high grade steel.






EC Kit and Parts


Above is a screenshot of the updated EC PCB, with the added split backspace and moved screw holes around some of the 2u keys.

For Alveus, there will be an EC kit available for purchase during the GB.
This kit will include: Red aluminium EC Plate, EC PCB, Daughterboard + Cable as well as screws needed.

Pricing estimate for EC Kit - $70usd

As well as this, Densus X KLC EC Parts are still in the prototyping stage, with samples coming in a few weeks to a month for all the parts.
If the timing works out, I will be able to create a separate bundle for the exact number of parts needed for the board.
These parts will have MX stems and will be available for a lower price than other aftermarket MX-stem EC parts currently out there.

In case you still prefer to buy from other sources, here is a list of all the parts needed:
1x 7u wire
2x spacebar housings and stems
64x 1u housings and sliders
4x 2u housings, sliders and wires
68x domes
68x EC springs







Colours & Backplates

Only Black and Brown, this has been done to keep QC more simple and make the project easier to manage.

I will also be offering different material and finishes of backplates, including Raw steel, Copper, Blackened Steel.
Sandblasted Steel will be included in the base kit which seen in the picture below, with the raw steel backplate in the images above.



Layout



MX PCB Supports:
Split backspace, ISO, split right shift support and split/regular caps lock.
The MX PCB also supports 2x 1.5u as well as 3x 1u for both rows of the nav cluster.

EC PCB Supports:
Split and regular caps lock. Split backspace is currently in the process of being added.



Plates

For plates, There will be a wide variety of plates available.
This includes Red Aluminium, Black Aluminium, Carbon Fiber, PC, POM and possibly FR4.
Plate files will be released after units ship, not for commercial use.

Half plates for Aluminium and CF are still options i'm looking into.
This section will be updated when I decide if to offer them.





Gallery
   
 

 

 

 


















Changes

- Decrease the height of the feet slightly
- JST connector seen in the photos has changed to a Molex connector, this board will feature the C4 daughterboard.
- Adding split backspace to the EC PCB
- adding more plate materials



Pricing & Units

- Units: 50 units.
- When I don't know yet, once all changes have been made, and things are confirmed, the 'runs' shall begin!
- How much? Estimated to be $450usd + shipping
- Vendors Me, I'm located in Malta, boards are likely to be shipped out via MaltaPost or DHL Express.
- GB Method Most likely a google forms raffle.




What's Included

Base:
Top and bottom case (6063)
Red aluminium plate (50520 + PCB (options of MX and EC)
Internal brass weight
Stainless steel backplate
daughterboard + cable
Custom carry case
Rubber feet + screws
Stickers + small surprise!

Base Options:
You can now choose between MX or EC with the base kit, With EC the price increases to 460usd, while MX is 450.

EC Kit:
Red aluminium EC plate + screws
EC PCB + daughterboard + cable

Note for EC plates:
Aluminium EC plate has threads on the plate,
Carbon fiber EC plate uses included nuts.



Credits

yz - the legend whose input helped shaped this board, a true real one.
Mechlovin’ - for making some of the best looking PCBs out there.
Cipulot -the EC messiah, helping everyone experience oneness with cup rubber.


« Last Edit: Tue, 31 January 2023, 12:57:57 by densus designs »

Offline whirlwind

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 26 January 2023, 02:58:28 »
Wowza, amazing! Good luck with the IC!  :eek:

Offline TjarleN

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 26 January 2023, 03:07:33 »
this is a really cool board, love all the custom ec projects. Cip <3
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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 26 January 2023, 03:42:54 »
The Alveus FRL keyboard with Topre support is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a high-quality, versatile typing experience. With its durable construction and responsive keys, this keyboard is built to last and provide a comfortable typing experience for years to come. Additionally, the Topre support means that you'll enjoy a unique, smooth typing experience that you won't find with traditional mechanical keyboards. So if you're looking for a keyboard that combines durability, comfort, and performance, the Alveus FRL keyboard with Topre support is the way to go.

Offline puggo69

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 26 January 2023, 04:49:09 »
:hippo:

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 26 January 2023, 04:51:03 »
Wow, the EC trend is so great! Spreading the domey feeling to everyone  :eek:

Offline VXQN

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 26 January 2023, 04:51:42 »
Very cool board. Wish the nav–alpha gap was 0.25u though.

Offline densus designs

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 26 January 2023, 05:46:31 »
Very cool board. Wish the nav–alpha gap was 0.25u though.

Thank you for the feedback, I was inspired by the Realforce R1 keyboard which has the 0.5mm spacing.
Another piece of feedback i've head is to match the spacing to the bezels, however i much prefer sticking to the 19.05 grid.

Offline OneCreativeMind

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 26 January 2023, 07:02:28 »
Very, very cool. Consider my interest checked. :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 26 January 2023, 10:24:42 »
Looks very nice, IC filled out  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 26 January 2023, 10:47:08 »
FRL & EC is too good GLWIC  :p

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 26 January 2023, 12:34:39 »
Very sick project and genuinely has my interest, GLWIC :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 26 January 2023, 14:34:07 »
Updated the IC with more info on the internal weight, screws, changes that have/will be made. More pictures have also been uploaded.
Thank you all very much for your feedback and help deciding on plate materials and colour options.  :)

Offline densus designs

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 26 January 2023, 23:17:18 »
I’m incredibly pleased to announce that I will be able to offer most plate materials requested and voted for in the IC. This includes PC for MX and EC, Pom for MX, Half Alu and CF plates for MX, FR4 for MX and EC. Steel has also been quite popular, so I will be looking into pricing and see if it’s feasible to offer at such a low moq.
Thank you all for your kind words on this IC, apart from a few people who can’t read the estimated pricing and units  :D.

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #14 on: Fri, 27 January 2023, 07:07:58 »
This looks like a must-buy for anyone interested in this layout! Nice work, Densus!
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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #15 on: Fri, 27 January 2023, 07:23:34 »
This looks like a must-buy for anyone interested in this layout! Nice work, Densus!

Thank you Mr morning coffee, really appreciate your kind words!

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #16 on: Fri, 27 January 2023, 15:19:31 »
Updated 27/1/23

Added more information about the EC kit and the upcoming EC Parts i'm working with KLC on.
More information regarding the plates and plate materials offered during the GB.

For those that are requesting the price of the board stay under $xxx, please just read the IC on how many units will be produced and the pricing.

For adding 6u spacebar stab cutout to the EC plate, i will be looking into this, as i'm all for adding OEM keycap support.

I've also been given feedback about having the option to have the EC Kit available as an option instead of MX, I will have to think more about this, since the cost for the pcbs is already looking on the higher end at such a low MOQ. This will require more thinking and the outcome will be updated in the IC.

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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #17 on: Fri, 27 January 2023, 18:32:40 »
The densus and    Rensus
This is the EC and  The treeleaf could not get it to work in 917   Very sad
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Re: [IC] Alveus | An MX & EC FRL.
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 28 January 2023, 08:43:25 »
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Re: [IC] Alveus | Price now $450, Units 50!
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 31 January 2023, 12:57:30 »
Big Alveus Update



Units: Units will be increased from 20 to 50!

Pricing: The price will be reduced from 500usd to...... 450usd! :WowBuddy:

EC & MX: I'm very pleased to announce that buyers will be able to choose between MX and EC as their base option. With EC the base price increases slightly to 460usd, while MX stays at 450usd.

Colours: I have decided to only run this board in Black and Brown.
Why? - Biggie puts it best: Mo MoneyColours, Mo Problems. Plus these timeless colours will match a lot of sets. If it's that big a deal, you can always re-ano the board to your desired colour.