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Offline Ranger_Trivette

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[IC] SolidBrass 60%
« on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 04:07:48 »
SolidBrass 60%
a solid brass 60% keyboard.


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Shortly: gasket mount, 304x110, 18mm front, 30mm back, 7į


Something about me:

My name is Corrado and i'm from Italy.
I'm a naval and mechanical engineer.
I currently work as product engineer and i'm relatively new to this hobby.

During the first Corona lockdown, i started gaming. I bought a cheap mechanical keyboard from aliexpress... that's how it started :)

I started designing this keyboard on september '20.
On march '21 i completed all the 3d components, ipt/stp file, dwg drawings and i started asking for quotations all around the world.
A month later i decided to order 4 complete board samples.
Factory got closed for few week due to Corona virus.
10 days ago, i finally received the samples i ordered.

Everything work, but i'm not happy with the overall quality. This is why, while these keyboards will go to the plating plant, i'm ordering a new sample from another supplier.



Layout and PCB:

The keyboard has been designed aroud the Wilba Graphite 60%.
A custom PCB give you the possibility to further personalize your design. But force customers to buy extra pcb to avoid problems in the future.
A custom PCB may generate issues that i'm not able to solve (i've no experience with pcb and electrical circuits). Especially now, with components shortage, this can cause huge delay.
That's why i've preferred a standard one.

The plate allow all the layouts of the Graphite; ISO ANSI 6.25u and 7u spacebar.
The plate will be brass made. But i will share all the necessary files to produce by other materials.

Blockers allow you to remove the switches you don't like.

Backside plug allow you to chooce left/right/central positioning of the Usb-C.
Three different wirings will be provided to connect the PCB with the daughter board.
An oring on each plug avoid every possible vibration.
A set screw secures the plug in position.





(laser engraving is missing, must be done after the plating)



Please note that every photos show natural brass (no protective treatment). Oxidation and spots are absolutely normal.


Material and colors:

When you use quality materials, there is no reason to cover and hide them.
My idea is to use Electroplating instead of painting/anodizing.
3 keyboards are now on their way to the plating plant.

I'll show you soon:
                                - Gold plating
                                - Silver plating
                                - Copper plating
                                - Natural brass with a transparent protector







Quantity and target price:

I don't have a MQO. Keyboards will be numbered from 1 to 100.
nr. 1 to 4 will be used as samples for photos and test.
nr. 5 will be sent to a content creator.
nr. 6 to 100 will be sold through a GB.

Target price under 500Ä. I'll do my best to decrease it.
Copper, silver and gold plated will have the price (but i'll confirm that soon).
EVA handbag, blockers, extra screews, are included.
No extras. I'm working on a keycap with the logo.
If it works, it will be included.



More Photos:







What's now?
We wait. In few week i should receive back samples from the plating factory.
I ordered another sample from a new supplier, trying to improve the quality.

Offline Ranger_Trivette

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 04:08:38 »
not sure how i feel about the removable blockers
I would highly recommend not to go removable blockers, not only does it make the board look and feel cheap, but thatís a lot of small brass pieces that you have to QC, which would make the price a lot higher.
Removable blockers always make them feels like a afterthought

+1 of not using removable blockers. Otherwise this looks promising, GLWIC!


thanks for your replies :)
about the blockers. if the form shows that people don't like them, i'll remove them.
but i want to explain why i like them.

ordering 100 keyboard WITH blockers means ordering:
- 100 top body
- 400 small blockers
- 400 big blockers
100 pcs are a good number for cnc components. with 100pcs price will start decreasing.
(consider that 400+400 blockers cost less than half of 100 top body)

ordering 100 keyboard WITHOUT blocker means ordering:
30-40 top body for each version.
a 30pcs order isn't so good. cnc works require different program and the time spent programming cnc machinery will be spread over 30 pcs instead of 100.
(moving from 100 to 30-40pcs may easily double the price)

having said that, this won't be a cheap keyboard.
i don't like the idea of someone watching this and thinking i made cheap choices :)
give me some days to think about that and redroming the models without blockers


Will the "clear protector" on the brass be noticeable?

Could also just offer a raw brass, I can just add keyboard polishing to my list of pastime activities :D
brass get oxidized by the oxygen present in the air.
when you mill brass you remove the oxidized layer and you get the shiny, polished material that you imagine when you think "brass". :)
after few days, brass start being darker and less shiny.
the "protector" is a transparent paint. it will preserve brass at his original state.

yes, you can have raw brass. and i think is super cool. :) you will have a keyboard that grows old...
it will change his look during his lifetime. oxidation is a natural process and it doesn't damage brass at all.
indeed, brass get oxidized himself to self protect from oxygen.
on the contrary, if you want a always shiny product that even after 50years looks like a teenager, plating or transparent protection is your way :)
« Last Edit: Sun, 24 October 2021, 06:06:09 by Ranger_Trivette »

Offline growler

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 04:21:19 »
I *think* I like this

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Don't just stare at it ...

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 09:20:25 »
not sure how i feel about the removable blockers

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 09:37:14 »
now THIS is epic
mad

Offline yuutsu

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 10:55:14 »
I would highly recommend not to go removable blockers, not only does it make the board look and feel cheap, but thatís a lot of small brass pieces that you have to QC, which would make the price a lot higher.

Offline kylekwong1

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 11:02:20 »
Removable blockers always make them feels like a afterthought

Offline whirlwind

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 12:44:22 »
+1 of not using removable blockers. Otherwise this looks promising, GLWIC!

Offline Havattack

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 14:01:32 »
Bezels too skinny for me unfortunately.

Offline Cornelius240

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 23:26:29 »
Iím in.

Offline zebus

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 23:30:39 »
This is freakin' awesome

Will the "clear protector" on the brass be noticeable?

Could also just offer a raw brass, I can just add keyboard polishing to my list of pastime activities :D

Offline quinnwinn1

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 22 October 2021, 20:20:17 »
Looks great! I'm in  :)

Offline Ranger_Trivette

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #12 on: Sun, 24 October 2021, 06:03:45 »
not sure how i feel about the removable blockers
I would highly recommend not to go removable blockers, not only does it make the board look and feel cheap, but thatís a lot of small brass pieces that you have to QC, which would make the price a lot higher.
Removable blockers always make them feels like a afterthought

+1 of not using removable blockers. Otherwise this looks promising, GLWIC!

since many of you ask about the blocker, i updated the second post. ;)


Will the "clear protector" on the brass be noticeable?

Could also just offer a raw brass, I can just add keyboard polishing to my list of pastime activities :D
raw brass is a cool idea :) i've replied on the second comment!

Offline brodiegrizz

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 24 October 2021, 13:01:06 »
thoccy

Offline Reign-E

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 25 October 2021, 19:36:30 »
This would look cool with Malachite blank keycaps

Offline AlexCore89

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 27 October 2021, 10:07:43 »
Whoah! This is very nice! I'm definitely loving it!

Offline Joaquox

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 28 October 2021, 12:05:47 »
I don't like the visible seam.
Make it seamless, charge whatever you want and I'll buy it.

Offline Ranger_Trivette

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #17 on: Fri, 29 October 2021, 01:49:13 »
I don't like the visible seam.
Make it seamless, charge whatever you want and I'll buy it.
i've never thought about that. i like the idea. definitely possible.
this increase the amount of brass that have to be milled.
but may it worth a try.

let me work on it

Offline SmitH1y

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 02 November 2021, 10:14:00 »
This is going to be one heavy boy, not to mention the shipping costs :D

Offline windlabs

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 02 November 2021, 20:49:05 »
nice board

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 03 November 2021, 00:00:30 »
I'm a fan of everything except the blockers and changeable USB positions.

  • If the argument for and against blockers is around the cost of producing tops, I'd prefer the options were limited to just WK and WKL.
  • There doesn't seem to be any reason specified for the three different USB cut outs? Why wouldn't you just have the one slot? The additional slots and visible seams from the blockers isn't very visually appealing.

Offline Ranger_Trivette

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #21 on: Wed, 03 November 2021, 03:40:11 »
This is going to be one heavy boy, not to mention the shipping costs :D
about 3kg, 70*380*180mm.
shipped from italy.
you can check the freight to your city :)

but, if we reach 100pcs, i'll probably include the shipping cost.

nice board
thanks! :)

I'm a fan of everything except the blockers and changeable USB positions.

  • If the argument for and against blockers is around the cost of producing tops, I'd prefer the options were limited to just WK and WKL.
  • There doesn't seem to be any reason specified for the three different USB cut outs? Why wouldn't you just have the one slot? The additional slots and visible seams from the blockers isn't very visually appealing.

1) the argument around frontal blockers is related to producing costs. in the second comment you can read the explanation. let me know if there is something unclear.  :thumb:
yesterday i've sent all the updated drawings to the cnc supplier. i'll get a quotation for WK, WKL and HHKB.
this will impact the production cost for sure. but target price is still under 500Ä for now.
i expect to have the updated quotation by the end of next week.
once i get the price for polishing/transparent protective/plating, i'll let you know the final price.

2) the reason isn't related to producing cost. on the contrary, a single position would decrease the cost.
i like the fact that everyone can choose the position of their usb cable. is something personal and depends of your desk layout.
right now the seam is visible. overall quality need to be improved.
the new sample will have 0,2mm seam between the two components.
let's see what the new supplier can do. we have time to decide if the back blockers need to stay.


Offline derpanda

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #22 on: Thu, 04 November 2021, 11:22:15 »
I think your intent with the movable USB ports is well-intended, but it is almost close to standard default to always have it in the same position as it makes PCB compatibility easier to achieve, so I don't think anybody would mind only having a cutout on the left side. I think the best idea would be to just create a poll on the port placement. Definitely looks interesting though, so I will also be keeping an eye out for this board.

Offline Mandabanker007

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« Reply #23 on: Sun, 07 November 2021, 18:20:26 »
This is super cool

Offline windlabs

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 07 November 2021, 20:59:20 »
nice work

Offline Ranger_Trivette

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #25 on: Mon, 15 November 2021, 01:54:48 »
I think your intent with the movable USB ports is well-intended, but it is almost close to standard default to always have it in the same position as it makes PCB compatibility easier to achieve, so I don't think anybody would mind only having a cutout on the left side. I think the best idea would be to just create a poll on the port placement. Definitely looks interesting though, so I will also be keeping an eye out for this board.
you need a PCB with daughterboard. and the daughterboard must have the right center-to-center distance between screws.
i don't think there is a compatible PCB other than the wilba graphite.
let me know if i misunderstood something.

This is super cool
thanks! :)

nice work
thanks! :)


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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #26 on: Mon, 15 November 2021, 11:53:28 »
I don't like the visible seam.
Make it seamless, charge whatever you want and I'll buy it.
i've never thought about that. i like the idea. definitely possible.
this increase the amount of brass that have to be milled.
but may it worth a try.

let me work on it

Seconding this, I would also love a seamless solid brass board. I also like the idea of offering a raw finish, gives people the option to either patina it or mirror polish if they want to.

Offline Ranger_Trivette

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Re: [IC] SolidBrass 60%
« Reply #27 on: Tue, 16 November 2021, 01:43:08 »
I don't like the visible seam.
Make it seamless, charge whatever you want and I'll buy it.
i've never thought about that. i like the idea. definitely possible.
this increase the amount of brass that have to be milled.
but may it worth a try.

let me work on it

Seconding this, I would also love a seamless solid brass board. I also like the idea of offering a raw finish, gives people the option to either patina it or mirror polish if they want to.
raw finish is confirmed. it will also have a lower price.  :thumb:

the seamless design impact the design and the price very hard.
the upper part would be made by a 30mm thick brass block.
this keyboard will be proposed in a buy group with the seam.

i promise that in the first quarter of 2022 i'll be back with a new version without seam. :thumb:
if seamless design is a must have for you, i'm sorry but you have to wait few months more.
i'm already working on it while i'm waiting for samples of this one.