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Ra66it_AU:

Cloudnine
Designed by Machina
UPDATE 06-11-23













Greetings! I'm Ra66it from Australia, and it's hard to believe it's been nearly a year since my initial IC post about Orbit.
Thanks to the incredible support of this wonderful community, Machina has experienced significant growth. With Orbit now nearing completion,
it's time to unveil the next chapter.

Introducing my second keyboard project, Cloudnine by Machina.
This is a 60% keyboard featuring a silicon pin mounting style, which pays homage to the legendary HHKB keyboard.

It's a highly personal design for me. Having used the HHKB for years,
the 6U spacebar layout truly resonates with the essence of the 'true' HHKB layout.
I adore the aesthetics within the asymmetrical design and the history behind this layout.

The project started in July this year, I visited the factory and got my hands on the prototypes in October.



Ideas about the design

I enjoyed the typing feel and sound of the Orbit, so I retained most of the internal design from the previous design, which incorporated the use of four internal weights.
Externally, Cloudnine now features rounded edges and corners, a departure from the design of the Orbit. The majority of chamfers have been transformed into fillets, and the bezels are also slightly widened to accommodate its modern rounded aesthetic.

The look of this keyboard is influenced by the HHKB series (HG variant and Pro2).[/size]


About the name

Coming from the phrase "on cloud nine", describes a feeling of extreme happiness, and joy, which is the same idea of HHKB, a happy hacking/typing keyboard


IC FORM: https://forms.gle/rQju2FwtKw5r7Rk36

DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/KZ7axT7zKg

INSTAGRAM LINK: https://www.instagram.com/machina.syd/





0. CONTENTS

1.DETAILS
2.VENDOR
3.PRICE & SALES DETAILS
4.LAYOUT
5.PHOTO
6.DESIGN CHANGELOG
7.PROJECT STATUS






1.DETAILS

- Typing angle 7.0
- Front height: 18mm
- Mounting style: Silicon pin/ Tadpole ( 4 hardness options)
- Screwless exterior design (4 detachable silicon feet hiding all the screws at the bottom)
- PCB: MX, Lekker, EC compatible
- Weight:  TBC
- Materials:
     - Aluminium Top Case
     - Different bottom case designs:
     - Aluminium Bottom Case with 4 internal weights
     - Full Brass/Copper Bottom Case with clear coat finish
     - Full Stainless Steel Bottom Case with an orbit shape on the outside

   



2.VENDOR

www.machina.mx
Other: TBD






3.PRICE & SALES DETAILS


Sale Format: GB (Early Q1 2024)





4.LAYOUT







5.PHOTO
Specs in the photos:
Prototype 1: Clear e-coated raw aluminum top case + raw finish stainless steel bottom case + 40a Tadpoles
Prototype 2: Anodised black aluminum top case + clear e-coated copper bottom case (bronze color tone)


Comparing Cloudnine with Orbit:














6.DESIGN CHANGELOG
V1 Prototype
- 1.6mm PCB with no flex cut
- 4 screws between the top and bottom case
- 4 separate rubber feet
- Stainless steel weights

Upcoming V2 Prototype
- Testing EC, MX, Lekker PCBs
- Compare SS weights with brass weights
- Wk/ Wkl compatibility test
- More to be added




7.PROJECT STATUS


V1 Log

Overall I am happy with the typing feel and sound, no foam is needed as expected, but I still need to test out the SS weights vs brass weights before I upload any typing test.
For the next stage, after hearing some feedback from Discord, I will bring in the WK and WKL top cases to the design.
The EC and Lekker are something still under development, please let me know in the IC form if these are something you guys want.
In terms of colours, with all these new additions to the design, colours will be cut down to 4 - 5 options, please fill in the IC form if you are interested.





Thank you all for reading till the end!
While we may be encountering some turbulence within the hobby, I'm genuinely appreciative of the people who have stood by me throughout this journey, affording me the opportunity to create something I'm truly passionate about. Happy typing everyone!


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Cipulot:
I'm personally a big fan of cool machining patterns :cool: and the fact that it's True HHKB makes it even better (screw 7u HHKB  :p)
IDK if possible but I can see some people wanting the ripple w/o the diamond but I don't mind it at all tbh.

GL with IC  :thumb:

Jacno:
Been waiting for a 60 version of the orbit, would like to see the ec implementation of this.

Rafa_n:
please consider EU proxy :)

DeathShadow:
That steel bottom is so nice.

Also consider a EU proxy please.

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