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[GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (manu phase initiated)
« on: Mon, 23 November 2020, 14:06:54 »
Hello Everyone! This is the GB for round 2 of the Panc40 keyboard kit.


This is a 40% keyboard (Minorca: 43 keys, Sebright: 41 keys, Ancona: 47 keys) I designed. Hereís the GB link for the first roundís GB. This is a high profile aluminum milled case, with a PCB supporting hotswap and underglow. The switch plate is going to be top-mounted, with 6 circular tabs for added stability. This will have a left-mounted USB location, and uses USB-C and does support QMK.

UPDATE EDIT: I've received interest in having a new PCB option added, and I've worked with the designer Nasp to have it added as an option for this GB! The PCB is called the Pursuit40, and it is an ortholinear option with some extended bottom row options. It is MX-only and non-hotswap, so it requires soldering. It has a USB-C port and supports QMK. It is perfectly compatible with the Panc40 case, and has been added as an optional accessory. Because of this addition, I've moved the end-date from 12/20 to 1/3. This doesn't negatively impact the delivery date of the final product, so I wanted to give everyone a chance to get in on the GB!

Price is $320 for the below kit:

  • Milled aluminum top frame
  • 4į angle milled aluminum base with Frosted acrylic diffuser
  • Stainless steel topmount switchplate
  • Panc40 PCB
    • Hotswap
    • USB-C PCB terminal
    • QMK firmware
    • RGB underglow
  • 1x 2mm underplate foam
  • 2x 2u PCB stabs
  • Hardware
    • mounting hardware
    • set of rubber feet
  • CONUS shipping and handling

Album with additional prototype images

Ancona layouts

Minorca/Sebright layouts

Pursuit40 layouts

Typing test on a Panc40 Sebright with lubed gateron yellows
video by the inimitable @greenteei89 🙏🙏🙏



Free shipping is for CONUS entrants only. If you are outside of the continental United States, you will be contacted with additional shipping info after the conclusion of the GB.
The Group Buy entry period runs from 11/23 until 12/20 1/3.
Prospective shipping date to customers is Q2 2021. If your shipping address changes between your entry and the ship date, please contact me and I can make adjustments ahead of time.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask.


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Q: Why did you create a new ortholinear PCB when it mimics layouts provided by the planck PCB?

A: The planck PCB has the USB terminal in a different location, so I couldnít use it with this case configuration. Also, this PCB adds a few more layout options, as I wanted to make sure it was differentiated a bit.

Q: Why is the incline 4į instead of 5į or 7į?

A: After evaluating different configurations and angle options, I felt that 4 degrees was the best option. I did use 5 and felt it was a bit too drastic for this small of a keyboard. The prototype tester group also felt that the 4į was a suitable middle ground.

Q: Is it possible to only get the ortholinear options without buying the staggered options?

A: Yes!

Q: Is there going to be plate foam available for these layouts?

A: Yes!

Q: Is this build going to include a weight option?

A: No, Iíve never been a big fan of weights in my designs, and I think other people do a much better job than I do at that.

Q: Will the plate files be available for this keyboard?

A: Yes, I've made them available for R1 and while I don't explicitly plan on modifying the design for R2, I want to make sure there aren't any small changes, so I'm going to release the files after the GB ships.

« Last Edit: Fri, 22 January 2021, 10:46:56 by AlexAtPanc »

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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 23 November 2020, 14:47:13 »
Approved :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 23 November 2020, 15:01:17 »
Reserved  :D

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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 24 November 2020, 13:06:22 »
Too bad this doesn't have blockers. I have R1 so no need to buy another non-blocker one.


Good Luck  :thumb:


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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 24 November 2020, 14:28:53 »
Too bad this doesn't have blockers. I have R1 so no need to buy another non-blocker one.


Good Luck  :thumb:

Thanks! FYI the Sebright (the layout with blockers) is available in this GB  :thumb:


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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 24 November 2020, 22:32:52 »
What size? 1.5mm blocker?


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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 25 November 2020, 08:19:21 »
What size? 1.5mm blocker?

Both sides are 1.25u blockers  :thumb:


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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 03 December 2020, 20:12:53 »
Thanks everyone who has joined so far!

I'm going to add "Yellow 1016" as a color option before the end of the week.



If you've already chosen a color and want to change, drop me a PM and we'll work it out :thumb:
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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 04 December 2020, 19:18:33 »
Thanks everyone who has joined so far!

I'm going to add "Yellow 1016" as a color option before the end of the week.

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If you've already chosen a color and want to change, drop me a PM and we'll work it out :thumb:
Nice, will this be satin finish or gloss?

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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 04 December 2020, 21:16:30 »
Thanks everyone who has joined so far!

I'm going to add "Yellow 1016" as a color option before the end of the week.

Show Image


If you've already chosen a color and want to change, drop me a PM and we'll work it out :thumb:
Nice, will this be satin finish or gloss?

That's going to be a satin. Surprisingly it's not very glossy in keyboard form, which I'm surprised by.

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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 07 December 2020, 10:31:11 »
Can you provide some more detail on the OPTIONAL 2MM BRASS LAYER? Will this be clear coated?

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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 07 December 2020, 13:24:00 »
Can you provide some more detail on the OPTIONAL 2MM BRASS LAYER? Will this be clear coated?

Sure! It's a 2mm thick brass mid-layer that can be used either together with the diffuser or instead of it. It adds a bit of heft, and isn't clear-coated unless requested. I've encountered a lot of people who prefer to let it patina naturally, but if you'd rather have it sealed, that's definitely something that can be added to your order. :thumb:

Here are a couple pics of a Minorca with one installed:




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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 12 December 2020, 10:06:00 »
So in love with this render I had to post it here <3



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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 13 December 2020, 07:34:17 »
So in love with this render I had to post it here <3

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What's were the changes made to the case over rd1?





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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 13 December 2020, 07:46:30 »
So in love with this render I had to post it here <3

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RISE UP!!


What's were the changes made to the case over rd1?

Just some very slight tolerance modifications! Other than that, everything in R2 will fit R1  :thumb:
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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 13 December 2020, 13:09:19 »
So in love with this render I had to post it here <3

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Blockered Ortho? Oh man

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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #16 on: Sun, 13 December 2020, 14:40:39 »
So in love with this render I had to post it here <3

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Blockered Ortho? Oh man

It's a scene, my friend ;D


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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #17 on: Thu, 17 December 2020, 09:17:19 »
A few updates:

  • I've added a typing test to the OP. It's a Sebright with gateron yellows, lubed with a custom Superlube mix. It was done by the one and only greenteeai89.
  • Nasp has recently designed an alternate ortholinear PCB for the Panc40 case! It's called the Pursuit40, and it is a non-hotswap MX-only PCB. It's really cool and has gotten interest from a lot of folks, and after working with him, we've been able to add it as an option to this GB. He and I are very excited to fold it in. Prototypes have worked perfectly. I've added it as an option to the purchase page, and both it and the OP have had layout links added.
  • Because of the addition and some requests from others, the end date has been extended past the holidays, from 12/20 to 1/3. After discussing with my manu, we're confident this will not extend the delivery period of the product!
« Last Edit: Sun, 03 January 2021, 16:47:00 by AlexAtPanc »

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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #18 on: Mon, 21 December 2020, 09:17:24 »
Interesting

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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, staggered and ortho options)
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 23 December 2020, 01:54:39 »
Itís really Nice!! That is so beautiful!!

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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, end date extended to 1/3)
« Reply #20 on: Fri, 25 December 2020, 01:28:15 »
Thatís what I want!!! Amazing stuff!!!

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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, end date extended to 1/3)
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 27 December 2020, 19:30:08 »
Thatís what I want!!! Amazing stuff!!! :) :)

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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, end date extended to 1/3)
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 29 December 2020, 09:01:34 »
Panc40 with Pursuit40 pics should be coming soon(ish). Stay tuned  :thumb:


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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, end date extended to 1/3)
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 30 December 2020, 12:52:01 »
Panc40 with Pursuit40 pics should be coming soon(ish). Stay tuned  :thumb:

It's here!!  :thumb:





This PCB has some really cool layouts available, and I'm super excited that Nasp designed it around the Panc40 case 🙏🙏
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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (40% layout, end date extended to 1/3)
« Reply #24 on: Mon, 04 January 2021, 16:49:34 »
The Panc40 R2 group buy has wrapped! Thanks to everyone who joined, I will be in touch shortly with additional details! :thumb:


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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (manu phase initiated)
« Reply #25 on: Fri, 22 January 2021, 10:46:28 »
All parts and packing supplies have been ordered, and are either en route or being machined currently!

Here's a pic of the Pursuit40 PCB in a Panc40 blockered case:

« Last Edit: Fri, 22 January 2021, 10:48:23 by AlexAtPanc »

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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (manu phase initiated)
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 24 January 2021, 16:11:59 »
All parts and packing supplies have been ordered, and are either en route or being machined currently!

Here's a pic of the Pursuit40 PCB in a Panc40 blockered case:

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My PCB and plate are ready!











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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (manu phase initiated)
« Reply #27 on: Sun, 24 January 2021, 19:40:14 »
Looking great!



All parts are ordered and packing supplies are on hand  :thumb:

We're sitting pretty thus far. Thanks again to everyone who has been a part of the GB!

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Re: [GB] Panc40 Keyboard R2 (manu phase initiated)
« Reply #28 on: Tue, 06 April 2021, 08:59:14 »
Switchplates and bronze midlayers have arrived!





I expect the production sample to arrive shortly, and will take pics with the acrylic diffuser production sample.

Thanks to all for joining!