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Offline eggyolk05

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[IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60% | GB Live!
« on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 09:52:29 »
Stratos
Stacked acrylic, gasket mount, 60% keyboard



GB LIVE: etype.us

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Stratos is a cascading, stacked acrylic keyboard with a premium typing experience.

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The curve of the case from the top to the bottom was designed to highlight the acrylic layers rather than hide them.
Gaskets are implemented to create a comfortable typing experience that isolates the plate from the rest of the case. Sound dampening foam is placed in between the plate and PCB for better acoustics.


Mounting System

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The 6 tabs provide mounting locations for gaskets on top of the plate. The 6 mounting locations on the bottom side of the plate are supported by the foam between the plate and PCB, acting as a gasket.
*The green PCB shown is for visual purposes. The final PCB will be black.*


Interchangeable Top Layer

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The top layer can easily be swapped to create a standard, WKL, or HHKB layout.


Prototype Photos

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Plate Layout

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Specs
10 frosted acrylic layers
Interchangeable Top layer: Standard, WKL, HHKB
60% layout
~6 degree typing angle
Gasket mount
Plate: Aluminum, POM, FR4
PCB/Gasket Foam Layer
Solder PCB
USB-C with ESD Protection
QMK/VIA compatible
RGB LED Underglow

Base Kit
Frosted acrylic case
Solder PCB
FR4 Plate
Gaskets
PCB/Gasket foam layer
Hardware
Bumpons

IC Form
Sound Test

GB Information
Base Kit Price: $135
Date: 6/11/21 - 6/30/21
Production time: Ships 1-2 months after GB ends
Vendor: The group buy will be sold worldwide on etype.us
Units: There will be a soft cap of 50 units to ensure that everything will be shipped on time.

To-do
Update with more renders
Add prototype photos
Add sound test
Finalize pricing and date

Updates
3/16/21: Added plate render to show gasket mounting locations
5/23/21: Updated renders, aesthetic changes to case design, 6.5 -> 6 degree typing angle, gasket plate foam
5/26/21: Added information on the interchangeable top layer
6/9/21: Added GB information, price adjustment, added RGB
6/11/21: GB Live

Special thanks to elmo for helping with the firmware.
Thank you to everyone for the support!
« Last Edit: Fri, 11 June 2021, 10:59:27 by eggyolk05 »

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 10:14:54 »
nice, I like the look of the feet in this stacked impl

Offline milky123

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 10:17:13 »
looking good, glwic


Offline nick779

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 11:50:16 »
I'm in, this would be sick for a silent build.

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 13:19:25 »
Unknown price or date, but you know it will ship 1-2 months after?

Also, interested.

Offline eggyolk05

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 14:42:17 »
Unknown price or date, but you know it will ship 1-2 months after?

Also, interested.

I suppose I meant TBD - the price and date are still being finalized. And based on the manu estimates so far, shipping within 1-2 months after GB is feasible.

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 14:43:32 »
Any renders of the mounting points for the plate? 18 gaskets sounds like a lot; too many and too wide mounting points can bring stiffness and ping in my experience that take away from the main point of gasket mounting.

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 15:09:10 »
Any renders of the mounting points for the plate? 18 gaskets sounds like a lot; too many and too wide mounting points can bring stiffness and ping in my experience that take away from the main point of gasket mounting.

I replied to your comment on reddit, but I'll paste it here for others wondering the same thing.

"Thanks for the feedback - I'll update with more renders soon. There are 12 gaskets on the plate (6 top and bottom), and the 6 other gaskets act as bumpers to keep the plate in position."

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 15:10:52 »
No prototype? Seems like with something that can be laser cut in a few hours and doesn't have any special screw consideration, you could have a typing test and show a prototype for this before looking for interest in another 60% case.
F Keys belong on the left.

Offline eggyolk05

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 15:18:01 »
No prototype? Seems like with something that can be laser cut in a few hours and doesn't have any special screw consideration, you could have a typing test and show a prototype for this before looking for interest in another 60% case.

So far, I've built prototypes of 3 earlier iterations of this keyboard, but they do not represent the current version. I will update the post when the current prototype is finished.

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 15:49:03 »
interested

Offline Speedy123

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 17 May 2021, 13:52:45 »
Any more movement on this?  I love stacked acrylic, but I haven't had a chance to use gasket mount.

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 17 May 2021, 15:45:49 »
When you say sound dampening foam  what about the sound do you need to dampen  ?

Do you need more T H O C C
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Offline eggyolk05

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 17 May 2021, 19:43:04 »
Any more movement on this?  I love stacked acrylic, but I haven't had a chance to use gasket mount.

Hey - sorry for the lack of updates. PCB prototype just arrived and the production case prototype is on the way. More information will be out in the coming weeks!

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 17 May 2021, 19:46:43 »
When you say sound dampening foam  what about the sound do you need to dampen  ?

Do you need more T H O C C

The THOCCINESS will be revealed once the final production prototype arrives lol

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #15 on: Mon, 24 May 2021, 09:58:34 »
5/24/21 Update

Stratos has gone through a few changes. To summarize,
- mounting system was modified
- typing angle was changed from ~6.5 to ~6 degrees
- bezel thickness was increased and feet design was altered

Prototype photos and sound tests with the different plate materials will be released later this week, so stay tuned!

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #16 on: Mon, 24 May 2021, 17:44:41 »
Out of curiosity, will the design files be made public after GB?

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #17 on: Mon, 24 May 2021, 21:17:33 »
no rgb tho? :'(

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 25 May 2021, 10:29:52 »
Out of curiosity, will the design files be made public after GB?

No sorry - they won't be public

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 25 May 2021, 17:08:56 »
Pretty cool. GLWIC

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60%
« Reply #20 on: Fri, 28 May 2021, 10:22:11 »
5/28/21 Update

A few more updates and clarifications have been added.
- The top layer can easily be swapped to transform Stratos from a standard layout to WKL to HHKB
- Prototype photos and a prototype album
- FR4/POM/Alu sound test

GB date is still being finalized. Should be sometime in June!

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60% (GB OPEN 6/11/21)
« Reply #21 on: Wed, 09 June 2021, 10:12:23 »
6/9/21 Update

Back with some more exciting updates!
- As commonly requested, RGB LED underglow was added to the PCB
- GB Information Updated (GB Starts 6/11/21 on etype.us)
- Silver stainless steel screws will be offered as an optional add on
- Base kit price increased by $5 due to adding RGB along with more QC measures

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60% | GB Live!
« Reply #22 on: Fri, 11 June 2021, 11:00:08 »
6/11/21 Update

Stratos GB is now live on etype.us

Thanks to everyone for the support!

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60% | GB Live!
« Reply #23 on: Fri, 11 June 2021, 11:06:54 »
Really love the design on this esp the back! GLWIC

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« Reply #24 on: Fri, 11 June 2021, 12:02:00 »
Really love the design on this esp the back! GLWIC

Thanks!

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60% | GB Live!
« Reply #25 on: Fri, 11 June 2021, 13:09:33 »
What's the height of the case at the front?

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Re: [IC] Stratos - Stacked Acrylic | Gasket Mount | 60% | GB Live!
« Reply #26 on: Fri, 11 June 2021, 13:14:22 »
What's the height of the case at the front?

The front height is 21mm