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The Ave.

*noun:avenue; a way of approaching a problem




Hello, my friends!

It's Time for an Update!

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This is The Ave. (Avenue)

     After an amazing response from the community I've kicked The Ave. into high-gear.  Almost everything is finalized and GB "Details" can be found at the bottom of the Page.  Thank you to all who have helped this idea come to life.  Over 1k Form responses... I can't describe the amount of love I have for this community and all those who have directly helped me in this project.   

Lets get to some details.


The_Renders:





*Rotary Knob by rionlion100!










*A Huge Amount of more renders (Hint, Hint Abec13), are in the works and on their way now!




The_Inspiration:

If you have ever been around professional studio workstations, or have seen them in TV or Movies before, you will notice instantly the inspiration for The Ave.

Boards like the

G80-9009HAU



and the Yamaha RM 804



They display their MASSIVE stature proudly.   

When you see one of these types of boards, You know there is WORK TO BE DONE.



Now I've used 40% from the first moment I jumped onto this crazy train of a hobby.  Something about the simplicity of 40's boards instantly drew me in.  And after the few months of frustration and re-learning to be a better typist.  I have found nothing to be as comfortable as 40-60% ortholinear keyboards. 

They are without a doubt, The Thicc Bee's Knees.

But Sometimes, You need just A Little Bit...More.


The Specs. & Details:


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The_Features

- Two-piece PCB, Plate, & Case Design
     -x2 JST Connector assemblies will route all parts together x1 12P for PCBs, and x1 4P for USB_Breakout. (Green Solder mask with Gold Surface finish PCB)



- Top-Mount Style Switch Plate



- USB Type-C Breakout (Center Mount)

- x2 5mm RGB "NeoPixel" LEDs (Fully Programmable and Individually Addressable).

- Smooth, rounded edges and eye-catching inner/outer chamfered rims.

- x2 Different Main-Layout Options (Ortho & Standard 40% 12u-Stagger), both w/support for x1 Rotary Encoder.



The_Colors:
*So a few things have changed since last update, mainly for the sake of cost/smoothness in the GB. Colors for ROUND 1 Ave. GB are as follows:

(All colors will be matched, in-factory, to these Pantones/Specs)

 - Silver (Clear/Silver Anodizing)

 - PANTONE 7605 C (Rose Gold Anodizing)


 - PANTONE 432 C (Midnight Aqua Grey Anodizing)




Ive decided that to keep my own sanity, and to maybe make more of these available to people who want them (there seems to be many based on IC form lol), There will be multiple rounds of The Ave. Kit.  Future Rounds will each house there own unique color line that will run for that round, and that round only. 



Top Panel Options:



Top Left Rotary Panel Will be the only option (This is based on the overwhelming majority choice in the IC Form)

The_GB:

First off, Price is still being worked on, mainly in shipping and packaging.  I'm really wanting to do my dream board right and get some really nice packaging.  Unboxing experiences may not appeal or be of a priority to some.  But they are to me.

- As of right now though, the Price is estimated to be ~$320-$350USD + USPS Shipping

- GB is set to be live Late November 2019.

- This First Round will be a LIMITED production run of 50 Kits.

Case Options:

- Top and Bottom Ave. Case (Same Color for each part)
     - Silver
     - Rose Gold
or
     - Midnight Aqua Grey


Plate Options:


- 1.5mm Sandblasted Brass (Staggered Option will also be available)






or
- 1.6mm FR4 (PCB Material) Plate (CHEAPO Option)





Kit Set to Include:

- Full Top and Bottom Ave. Case
- Top and Bottom Ave. Switch Plate
- Top and Bottom Ave. PCBs
- All Connectors for Assembly
- x1 Rotary Encoder
- x2 Through-Hole RGB LEDs
- x4 Rubber Bumpons

-***Staggered-PCB & Plate Options will also be available but at an additional Cost (TBD)


- GB will run Until all 50 units are sold*





The Most Recent Progress:

- Waiting on Full and Final Prototypes to arrive later this month from the manu. 
- Factory anodizing color chip samples are also set to arrive along with prototype.
- Needing to reach out to a local printing shop to look into getting custom box/foam cut.
- Newest prototype PCBs are in the mail now and will test fit and finish with prototypes later this month.



Old/Outdated Progress*

More
Prototypes have arrived!


Itís such a beautiful feeling Case. Everything lines up to the T and Iím incredibly happy with the fit and finish overall.

This is part of a new design Iím testing out:



The goal being: Make the cheapest Case Possible, while also retaining the feel of the original design.

The bottom and rear are designed to be cut from 3mm Acrylic Sheets. I also have those in, just waiting for the FR4 Testing Plates and then Iíll have a full Build ready for evaluation! 

To Do:

- Listen to the community
- Enlist help with getting Prototyping done
- Update Details on PCB when fully tested and complete (a few weeks)
- Work on Implementing the E-Ink Display(Choosing to look at OLED instead of E-Ink) 
- Hear back from local Paint shops
- Work on fuller Renders and Sets
- Smile, and remember to breath
« Last Edit: Fri, 04 October 2019, 18:02:58 by The_Royal »

Offline mwahlig

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 17 June 2019, 23:25:27 »
I like this a lot. Will definitely be keeping an eye on this one. Nice work, looking forward to future updates!

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 17 June 2019, 23:27:54 »
I think it has potential.

Personally I'd love the entire top row to be an frow. (and staggered, not ortho, but I digress).

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 00:05:47 »
Not an ortho user, I'd jump on this if its staggered.

But cool design!

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 00:35:25 »
This is why I come on Geekhack. Nobody needs another TKL  :-*

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 01:42:52 »
Wow, very impressive.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 06:22:52 »
This is really cool!


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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 06:31:58 »
If this price stays at the estimate this might very well be my first ortho. It looks sick

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 07:29:36 »
I'm interested for sure

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 07:35:37 »
This is very neat! ortho cool!
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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 08:13:45 »
This is really cool!

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 08:29:50 »
Iím so excited everyone seems to like the Idea/design!

A few things I want to Look into:

ē Adding a standard 40% Plate Option

ē Adding Infographic Display (E-Ink/OLED)

ē Look into the possibility of Bluetooth (maybe)

Hoping to have more info on Prototypes and manufacturing in a week or two  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 09:03:27 »
Definitely want to see where this one goes.  I like the form factor and layout.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 10:06:07 »
This. Is so. Interesting.
Definitely following this.
Donít think I will pick one up but color me super interested!

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 10:28:32 »
I'll be watching this one, love the maximalist approach to an ortholinear board, when they're usually minimalist.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 11:16:09 »
Neat, i love the WEY MK06..

Rotary encoder all the way!  :thumb:


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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 14:03:23 »
Neat, but I don't use ortho. =/

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 14:58:41 »
Neat, but I don't use ortho. =/

Cancel the f****** group buy.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 15:16:06 »
I love all the new different stuff coming out now. Would absolutely buy.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #20 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 15:30:41 »
Neat, but I don't use ortho. =/

Cancel the f****** group buy.

Pack it up folks! :)

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 15:41:02 »
Neat, but I don't use ortho. =/

Cancel the f****** group buy.

Pack it up folks! :)

RIP Ave, we hardly knew ye.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 19 June 2019, 19:25:42 »
I'm REALLY into this! Will be watching closely  :-*
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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #23 on: Thu, 20 June 2019, 08:51:36 »
This is tremendously exciting, I made an account just to follow this project. Iím really looking forward to renders with various keysets.

The rotary encoder is a fun touch, itíd be interesting to see other controls in the top row as well. The mixer in the first post has me thinking about sliders, toggle switches, joysticks, x-y pads... etc.
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Re: [IC] The Ave. (Avenue) - A 50% Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #24 on: Thu, 20 June 2019, 17:39:08 »
I really like this.

Pc + rotary encoder at the price point youíre aiming to have it at will be an instant purchase from me
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This would be perfect for me if the keys were staggered,  I've been looking for something like this for a long time

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+1 staggered version

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Do you have any renders with caps? I like the idea but I'm having a hard time visualizing some of my favorite sets on the board.

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I fully support anything ortho. Pay no attention to the people asking for staggered, they have yet to see the light.

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Do you have any renders with caps? I like the idea but I'm having a hard time visualizing some of my favorite sets on the board.

Working on those over the weekend! 

I definitely am wanting to get some full renders for you guys.

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Aw heck, you've designed more things I want, haha. When it comes to brass, would it be possible to get it either sandblasted or some kind of matte pvd? Not really a fan of shiny surfaces.
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Any chance to get two 2u spacebar support?

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Lovely design, ortho sucks. It'll drastically benefit from a staggered PCB+plate option if the cost increase is not prohibitive.

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Lovely design, ortho sucks. It'll drastically benefit from a staggered PCB+plate option if the cost increase is not prohibitive.
That's a pretty garbage attitude to take about someone else's design, especially when claiming pure opinion as fact. I think OP picked Ortho because they probably like ortho, but they also designed the board specifically around the stylistic, angular lines that you can only get with an ortholinear layout.  Personally, I like how sharp and straight everything is. Very boxy like an old Volvo, feeling very durable looking. It almost looks inspired by brutalist architecture. Functional, overbuilt, hefty.

This IC clearly isn't for you.

Edit: OP, I think a concrete case would be awesome for this board, have you considered trying to make one? I might try to make one if this hits MOQ.
« Last Edit: Wed, 26 June 2019, 06:40:31 by mr.squishy »

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Oh man this an awesome design, consider me interested for sure! Especially if you can meet your price goal on the alum or PC versions.  :thumb:
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Like I said on Reddit and the IC form, super down for this. Never soldered/built a keyboard before, but this design is exactly what I've been looking for. If you do staggered as well, I'll be able to cover it with keysets I already own and think would kill on this keeb, but if you need to do ortho only, I guess I'll manage!

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That's a pretty garbage attitude to take about someone else's design, especially when claiming pure opinion as fact. I think OP picked Ortho because they probably like ortho, but they also designed the board specifically around the stylistic, angular lines that you can only get with an ortholinear layout.  Personally, I like how sharp and straight everything is. Very boxy like an old Volvo, feeling very durable looking. It almost looks inspired by brutalist architecture. Functional, overbuilt, hefty.

This IC clearly isn't for you.

Edit: OP, I think a concrete case would be awesome for this board, have you considered trying to make one? I might try to make one if this hits MOQ.

Why are you offended on OP's behalf? Calm down. The fact I'm even addressing this is completely ridiculous but alas;

Firstly, it's BLATANT that I was referring to an opinion without having to elongate the response for no reason. In my opinion, ortho sucks. Obviously I'm not stating ortholinear as a whole is a disgusting practice and everyone should be ashamed for liking it, you inferring that from my statement is showing bias on your end if nothing else.

You have absolutely not business telling me if an IC is for me or not, especially after I specified that I love the design and want the project to be successful, I believe (in this case I think it to be factual so if you wanna attack anything, do it here) that'll be an easier road if a staggered plate+PCB being offered is a possibility without straying too far from the original idea(s) and/or being cost prohibitive.

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+1 for traditional staggered option. If this has a traditional staggered option with alu/half plate I do not think i'll be able to pass it up.

Additionally, what's the idea/reason for the large lack of stuff on the top half of the battleship? The dead space in between the additional keys.
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bliss pink or riot

edit: can we also get a badge like a nameplate where all the empty space is
would look dope if you could find a subtle, clean font for "the ave" or "the avenue" nameplate
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That's a pretty garbage attitude to take about someone else's design, especially when claiming pure opinion as fact. I think OP picked Ortho because they probably like ortho, but they also designed the board specifically around the stylistic, angular lines that you can only get with an ortholinear layout.  Personally, I like how sharp and straight everything is. Very boxy like an old Volvo, feeling very durable looking. It almost looks inspired by brutalist architecture. Functional, overbuilt, hefty.

This IC clearly isn't for you.

Edit: OP, I think a concrete case would be awesome for this board, have you considered trying to make one? I might try to make one if this hits MOQ.

Why are you offended on OP's behalf? Calm down. The fact I'm even addressing this is completely ridiculous but alas;

Firstly, it's BLATANT that I was referring to an opinion without having to elongate the response for no reason. In my opinion, ortho sucks. Obviously I'm not stating ortholinear as a whole is a disgusting practice and everyone should be ashamed for liking it, you inferring that from my statement is showing bias on your end if nothing else.

You have absolutely not business telling me if an IC is for me or not, especially after I specified that I love the design and want the project to be successful, I believe (in this case I think it to be factual so if you wanna attack anything, do it here) that'll be an easier road if a staggered plate+PCB being offered is a possibility without straying too far from the original idea(s) and/or being cost prohibitive.
I might have come on too strong, but my opinion still stands. I'm only trying to defend op's design language, which I happen to like quite a lot. I would be upset if this entire IC were to be switched to a staggered layout, which is why I am defending ortho linear.

I realize that you're definitely correct, more people will be interested if there is a staggered option. I only meant to defend what I believe to be a good design with obvious aesthetic choices, therefore I apologize that my intent was misinterpreted, I should not have called your attitude garbage.

Ideally, both options would be available. I hope this gets more exposure, maybe then different layouts will be more viable/cost effective.

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That's a pretty garbage attitude to take about someone else's design, especially when claiming pure opinion as fact. I think OP picked Ortho because they probably like ortho, but they also designed the board specifically around the stylistic, angular lines that you can only get with an ortholinear layout.  Personally, I like how sharp and straight everything is. Very boxy like an old Volvo, feeling very durable looking. It almost looks inspired by brutalist architecture. Functional, overbuilt, hefty.

This IC clearly isn't for you.

Edit: OP, I think a concrete case would be awesome for this board, have you considered trying to make one? I might try to make one if this hits MOQ.

Why are you offended on OP's behalf? Calm down. The fact I'm even addressing this is completely ridiculous but alas;

Firstly, it's BLATANT that I was referring to an opinion without having to elongate the response for no reason. In my opinion, ortho sucks. Obviously I'm not stating ortholinear as a whole is a disgusting practice and everyone should be ashamed for liking it, you inferring that from my statement is showing bias on your end if nothing else.

You have absolutely not business telling me if an IC is for me or not, especially after I specified that I love the design and want the project to be successful, I believe (in this case I think it to be factual so if you wanna attack anything, do it here) that'll be an easier road if a staggered plate+PCB being offered is a possibility without straying too far from the original idea(s) and/or being cost prohibitive.
I might have come on too strong, but my opinion still stands. I'm only trying to defend op's design language, which I happen to like quite a lot. I would be upset if this entire IC were to be switched to a staggered layout, which is why I am defending ortho linear.

I realize that you're definitely correct, more people will be interested if there is a staggered option. I only meant to defend what I believe to be a good design with obvious aesthetic choices, therefore I apologize that my intent was misinterpreted, I should not have called your attitude garbage.

Ideally, both options would be available. I hope this gets more exposure, maybe then different layouts will be more viable/cost effective.



All Opinions are welcome.  It's the internet lol

A Standard 40% Stagger Option will be available.  However, it will be an additional cost.  Plate+Staggered PCB.

I've discussed this will dozens of people on the Reddit thread and Discord discussion and its been a WIP for a while now.  :)

The Staggered option is same as Daisy & asymmetrical bottom row.  :thumb:

Edit: Ill be updating the thread with a big update later this week!
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Filled out the IC.  This is a wonderfully unique board.  I can't wait to see more renders and the proto!




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A Standard 40% Stagger Option will be available.  However, it will be an additional cost.  Plate+Staggered PCB.

The Staggered option is same as Daisy & asymmetrical bottom row.  :thumb:


So what 10% does the ortho layout gain? Personally I'm not comfortable ditching the number row just yet, though like I said, this design is so killer you may make a believer out of me.

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this will be my first ortho  :thumb:

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can't wait for next update :)

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Ne 2x2u spacebar?????

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Ne 2x2u spacebar?????

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yes x2 - 2u is one of the layouts in the ortho kit

as well as the separate "Standard 40%" Kit

Wanting to get some nice renders made up for you guys but I do have a few big announcements that Ill be sharing with you guys in the next week or so. 

We are looking really good so far!

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Super interested!!  :)

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Integrated A Brass Weight:



- Prototypes are on their way!

- Updated the IC Form with more consolidated Color options

- ONLY Rotary Encoder Top Panel will be availible at GB.  Just to keep our costs down with as little options as possible.

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Any chance of a render with the 40% staggered look?


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Any chance of a render with the 40% staggered look?


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Absolutely!

I'm not very good at key cap renders so I'm recruiting some help for that.

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Any chance of a render with the 40% staggered look?


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Absolutely!

I'm not very good at key cap renders so I'm recruiting some help for that.

That would be much appreciated. Thank you very much!


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More Hype Renders while we wait.



Rotary Knob by rionlion100!







Will be getting some nice keyset ones too soon.  Those are a bit too outside my range of skill lol

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #53 on: Fri, 26 July 2019, 10:45:57 »
Really loving the design. Count me in.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #54 on: Fri, 26 July 2019, 10:46:21 »
Following this. Love the aesthetic and seeing high-end support for ortho.

Carry on.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #55 on: Fri, 26 July 2019, 11:53:41 »
I really love the teal/banana coated options, and I'd like to reiterate that I'm very thankful that a staggered PCB/plate is being offered. The design is just so nice, and I also like the nuke key rotary encoder that the other nice fella came up with.

Very excited for the GB!

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #56 on: Fri, 26 July 2019, 15:00:41 »
The things I'd do for 10 home row alphas on the staggered layout for muh colemak...

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #57 on: Fri, 26 July 2019, 16:28:05 »
My goodness GMK Vaporwave would look amazing on the powder teal case.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #58 on: Sat, 27 July 2019, 00:38:09 »
Love it.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation
« Reply #59 on: Sun, 28 July 2019, 20:59:37 »
This, this is fantastic. It'll go great with my RoMac!

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« Reply #60 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 09:44:32 »
Prototypes have arrived!


Itís such a beautiful feeling Case. Everything lines up to the T and Iím incredibly happy with the fit and finish overall.

This is part of a new design Iím testing out:



The goal being: Make the cheapest Case Possible, while also retaining the feel of the original design.

The bottom and rear are designed to be cut from 3mm Acrylic Sheets. I also have those in, just waiting for the FR4 Testing Plates and then Iíll have a full Build ready for evaluation! 

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #61 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 09:56:01 »
How cheap is "the cheapest case possible"?

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #62 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 10:00:43 »
How cheap is "the cheapest case possible"?

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Less than the original estimate lol.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #63 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 10:06:43 »
My goodness GMK Vaporwave would look amazing on the powder teal case.
Omg I didn't even think about that but you're right

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #64 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 10:10:03 »
Prototypes have arrived!

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Itís such a beautiful feeling Case. Everything lines up to the T and Iím incredibly happy with the fit and finish overall.

This is part of a new design Iím testing out:

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The goal being: Make the cheapest Case Possible, while also retaining the feel of the original design.

The bottom and rear are designed to be cut from 3mm Acrylic Sheets. I also have those in, just waiting for the FR4 Testing Plates and then Iíll have a full Build ready for evaluation!
If this ends up being the final design would there be more options besides the clear acrylic? I really liked the sound console / Atari 2600 vibe I was seeing previously. Not sure the clear acrylic would fit my taste personally, but I'm not the one designing it lol

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #65 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 10:16:16 »
Still looks pretty beefy. I love it.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #66 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 11:13:01 »
Prototypes have arrived!

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Itís such a beautiful feeling Case. Everything lines up to the T and Iím incredibly happy with the fit and finish overall.

This is part of a new design Iím testing out:

Show Image


The goal being: Make the cheapest Case Possible, while also retaining the feel of the original design.

The bottom and rear are designed to be cut from 3mm Acrylic Sheets. I also have those in, just waiting for the FR4 Testing Plates and then Iíll have a full Build ready for evaluation!
If this ends up being the final design would there be more options besides the clear acrylic? I really liked the sound console / Atari 2600 vibe I was seeing previously. Not sure the clear acrylic would fit my taste personally, but I'm not the one designing it lol

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Probably! If this design ends up working out well, I donít see any issues offering a few different Acrylic colors (Black Frosted, Clear, Beige Maybe, etc.)


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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #67 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 11:23:09 »
How cheap is "the cheapest case possible"?

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Less than the original estimate lol.
What about a "higher end" option that's not an acrylic bottom? My Hadron V3 has a clear acrylic bottom, and it's a little more fragile than I'd like. Looking at your prototype pcb, does this mean the upper section is going to be handwire?
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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #68 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 12:12:11 »
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Less than the original estimate lol.
What about a "higher end" option that's not an acrylic bottom? My Hadron V3 has a clear acrylic bottom, and it's a little more fragile than I'd like. Looking at your prototype pcb, does this mean the upper section is going to be handwire?

That's the other good thing about this design.  For those that want a more "Premium" type case, I have the means to have the option for the bottom and back to be CNC/Laser Cut 3mm Aluminum (Matching Case Color) Or 3mm Polished Brass!
This new design is just an experiment and definitely isn't final, but it seems this is a great compromise to some of the walls we have run into.

And The Upper section does indeed have its own PCB.  I Just didn't include that in the pic.  The top and bottom PCBs connect using a fairly standard JST connector. :)

Again, The PCB's are both Through-Hole style DIY builds with Breakout board to rear of case.  This Keeps that "retro" aesthetic intact and prominent, and allows us to include some fancier things Like Through-Hole, Terminal-Mounted LEMO Connectors and Some other fancy add-ons.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #69 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 12:33:22 »
How cheap is "the cheapest case possible"?

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Less than the original estimate lol.
What about a "higher end" option that's not an acrylic bottom? My Hadron V3 has a clear acrylic bottom, and it's a little more fragile than I'd like. Looking at your prototype pcb, does this mean the upper section is going to be handwire?

That's the other good thing about this design.  For those that want a more "Premium" type case, I have the means to have the option for the bottom and back to be CNC/Laser Cut 3mm Aluminum (Matching Case Color) Or 3mm Polished Brass!
This new design is just an experiment and definitely isn't final, but it seems this is a great compromise to some of the walls we have run into.

And The Upper section does indeed have its own PCB.  I Just didn't include that in the pic.  The top and bottom PCBs connect using a fairly standard JST connector. :)

Again, The PCB's are both Through-Hole style DIY builds with Breakout board to rear of case.  This Keeps that "retro" aesthetic intact and prominent, and allows us to include some fancier things Like Through-Hole, Terminal-Mounted LEMO Connectors and Some other fancy add-ons.
You wanna talk retro, let's see those pcbs with some clear/honey solder mask. That would be God-tier.
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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #70 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 12:39:44 »
How cheap is "the cheapest case possible"?

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Less than the original estimate lol.
What about a "higher end" option that's not an acrylic bottom? My Hadron V3 has a clear acrylic bottom, and it's a little more fragile than I'd like. Looking at your prototype pcb, does this mean the upper section is going to be handwire?

That's the other good thing about this design.  For those that want a more "Premium" type case, I have the means to have the option for the bottom and back to be CNC/Laser Cut 3mm Aluminum (Matching Case Color) Or 3mm Polished Brass!
This new design is just an experiment and definitely isn't final, but it seems this is a great compromise to some of the walls we have run into.

And The Upper section does indeed have its own PCB.  I Just didn't include that in the pic.  The top and bottom PCBs connect using a fairly standard JST connector. :)

Again, The PCB's are both Through-Hole style DIY builds with Breakout board to rear of case.  This Keeps that "retro" aesthetic intact and prominent, and allows us to include some fancier things Like Through-Hole, Terminal-Mounted LEMO Connectors and Some other fancy add-ons.
You wanna talk retro, let's see those pcbs with some clear/honey solder mask. That would be God-tier.

NO Soldermask (or "Clear") would be pretty cool honestly.   Right now we are looking at Either, Green, White, or Yellow PCB with Gold Surface Finish.  Should be really pretty.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #71 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 12:41:03 »
How cheap is "the cheapest case possible"?

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Less than the original estimate lol.
What about a "higher end" option that's not an acrylic bottom? My Hadron V3 has a clear acrylic bottom, and it's a little more fragile than I'd like. Looking at your prototype pcb, does this mean the upper section is going to be handwire?

That's the other good thing about this design.  For those that want a more "Premium" type case, I have the means to have the option for the bottom and back to be CNC/Laser Cut 3mm Aluminum (Matching Case Color) Or 3mm Polished Brass!
This new design is just an experiment and definitely isn't final, but it seems this is a great compromise to some of the walls we have run into.

And The Upper section does indeed have its own PCB.  I Just didn't include that in the pic.  The top and bottom PCBs connect using a fairly standard JST connector. :)

Again, The PCB's are both Through-Hole style DIY builds with Breakout board to rear of case.  This Keeps that "retro" aesthetic intact and prominent, and allows us to include some fancier things Like Through-Hole, Terminal-Mounted LEMO Connectors and Some other fancy add-ons.
You speak my language. That's exactly what I wanted to hear.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #72 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 12:48:29 »

NO Soldermask (or "Clear") would be pretty cool honestly.   Right now we are looking at Either, Green, White, or Yellow PCB with Gold Surface Finish.  Should be really pretty.

Well, it would have to have SOME kind of solder mask, haha. I've been informed by PCB designers that you'd get corrosion if you didn't have anything at all protecting the traces. I'm just a really big sucker for that milky clear look on some super vintage boards. Or just retro design in general. hmm, now I want wood paneling on it too. I need to stop while it's still somewhat viable.  :p
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« Reply #73 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 12:56:38 »

NO Soldermask (or "Clear") would be pretty cool honestly.   Right now we are looking at Either, Green, White, or Yellow PCB with Gold Surface Finish.  Should be really pretty.

Well, it would have to have SOME kind of solder mask, haha. I've been informed by PCB designers that you'd get corrosion if you didn't have anything at all protecting the traces. I'm just a really big sucker for that milky clear look on some super vintage boards. Or just retro design in general. hmm, now I want wood paneling on it too. I need to stop while it's still somewhat viable.  :p

Transparent Soldermask is possible! The Results vary quite a bit.  Prob. too much for our use case lol.  I think we will be plenty happy with Green/Yellow in the end. Those are my favorite ones. 

Might as well give it an Ash-Tray while we are at it lol

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #74 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 13:01:13 »

NO Soldermask (or "Clear") would be pretty cool honestly.   Right now we are looking at Either, Green, White, or Yellow PCB with Gold Surface Finish.  Should be really pretty.

Well, it would have to have SOME kind of solder mask, haha. I've been informed by PCB designers that you'd get corrosion if you didn't have anything at all protecting the traces. I'm just a really big sucker for that milky clear look on some super vintage boards. Or just retro design in general. hmm, now I want wood paneling on it too. I need to stop while it's still somewhat viable. 

Transparent Soldermask is possible! The Results vary quite a bit.  Prob. too much for our use case lol.  I think we will be plenty happy with Green/Yellow in the end. Those are my favorite ones. 

Might as well give it an Ash-Tray while we are at it lol
I can provide that one myself, complete with 15 year old ash! I'll make sure to give it a good dusting for that authentic feel.
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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #75 on: Thu, 08 August 2019, 00:13:21 »
Ooooof cant wait how many switches am i gonna need for this


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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #76 on: Thu, 08 August 2019, 08:22:37 »
Ooooof cant wait how many switches am i gonna need for this


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Depending on layout, 54-56 switches if you are ortho.

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« Reply #77 on: Mon, 12 August 2019, 04:49:26 »
@The_Royal

I know you ditched the OLED screen, but is there any way that we can connect one to the PCB? Maybe you could do some break outs so we can adapt one? I personally think that this keyboard would be perfect with a small screen on the top-right section, instead of two more keys.

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« Reply #78 on: Mon, 12 August 2019, 16:15:12 »
Oh damn, the screen is gone?

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« Reply #79 on: Mon, 12 August 2019, 20:42:43 »
100% in for this GB. Polycarb & brass please.

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« Reply #80 on: Tue, 13 August 2019, 06:15:50 »
Oh damn, the screen is gone?

IIRC it was ditched after the IC poll

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« Reply #81 on: Tue, 13 August 2019, 06:31:41 »
Oh damn, the screen is gone?

IIRC it was ditched after the IC poll

I was wondering where it would fit in the renders.. although I thought it had just changed from E-Ink to OLED.

Thanks for the info!

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« Reply #82 on: Tue, 13 August 2019, 12:23:41 »
Any chance of a preonic (5 row) version? I love my number row :D

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« Reply #83 on: Wed, 14 August 2019, 05:01:17 »
Is the grey/pink combo going to be an option?


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« Reply #84 on: Wed, 14 August 2019, 07:12:29 »
Any chance of a preonic (5 row) version? I love my number row :D
I second this!  Though I don't really expect it to be a possibility in this buy, I would jump at a Preonic version.

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« Reply #85 on: Wed, 14 August 2019, 07:36:23 »
Any chance of a preonic (5 row) version? I love my number row :D
I second this!  Though I don't really expect it to be a possibility in this buy, I would jump at a Preonic version.
Thirded.

Iíd get it in itís current iteration, but if you were interested in expanding it in a future revision, I think that would be even better.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #86 on: Wed, 14 August 2019, 08:11:29 »
Show a render with caps to get a feel of the final product.

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« Reply #87 on: Wed, 14 August 2019, 11:51:56 »
Show a render with caps to get a feel of the final product.

How about an actual pic!?




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« Reply #88 on: Wed, 14 August 2019, 20:51:48 »
Show a render with caps to get a feel of the final product.

How about an actual pic!?

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Yesss. So when will the GB go live? @~@ Will this release before your Soap board?

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« Reply #89 on: Fri, 16 August 2019, 17:04:08 »
Show a render with caps to get a feel of the final product.

How about an actual pic!?

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Yesss. So when will the GB go live? @~@ Will this release before your Soap board?

Depends on a lot of things. But the GB will almost definitely be before the end of the year.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #90 on: Fri, 16 August 2019, 17:05:05 »
Got Her All Built Today:


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« Reply #91 on: Fri, 16 August 2019, 17:22:33 »
damn it looks awesome, :eek:

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« Reply #92 on: Fri, 16 August 2019, 19:22:06 »
Got Her All Built Today:

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Is the round thing functional, or just for show?

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« Reply #93 on: Fri, 16 August 2019, 19:51:29 »
Got Her All Built Today:

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Is the round thing functional, or just for show?

Itís a Rotary Encoder!

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« Reply #94 on: Sat, 17 August 2019, 07:41:26 »
This is why I come on Geekhack. Nobody needs another TKL  :-*

My thoughts exactly! Here for innovation and oddities!

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« Reply #95 on: Sat, 17 August 2019, 07:42:39 »
Got Her All Built Today:

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« Reply #96 on: Sat, 17 August 2019, 20:25:37 »
Got Her All Built Today:

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Is the round thing functional, or just for show?

Itís a Rotary Encoder!
Nice! How will it be programmed?

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« Reply #97 on: Sat, 17 August 2019, 21:41:12 »
Got Her All Built Today:

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Is the round thing functional, or just for show?

Itís a Rotary Encoder!
Nice! How will it be programmed?


QMK! So you can program it to do Basically Whatever you want!

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« Reply #98 on: Sat, 17 August 2019, 21:45:54 »
Not a 40% user. Not an ortholinear user. But I like it a lot. Do we have a price?

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« Reply #99 on: Sat, 17 August 2019, 21:51:14 »
Not a 40% user. Not an ortholinear user. But I like it a lot. Do we have a price?

Nope! Lol

Still deciding on a few different things design wise. Still looking at a range of $200-$300 Though. Hopefully on the lower end of that.

Really Trying to make this reasonable cause Iíd love for a lot of people to be able to have one!

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« Reply #100 on: Sat, 17 August 2019, 21:56:42 »
I know itís likely a big ask - but if there was an option for a Ďpremiumí option with a screen that would be incredible.

Was there insufficient interest in the IC for an OLED addition?

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« Reply #101 on: Sat, 17 August 2019, 22:16:18 »
Man this is gonna be the hottest drop of 20XX!

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« Reply #102 on: Sat, 17 August 2019, 22:20:40 »
I know itís likely a big ask - but if there was an option for a Ďpremiumí option with a screen that would be incredible.

Was there insufficient interest in the IC for an OLED addition?
+1 even if it's like a secondary module or like a new pcb I need to swap out after the initial GB

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« Reply #103 on: Sun, 18 August 2019, 11:36:54 »
I know itís likely a big ask - but if there was an option for a Ďpremiumí option with a screen that would be incredible.

Was there insufficient interest in the IC for an OLED addition?
+1 even if it's like a secondary module or like a new pcb I need to swap out after the initial GB

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« Reply #104 on: Sun, 18 August 2019, 19:28:56 »
Not an ortho user, I'd jump on this if its staggered.

But cool design!

I don't know if it was an update but it says there will be a staggered plate option

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« Reply #105 on: Sun, 18 August 2019, 21:25:33 »


This is part of a new design Iím testing out:

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The goal being: Make the cheapest Case Possible, while also retaining the feel of the original design.

The bottom and rear are designed to be cut from 3mm Acrylic Sheets. I also have those in, just waiting for the FR4 Testing Plates and then Iíll have a full Build ready for evaluation!

Since I have access to a laser cutter, I'm quite keen on this 3mm acrylic panel idea of yours. Sharing design files would allow others such as myself to laser-engrave text/imagrey/designs/patterns. One important thing for me is the possibility to cut holes on the bottom panel for screw-in case feet, since I like my orthos to have an angle. :)

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« Reply #106 on: Mon, 19 August 2019, 21:41:41 »
I remember in the original mech market thread you mentioned a staggered layout/pcb would be an option. Is that still happening or is it exclusively ortho now?

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« Reply #107 on: Mon, 19 August 2019, 21:48:52 »
Can't wait for this hope that I can get in on this awesome GB when it opens!

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« Reply #108 on: Wed, 04 September 2019, 21:15:16 »
Any updates?

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« Reply #109 on: Wed, 04 September 2019, 22:44:45 »
Any updates?

Just waiting on the new, "better" prototypes right now. 

Slow and steady!  Hoping to get us to GB by the end of the year.  I want to do this board justice!

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« Reply #110 on: Thu, 05 September 2019, 19:36:43 »
Is the design final? Maybe we can fit an OLED screen?  ;D

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« Reply #111 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 18:43:54 »
Is this a 40% planck like on the bottom or a 50% Preonic type? Iím in 100% for a 50%. Iím out for a 40%.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #112 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 19:20:02 »
Is this a 40% planck like on the bottom or a 50% Preonic type? Iím in 100% for a 50%. Iím out for a 40%.

As a whole, The Ave. is a 50% Keyboard.

The main typing area is a 12-Column/4-Row Layout just like the 40% Planck. To the left is a 4-Key ďMacroĒ column, and the top is where a Rotary Encoder, Esc Key, And 3 Extra right hand keys sit.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #113 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 19:25:06 »
I never knew I needed a keyboard this small! This thing looks rad!

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« Reply #114 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 19:28:44 »
I never knew I needed a keyboard this small! This thing looks rad!

Thank you! :)

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #115 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 03:32:13 »
I wish it was a 5 x 12 and not a 4 x 12. Bummer. Out for this.

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #116 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 04:23:37 »
I'm sad about removing the fullbrass version  :(

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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #117 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 17:53:14 »
I'm sad about removing the fullbrass version  :(

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Aww, I didn't even notice. :(
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Re: [IC] The Ave. - An Ortholinear Battlestation (Prototypes Are Here!)
« Reply #118 on: Mon, 23 September 2019, 07:12:14 »
I'm in for one PC with a brass plate

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GB Details Coming Soon!

Manufacture has been found, full and final Prototypes have been ordered. Should be here later this month.  :thumb:

- Teasy Renders













Final Colors to be color-matched and available at GB:(All Anodized)

- Pantone 7605C


- Pantone 432C


and,

- Silver/Clear

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Iíll be updating the IC page to reflect all the details  tomorrow after some sleep.

Everything is coming along nicely!


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The_GB:

First off, Price is still being worked on, mainly in shipping and packaging.  I'm really wanting to do my dream board right and get some really nice packaging.  Unboxing experiences may not appeal or be of a priority to some.  But they are to me.

- As of right now though, the Price is estimated to be ~$320-$350USD + USPS Shipping

- GB is set to be live Late November 2019.

- This First Round will be a LIMITED production run of 50 Kits.

Case Options:

- Top and Bottom Ave. Case (Same Color for each part)
     - Silver
     - Rose Gold
or
     - Midnight Aqua Grey


Plate Options:


- 1.5mm Sandblasted Brass (Staggered Option will also be available)






or
- 1.6mm FR4 (PCB Material) Plate (CHEAPO Option)





Kit Set to Include:

- Full Top and Bottom Ave. Case
- Top and Bottom Ave. Switch Plate
- Top and Bottom Ave. PCBs
- All Connectors for Assembly
- x1 Rotary Encoder
- x2 Through-Hole RGB LEDs
- x4 Rubber Bumpons

-***Staggered-PCB & Plate Options will also be available but at an additional Cost (TBD)


- GB will run Until all 50 units are sold*





The Most Recent Progress:

- Waiting on Full and Final Prototypes to arrive later this month from the manu. 
- Factory anodizing color chip samples are also set to arrive along with prototype.
- Needing to reach out to a local printing shop to look into getting custom box/foam cut.
- Newest prototype PCBs are in the mail now and will test fit and finish with prototypes later this month.

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Damn looks amazing. I know I'm lame for preferring staggered layouts but this is the first board that makes me even kind of want ortho  :p.

I appreciate you keeping it different with your designs, even if they're not for me personally I always enjoy seeing what you come up with :)
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Very sad to see that yellow color go and no option to add an OLED screen.
Will the GB be a raffle or FCFS?

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Very sad to see that yellow color go and no option to add an OLED screen.
Will the GB be a raffle or FCFS?

Iím thinking of doing maybe 5-10 custom powder coat ones. At an additional cost of course. I need to get a quote this week from a local body shop Iíve done business with before.

And Iím still thinking on the sale type I want to do. FCFS is easier speed and invoice management wise, but as someone with slower than average Internet speed, a Raffle is something I always personally preferred.  Raffle also seems the ďfairestĒ.

 Iíll should probably make the form and take opinions from everyone. I will, however, announce a decision on it a good bit of time before the GB.




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If you ever do a 50-60% staggered version of this bad boy then I'm in!

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Very sad to see that yellow color go and no option to add an OLED screen.
Will the GB be a raffle or FCFS?

Iím thinking of doing maybe 5-10 custom powder coat ones. At an additional cost of course. I need to get a quote this week from a local body shop Iíve done business with before.

And Iím still thinking on the sale type I want to do. FCFS is easier speed and invoice management wise, but as someone with slower than average Internet speed, a Raffle is something I always personally preferred.  Raffle also seems the ďfairestĒ.

 Iíll should probably make the form and take opinions from everyone. I will, however, announce a decision on it a good bit of time before the GB.

Thank you for considering different options to make everyone happy. I do also feel that a raffle will be the best method, but I can understand it may be a hassle to you. Anyway, I vouch for the form :)

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I love your design and concept.  I just wish it was in a more practical format like TKL or even 100+%.  I find a lot of these boards are really pretty and great fun to build but ultimately you end up using something else to work on.

That said, I love that you are doing something different from the standard 60% that is now just saturated with keebs.
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I love your design and concept.  I just wish it was in a more practical format like TKL or even 100+%.  I find a lot of these boards are really pretty and great fun to build but ultimately you end up using something else to work on.

That said, I love that you are doing something different from the standard 60% that is now just saturated with keebs.

I think itís judt a matter of getting used to whatever layout you want to get to get used to.

I have written all of the code, done all of the CAD, and PCB design of The Ave., as well as all my other boards and projects, solely with 3 various 40% keyboards. (Prime_e, Zlant, Letís Split).

They are extremely practical to me and Iíve never wished they were any more than they were to be begin with.

Just practice, and adjustment. :)

Excited to see all the progress. Very interested.

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did you ever share a kle layout to what the staggered option would look like?

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Sorry if I missed this somewhere, but will the PCB be hot swappable? Love what Iím seeing and loving the updates!!

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did you ever share a kle layout to what the staggered option would look like?

Hereís the layout we are currently looking at:




Still not 100% set on it but it seems to be okay with most people.

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Sorry if I missed this somewhere, but will the PCB be hot swappable? Love what Iím seeing and loving the updates!!

Sorry, no Hot-Swap. I can confirm that Mill-Max sockets work though. Thatís our compromise :)

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Also been working on something a little different on the side.

A cheaper Bent Steel variant of The Ave.



Iím hoping to get around to testing the design/fabrication here in the near future.

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Also been working on something a little different on the side.

A cheaper Bent Steel variant of The Ave.

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Iím hoping to get around to testing the design/fabrication here in the near future.

What a quirky take -- I love it. Looks rough around the edges in all the right places.

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Also been working on something a little different on the side.

A cheaper Bent Steel variant of The Ave.

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Iím hoping to get around to testing the design/fabrication here in the near future.

What a quirky take -- I love it. Looks rough around the edges in all the right places.

Lol thank you :D

It was my first dive into Sheet Metal Design. So I have no idea how bad or good the design is.

It was/is a fun thing to get into though.  Interested to work on it in the near future. Especially with seeing and trying out the SKB boards.

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Also been working on something a little different on the side.

A cheaper Bent Steel variant of The Ave.

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Iím hoping to get around to testing the design/fabrication here in the near future.



This is so very hot!
now u really got me in your net ;) I own 2 SKB's and i absolute love them and the industrial look

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Also been working on something a little different on the side.

A cheaper Bent Steel variant of The Ave.

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Iím hoping to get around to testing the design/fabrication here in the near future.
Ah **** I might have to cop this

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soap and now this! Take all my Muuunz! Dx

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Also been working on something a little different on the side.

A cheaper Bent Steel variant of The Ave.

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Iím hoping to get around to testing the design/fabrication here in the near future.
It's the Blue Steel edition (context: https://www.dictionary.com/e/fictional-characters/blue-steel/ )

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Prototype Ave. FR4 Switch Plates came in today!



Still deciding on a color for these for the GB.  I like the blue but I think White or Yellow are better options for us.

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Can't wait for this!

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I starting to fall for this.  It is so unique it needs to be played with.
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Wasn't a big fan when I saw the IC for the first time, but this design has grown on me. Just wish there was purple now  :)), maybe in the future runs.
Will you be supplying the plate files and whatnot?
The industrial look with exposed screws seem to fit the bent steel version as well. Really liking this board now!

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I would really love this design style in a larger format like TKL.  The top row could be used to add so much more.  Maybe also an LCD and USB ports.
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THIS IS AMAZZINNG , take my money please!!!!!! One question, will there be feet options? If so what angle will it prop it up to?

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did you ever share a kle layout to what the staggered option would look like?

Hereís the layout we are currently looking at:

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Still not 100% set on it but it seems to be okay with most people.

if you could make the split spacebars 2.75, 1.75, 1.75 it would be possible to get them in convex. i dont think GMK makes a 1.5u convex spacebar. just mentioning this because i know ortho is typically monoprofile

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THIS IS AMAZZINNG , take my money please!!!!!! One question, will there be feet options? If so what angle will it prop it up to?

The "Feet" will be a Sheet of Laser-Cut Cork, Covering the entirety of the bottom (Minus Screw Holes)

did you ever share a kle layout to what the staggered option would look like?

Hereís the layout we are currently looking at:

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Still not 100% set on it but it seems to be okay with most people.

if you could make the split spacebars 2.75, 1.75, 1.75 it would be possible to get them in convex. i dont think GMK makes a 1.5u convex spacebar. just mentioning this because i know ortho is typically monoprofile

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The 1.5u isnt meant to be convex, I colored it that way just to show what space would be taken up/filled by the various key sizes.  the 2.75/2u keys are meant to be the main spacebars. :)