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[GB] Neuron - Shipping 100% Complete
« on: Mon, 30 September 2019, 19:21:36 »
Neuron GB is now closed. Thanks for your support!


Hey Geekhack,

Group-Buy for the Neuron is Closed. The GB was open from October 1st until November 1st, 2019. All valid entries to the GB form received an invoice. Additionally, one (1) RNG-selected order will receive a GOLDEN TICKET! If you are the recipient of this GOLDEN TICKET, your entire order will be refunded. If you're the lucky order, all you have to do is post a picture of your ticket on Reddit, Geekhack, Instagram, etc. and tag me in the post to verify. The expected turnaround is 3 months without unanticipated delays. Prices, pictures, and features can be found below. Thanks for reading!


Prototype Pictures:
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Sound Tests:


Anodizing Color Renders:
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Anodizing Sample Pictures:
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Above L to R: Drank, Cool Ranch, Space Grey, Gamer Grrl. Bushido Red requires more tweaking, and the picture above in the render is most accurate to what I want to achieve.


Standard Plate Supported Layouts:
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Features:
  • 2.5 degree polycarbonate or anodized aluminum case. Same price. (No separate top and bottom piece: all one piece.)
  • Top-mount plate available in sandblasted brass, polycarbonate plate, or 3mm acrylic for the same price.
  • 5mm thick sandblasted brass weight with NEURON engraving.
  • QMK-compatible black PCB designed by Worldspawn; on-board atmega with USB-C.
  • Standard plate supports full-size 6.25u space or 2.25u/2.75u split space layouts. No ortho on the standard plate or PCB.
  • By popular request, an optional ortho plate is available for +$40. Compatible with the Niu Mini and Panc40 Anconda PCBs (provide your own). Ortho plate layouts here: https://imgur.com/a/7WwgNnZ
  • No LEDs. No in-switch or RGB. Sorry gamers.
  • Aluminum case weights ~2lbs 7oz built, Polycarbonate version weights ~1 lb 15oz built.

Prices:
  • Full Kit $229.99/ea + tax (if applicable) and shipping. Choice of PC or Aluminum case. Choice of sandblasted brass, polycarbonate, or 3mm acrylic plate. No price difference for material choice.
  • US shipping is $20 flat rate. International shipping will be estimated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Sandblasted brass ortho plates available for $40/ea.
  • Additional plates are $40/ea.
  • Additional PCBs are $30/ea.
  • EVA foam inserts for between PCB and plate for $15/ea. These only fit the staggered plate.

Post-GB Updates:
  • GB Closed at midnight on Nov. 1st. 102 orders with paid invoices. Thanks for all the support!
  • Final PCB assembly and CNC factory quotes requested on Nov 3rd, with payment to follow after final tallies with extras are calculated.
  • Factory paid on Nov 6th, with an earliest shipping estimate of December 30th. This means Neurons should be shipping to customers in January.
  • Confirmed with factory during the last week of November that production is going smoothly, and we should be on track for a late December to early January shipping from the factory, followed by QC and shipping on my end, then boards out to everyone in late January.
  • Shipping notification on PCBs received 12/5/2019. PCBs should be here next week, then QC to follow.
  • PC cases almost done machining, then on to the finishing and the aluminum cases. Still on track from CNC factory.
  • PCBs received 12/9/19, QC underway.
  • 12/18/19: PC cases done machining and on to finishing. Aluminum cases are being anodized. PCBs are working perfectly; will flash all of them with a default layout after the holidays. Acrylic plates and EVA foam inserts are cut and arrived this morning. Everything still on track for a January ship date to customers. Smooth sailing so far.
  • 12/31/19: Polycarbonate cases and plates are completed, but brass weights and plates are still undergoing finishing and machining. Aluminum cases are all machined and undergoing anodizing now.
  • 1/14/20: CNC parts have shipped from the factory! Awaiting receipt in the US, followed by QC and packing.
  • 1/21/20: First of packages received. QC and sorting will continue this week into the weekend, followed by packing and shipping over the next week(s).
  • 1/23/20: All parts counted and sorted, and everything appears here. First pass QC done on parts and they look fantastic. Will start final QC and packing this weekend. Next update will likely be when they ship.
  • 2/6/20: First wave of packages went out today! Will be shipping over the next week at the rate I can double-check and pack the boxes. Domestic orders will go out first, followed by international orders.
  • 2/21/20: Shipping is complete to domestic and international orders! Check your PayPal emails for tracking information. PM me if you run into any issues. Thanks for your support!!!
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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 14:23:26 »
Not the form-factor for me, but this is a pretty neat board with a solid aesthetic. GLWGB!

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 14:26:33 »
Not the form-factor for me, but this is a pretty neat board with a solid aesthetic. GLWGB!

Thanks man, I appreciate it!

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 14:30:38 »
Finally live!  :eek: :eek: :eek:
I can make acrylic laser cut cases/plates PM for info

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 14:30:45 »
Good board, good designer. Can confirm he won't kick you out of his GB for designing a different 40

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 14:32:03 »
This is a nice looking board. I love how you've worked the weight and case together to keep it down to one alu piece and still retain the top mount plate. Very cool.

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 14:36:11 »
This is a nice looking board. I love how you've worked the weight and case together to keep it down to one alu piece and still retain the top mount plate. Very cool.
Thanks! That was definitely a design priority for me. I think it helps with sound and makes the polycarb version look better than 2-piece designs.

Good board, good designer. Can confirm he won't kick you out of his GB for designing a different 40
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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 14:37:07 »
what's the weight of the PC board vs the ALU board? thanks

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 14:58:43 »
What's the price of individual cases? I'm seeing the option for PC case + PCB, or Aluminum. I'm guessing that you intended for the first case option to include a PCB regardless of material? Does that mean I can buy another case for it?

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 15:07:21 »
How do you type numbers?

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 15:09:48 »
What's the price of individual cases? I'm seeing the option for PC case + PCB, or Aluminum. I'm guessing that you intended for the first case option to include a PCB regardless of material? Does that mean I can buy another case for it?

The kit price includes 1 case, 1 weight, 1 plate, and 1 pcb. Additional plates, pcbs, ortho plate, and eva foam inserts are available as add-ons, but cases are not available on their own.

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 15:19:04 »
what's the weight of the PC board vs the ALU board? thanks

the polycarbonate version is 1 lb 15 oz w brass plate and keycaps, the aluminum version is 2 lbs 7oz w polycarbonate plate and keycaps. heavy for their size  :D

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 15:30:08 »
nice. I want to get the PC case with the brass plate. thanks  :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 16:26:31 »
this is nice

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 16:58:55 »
the polycarbonate version is 1 lb 15 oz w brass plate and keycaps, the aluminum version is 2 lbs 7oz w polycarbonate plate and keycaps. heavy for their size  :D

final question - is there an MOQ for this or just as many as you get before 11/1?

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 17:03:12 »
final question - is there an MOQ for this or just as many as you get before 11/1?

completely open GB :) as many as I receive

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 18:40:44 »
in.

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 02 October 2019, 21:58:17 »
How do you type numbers?
with layers! using one of my split spacebars i can access numbers punctuation and macros without leaving the alphas. i program on my neuron since i made the prototype :) it isnt for everyone, but i find it really comfortable
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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #18 on: Thu, 03 October 2019, 15:20:54 »
as of this moment, everyone who has filled out the form correctly has been invoiced. if you have not received an invoice, check the email associated with your PayPal. there are several outstanding invoices and 4 people I have contacted about issues in their forms. contact me via PM here, on reddit, or on discord. thx for your support, things are going great so far!

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #19 on: Fri, 04 October 2019, 17:13:52 »
Wow sweet hhkb style 40%. Something I've been longing for. I'm just way over my keyboard budget now but will keep an eye on it.

And "Walletburner" is pretty accurate.
        

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #20 on: Fri, 04 October 2019, 18:07:53 »
this is def one of the best 40s to have come out in awhile, but sadly dont have money ;;;;;;. also u willing to share the pink pantone used to match? owo

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #21 on: Fri, 04 October 2019, 20:43:07 »
I filled out the form and got the invoice, but I put cool ranch and I think I actually want polycarb, is it possible to change? Should I still just pay the invoice?
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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #22 on: Sat, 05 October 2019, 23:36:23 »
is it possible to change?
pm'd and resolved

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 09 October 2019, 07:12:37 »
Placed an order and am excited

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #24 on: Thu, 10 October 2019, 16:46:44 »
Placed an order and am excited

hope u like it! im using mine now. (PC w acrylic plate, lubed T1s)

And "Walletburner" is pretty accurate.

i think everyone in this community is a walletburner more or less  ;D

this is def one of the best 40s to have come out in awhile, but sadly dont have money ;;;;;;. also u willing to share the pink pantone used to match? owo

thanks! sorry to hear that tho. yeah sure, just PM me.


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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 12 October 2019, 07:11:53 »
Curious why you chose acrylic over PC fr your daily driver plate?

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard - Open Until Nov 1st!
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 13 October 2019, 17:56:24 »
Curious why you chose acrylic over PC fr your daily driver plate?

Just preference; the acrylic has an intermediate amount of flex compared to the PC, and I prefer that for tactile switches.


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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard - Open Until Nov 1st!
« Reply #27 on: Sat, 19 October 2019, 10:28:35 »
Really nice looking board but Im curious to know if the bottom supports countersunk screws? Based on the images, it looks like a no.

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard - Open Until Nov 1st!
« Reply #28 on: Sat, 19 October 2019, 10:39:18 »
Really nice looking board but Im curious to know if the bottom supports countersunk screws? Based on the images, it looks like a no.
Good eye. Yes! All the bottom screws are counterbored, and while I used taller button screws for the prototype in the pictures, the production run screws are flatter M2s. There are also sunk holes for the bumpons in the corners on the production Neuron too, so it sits on a mm or two of rubber cushioning, not on its screw heads.

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard - Open Until Nov 1st!
« Reply #29 on: Sat, 19 October 2019, 10:51:03 »
Good eye. Yes! All the bottom screws are counterbored, and while I used taller button screws for the prototype in the pictures, the production run screws are flatter M2s. There are also sunk holes for the bumpons in the corners on the production Neuron too, so it sits on a mm or two of rubber cushioning, not on its screw heads.

Thats awesome to hear. Now I guess I have no excuse not to buy one!

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Re: [GB] Neuron - A 40% Keyboard - Open Until Nov 1st!
« Reply #30 on: Sun, 27 October 2019, 12:26:26 »
GB is going smoothly, and we are in the last week now! You have until Friday, November 1st at midnight CST to place your orders and until Monday, November 4th to pay your invoices. PM me or post here if you have questions :)

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Re: [GB] Neuron - In Production
« Reply #31 on: Mon, 02 December 2019, 04:22:24 »
Do you anticipate any extras being available for purchase? (already purchased for daughter but now I want one for myself  :)))

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Re: [GB] Neuron - In Production
« Reply #32 on: Mon, 02 December 2019, 10:22:26 »
Do you anticipate any extras being available for purchase?

Yes! I ordered more extras than I anticipate needing for B-stocks (20 boards), and the extras will be sold off. Any B-stocks will be labeled as such. PC and Alu in all colors should be available, barring some act of god or an absurdly high B-stock rate.

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Re: [GB] Neuron - In Production
« Reply #33 on: Mon, 02 December 2019, 23:25:16 »
Great to hear! Really looking  forward to the boards!

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Re: [GB] Neuron - In Production
« Reply #34 on: Sat, 07 December 2019, 18:43:07 »
Still looking at January for these?

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Re: [GB] Neuron - In Production
« Reply #35 on: Sun, 08 December 2019, 10:10:59 »
Still looking at January for these?

Yup, no change in ship date from the factory. PCBs should be here Monday. Working on ways to make QC and packing time as efficient as possible, but yes, late January shipping seems totally reasonable at this time. :D

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Re: [GB] Neuron - Shipped from Factory
« Reply #36 on: Tue, 14 January 2020, 10:20:34 »
good news! the CNC parts (cases, weights, plates) have left the factory and are on their way to me. QC and packing will follow, so shipping should start in the next couple weeks. extras will go on sale after that. :)

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Re: [GB] Neuron - Shipped from Factory
« Reply #37 on: Thu, 16 January 2020, 00:26:23 »
Will there be PC extras :)

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Re: [GB] Neuron - Shipped from Factory
« Reply #38 on: Sun, 19 January 2020, 13:00:23 »
Will there be PC extras :)

definitely. i ordered ~20% more Neurons than i needed in case of b-stocks. there should be ~10 PC extras on sale after QC and the GB orders go out, which will be sold on my new site, https://www.walletburner.co. the cases/weights/plates are in town as of yesterday, so they should be delivered tomorrow or tuesday. that means the total turnaround for the GB will be around 3 months on the dot for domestic customers, and a tad longer for international customers depending on the postal service. not bad for a first run.

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Re: [GB] Neuron - QC and Packing!
« Reply #39 on: Sun, 02 February 2020, 17:36:37 »
Any update on the timeline for these shipping out?

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Re: [GB] Neuron - QC and Packing!
« Reply #40 on: Sun, 02 February 2020, 22:19:00 »
Any update on the timeline for these shipping out?

Yes!
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Here are half of the orders, QC'd and boxed, ready to go out later this week as domestic orders ship. The quality on this run is superb. A change in my shipping method required ordering some new packing supplies for domestic orders and caused a temporary delay, but I have everything figured out now and I will start sending out boards on a rolling basis this week. Domestic shipments will go out first, followed by international orders. This means the total turnaround for the board should be ~3.5 months or so for US customers and a tad longer for international customers, depending on their postal service/customs.

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Re: [GB] Neuron - QC and Packing!
« Reply #41 on: Wed, 05 February 2020, 01:12:43 »
are there any extras, perchance, or will there be a round 2 in due time?

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Re: [GB] Neuron - QC and Packing!
« Reply #42 on: Wed, 05 February 2020, 11:54:37 »
are there any extras, perchance, or will there be a round 2 in due time?

definitely extras, possibly an R2 some time after Cajal. i will announce extras being available here and on 40% discord when they're ready :)

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Re: [GB] Neuron - Shipping!
« Reply #43 on: Thu, 06 February 2020, 20:52:21 »
the first packages went out today! everyone should receive an email with tracking information to their PayPal email addresses the day before their order ships. Domestic orders will go out first in waves, then international orders. Aiming to get everything out to GB participants within a week.

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Re: [GB] Neuron - Shipping!
« Reply #44 on: Fri, 07 February 2020, 00:56:39 »
Thanks for your hard work. :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Neuron - Shipping!
« Reply #45 on: Fri, 07 February 2020, 08:41:35 »
Looking forward to the extras 😉

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Re: [GB] Neuron - Shipping!
« Reply #46 on: Thu, 13 February 2020, 09:58:42 »
Received mine in the mail yesterday!  Looking great, can't wait to build.  Will update when finished!

Thanks Walletburner  :D

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Re: [GB] Neuron - Shipping!
« Reply #47 on: Fri, 14 February 2020, 11:25:59 »
All domestic (US) packages have gone out! I will try to finish all international orders this weekend. Sorry for the delay; it turns out packing 102 packages as one person makes my back spasm, and I can only fit 25 packages in my car at a time. As of today, we are 105 days after the GB, so I think this turnaround is still a resounding success, especially given the quality of machining and anodizing. Expect an email to your PayPal address when your order is packed and ready to ship, international peeps!!!

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Re: [GB] Neuron - Shipping!
« Reply #48 on: Fri, 14 February 2020, 12:06:44 »
Take it easy Walletburner, we only get one spine and I can tell you tat at 50 I can feel all the stupid stuff I did to it at 20!

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Re: [GB] Neuron - Shipping!
« Reply #49 on: Fri, 14 February 2020, 12:18:42 »
Take it easy Walletburner, we only get one spine and I can tell you tat at 50 I can feel all the stupid stuff I did to it at 20!

putting my money on adamantium spines by 2045