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Offline Kasterborous

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Hi friends, welcome to the Interest Check for the next keyboard in the HEX series, the HEX.6C.
The 6C is our attempt at filling a very distinct void in the custom community, the full-size layout.

Prototype Images
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When we were conceptualizing our next product after we ran 3C, we decided to provide the community with something that had been missing for quite a while, A Custom full-size Keyboard.
As you can see, the renders are of a southpaw full-size, as I personally feel that it is the most convenient full-size should the user put in the effort to get used to the left handed numpad,
but we're also thinking of just doing the traditional full-size layout. Do help us solve this dilemma by filling in the IC form :)


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There had been some custom full-sizes in the past. However, the prices and the limited quantities available meant that there wasn't really a widely available
custom full-size solution in the market. This is the reason we decided to bring this layout and design to the IC stage instead of more popular(as of recent times) 65% or TKL layouts.
However we're still evaluating interest in this board and we might end up bringing something else into IC if this doesn't do as well as we want it to.


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Our plate mounting this time is a little different compared to the one we had in the 3C, where we just isolated each mounting point. Since we're going with a more "traditional" gasket-type mount, we opted to fully gasket mount our plate with a giant rubber band completely wrapping the plate. Ensuring that the plate will be COMPLETELY isolated from the top and bottom case, making zero contact with metal during usage.
As for the material for the gasket, we're thinking either silicone or poron as of now.

UPDATE: We've finalized our gasket implementation. Here is the new exploded view of how it would look like
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We're thinking of offering Brass Knobs as
The default aluminum knob will be anodized to match your case colour. of choice.

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As for plates we're looking at offering two layout options: Southpaw Standard and Southpaw Mirrored

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Alright so lets talk specs:
  • Aluminum 6061
  • WK, WKL layouts available
  • Gasket mount
  • 6.9 degree typing angle
  • PCB included, USB C
  • 3 colours available: Black, E-White, Silver
  • Plate materials available: Brass, Aluminum
  • Knob materials available: Alu(default), Brass.
  • MOQ: 300units

Price: 420 SGD(Singapore Dollarydoos) for the base kit.
Base Kit Includes:
  • Aluminum Top and Bottom Cases with colour of choice
  • Universal Plate
  • Pre-soldered PCB
  • CNC Aluminum Knob to match your Case colour
Options
  • Colours: Black, Silver, E-White(+20 SGD)
  • Plates:  Teal Aluminum, Clear PVD Sandblasted Brass(+30 SGD)
  • Knob: Aluminum, Brass(+45 SGD)
  • Extra PCBs available at 60 SGD each
  • Extra Plates: Aluminum(55 SGD), Brass(80 SGD), FR4(40 SGD)



Feel free to join our Discord Server and
check out our Instagram for more updates!


Renders: tm
GMK Azure
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Renders by Kingk22

GMK Masterpiece(GB Live!)
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Design updates:
  • Added mirrored numpad support
  • Added knob support

Legacy images/renders
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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 08:38:39 »
A lot of friends that i drag into the hobby want a fullsize for work. This is now the go to recommendation for me. Goodluck with everything :D

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 08:40:23 »
A lot of friends that i drag into the hobby want a fullsize for work. This is now the go to recommendation for me. Goodluck with everything :D
Thanks man, that was my intention when we conceptualized this as well :)

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 08:40:39 »
nice

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 08:46:27 »
If you can keep it close to the estimated pricing, count me in! I'm not a huge fan of full sized boards, but the fact full size customs are so few & far between + this being southpaw sells me on it. GL with this guys!

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 08:47:34 »
This looks really great, definitely a great work keyboard.

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 08:52:06 »
100% in for a left numpad.

If Polycarb version is made I hope I can put my hand on it.

Realy great work, simple aesthetics. On the quality side I will see it with my Hec3C.

You have all my support!

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 08:56:02 »
Filled out form!  Would you consider a WKL top?

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 08:57:52 »
Here's what I think:
- Southpaw numpad is a must for me (I'm left-handed and have been craving something like this for a long time)
- F13 seems a bit unnecessary to me. It makes the first row look too busy
- Please consider a winkeyless option
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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 08:58:50 »
Interested because southpaw, looks great!

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 08:59:42 »
NICE time to find space on my table for this
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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 09:02:34 »
Filled in the IC form
- Please consider adding an option for a WKL bottom row

Offline Kasterborous

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 09:21:45 »
Filled in the IC form
- Please consider adding an option for a WKL bottom row

Here's what I think:
- Southpaw numpad is a must for me (I'm left-handed and have been craving something like this for a long time)
- F13 seems a bit unnecessary to me. It makes the first row look too busy
- Please consider a winkeyless option

WKL added, I might have forgetten to add that detail in there
I'll discuss with my partner regarding the F13 key

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #13 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 09:23:22 »
A lot of friends that i drag into the hobby want a fullsize for work. This is now the go to recommendation for me. Goodluck with everything :D

Exactly. Also, my coworker insists on RGB :D Is that something you'd consider?

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #14 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 09:27:12 »
Not my size but maybe I'm going to build one for my friend, so I'm interested! I can't understand how you can find the F13 key "unnecessary", I mean... it's a full-size? It has a ton of unnecessary keys? I think it looks much better with the F13, personally.

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #15 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 09:29:07 »
If WKL is supported, then I'm definitely interested

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #16 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 09:31:56 »
Another thing, I have some Cherry OG keysets that I use with 84-key boards, so that means the numpad caps never see the light of day. Being able to put the WHOLE OG keyset into use in a southpaw form factor is what dreams are made of <3
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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #17 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 09:32:39 »
Southpaw offered I'm totally in.  Thanks for offering this!
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Offline Kasterborous

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #18 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 09:33:40 »
A lot of friends that i drag into the hobby want a fullsize for work. This is now the go to recommendation for me. Goodluck with everything :D

Exactly. Also, my coworker insists on RGB :D Is that something you'd consider?

We're still actively designing the PCB. If its something we can do at a good enough price point, I don't see the downsides of it :)

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #19 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 09:43:24 »
Just spitballing an idea, but if you separate the plate for the numpad from the rest, you can achieve a "southpaw" numpad and "normal" numpad just by flipping that plate over (PCB might be a bit swiss). I would also like to see options for 1us where 2us exist on the numpad.

Other than that, it's a welcome option that really isn't paid any attention too. And that price tag looks good, but I hesitant that it might be un-achievable.

6.9 degree typing angle

nice


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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #20 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 09:50:55 »
Just spitballing an idea, but if you separate the plate for the numpad from the rest, you can achieve a "southpaw" numpad and "normal" numpad just by flipping that plate over (PCB might be a bit swiss). I would also like to see options for 1us where 2us exist on the numpad.

Other than that, it's a welcome option that really isn't paid any attention too. And that price tag looks good, but I hesitant that it might be un-achievable.

6.9 degree typing angle

nice

That's a pretty interesting take on the numpad plate. I'll definitely take it into consideration and think about how to make sure that doesn't affect anything in the board. It could open up the possibility of us offering both left and right sided top pieces and pcbs.

As for the 1u where 2u's are, we'll implement that when we design the PCB.

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #21 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 10:31:07 »
Nice typing angle

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #22 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 10:44:04 »
This is perfect. Glad to see the F13 spot because I have a perfect artisan for it. Need that fullsize keeb in aluminium with left numpad/southpaw. Gonna use for waifu's build.

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #23 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 10:57:54 »
full size keyboard - sign me up. while i fully support the southpaws (they are rare)... please dont neglect us standard 104/108 layout guys. down for at least a couple when you build them

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #24 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 11:20:27 »
Definitely interested in this full size as I need that for work. Southpaw is intriguing. I'm willing to give it a shot.

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #25 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 11:33:39 »
Will the PCB run QMK?

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #26 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 11:46:08 »
IMO Silicon and nitrile are the only relevant proper gasket options. I would ignore poron completely if I were you. Plate design looks pretty good for a change, if there were a fixed tsangan plate would be even more epic.. GLWIC!

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #27 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 12:12:47 »
this is pretty interesting.. hmm nice
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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #28 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 12:14:06 »
I need this. Please make it happen lol. Loved it since I saw the first render in yalls discord. The price is incredible too

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #29 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 12:16:51 »
Oh I like this.  Big fan of the layout for people who still want numpads.

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #30 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 12:50:58 »
Southpaw fullsize for work. I'm so sold on it.  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #31 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 13:08:30 »
I'm in!

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #32 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 13:14:07 »
Interested (especially if WKL is an option)!

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #33 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 13:23:03 »
Interested (especially if WKL is an option)!
Yes! WKL will be an option!

Will the PCB run QMK?
Yes definitely. I would like to have it ported to VIA as well if possible :)

IMO Silicon and nitrile are the only relevant proper gasket options. I would ignore poron completely if I were you. Plate design looks pretty good for a change, if there were a fixed tsangan plate would be even more epic.. GLWIC!
Point taken! I'll definitely be looking forward to the prototype.
As for the fixed plate, it's highly unlikely that we offer that this round.

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #34 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 13:58:04 »
Sweet board, always cool seeing custom tenkey boards :cool:


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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #35 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 14:29:08 »
Lovely design, definitely in for one!

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #36 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 14:36:31 »
f13 seems too busy

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #37 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 14:42:10 »
Mirror the layout of the numpad so the 2U keys are on the left side and I’m in

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #38 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 16:27:55 »
Just spitballing an idea, but if you separate the plate for the numpad from the rest, you can achieve a "southpaw" numpad and "normal" numpad just by flipping that plate over (PCB might be a bit swiss). I would also like to see options for 1us where 2us exist on the numpad.

Other than that, it's a welcome option that really isn't paid any attention too. And that price tag looks good, but I hesitant that it might be un-achievable.

6.9 degree typing angle

nice

That's a pretty interesting take on the numpad plate. I'll definitely take it into consideration and think about how to make sure that doesn't affect anything in the board. It could open up the possibility of us offering both left and right sided top pieces and pcbs.

As for the 1u where 2u's are, we'll implement that when we design the PCB.

If you ever want to chat about it let me know, It's something I've been looking at for and have done a tentative design with that in mind already.

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #39 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 17:09:59 »
With another southpaw board coming out, I hope this can be a traditional numpad styled board!

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #40 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 17:16:48 »
love it but would prefer traditional numpad too

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #41 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 17:40:13 »
Nice I am interested.
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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #42 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 17:48:08 »
IMO F13 makes it look too busy and isn't really needed on a fullsize board.

If you can keep it close to your estimated price, I'm definitely interested!
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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #43 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 19:41:33 »
As an ‘either way’ sorta guy about F13 seems like it should be a poll.

What if the pcb supported mirrored numpad but the plate didn’t, plate files were made available, the mirrored folks can get their own, and those of us who are the sort to want a spare plate get them from the mirror preference folks who don’t want the stock one? SP-111 did that w the numpad...

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #44 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 22:48:39 »
Just spitballing an idea, but if you separate the plate for the numpad from the rest, you can achieve a "southpaw" numpad and "normal" numpad just by flipping that plate over (PCB might be a bit swiss). I would also like to see options for 1us where 2us exist on the numpad.

Other than that, it's a welcome option that really isn't paid any attention too. And that price tag looks good, but I hesitant that it might be un-achievable.

6.9 degree typing angle

nice

That's a pretty interesting take on the numpad plate. I'll definitely take it into consideration and think about how to make sure that doesn't affect anything in the board. It could open up the possibility of us offering both left and right sided top pieces and pcbs.

As for the 1u where 2u's are, we'll implement that when we design the PCB.

If you ever want to chat about it let me know, It's something I've been looking at for and have done a tentative design with that in mind already.

sure! DM me on Discord!

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #45 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 22:51:43 »
love it but would prefer traditional numpad too
+1  Hope you can offer this variant as well.

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #46 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 23:46:45 »
Fun to see a full size board. And the price is great! Hopefully you can keep it close to that.

For me, traditional numpad is a must. No interest in a southpaw personally.

I like f13, please keep it.

Carbon fiber plate?

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #47 on: Sat, 02 May 2020, 01:00:46 »
Not that familiar with gasket mount. Could it support hot swap?

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #48 on: Sat, 02 May 2020, 02:12:32 »
I'm waiting.

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Re: [IC] HEX.6C - A Gasket Mounted Fullsize
« Reply #49 on: Sat, 02 May 2020, 07:28:17 »
Interested on behalf of a friend who's wanted a fullsize custom for a while, will prolly build it for him if this happens.

Hoping for non-southpaw options though.