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Title: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Fri, 22 June 2018, 18:01:05
Hiya fellow keyboard nerds.

Amidst the very kind and much appreciated--but confusingly unceasing--clamor (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=95786.0) for my Cooler Master / Novatouch TKL cases, I've caved and decided to do yet another round. :D Yes, these housings only fit OEM keyboards that have all be discontinued, but the keyboards that they are designed to house have become somewhat legendary in the community, particularly the Novatouch, so it seems that there is still considerable interest. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I'm flattered, in any event, that people seem to like (https://shop.norbauer.com/pages/community-praise-for-our-custom-keyboard-cases) the design I've come up with.

The group buy page is up now through July 13. (https://shop.norbauer.com/products/aluminum-case-for-cooler-master-tkl-boards-romg3)
And you can find the full deets there.

I finally wrapped up round 2.5, and while there were some delays and hiccups with the powder coating shop, I've now switched vendors and seem to have that all mostly ironed out at this point (and am still looking into new providers to supplement). However, as a result of the thorniness and complexity of coordinating the powder finishes, I've reduced the number of colors available in this round significantly—with apologies. I'm happy to report, however, that I am able to add hard anodizing as an option for the first time on this design.

After finally being able to tally up how it much it actually costs me to get these made when all is said and done (particularly with respect to the cost of cosmetic rejects and random fees associated with inspection and transport), I had to nudge the price up just a little bit, but on this round that will also be going towards some nicer packaging which will have a more resilient coating on it than previous rounds.

Given my bafflement at the continued demand, I was thinking of calling this round "OMG 3," but in the end decided to opt for Round 3.1415, or Round Pi.  :-*

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1571/5135/products/alu-right-side-1_1fd0ae7a-963e-4143-b5dd-841eea939eff_1024x1024.jpg?v=1504735708)

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1571/5135/products/main-1_39aef87b-85ab-449f-ac27-cebd2dba8368_1024x1024.jpg?v=1504735708)

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1571/5135/products/gray_1_of_1_1024x1024.jpg?v=1529699793)

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1571/5135/products/purple_1_of_1_1024x1024.jpg?v=1529699793)

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1571/5135/products/retro-green-1_83f0ab9b-61b5-431e-97bb-270e4b03b06f_1024x1024.jpg?v=1529699793)

Surely, surely—surely?—this will be the last round of these, so please jump in now or forever hold your thocks. Any and all thoughts, questions, and cranky criticisms are welcome below, or by emailing me directly.

Thanks everyone at GH for continuing to be so supportive and awesome. If you're going to KeyCon, come hunt me down and I can show you the sample cases I'll have on hand there!
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Signature on Sun, 24 June 2018, 06:43:03
Approved :D
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Sun, 24 June 2018, 09:57:14
Approved :D

Awesome. Thanks!

Nice avatar, btw. ;)
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Puddsy on Sun, 24 June 2018, 10:02:23
damn, norb just keeps putting in that work

glwgb bud
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Sun, 24 June 2018, 10:08:26
damn, norb just keeps putting in that work

glwgb bud

Haha. Thanks, man. It's definitely getting to be a project to organize all the little logistical details of simultaneous projects, but I kind of enjoy that sort of thing—a pleasant sort of organizational adventure. I've got to say, though, I never anticipated when I did that first experiemental run of these that I'd end up doing four!

Fortunately now, having encountered almost all the obstacles one possibly could, I've learned a lot and, for this design at least, I think I've finally got the process down.  :cool:
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Rumblehotep on Sun, 24 June 2018, 15:00:55
Purple for TM or Retro for Taro ... well guess I got a couple weeks more to ponder...
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: regionfree on Sun, 24 June 2018, 22:22:23
Purple for TM or Retro for Taro ... well guess I got a couple weeks more to ponder...

you don't have to choose. just go for broke. get both.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: letze on Mon, 25 June 2018, 01:06:02
Was hoping monte carlo red offering...guess have to go with astro purple instead
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: stryker09 on Mon, 25 June 2018, 01:17:09
Have been waiting for r3 :D
Will probably be in for the Tactical Black, but was wondering if it is even possible to get an ever darker shade of black that is matt?
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: razor_blade on Mon, 25 June 2018, 01:21:55
Just making sure, but this will fit a Masterkeys Pro S RGB plate/PCB, right?
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Mon, 25 June 2018, 01:23:07
Have been waiting for r3 :D
Will probably be in for the Tactical Black, but was wondering if it is even possible to get an ever darker shade of black that is matt?

The anodized colors are decently matte in appearance--certainly not glossy in any case.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Mon, 25 June 2018, 01:23:25
Just making sure, but this will fit a Masterkeys Pro S RGB plate/PCB, right?

Affirmative. :)
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: stryker09 on Mon, 25 June 2018, 01:29:17
Have been waiting for r3 :D
Will probably be in for the Tactical Black, but was wondering if it is even possible to get an ever darker shade of black that is matt?

The anodized colors are decently matte in appearance--certainly not glossy in any case.
Very cool thanks!
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Rumblehotep on Mon, 25 June 2018, 11:48:38
Purple for TM or Retro for Taro ... well guess I got a couple weeks more to ponder...

you don't have to choose. just go for broke. get both.
Running through every scenario with how I'd feel next year, Future Me agrees this is the most logical choice.
The two of us just have to convince 3AM Me of it.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: zslane on Mon, 25 June 2018, 12:04:23
Back in r2, I couldn't decide between Space Station White, Tactical Gray, or Galactic Blue, so I just got all three. If r3 offers tan, I just might get a fourth case, even though I don't have a (fourth) NovaTouch to put in it. These cases are that good.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: eksuen on Mon, 25 June 2018, 18:14:10
Purple for TM or Retro for Taro ... well guess I got a couple weeks more to ponder...

you don't have to choose. just go for broke. get both.
Running through every scenario with how I'd feel next year, Future Me agrees this is the most logical choice.
The two of us just have to convince 3AM Me of it.

As this is Round Pi, you are encouraged to be irrational.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Artist on Tue, 26 June 2018, 10:31:05
In for one yesterday, and now looking at all the comments i want yet another extra, agrhhh... what to do...
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Tue, 26 June 2018, 10:35:11
Purple for TM or Retro for Taro ... well guess I got a couple weeks more to ponder...

you don't have to choose. just go for broke. get both.
Running through every scenario with how I'd feel next year, Future Me agrees this is the most logical choice.
The two of us just have to convince 3AM Me of it.

As this is Round Pi, you are encouraged to be irrational.

lol. Nice.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Darknight00z on Mon, 02 July 2018, 17:51:58
What happened to dark grey ano? The ano black is too dark for my liking.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Mon, 02 July 2018, 17:54:49
What happened to dark grey ano? The ano black is too dark for my liking.

It is a rather long story chronicled in previous threads (and in my TopClack interview), but in short: this design isn't well-suited to anodizing colors other than black and silver due to the fact that it has a visible seam around its perimeter. It's nearly impossible for ano shops to match two parts of different volumes in color, so the shades of mating parts were often slightly out of sync, which I found aesthetically un-cool.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Darknight00z on Mon, 02 July 2018, 18:52:39
Thank you for explaining again. Much appreciated.  :))  :))


P.s. do you have anymore photos of enigma grey?
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: playtech1 on Thu, 05 July 2018, 10:39:59
I already have the Retro Refrigerator and, although I like the photos of the purple, I am struggling a bit to see it match many keysets.

Still, what the heck, 2 (more) ordered!  Black Ano and Powdercoat Purple

Although if you have any other powder-coating options, I would be all ears!

Love my existing ones - they have represented 100% of my keyboard rotations since I got them!
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Thu, 05 July 2018, 12:15:01
I already have the Retro Refrigerator and, although I like the photos of the purple, I am struggling a bit to see it match many keysets.

Still, what the heck, 2 (more) ordered!  Black Ano and Powdercoat Purple

Although if you have any other powder-coating options, I would be all ears!

Love my existing ones - they have represented 100% of my keyboard rotations since I got them!

The fourth picture in this set (https://www.instagram.com/p/BkrbvWvj9dT/) shows a nice pairing with the purple color. :)

Thanks so much for supporting the project! I wish I could offer more powder options, but I had to slim down the number of colors lots a bit on this round in my continuing effort to try to get better powder coating turnaround times.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Rumblehotep on Mon, 09 July 2018, 11:18:35
Since I'm already waiting on an astropurple norbaforce, I figured it'd get jealous if I got another purple.
Grabbed a retro since I absolutely cannot live without that, it's the signature norbatouch color imo.
Plus I think Troubled Minds would look decent on it too, it and Taro can share it until I figure out what I wanna do with TM endgame.
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January(hope :P) is gonna be sweet.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: ppp on Fri, 13 July 2018, 09:30:07
Oof. Good thing I caught this on the very last day. Just wondering (I'm sure this is answered somewhere else but I can't find it), does the old, regular qfr fit in this?
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: letze on Fri, 13 July 2018, 11:30:25
Any special gift for this round? Consider it as last round. Might want to make it something specialv ;D
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Fri, 13 July 2018, 12:24:29
does the old, regular qfr fit in this?

sadly, no.

Any special gift for this round? Consider it as last round. Might want to make it something specialv ;D

Not sure if this counts, but I am planning on redesigning/improving the box a bit. My packaging-design skills have greatly improved since I designed that first box so long ago. :) One thing I haven't loved about previous rounds of the box is that it's an uncoated paper. It gives it a really nice sort of arty look, which is why I originally chose to make it that way, but it means that the paper can sometimes absorb oils, which I find a bit annoying (especially since I have those around my packing/assembly table sometimes). The new boxes will have some kind of coating on them—either matte or soft touch.

Today is the last day for the group buy (https://shop.norbauer.com/products/aluminum-case-for-cooler-master-tkl-boards-romg3) btw.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: ppp on Fri, 13 July 2018, 13:21:04
That's alright. Thought I'd give it a shot. Thanks for answering!
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: razor_blade on Sun, 15 July 2018, 00:26:04
Glad to be in the the last hurrah. Since you called it round "pi", would you consider having "π" (that is Geekhack's font's fault for looking weird, it is legitimately pi in Greek) subtly machined into the case somewhere? It would really make it a great final touch. Just a thought...
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Sun, 15 July 2018, 00:42:17
Glad to be in the the last hurrah. Since you called it round "pi", would you consider having "π" (that is Geekhack's font's fault for looking weird, it is legitimately pi in Greek) subtly machined into the case somewhere? It would really make it a great final touch. Just a thought...

You know what, that's a great idea. I'm going to talk to the factory on Monday to get this order started and I'll see if something like this might be feasible.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: letze on Sun, 15 July 2018, 02:17:22
And we still able to buy it today  ;D

That a great idea to add some touch for this round.
Possible to have serialization for this round?  ;)
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Sythe on Sun, 15 July 2018, 20:14:26
Glad I was able to finally get in on a group buy for the case. 
Picked up a Novatouch a few months ago and had just been waiting for the next chance to get myself one of these beauties.

Ended up playing it safe and getting silver. The purple looked amazing, but the price difference ended up being a deciding factor :(
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Rumblehotep on Sun, 15 July 2018, 20:28:10
Glad to be in the the last hurrah. Since you called it round "pi", would you consider having "π" (that is Geekhack's font's fault for looking weird, it is legitimately pi in Greek) subtly machined into the case somewhere? It would really make it a great final touch. Just a thought...
I love this, yes pls
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: nguyenhimself on Sun, 15 July 2018, 23:41:54
Hey Norbauer, got a Retro Refrigerator from the first round and still loving it.
My (somewhat tangent) question is: I'm planning to do a custom anodization job for another aluminum case of mine (this one (https://i.redditmedia.com/njf93DB_S3l7LKSfYVqUZCNziX0mosDCF--fBH3tnGE.jpg?fit=crop&crop=faces%2Centropy&arh=2&w=640&s=e6acf7ecd6e9bd85f4791c8002c0f94b)), and I would love for it to match the same cyan/green-****ed color as your Retro Refrigerator's.

Do you have a pantone or similar for that color so that I can give to my anodizing shop for reference?

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1571/5135/products/retro-green-1_83f0ab9b-61b5-431e-97bb-270e4b03b06f_1024x1024.jpg?v=1529699793)

For ex, these are some of the color samples my shop got:

(https://scontent.fsgn5-5.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/37053056_1086044171549502_6064695556565893120_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=a78d0f395e6ac090743fb8c7f444607e&oe=5BD5BB4F)

Thanks a lot, and I apologize if this veers off the main topic of this IC.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Puddsy on Wed, 18 July 2018, 19:39:28


Thanks a lot, and I apologize if this veers off the main topic of this IC.

this is a GB
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Wed, 18 July 2018, 22:58:30
Hey Norbauer, got a Retro Refrigerator from the first round and still loving it.
My (somewhat tangent) question is: I'm planning to do a custom anodization job for another aluminum case of mine (this one (https://i.redditmedia.com/njf93DB_S3l7LKSfYVqUZCNziX0mosDCF--fBH3tnGE.jpg?fit=crop&crop=faces%2Centropy&arh=2&w=640&s=e6acf7ecd6e9bd85f4791c8002c0f94b)), and I would love for it to match the same cyan/green-****ed color as your Retro Refrigerator's.

Unfortunately, it's not based on a Pantone but rather the range of available colors at my original powder coater, so frankly your guess would be as good as mine in terms of how to instruct your anodizer in matching it. However, I will say that anodizing dye on top of oxidized aluminum creates a very different (always slightly gray and metallic) look, so while you might be able to find an anodizing color that complements the RR color well, you'll never really be able to match the color itself. Anodizing doesn't replicate light colors very well due to the inherent darkness/grayness of the underlying aluminum, which always shows through. =\
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: nguyenhimself on Fri, 20 July 2018, 08:49:32
Ah got it. Thanks for the education on the process 🙂
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: letze on Tue, 24 July 2018, 19:02:08
Suddenly Venice Beach come out of nowhere  :-*
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Tue, 24 July 2018, 22:33:42
Suddenly Venice Beach come out of nowhere  :-*

I got peer-pressured on Reddit. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: dantambok on Tue, 24 July 2018, 23:12:05
I skipped the buy because I bought a case off r/mm last month but I think it got lost in transit to me.  :-[ RIP
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Tue, 24 July 2018, 23:15:00
I skipped the buy because I bought a case off r/mm last month but I think it got lost in transit to me.  :-[ RIP

Oh man, that sucks. In case you end up getting your money back, I over-ordered by a little to account for the inevitable people who missed out, and those are up in my store now if you want to pick one up. It's just a few in each finish, but at the current rate I probably won't run out of the allocated quantities until next week or so.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: dantambok on Tue, 24 July 2018, 23:32:47
I skipped the buy because I bought a case off r/mm last month but I think it got lost in transit to me.  :-[ RIP

Oh man, that sucks. In case you end up getting your money back, I over-ordered by a little to account for the inevitable people who missed out, and those are up in my store now if you want to pick one up. It's just a few in each finish, but at the current rate I probably won't run out of the allocated quantities until next week or so.

Unfortunately, shipping to the PH can be a PITA so i prolly have to wait for a couple more weeks. I hope by then you still have something left but that venice beach looks so damn sexy!
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Sythe on Wed, 25 July 2018, 00:22:48
Oh dayum, the Venice Beach looks amazing......not sure if I can justify the price difference, but after seeing photos of the Venice Beach with Laser it is damn tempting.

@Norb - IF I were to want the Venice Beach, is it possible to change my order from the aerospace alu?
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: pexon on Wed, 25 July 2018, 03:37:45
Just get one guys!  :thumb:  The finish and quality is epic


(https://i.imgur.com/H542PKO.jpg)
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: letze on Wed, 25 July 2018, 07:36:29
Oh dayum, the Venice Beach looks amazing......not sure if I can justify the price difference, but after seeing photos of the Venice Beach with Laser it is damn tempting.

@Norb - IF I were to want the Venice Beach, is it possible to change my order from the aerospace alu?
Just email him. He will happily help you.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Wed, 25 July 2018, 11:17:59
Oh dayum, the Venice Beach looks amazing......not sure if I can justify the price difference, but after seeing photos of the Venice Beach with Laser it is damn tempting.

@Norb - IF I were to want the Venice Beach, is it possible to change my order from the aerospace alu?
Just email him. He will happily help you.

Affirmative. I'm always happy to do whatever I can. Switching from anodized to powder is always easy right up until the powder units go off to be coated, because the powder coater can actually coat over anodizing. Going the other way isn't so easy sometimes, depending on how many extras I planned and have available. :)
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Wed, 25 July 2018, 11:19:32
Oh dayum, the Venice Beach looks amazing......not sure if I can justify the price difference, but after seeing photos of the Venice Beach with Laser it is damn tempting.

@Norb - IF I were to want the Venice Beach, is it possible to change my order from the aerospace alu?

I actually just configured a Novatouch with Laser and it looks soooo good. (Man, do I love that set.) I wasn't the only person (https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/906czt/norbalaser/) to have this idea. :)
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Sythe on Wed, 25 July 2018, 19:14:51
Oh dayum, the Venice Beach looks amazing......not sure if I can justify the price difference, but after seeing photos of the Venice Beach with Laser it is damn tempting.

@Norb - IF I were to want the Venice Beach, is it possible to change my order from the aerospace alu?

I actually just configured a Novatouch with Laser and it looks soooo good. (Man, do I love that set.) I wasn't the only person (https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/906czt/norbalaser/) to have this idea. :)

That's the most that made me go from maybe to wanting to change :D

I'll message you in the next few days if I do decide to change.

Thanks!
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Rumblehotep on Mon, 06 August 2018, 18:22:35
Thank goodness you still had extras up!
Finally got my hands on novatouch and while I find SA profile exquisite on it, the feels of cherry profile leaves a lot to be desired clak clak clak.
Still in love with retro/Taro pairing so I'll retool a masterkeys pro s for that and nab an extra astropurple for nova+TM.
Thank you for planning ahead Ryan!
(Was verryy tempted by the venice beaches, when the heck did those appear?)
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Sythe on Mon, 06 August 2018, 19:46:01
The Venice Beach pretty much appeared as the group buy stage finished up.

I think some photos of it with Laser appeared and was the motivator to add it. It was definitely the motivator for me to change my order to Venice Beach. :D
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: thelaughingman on Sat, 11 August 2018, 07:09:11
Yesterday I got a Novatouch for less than $50. And now I'm tempted to jump in on this round, why are you doing this to me Ryan  :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: dantambok on Sun, 12 August 2018, 04:50:14
Yesterday I got a Novatouch for less than $50. And now I'm tempted to jump in on this round, why are you doing this to me Ryan  :'( :'( :'(

Hot damn how’d you get one so damn cheap
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: thelaughingman on Sun, 12 August 2018, 06:50:06
Yesterday I got a Novatouch for less than $50. And now I'm tempted to jump in on this round, why are you doing this to me Ryan  :'( :'( :'(

Hot damn how’d you get one so damn cheap

Obviously the previous owner did not know its full value, and it was in a quite sorry state - the plastic case is all scratched up, dirty AF, the guy was a construction engineer so tons of dust and stuff, 2 keys only registered if long-pressed. The only good thing is that it was never opened, all the QC seals and stamps over the screws are in tact. Thus I harvested the sliders for my Norbaforce of course (the top of all the stems have scratches, not sure how, but it's still smooth because only the legs make contact to the housing rails), and put KBDfans ones back in with silence rings and lubed everything. And now it is working perfectly, hence my dilemma of getting or not getting a Norbatouch  :mad:
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: letze on Tue, 14 August 2018, 21:31:59
The group buy still live. Thought it would end in July  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Tue, 14 August 2018, 21:39:39
The group buy still live. Thought it would end in July  :rolleyes:

I ordered a few extras as part of the group buy and figured I would make those available while the order is being manufactured.


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Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: letze on Wed, 15 August 2018, 00:00:46
The group buy still live. Thought it would end in July  :rolleyes:

I ordered a few extras as part of the group buy and figured I would make those available while the order is being manufactured.


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So if someone join this gb, and accidentally match with ready stock case that you have right now, will you ship that case or we have to wait for new production?
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Wed, 15 August 2018, 00:03:20
The group buy still live. Thought it would end in July  :rolleyes:

I ordered a few extras as part of the group buy and figured I would make those available while the order is being manufactured.


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So if someone join this gb, and accidentally match with ready stock case that you have right now, will you ship that case or we have to wait for new production?

Sorry if I wasn’t clear, but the extras I mentioned aren’t in ready stock. They’re just planned extras ordered from the factory as part of the normal GB.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: letze on Wed, 15 August 2018, 00:09:36
The group buy still live. Thought it would end in July  :rolleyes:

I ordered a few extras as part of the group buy and figured I would make those available while the order is being manufactured.


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So if someone join this gb, and accidentally match with ready stock case that you have right now, will you ship that case or we have to wait for new production?

Sorry if I wasn’t clear, but the extras I mentioned aren’t in ready stock. They’re just planned extras ordered from the factory as part of the normal GB.
Understood now. So the extra is from this round gb. Not from previous round  :)
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: thelaughingman on Thu, 16 August 2018, 00:26:30
What was the estimate of shipping time? I caved, will join this at the end of the month when salary comes  :blank:
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: Idef1x on Fri, 17 August 2018, 02:55:56
I am way too exited, way too soon. Arrgh.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: consolation on Tue, 28 August 2018, 20:17:25
Thought I'd share some Enigma Black from round 2 with Red Samurai caps. This case and caps are two, of the very few, purchases I have 0 regrets making.

Despite acquiring many keyboards, of all shapes and sizes, over the years; when serious typing needs to be done, nothing beats my Norbatouch for comfort and satisfaction. You can take it to the office without looking like you got a toy, and it feels so good to use. The subtle texture of enigma makes, running your fingers over the case, almost an erotic feeling. This is from someone who is mostly a buckling spring person; for serious work, I don't need a racket at 3 am - I need the buttery smooth slide of the topre shafts, the sudden collapse of cup rubber and the subtle harshness from the case's hard metal with it's lacey coating...

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It's really hard to do justice to the rich texture of Enigma Black, it's so much more impressive in RL. (Same for Red Samurai's colours.)
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Tue, 28 August 2018, 22:52:43
almost an erotic feeling.

Haha. Now that is quite an endorsement! Thanks for sharing this awesome feedback, and the kind words. :)
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: eksuen on Wed, 29 August 2018, 12:50:40
shapes and sizes...beats...feels so good...erotic...shafts...hard...

I concur. Sometimes, I stroke my Norbatouch cases.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: dantambok on Wed, 05 September 2018, 04:14:27
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Need i say more? I also bought a gray case but it got lost in the mail. welp  :(
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: eksuen on Wed, 05 September 2018, 10:46:14
Need i say more? I also bought a gray case but it got lost in the mail. welp  :(

Love that blue.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: ZyBeR on Tue, 11 September 2018, 08:22:39
I just got my hands on a Novatouch in mint conditions and are looking into potential upgrades.
I'm not sure if this is the place for questions, if not please let me know where.

1) What's the sound characteristics compared to the stock case?
2) Will I notice any difference while typing or is it just a cosmetic upgrade?
3) Does it add any extra support for the pcb?
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: razor_blade on Tue, 11 September 2018, 23:57:39
Ryan, did the "pi" symbol I suggested make its way into the design somewhere (and could we see it) or are you going for a surprise on mail day?
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: wowremy on Thu, 13 September 2018, 04:39:22
Norb, you are like the high level badass in a video game, everyone admires with their shining steel and sweet horse. Just scored a novatouch on mechmarket and I just wanna say, thank you so much for keeping the Norbatouch GB open past the date posted here. Love you.
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: 5inn3d- on Thu, 13 September 2018, 16:06:12
are the anodized ones soon to be done manufacturing?
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Thu, 13 September 2018, 16:09:19
Ryan, did the "pi" symbol I suggested make its way into the design somewhere (and could we see it) or are you going for a surprise on mail day?

Yes, I added it to the back where it's hidden during normal use. I was intending it to be a bit of surprise, so I'll leave the actual implementation to be seen when the cases show up, but I spent a lot of time trying to find a Pi glyph that I particularly liked. I ended up taking one from an existing font and then massaging it a bit in Illustrator myself. :)
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Thu, 13 September 2018, 16:09:39
are the anodized ones soon to be done manufacturing?

The machining is complete, but there are plenty of other steps to getting these ready—and thus plenty of more waiting—left. :)
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: 5inn3d- on Thu, 13 September 2018, 16:26:49
aww shucks the waiting game is no fun to play  :eek: :cool:
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: letze on Sun, 16 September 2018, 04:13:40
I just got my hands on a Novatouch in mint conditions and are looking into potential upgrades.
I'm not sure if this is the place for questions, if not please let me know where.

1) What's the sound characteristics compared to the stock case?
2) Will I notice any difference while typing or is it just a cosmetic upgrade?
3) Does it add any extra support for the pcb?
1. Deeper thock. Just search youtube video on typing sound.
2. Any alu case for any keyboard consider as an improvement because eliminates plastic case rattling/ keystroke feel sharp and make typing sound more audible.
3. This case is design for this cm novatouch thus it perfectly fit. Not sure what you means  :)
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: autobot on Wed, 19 September 2018, 16:56:23
Venice Laaaaaaser!

Holy cow this is vibrant! It's hard to capture in my office lighting though (sun light + florescents)

Norbauer, the finish quality on the case is nothing short of stellar! Perfect 10. Bravo!

Perfect match with Laser and MasterKeys Pro S RGB. Using that "laser" effect. As I type, the LED's snap on, then fade to off:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1870/43880599375_7641679226_k.jpg)
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Fri, 21 September 2018, 18:08:40
Venice Laaaaaaser!

Holy cow this is vibrant! It's hard to capture in my office lighting though (sun light + florescents)

Norbauer, the finish quality on the case is nothing short of stellar! Perfect 10. Bravo!

Perfect patch with Laser and MasterKeys Pro S RGB. Using that "laser" effect. As I type, the LED's snap on, then fade to off:

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(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1870/43880599375_7641679226_k.jpg)


Thank you for another amazing review, autobot! This finish/keycap combo is an all-time favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing this! :D
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: thelaughingman on Sat, 29 September 2018, 06:09:38
I was gonna join this round but then I got this  :p :p :p

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Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: 5inn3d- on Sat, 29 September 2018, 06:19:03
I was gonna join this round but then I got this  :p :p :p

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run it in why don't you?  :eek: :-\ ;D
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: thelaughingman on Sat, 29 September 2018, 09:33:13
I was gonna join this round but then I got this  :p :p :p

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run it in why don't you?  :eek: :-\ ;D

if you've got it, flaunt it  ;D ;D ;D

also as of this moment, only Aerospace aluminium and Enigma Gray options are available so it seems like Ryan's planned extra are running out soon. Get in while you can people, this is the last round already  :eek:
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: 5inn3d- on Sat, 29 September 2018, 09:45:46
I was gonna join this round but then I got this  :p :p :p

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run it in why don't you?  :eek: :-\ ;D

haha i got the tactical black...couldnt justify enigma grey to myself.
if you've got it, flaunt it  ;D ;D ;D

also as of this moment, only Aerospace aluminium and Enigma Gray options are available so it seems like Ryan's planned extra are running out soon. Get in while you can people, this is the last round already  :eek:
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: thelaughingman on Sat, 29 September 2018, 10:18:14

haha i got the tactical black...couldnt justify enigma grey to myself.


I've got Tactical Black for my Norbaforce, very smooth and nice to touch. I think you'll love it  :thumb:
Title: Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
Post by: norbauer on Tue, 09 October 2018, 16:58:17
Quick update. Machining is complete on these and they're just now working on finishing. They had a few issues with anodizing on the clear parts and are re-running a few of those, so still a few weeks left on production, I'd guess.