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Offline The_Royal

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The Liminal

A 50% Focused around affordability and superb "base-kit" compatibility, making it simple to outfit with normal full-size keysets.


Group Buy To Run
March 28th - April 1st (10:00AM CST)
Here on P3D's Store Front


- 50 KITS MAXIMUM WILL BE UP FOR PRE-ORDER -



LINK TO GB THREAD (*Pending Approval)






The Liminal Keyboard came about when I saw the new style of a few sub-60's that focused there boards on being easier to outfit with the ABUNDANCE of gmk sets we have on the market today.  A lot of big sets run with 40's specific kits but that is almost always an additional cost.  Us 40's folk are die-hard makers and enjoy the hobby not just for its $8000 Keycult TKL's or $400 Avenues... we like to BUILD!.  Thats half the fun of the hobby!

The Equinox, TMOv2, and others were amazing boards that sold well and really opened people up to the ideas of sub-60s without the "need" for specialized 40's kits. 

BUT SATISFIED I WAS NOT I SAY!

I wanted MORE.

After speaking with Perrine of P3D, he expressed interest in designing and running a case of his design and running GB for the Liminal. I am very excited to be able to work with such a fantastic maker and well established vendor within the community.

The Liminal is a fun, new, 50% keyboard kit that's a great way for newcomers to dip your toes in the small form factor, or for seasoned 40% veterans looking for a fresh layout.




Liminal PCB
Main Features:

- Concept and PCB Design by Me The_Royal
 
 - Spectacular Keycap Compatibility (can be outfitted with most GMK and ePBT base kits)

 - Full ISO and ANSI Configurations (Split Left-Shift, ISO Enter, as well as 1.25u "Enter")

 - Split and Full-Size Bottom Row Options

 - USB Type-C Connection

 - RGB LED Indicator below "CAPSLOCK" Key

 - Breakout Connection Pins for RGB Underglow Strips

 - Aesthetically pleasing PCB (for the classy folk who care).

 - Sub 11mm Height (Basic FR4 Kit) Height

 - High Quality 3D Printed PLA Case (optional upgrade) for a discounted price only for this GB

 - Fully Supported and Powered by QMK (I will be trying to Get VIA setup to be an option as well


GB PCB Render:



ISO & ANSI Plates:







Liminal Layouts:





Group-Buy Details:

GB Opens for Orders Tomorrow (3/28/20) 10:00AM CST* on The P3D Store Front
-50 KITS MAXIMUM WILL BE UP FOR PRE-ORDER-


Pricing:

- $55 Basic PCB and FR4 Plate Kit

 - $35 3D Printed Case (Optional Add-On).


*There will be a few extras, but pricing will be $75 per kit, and $55 per printed case post Group Buy.

Basic Kit Includes:

 - x1 Assembled Liminal PCB (Not Including Diodes or Switches) [Black/Gold]
 - x1 ANSI FR4 Plate [Black/Gold]
 - x1 ISO FR4 Plate [Black/Gold]
 - x1 FR4 Base Plate [Black/Gold]
 - x60 SMD and Through Hole Diodes (Your choice of which to use, to be soldered on by you)
 - x9 Brass Standoffs
 - x20 SS Torx Screws (With Allen Key Included)


*Required but NOT Included

    - USB Type-C cable
    - MX style switches and keycaps
    - Screw in or snap in PCB Mount Stabilizers (plate mount not supported)
    - Patience
    - Soldering Iron for assembly of switches and diodes


3D Printed Case Add-On Includes:
- Color Options

 - x1 P3D Designed Liminal Top Case
 - x1 P3D Designed Bottom Panel
 - All Necessary Hardware

3D Printed Case is completely optional in this Group Buy. It will be printed in house, and will be held to the same rigorous quality control standards of my other available cases. The cases will be available after the Group Buy ends, but pricing will increase $20 (see note *).

Important Timeline Details:

Shipping Time and Group Buy Agreements:
- This Group Buy is limited to 50 Units.

 - The Buy will last until April 1st, 2020 unless all 50 Units are sold.

 - Shipping time is estimated to be 6-8 weeks post GB end date. (This estimate does try to take into account current known delays due to the virus outbreak.)




Glam Pics:

GB Opens for Orders Tomorrow (3/28/20) 10:00AM CST* on The P3D Store Front
-50 KITS MAXIMUM WILL BE UP FOR PRE-ORDER-
































3D Printed Case Assembly:
- Edge-Mounted Tray in Design and the entire Plate Case can be installed within the body of the 3D Printed Case.

- Two-Part Case Design:

*Pictured is the Bottom-Face of both Case Parts


- Switch Plate Held by Switches Soldered to PCB has spacers to attach Base Plate.  Those Spacers screw into bottom case slab:





- Bottom Case Slab Mounts through tabs in Case Top Bezel and is secured with more screws:



Overall a very solid, weighty, and great sounding design by P3D

**Mild Note: Cases/Plates/PCBs Pictured are prototypes but final design. The hard edges on the sides will be smoothed over for the final product and GB PCB/Plates will vary slightly in design but functionality remains identical.



Now that the important bits are out of the way, If you have any questions on case colors, or anything feel free to ask Perrine directly as I (The_Royal wont be supplying/distributing the GB orders, I will be bulk supplying P3D Store with the Liminal PCBs/FR4 Plate Cases.

Come Join the P3D Discord Here!

We also have a sub-chat in the 40s Discord!



GB Opens for Orders Tomorrow (3/28/20) 10:00AM CST* on The P3D Store Front
-50 KITS MAXIMUM WILL BE UP FOR PRE-ORDER-
« Last Edit: Sat, 28 March 2020, 10:00:40 by The_Royal »

Offline hineybush

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Re: [IC] The Liminal 50% - An Affordable, Compatible, Keyboard Kit
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 27 March 2020, 15:23:47 »
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$8000 Keycult TKL's

:doubt:

cool layout. looks like a decent, affordable board!

Offline comdata55

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Re: [IC] The Liminal 50% - An Affordable, Compatible, Keyboard Kit
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 27 March 2020, 15:23:57 »
Would love to get in on this!

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Offline Mcnos

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Re: [IC] The Liminal 50% - An Affordable, Compatible, Keyboard Kit
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 27 March 2020, 15:27:38 »
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Offline DrHigsby

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Re: [IC] The Liminal 50% - An Affordable, Compatible, Keyboard Kit
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 27 March 2020, 15:28:53 »
Hey The_Royal, you can already put the product into a cart and check out on p3dstore. I donít think thatís intentional?


Edit; that was fast. Sorry if I created some consternation for you. I did QA in a previous job, so I tend to push allthebuttons.
« Last Edit: Fri, 27 March 2020, 15:31:31 by DrHigsby »

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Re: [IC] The Liminal 50% - An Affordable, Compatible, Keyboard Kit
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 27 March 2020, 15:36:14 »
Hey The_Royal, you can already put the product into a cart and check out on p3dstore. I donít think thatís intentional?


Edit; that was fast. Sorry if I created some consternation for you. I did QA in a previous job, so I tend to push allthebuttons.

Sneaky, haha I edited the page to add Galaxy Purple in and it set just that color to in stock by default. Could have gotten an early early bird special!

I'm pretty new to GH, so if I futz up formatting blame that. It's why I let Royal take the lead here.

Offline DrHigsby

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Re: [IC] The Liminal 50% - An Affordable, Compatible, Keyboard Kit
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 27 March 2020, 15:39:44 »
Hey The_Royal, you can already put the product into a cart and check out on p3dstore. I donít think thatís intentional?


Edit; that was fast. Sorry if I created some consternation for you. I did QA in a previous job, so I tend to push allthebuttons.

Sneaky, haha I edited the page to add Galaxy Purple in and it set just that color to in stock by default. Could have gotten an early early bird special!

I'm pretty new to GH, so if I futz up formatting blame that. It's why I let Royal take the lead here.

I did notice that the galaxy purple was in stock and decided I didnít want to cause you or the_royal any headaches in advance.

Crazy timing! I was just looking at GH to see if there was any cool new stuff to talk about.

Anyways, looking forward to maybe being of the 50 tomorrow. :thumb: ;D

Offline The_Royal

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Re: [IC] The Liminal 50% - An Affordable, Compatible, Keyboard Kit
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 27 March 2020, 15:54:44 »
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Edit for Case Assembly Clarification:

3D Printed Case Assembly:
- Edge-Mounted Tray in Design and the entire Plate Case can be installed within the body of the 3D Printed Case.

- Two-Part Case Design:

*Pictured is the Bottom-Face of both Case Parts


- Switch Plate Held by Switches Soldered to PCB has spacers to attach Base Plate.  Those Spacers screw into bottom case slab:





- Bottom Case Slab Mounts through tabs in Case Top Bezel and is secured with more screws:



Overall a very solid, weighty, and great sounding design by P3D

Offline The_Royal

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Re: [IC] The Liminal 50% - An Affordable, Compatible, Keyboard Kit
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 27 March 2020, 15:54:55 »
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$8000 Keycult TKL's

:doubt:

cool layout. looks like a decent, affordable board!

Does that mean you getting me a keycult? @_@

Offline equalunique

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Re: [IC] The Liminal 50% - An Affordable, Compatible, Keyboard Kit
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 27 March 2020, 16:11:29 »
Finally, a sub-60% column-stagger layout I can get behind.

Offline MQTThings

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Re: [IC] The Liminal - An Affordable, Compatible, 50% Keyboard Kit
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 28 March 2020, 00:55:36 »
Is there any chance the case files will be released? Iíd love to design and print my own so it would be really helpful if at least the bottom part would be released :)

Offline The_Royal

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GB Is Live!
March 28th - April 1st or As soon as all 50 Kits are sold.
Here on P3D's Store Front