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Title: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Krelbit on Thu, 18 June 2020, 19:03:00
Hello! I am Krelbit of Switchmod Keyboards. This thread will be a running log of my smaller, non-group buy projects.

Starting off, welcome to my current project.

Slipline - R1

This is Slipline, my first small-scale stock keyboard buy.

(https://i.imgur.com/rLdbdvQ.jpg)

Slipline is a 69-key 68% layout keyboard, inspired by my very first keyboard, the Qisan Magicforce 68. It has some quirks to it that make it slightly unique. The right shift and bottom row of this keyboard are currently fixed. I envision it to stay this way to chop down on variants during production which will make future runs of the board much easier to produce in a timely manner. During this initial run of 30 boards, I have two variants. The board has no weight, as I don't really like weights that serve no aesthetic purpose when the keyboard is laid flat down. However, the bottom piece, in future runs, will use different materials, which could increase the weight by a lot. An entirely brass bottom sounds fun. Each run of this board will feature two different color sets, and materials will vary over runs. Runs will be small, and hopefully we can make parts interchangeable so that if you're really after a certain configuration you'll be able to trade for it. My board features a 6.9 degree angle, and a seamless, top mounted design. RGB underglow is available on the PCB for this run's polycarbonate bottom and hopefully, future runs of the board with opaque case materials. I'm already thinking polycarb top cases and smoky polycarb bottoms. We've spent a while refining this and I really hope you enjoy how it looks.

Slipline has been in project stage for over a year now. Notably, the board's major design language was thought of in January of 2019 while I was using keyboards as a creative outlet for recovery after a breakup in late 2018. The PCB and CAD work were done by hineybush of hineybush Keyboards. Napkin drawings and a business model were and will be provided by yours truly.

Variant 1: Silver 6063 Alu / Polycarbonate.

(https://i.imgur.com/YLFyQaV.jpg)

Variant 2: Night Blue 6063 Alu / Ice Blue 6063 Alu.

(https://i.imgur.com/o3BtiMW.jpg)

Pricing per board: $420 per board. This does not include shipping.

Kit includes:
Top Case
Bottom Case
Plate (Silver aluminum only in R1)
Screws, rubber feet, funny business card.

TLDR Specs:
6.9 Deg. Angle
Top mounted Case
Seamless Design
USB-C, Centered port
QMK Firmware support
RGB underglow on PCB for opaque-material bottom cases.
No Hotswap
Fixed split right shift
Fixed 1.25/1.25/1.25/6.25/1.25/1.25/1.25 bottom row.
Black PCB, white silkscreen.

Extra PCBs will be available at $35 each if purchased with the board, then $45 each onwards.

This is not a group buy.

Part of the cost of this board comes from the fact that when you buy it, you will receive it most likely, within a week. I fronted the total cost for these boards to be able to work on it at my convenience. This round is, however, a Limit 1 per customer FCFS sale.

QCing will happen live on stream (http://twitch.tv/krelbit), with boards going up one by one as they are QC'd. For a better idea of when to tune in, follow me on twitch, or join the Switchmod Keyboards Discord (http://discord.switchmod.net), and opt into the Twitch and/or Slipline roles.

QC streams will happen across multiple days, because I am not a masochist. But they will all happen concurrently.

Sale Date is still slightly TBA, but expect it late June after I'm done resolving GMK Sandstorm.

If you're international, start looking for international proxies. Shipping within the US will cost $20, but shipping internationally will use the most expensive shipping available, and as a flat rate i will be charging $100-120 USD. I do not want to ship internationally. You will most likely save $30-50 usd by using a proxy.

Thank you very much for reading, I hope you're interested in this weird pet project I've had going on for a long time.

More Materials

Variant 1 Slipline, Prototype Green PCB:
https://imgur.com/a/fwgVjFA

Variant 2 Slipline:
https://imgur.com/a/PiuDeVN

Prototype Slipline Build Stream by TaehaTypes

Assembly Tutorial by Hineybush

Acknowledegements:

Thank you to hineybush for helping to bring this project to life.

In no particular order,

I'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to hineybush (again), friglesnart, zekkin, megabeef, manofinterests, duckboi, lightning, midori, kelly, frostbyte, taehatypes, bisoromi, propipe, tonkatonk, ryan bussy, perry, noricon, shenpai, "Irene", mart, r3msky, tomu, xondat, the rest of you, binge, rensuya, and SL.

Your contributions to this board and my life are greatly appreciated, and I love you all.
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Krelbit on Thu, 18 June 2020, 19:03:35
hi my name is jeff reserved
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: jackzyg on Thu, 18 June 2020, 19:55:29
First
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Alessio01 on Thu, 18 June 2020, 19:55:31
nice.
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: foundpeasantry on Thu, 18 June 2020, 19:57:17
"Slipline is a 69-key .... 6.9 Deg. Angle ...$420 per board."

Nice
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: GaNeBaL on Thu, 18 June 2020, 19:57:47
I need this to replace my razer blackwidow
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: ponchofreedo on Thu, 18 June 2020, 19:58:30
so happy to see this finally make it to a thread
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: LightningXI on Thu, 18 June 2020, 19:58:42
420 price
6.9 degree angle

nice
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: SirShakes on Thu, 18 June 2020, 19:59:10
Lessgo
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: GaNeBaL on Thu, 18 June 2020, 20:03:28
top 3 artisan imo
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: bisoromi on Thu, 18 June 2020, 20:05:08
i love krelbit and switchmod keyboards

glws!!!!

first page gang..
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Krelbit on Thu, 18 June 2020, 20:06:03
i love krelbit and switchmod keyboards

glws!!!!

first page gang..

i love bisoromi

top 3 artisan imo

watch out clack factory

420 price
6.9 degree angle

nice

"Slipline is a 69-key .... 6.9 Deg. Angle ...$420 per board."

Nice

honestly pretty unintentional
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: J3ff_Leopard on Thu, 18 June 2020, 20:07:16
Krelbit is a good boy. Sometimes he scares me but not when it comes to selling me things. Good job Krelbit. Good luck with sale.
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: duckboi on Thu, 18 June 2020, 20:10:19
mom im on tv
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Kinesiologist on Thu, 18 June 2020, 20:11:10
Does the PCB have full ESD protection?
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: hineybush on Thu, 18 June 2020, 20:12:26
lets go babbyyy

Does the PCB have full ESD protection?

it has more than none.
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: shodid on Thu, 18 June 2020, 20:15:47
Coming first to get served
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Krelbit on Thu, 18 June 2020, 20:18:47
lets go babbyyy

Does the PCB have full ESD protection?

it has more than none.

you smell purdy minster hinybush
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: xondat on Thu, 18 June 2020, 20:19:20
This is quite a nice keyboard sir
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: MyManMart on Thu, 18 June 2020, 20:23:22
:thumbsup: 10/10
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: eniigma on Thu, 18 June 2020, 20:24:26
glws krelbit!!!!!!!!  :D :D
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Aschente on Thu, 18 June 2020, 20:25:02
Loving it already!
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Krelbit on Thu, 18 June 2020, 20:45:33
glws krelbit!!!!!!!!  :D :D

This is quite a nice keyboard sir

Loving it already!

:thumbsup: 10/10

thank u lads
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: DERBS on Thu, 18 June 2020, 21:50:01
420 price
6.9 degree angle

nice

Nice.
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: brillwill on Thu, 18 June 2020, 22:10:23
board looks great. Will definitely try for one  :thumb:
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: bigern302 on Thu, 18 June 2020, 22:19:47
Alu/PC.  RIP wallet.
Looks great!  WTG Krelbit.
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: dRnRcRr on Thu, 18 June 2020, 22:58:39
Wow very nice.  So clean.
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: sanryu on Thu, 18 June 2020, 23:53:51
lets go!
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: pixelpusher on Thu, 18 June 2020, 23:58:04
Will there be any changes from the prototype he built and the for sale units?  (USB port tightness, excess gap from plate to edge?)
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Lenux on Fri, 19 June 2020, 00:51:26
Love the board, it looks really nice !

Really nice work GLWS :)
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Krelbit on Fri, 19 June 2020, 01:13:03
Will there be any changes from the prototype he built and the for sale units?  (USB port tightness, excess gap from plate to edge?)

We've made some tolerance adjustments to the case as a whole, and a bit on the pcb. However the main issue just is plate alignment and we've got a instructional video on how to get everything to line up right.
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: zlalaman2 on Fri, 19 June 2020, 02:00:04
Very very very excited for this
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: pixelpusher on Fri, 19 June 2020, 02:36:42
Will there be any changes from the prototype he built and the for sale units?  (USB port tightness, excess gap from plate to edge?)

We've made some tolerance adjustments to the case as a whole, and a bit on the pcb. However the main issue just is plate alignment and we've got a instructional video on how to get everything to line up right.

Sounds good.  The underglow on the PC bottom version is sex.  I hope I can get one  :thumb:
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Tonkatonk on Fri, 19 June 2020, 13:31:30
I love krelbit, and krelbit wholesome accessories. I'm hype on this board and the mf69 layout :3
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Polyzhu on Fri, 19 June 2020, 14:21:08
This looks fantastic, really happy to see this project come to a conclusion. Hope to snag one as well!
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: LeblancCafe on Fri, 19 June 2020, 14:43:22
Pog
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: bobgr8 on Fri, 19 June 2020, 17:04:22
Love the layout! Could you also give the VODs of the stream?
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Krelbit on Fri, 19 June 2020, 20:20:42
Love the layout! Could you also give the VODs of the stream?

The VODs of the TaehaTypes build stream is right at the bottom of the post...
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: hineybush on Sat, 20 June 2020, 02:40:19
Love the layout! Could you also give the VODs of the stream?

The VODs of the TaehaTypes build stream is right at the bottom of the post...

imagine reading
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: catamscott on Sat, 20 June 2020, 13:18:01
when i saw that pcb i audibly moaned a little. really nice design and i'm very interested to see what new materials are used going forward  :thumb:
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Krelbit on Sun, 21 June 2020, 13:17:32
As of now, we're actively making little tweaks such that R2 and onwards will be much less of a hassle to build, yet keeping the same quality. If you guys have any materials suggestions I could use for prototypes, give me a top and bottom material/color suggestion! I may borrow some of those ideas for prototypes and possible future runs  :)
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: limenx on Sun, 21 June 2020, 13:29:56
Would love to see a Black Alu top with Red Alu bottom. I think it would look nice with GMK Sumi.
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: LightningXI on Sun, 21 June 2020, 14:02:45
Burgundy top, silver bottom or smoky black polycarbonate bottom.

Baby blue top, silver bottom.

Black top, light green bottom.

Emerald green top, warm grey bottom.
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: bigern302 on Sun, 21 June 2020, 14:10:47
Navy top frosted polycarbonate bottom would be spicy. 
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: pixelpusher on Sun, 21 June 2020, 14:37:51
Black top, white bottom (or the reverse), Alps support in PCB - Perfect setup to match the silkscreen on the PCB and goes well with almost any set, but specifically well with with GMK monochrome, KAT monochrome, and Alps DCS White on Black.

Black top, Blood red bottom (or the reverse) or frosted black PC for deep red underglow - GMK Slasher.

Cream top, red-orange bottom (or the reverse) to color match GMK Yugo :) (probably not possible to get color right though)

White top, Clear PC bottom (will sell out for $100 markup with e-white and PC in the title)  Also goes well with almost any set on the market.

White top, Baby blue bottom - KAT Goddess or Mizu
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Krelbit on Sun, 21 June 2020, 17:09:55
Navy top frosted polycarbonate bottom would be spicy. 

will try to move away from blues for a bit, other colors need more love. But thanks for the suggestion

Would love to see a Black Alu top with Red Alu bottom. I think it would look nice with GMK Sumi.

Was thinking domino rather than black and red 14 year old gamer edgelord, that would work too, and better I think.

Burgundy top, silver bottom or smoky black polycarbonate bottom.

Baby blue top, silver bottom.

Black top, light green bottom.

Emerald green top, warm grey bottom.

No blue for now, warm gray is pretty hard to get on aluminum so I'll stay away from it.
Black top, white bottom (or the reverse), Alps support in PCB - Perfect setup to match the silkscreen on the PCB and goes well with almost any set, but specifically well with with GMK monochrome, KAT monochrome, and Alps DCS White on Black.

Black top, Blood red bottom (or the reverse) or frosted black PC for deep red underglow - GMK Slasher.

Cream top, red-orange bottom (or the reverse) to color match GMK Yugo :) (probably not possible to get color right though)

White top, Clear PC bottom (will sell out for $100 markup with e-white and PC in the title)  Also goes well with almost any set on the market.

White top, Baby blue bottom - KAT Goddess or Mizu

lmao alps
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: pixelpusher on Sun, 21 June 2020, 17:24:05
Toxic. Reported
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Sifo on Sun, 21 June 2020, 18:03:21
hey my friend krelbit do you want to proxy for me
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: macclack on Sun, 21 June 2020, 21:31:58
This is unexpected and awesome. Nice job Krelbit
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: sagarsiddhpura on Mon, 22 June 2020, 00:35:32
I just got into this hobby and I read that top mount is not the best. Is there anything that adds to this mounting mechanism and makes it a premium experience inspite of top mount? Again, I am very new and less knowledgeable. Thanks
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: CaptRiskyBiscuits on Mon, 22 June 2020, 01:00:23
Oooh I like this very much!
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Sifo on Mon, 22 June 2020, 13:16:43
I just got into this hobby and I read that top mount is not the best. Is there anything that adds to this mounting mechanism and makes it a premium experience inspite of top mount? Again, I am very new and less knowledgeable. Thanks

idk what zoomer told you this but if you ignore the fact that it's completely subjective per person what "feels best", top mount is the best mount.
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: ilikerustoo on Tue, 23 June 2020, 14:16:41
Been waiting for this for a while!
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Krelbit on Thu, 25 June 2020, 22:45:13
Slight delay in product launch, my store projects with obligations takes priority. Aiming for mid july right now, as the first week and a half or so of july will be taken by GMK Alter.
Title: Re: Switchmod Keyboards - Slipline
Post by: Sifo on Thu, 25 June 2020, 23:11:51
sorry guys OhIStaryn