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[IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard (27/11/2019 VENDORS ANNOUNCED)
« on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:15:37 »
7V- designed by gok



This is a keyboard that has incorporated some of the theories that I've wanted to test based on my experience in architecture and experiments with my previous design (Chiwi60 with Doyu Studio) into my version of the 75% layout.



DETAILS
  • Case Angle: 7.0°
  • Materials: Aluminium & stainless steel (PVD coated options)
  • Colours: Anodised Black, Grey, Dark Blue & E-white for the main chassis
  • Mounting method: Damped plate over wilba.tech leaf-spring PCB-mount
  • Plate: 1.5mm Polycarbonate
  • PCB: WT75-C (solderable) & USB-C daughterboard by Wilba- configurable with QMK/VIA
  • Weight: 2.6kg fully built
  • Pricing: TBD
  • Timeline: TBD - Information will be posted at the earliest
  • Layout options:




VENDORS

 


CURRENT STATUS
2nd round prototype is on hand and has been through a test assembly. Will be testing it this weekend. From some quick observations, the extra leaf springs have been a positive and the plate/pcb assembly feels more bouncy. Will be looking to test out more plate configurations and materials.

List of current changes/decisions:
  • Polycarbonate plate - sound is deeper than aluminium
  • Poron dampening layer between the PCB and plate - differences in sound between silicone, rubber and poron are minor but poron was the easiest to assemble with






GALLERY *note that finishes and colours shown in the renders aren't final


Blue anodised case with stainless steel weight & Enjoypbt 3000SAT




Black anodised with black PVD weight & GMK Olive + SA Olivia





E-coat white with Enjoypbt Kuro/Shiro





REQUESTED RENDERS

GMK Wavez


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More

GMK Metropolis

GMK Dracula

GMK Serika

GMK Hammerhead (did this on grey rather than black because it looked better)

GMK Taro

GMK Modern Dolch

GMK Red Alert

GMK Mizu

GMK Striker

GMK Violet on Cream

GMK Vaporwave

GMK Calm Depths

GMK Violet Tendencies

GMK Black Lotus

GMK Bento (colours probably aren't accurate sorry)

IMSTO Black

SA Laser

GMK Dots

Enjoypbt SimpleJA

GMK Rudy

GMK Nord

GMK Red Samurai

GMK Handarbeit+

GMK Oblivion

SA Bliss

GMK Nines

GMK Peaches and Cream

GMK Denim

GMK Café

GMK Jamon

GMK Hero

GMK Voyage

GMK Hyperfuse Origins

GMK Phosphorous

GMK Olivia++





FAQ

Why this layout?
I wanted to provide a similar amount of functionality that a TKL would bring but in a more compact form. Everything apart from the main alpha cluster has been separated to be able to navigate it easier but still be within easy reach. The top right corner has been blocked because I found that you had to move your hand a lot to be able to reach it (I would be using my index finger for this key). All separations are 0.25u for consistency.

Will there be a WKL blocker version?
I probably won't be adding this option for a few reasons. First is that the design is catered towards my personal preferences and I am a WK user and I don't want to deal with an SKU for the machining and lastly, I don't like the look of uneven blockers (Dixie did good with the Bauer layout).

Will there be a WKL 7u layout or 2x3u splitspace?
The layout below was considered but I opted not to include it because it messed up the footprints on the PCB due to the overlaps and I only want to provide one plate.
Likewise for splitspace - the 2 inner stab holes overlap the centre switch mount area on the PCB.


How about ISO?
As with the above, I've opted not to include ISO support because of how it messes with the footprints for ANSI and as selfish as it sounds, this a design that is tailored to my personal preferences and is optimised for that.

Will hotswap be available?
Sorry, only one type of PCB will be available due to its complexity and it would also split quantities which would affect pricing.

Why the gap between the top and bottom?
It is to avoid a standard butt-seam. In architecture, if there is a change in material, there is usually something to mediate between it which we call a negative detail or we'd use a trim. Also, I was aiming for a detail where the shadow line merges into the cutout for the USB port as per the below.


What colour options will there be?
I don't want to have too many options since it complicates an already reasonably complicated board so I am thinking of 2-3, maybe 4 max unless a vendor steps in.
I am currently thinking of a navy or blue/grey and off-black. The third colour is a bit of a toss-up and depends on whether the manufacturer can do e-white + PVD. Some sort of grey is also being considered.





SPECIAL THANKS
  • Thanks to janglad for teaching me how to use fusion
  • Wilba for providing feedback and for the PCB design
  • ai03 for bouncing ideas with me during the initial stages
  • kevinplus for helping me out with sourcing parts and being helpful in general
  • 001anthony for coming up with the layout that this was based on and
  • Minterly, T0mb3ry, Rensuya for providing me with the colour codes or vectors of their keysets



UPDATES

27/11/2019 - Vendors announce. Status update
30/10/2019 - Update regarding revised design
12/10/2019 - Prototype photos added
20/07/2019 - Added prototype progress shots and PCB photos
06/06/2019 - Prototype ordered
03/06/2019 - New Render Request renders added
31/05/2019 - New renders added to Request Renders section
29/05/2019 - Added a section for render requests[/list]
« Last Edit: Mon, 02 December 2019, 18:29:10 by gok101 »

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:18:34 »
PHOTOS

LINK TO THE BUILD ALBUM

Really dark blue with raw polished stainless steel weight and logo - This won't be the blue colour for the production run






Black with black PVD stainless steel weight and logo.




PCB




OLD PHOTOS
More
Some quick photos. These haven't been soldered and don't have stabilisers so some keys will be wonky, especially the spacebars.

Black with black PVD polished stainless steel weight and logo


PROTOTYPE PHOTOS (FACTORY PICS)

This blue is close to what I wanted but it had a lot of defects so they made a new bath in a different colour that they were going to use for a different client's production run.


Here are some potato pics from the factory. Free pixels included.
Also note that the screws in these photos are just to hold the parts in place for shipping. I've already got hex drive socket screws waiting at home.

Black with black PVD stainless steel weight


Blue (won't be this colour for the GB) with stainless steel weight


PROTOTYPE PHOTOS (FROM OLD MANUFACTURER)

Logo straight off the CNC mill


Photo showing the fit. The logo will be remade to reduce the gap between the top and insert.


Testing out a dark grey anodised colour


« Last Edit: Fri, 11 October 2019, 19:00:33 by gok101 »

Offline nickaster1

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:19:53 »
Crossing fingers for a sub 400 price tag

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:20:13 »
Oof, been seeing the teasers on instagram and love it! Would definitely be interested in this

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:21:02 »
I'm not in love with the layout personally. That being said, I think the board/weight design is beautiful and looks really well done! Especially the E White/Black weight - that looks incredibly clean.

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:21:32 »
Happy to see this come to IC! Looks really nice, will be following with interest :)

Also, yay for Designed in New Zealand! :P

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:21:33 »
My initial impression is that this looks very attractive and I am interested in learning more as it progresses

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:22:22 »
That e-white is gorgeous. Tickle me curious

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:23:05 »
Been waiting for this. Count me in my guy!

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:23:15 »
these are the nicest renders ive ever ****ing seen lol

boards looks nutty as well
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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:24:41 »
Interested my dude!

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:25:15 »
Very interested. That e-white looks great.

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:25:39 »
ne wkl blocker avail

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:26:59 »
Amazing! I'm definitely interested! Been waiting for a while for this one :thumb:

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:27:30 »
ne wkl blocker avail

Would also be interested in WKL blockers if possible, still love the board however!

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:33:10 »

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:34:25 »
I'm interested, but an option for a left winkey blocker and 7u space would make me even more interested...
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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #17 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:36:10 »
Yes please. Need some 7v.

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #18 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:38:38 »
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We neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed it!!!!!

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #19 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:39:00 »
Wow the design is awesome !! Hope this makes it into GB !

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #20 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 01:55:43 »
Good~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~!!!!!!! I'll absolutely in!!!

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 02:02:36 »
Very interested in that blue
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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 02:12:51 »
Yes please!

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #23 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 02:21:18 »
I keep looking at the badge and all I can think of is Louis Vuitton lmao.
Looks real nice tho. Might have to jump in.
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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 02:27:02 »
The answer is yes.

I'd still love more details and continued updates to see where this project ultimately ends up.

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #25 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 02:28:19 »
This is a stunner.

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 02:51:48 »
Interested with a hot swap PCB.

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #27 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 02:53:37 »
Beautiful design. The 7V logo looks great!

Offline TheMnBN

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #28 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 03:05:43 »
Love the weight design and 75% layout that has separate arrow cluster.
Looking forward to more details on mounting system and internal design.

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #29 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 03:22:52 »
I am in! Keyset and case! YES!!!

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #30 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 03:28:58 »
Would love to see WKL support.

Edit: Nvm now I've read the FAQ :)
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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #31 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 03:48:51 »
You're insane Gok, i LOVE this

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #32 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 04:10:25 »
Really nice, curious to see the mounting method when revealed

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #33 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 04:20:36 »
Looking great so far, love the layout personally! 2019 is definitely the year of the 75 :)

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #34 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 04:30:32 »
Really nice. I would be very interested in this if it gets to GB stage

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #35 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 05:32:39 »
Design is nice, layout not so much. Right side of bottom row looks kinda weird.

Also ne ISO avail
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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #36 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 05:36:22 »
I like it, the only question is: why the gap?

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #37 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 05:43:42 »
I like it, the only question is: why the gap?
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It's because I don't like butts seams. In architecture, if there is a change in material, there is usually something to mediate between it which we call a negative detail or we'd use a trim.


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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #38 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 07:38:13 »
I'm definitely interested in this.

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Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
« Reply #39 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 07:55:51 »
Just some of my initial thoughts.
  • Dig the logo alot. I think that looks quite nice.
  • Not so much a fan of offset arrow cluster, but can live with it. Not a breaking point.
  • I do think WKL with 1U left blocker and 7U spacebar will look really nice. Will be the first high end 75% to support left 1U blocker. I'll be your early supporter if that turns out to be the case.
  • Have you tried reaching out to Rama Foundry? I think they might be able to to help.

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    Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
    « Reply #40 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 08:09:35 »
    I like it, the only question is: why the gap?
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    I think that is chamfer

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    Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
    « Reply #41 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 08:14:46 »
    I like it, the only question is: why the gap?
    Show Image

    It's because I don't like butts seams. In architecture, if there is a change in material, there is usually something to mediate between it which we call a negative detail or we'd use a trim.
    Make sense, keep it 1.25 1.25 1.25 6.25 1.5 1.5 please

    Offline OtherAndrew

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    « Reply #42 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 08:32:39 »
    nice layout

    6u space layout is cool

    Offline Krakyn

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    Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
    « Reply #43 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 08:32:56 »
    Not a fan of 75% layouts, but just wanted to pop in and say that the weight/backplate design is really nice.

    Offline 8six753o9

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    Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
    « Reply #44 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 08:44:35 »
    Yes please! I love the blue color.

    Offline Vigrith

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    Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
    « Reply #45 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 09:13:00 »
    The layout (the 125 125 125 625 15 15 version) is beautiful, the case is very nice, overall a great project honestly. I never like 75% boards, this is way better than the usual ways to approach it.

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    Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
    « Reply #46 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 10:09:41 »
    Great, another 75%! 👏
    not a fan of the logo though, smh it reminds me of the Louis Vuitton logo, which I think downgrades the design a little bit 🤔

    Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
    « Reply #47 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 10:12:12 »
    Great, another 75%!
    not a fan of the logo though, smh it reminds me of the Louis Vuitton logo, which I think downgrades the design a little bit
    I was just typing this lol, looks golden on the weight but I think another key in that top corner would make this a fully endgame board, why waste a spot where a key could go with branding

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    Re: [IC] 7V - 75% Keyboard
    « Reply #48 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 10:20:08 »
    It looks f***ing good even if I prefer 6 degree (or less) cases

    However, If your keyboard supports 6U spacebar, why not 2*3U?

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    « Reply #49 on: Sun, 26 May 2019, 10:41:08 »
    Perfect very much. The blue is just gorgeous. Count me in even if this turns into a private gb.


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