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[IC] Andromeda: Ultra-High-End Sculpted TKL - GB Oct 24
« on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 06:33:49 »


Andromeda
Sculpted Tenkeyless Keyboard by ai03
Latest update: Final details revealed here

Colors:
- Silver case, grey weight, black plate
- Grey case, silver weight, black plate

Group buy times and locations:
- October 24 11:00AM EST at Cannonkeys
- October 25 11:00AM CST at Deskeys/Taobao (link will be revealed as close to this time as possible to reduce botting)

Extra part details here


For those who demand the best of the best, Andromeda offers a carefully sculpted design coupled with proven gasket internals for extreme levels of typing comfort and stunning visuals.





The Beauty and the Beast

Designed as a cost-no-object keyboard, Andromedaís sculpted side profiles have been modelled to provide a satin fabric-like elegance, which combined with the soft curvatures used throughout the board give a delicate feel which lead the eyes throughout the design.

Strong straight horizontals strike a heavy contrast to the softer elements to offer the bold, rigid impression to accompany the elegance. The careful balance of both constructs an elegant yet minimal, graceful yet powerful aesthetic fit for any environment.





The Journey to the Peak

The design knowledge acquired through many of ai03ís designs in the past have been put forth to full effect with Andromeda, taking elements such as the rear-angled weight and gasket mounting of Polaris and refining them to their ultimate levels.





Commitment to Detail

The small details make the biggest differences, and no detail has been left unchecked with Andromeda.

Interior screws provides a beautiful screwless exterior that does not interfere with the overall form, and a USB daughterboard separate from the main PCB allows for replacing the USB connector in case it wears out.





Specifications
Case: Aluminum, colors to be announced
Weight: Steel, finish depends on case color
Plate: Aluminum, color likely to be dark grey, gasket mount
PCB: Soldered (non-hotswap), powered by a STM32 ARM microcontroller; USB-C via unified daughterboard for readily available replacements if required
Case Mass: ~3.2kg (Case, weight, plate)
Typing Angle: 8 degrees

Layouts supported:


Unit Quantity: Limited quantity; number to be announced
Price: To be announced
Vendors: CannonKeys (North America), Deskeys (Asia)




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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 06:34:05 »
Reserved

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 06:35:10 »
👀

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 06:55:22 »
thats a thicc mama, oh my days

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 06:57:14 »
i am really really really interested in this, perhaps more plate materials though pc if you can?
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Offline PleasantChaos

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 07:01:28 »
VERY interested in this, hope this will be available in Europe

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 07:01:57 »
Typing angle?

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 07:14:47 »
VERY interested in this, hope this will be available in Europe
Likely the best method will be to order from either of the vendors and ship overseas.

i am really really really interested in this, perhaps more plate materials though pc if you can?
I originally decided upon aluminum due to its properties as a firm yet flexible metal, with a balance between acoustics and typing feel. Polycarbonate on a tenkeyless may be too soft combined with the gaskets, allowing for too much flex to the point where the PCB shorts against the inner floor of the case. However, I will look into potentially offering alternative plate materials.

Typing angle?
8 degrees if I remember correctly.

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 07:21:01 »
Such a beautyyyyy

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 07:21:20 »
Do we have an estimate date of the GB yet?
Flex is love, flex is life.

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 07:24:16 »
Any plan for EU vendor?

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:09:00 »
finally, my first custom tkl is coming!
so excited for this. I'm all in!

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:23:49 »
Interesting, waiting for colors and the PC version if itís available for this.


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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:28:22 »
Do we have an estimate date of the GB yet?
Not yet, but I will be finalizing the design files shortly for a prototype to follow very quickly after.
Once that is confirmed to be meeting expectations and functional, GB will begin.

Interesting, waiting for colors and the PC version if itís available for this.
Polycarbonate will not be available as an option. The material is too soft to handle the internal screw design reliably, and the brittle nature compared to metal goes against the design goal of creating a timeless board.

Any plan for EU vendor?
Not as of now, since there is significant logistics work for adding multiple vendors, especially with a limited quantity GB.

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:35:30 »
Do you have plans to include other plate types?

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:36:33 »
Very interesting. only WKL avail?

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:39:01 »
Do you have plans to include other plate types?
Please see this post for the initial response.

My honest opinion is that aluminum is a great plate material, offering a balance of pleasant acoustics, extremely soft and flexible feel for a metal plate, and very strong chemical resistance once anodized, which is important for a part which takes most of the spills, dirt, and grime directly. The inherent durability from being a metal is also important for resisting damage during transit once built.

Very interesting. only WKL avail?
Yes. Both the plate and PCB are locked to the layouts shown in the diagram.

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:44:05 »
V nice

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:51:44 »
Nice, totally interested!

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 09:06:53 »
EU vendors?

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #21 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 09:10:30 »
holy moly, it's beautiful ai03!

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« Reply #22 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 09:12:28 »
Great looking board, excited to see the color options

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« Reply #23 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 09:17:44 »
cool beans  :thumb:
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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #24 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 09:19:49 »
Love the sides of this.
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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #25 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 09:21:43 »
EU vendors?

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As of right now no, due to the complications of logistics with many vendors on a limited quantity GB.
However, the vendor regions aren't a stiff rule, so it should be possible to purchase from either vendor and have it shipped overseas.

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #26 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 09:44:22 »
All I want for christmas is feet better than bumpons
Make a longer ones plz. It makes big difference

What about 8į angle isnít it a bit steep
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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #27 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 09:48:44 »
Absolutely gorgeous sides, I need this yesterday.

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #28 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 09:54:15 »
All I want for christmas is feet better than bumpons
Make a longer ones plz. It makes big difference

What about 8į angle isnít it a bit steep

I opted for bump-on style feet in this design due to their non-impeding visuals against the case design and isolation performance.
Typing angle will be your preference.

I recommend not buying this board if you do not like it.

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #29 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 10:18:30 »
Is the steel weight going to be polished?

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #30 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 10:23:53 »
As of right now no, due to the complications of logistics with many vendors on a limited quantity GB.
However, the vendor regions aren't a stiff rule, so it should be possible to purchase from either vendor and have it shipped overseas.

Thats unfortunate. For me in the EU shipping from the US for such a heavy board will be incredibly expensive. Same for Asia.
Could you please just consider adding an EU vendor? I really really want this board.

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #31 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 10:35:02 »
Thats unfortunate. For me in the EU shipping from the US for such a heavy board will be incredibly expensive. Same for Asia.
Could you please just consider adding an EU vendor? I really really want this board.
I will consider it, but as stated before, it is very difficult to manage, so I cannot guarantee it.

Is the steel weight going to be polished?
I am currently planning for differing finishes to match case colors; for example, silver would pair nicely with a matte dark grey coated weight, while a darker color such as grey would pair better with polished steel.

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #32 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 10:50:25 »
Looks fantastic. Canít wait to see the prototype!

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #33 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 10:53:30 »
This looks drop-dead gorgeous. Heavily interested, I am.

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #34 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 11:35:10 »
That looks good, but that cannot be easy to machine. Gl with the yields!

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #35 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 11:54:29 »
Well, time to start saving.....

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #36 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 13:00:17 »
This looks amazing. Hopefully there is enough for me to get one!

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #37 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 13:13:18 »
Mid seam or bottom seam? Please be bottom

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« Reply #38 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 13:25:06 »
Instacop

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #39 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 13:37:47 »
WK is not an option?

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« Reply #40 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 13:46:20 »
WKL only I believe

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« Reply #41 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 13:50:35 »
WK is not an option?

Very interesting. only WKL avail?
Yes. Both the plate and PCB are locked to the layouts shown in the diagram.

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« Reply #42 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 13:53:24 »
Looks great!

Also please consider daily clack as oce vendor!
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« Reply #43 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 14:05:54 »
Looks great!

Also please consider daily clack as oce vendor!

+1 for a oce vendor

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« Reply #44 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 14:29:39 »
Gorgeous board!

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« Reply #45 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 14:47:38 »
So dope!

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« Reply #46 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 17:10:58 »
Can we convince you to offer more plate materials?
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« Reply #47 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 17:29:31 »
This looks very tasty. Definitely interested.



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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #48 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 17:35:39 »
Seems like ai03 wants a certain plate material. That's cool. We know there's community members who would probably rather wear each other's underwear than use each other's plate material. What if the plate files were posted?

Great board design btw

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Re: [IC] Andromeda: Summit-End Sculpted TKL
« Reply #49 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 19:54:44 »
Can we convince you to offer more plate materials?
Possibly; I was considering throwing in a FR4 plate as well since they're fairly affordable to produce. As usual, I'll likely open source the plate file for anyone who wants to make their own.

Also please consider daily clack as oce vendor!
As stated earlier, adding vendors to the limited GB makes logistics extremely difficult, but I will consider it.

What's the front height?


Seems like ai03 wants a certain plate material. That's cool. We know there's community members who would probably rather wear each other's underwear than use each other's plate material. What if the plate files were posted?
Yes, I also do feel that there are people so captivated by the notion of exclusiveness that they fail to see any larger view of a situation.
However, there are certain things that are reused for a reason, for it would be very exclusive yet inconvenient to wear a jacket as underwear, just as it would to use styrofoam for a plate.
In this case, as explained earlier, aluminum works as a balanced, functional plate material which pairs with the design goals well.
Plate files will be posted as usual.

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