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Offline Man In Blue

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[IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 15:56:15 »
PIM43
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235537-0
Overview:

The PIM43, or (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43 is designed to be a simple but unique 40% form factor keyboard. The board is designed with a mounting mechanism similar to the IDB60, in which the PCB is suspended between 2 sets of o rings being compressed by the top and bottom cases. The PIM is a seamless design, with the bottom case residing completely within the footprint of the top case. USB Connectivity is achieved through ai03’s Unified Daughterboard, allowing the PCB to flex without a USB port moving along with it.

Breakdown of construction:
235547-1
Material Choice:

Considering how diminutive the layout on the PIM is, I figure it would be ideal to have a plastic enclosure for the board, resulting in a very light, portable typing solution. A plate is not included in the kit for this keyboard, as I feel it detracts from the goals of the design. That being said, I will provide plate files for people who would like to add their own flair to this board.

At the moment, I think polycarbonate will be my main choice for this board. Multiple colors will be offered should this hit the GB stage.

Post Script:

For now, I am just going to post some of the renders I have put together to give a basic idea of what I want this board to be. Any and all feedback is welcome. Vendors have been selected, and a prototype will be sourced as soon as the Shenzhen region gets back on its feet. I stay pretty active in the 40's discord, so feel free to get ahold of me over there.

Regards,
The Man in Blue

Other Renders:
235541-2
235539-3
235543-4
235545-5


Note: If anyone wants their keyset rendered on the PIM, feel free to DM me here or on discord. (My discord handle is Man In Blue#9548)
« Last Edit: Mon, 10 February 2020, 16:04:14 by Sollace »
The Koreans did it all right ;)

Offline Abec13

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 15:58:52 »
Cute board! I'm more of a 45 man myself tho
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Offline Escabrera

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 16:16:39 »
really excited for this board, cant wait to see protos as well as a pricepoint then

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 16:40:17 »
really excited for this board, cant wait to see protos as well as a pricepoint then

I would like to target sub-200, as I don't think any part of this would increase the cost beyond that. The lower the price I can get it while still retaining quality, the better.
The Koreans did it all right ;)

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 16:44:24 »
Really cute!

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 17:11:39 »
Really cute!

Thats what i like to hear c:
The Koreans did it all right ;)

Offline sent-by-an-iPerson

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 17:53:52 »
Is this a keyboard mostly for gamers? I'm genuinely curious.

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 18:57:34 »
Is this a keyboard mostly for gamers? I'm genuinely curious.

I was mainly considering portability, but gaming could definitely be a use case as well. I originally saw the BM43A, and thought it looked nice, but didnt enjoy the strange layout on the R2, so I made those changes.
The Koreans did it all right ;)

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 19:10:40 »
not a bad job with the layout. will monitor!

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 19:29:27 »
Unless I've missed it, I think a KLE or layout showing the key sizes would be useful so that people know exactly what compatibility is required to fill this board properly.

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 19:30:06 »
Not my kind of form factor, but will follow closely!
Also, as a newcomer, what other work do you have to your name? Would love to see what other form factors you've worked on

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 19:41:53 »
Not my kind of form factor, but will follow closely!
Also, as a newcomer, what other work do you have to your name? Would love to see what other form factors you've worked on

Same, this is a very polished design for someone so new to the community. Very interested to see what other designs this user has made to get to this point!
         

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Offline ibabo

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 21:57:22 »
This is really great, you should get an ic channel in the 40s discord to share it there!

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 22:10:24 »
Would prefer a 13 row design. Too many 12 row options already exist.

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 23:04:03 »
Would prefer a 13 row design. Too many 12 row options already exist.

or maybe even a 15 row design...
         

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #15 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 23:44:59 »
The engineering behind this looks chaotic, very cool!  Interested!  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 11 February 2020, 00:59:33 »
Weird but super cool. Will watch for updates.
     

Offline GriefChief

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 11 February 2020, 02:21:16 »
literally made an account to say I will spend as much money as I need to in order to get this on my desk  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #18 on: Thu, 13 February 2020, 09:33:20 »
The more I look at this board, the more I want to buy two and name then and care for them and watch them grow old have families of their own.  :(

Offline Beerbezerker

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #19 on: Fri, 14 February 2020, 08:21:57 »
IN for the right blocker layout. I LOVE it!

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #20 on: Fri, 14 February 2020, 13:41:57 »
This looks great, I'm interested. I imagine polycarbonate would be a good choice

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #21 on: Fri, 14 February 2020, 13:54:51 »
Looks great!

Offline YangYoga

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 00:03:41 »
For sure interested

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Re: [IC] PIM43: (P)CB (I)solation (M)ount 43
« Reply #23 on: Mon, 17 February 2020, 13:48:54 »
Looks really interesting! If it is priced well, would definitely get it