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Offline koolaidpapa

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7/6/2020 : Updated models and renders based on feedback to lower case and reduce hardware
7/9/2020 : Updated post with first prototype, cleaned formatting, provided colored renders
1/31/2021: Updated material information. Updated pictures to reflect acrylic material



   

Hello Geekhack community,

Since this is my very first IC and being relatively new to the keyboard community, I think I should introduce myself. My name is Arthur, also known as KoolAidPapa or KAP for short. I am a recent mechanical engineering graduate that is currently employed by a large defense manufacturer as a systems engineer. My interest in keyboards started Christmas of 2018 when my brother-in-law gifted me a Ducky One 2 mini. Only until late 2019 did those interests really blossom. I have been exposed 3D modeling since high school and have been using different software pretty consistently since then, mostly using SolidWorks. Therefore, what better way to express my love for both of my primary hobbies in design/modeling and keyboards than to work on designing my own keyboard cases.



Specs:
- 6.5 degree angle
- 65% Layout
- Custom metal plate included (ISO, Stepped Caps, split backspace and left shift compatible)
- Compatible PCB will be the KBD67rev2, KBD67 mk2 (hotswap/solder), Savage65, Instant65



Colors done so far:

















Sample Colors

Sample colors of acrylic can be found below. Certain colors of acrylic have been used above.

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Plate Materials
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Brushed Brass : Sandblasted Brass : Vibration Brass


Brushed Copper : Sandblasted Copper : Vibration Copper


FR-4

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Links:
Anyways, here is the google forms link https://forms.gle/LL5cjUC18WM1daGv6
Any updates will either be posted here, my reddit IC post, or through my Instagram account linked here https://www.instagram.com/koolaidpapa_/
Website found here https://arctangentkb.com/
« Last Edit: Sun, 31 January 2021, 13:02:07 by koolaidpapa »

Offline BapoDonu

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 11:05:40 »
keyboard of the year

Offline heyjaykay

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 11:14:13 »
Your renders were not fully done renderi-

holup

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 11:22:48 »
what the, oh no
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Offline GaNeBaL

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 11:23:52 »
gotta love that wii fit balance board
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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 11:54:48 »
Wow this is gorgeous.

Offline thejuicebox

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 12:02:09 »
topo board, i like!

Offline i luv chuletas

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 12:18:55 »
I'm getting anxiety just from thinking about building that thing hah.

Still, cool looking design.

Offline piit79

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 12:55:23 »
Not my cup of tea, but definitely interesting design. There are a few aspects I really don't like though:

* The pairs of screws close together in the corners
* The way the case seems to actually sit on the screws
* The extra screws needed to fix together the separate parts of the bottom layers - I'd probably bond them to the layers above with MEK

Also, the render seems to be lacking perspective - the two parallel sides seem to be going away from each other as a result

Anyway, good luck with your project!

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 12:55:57 »
ngl this kinda cool
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Offline koolaidpapa

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 13:20:35 »
* The pairs of screws close together in the corners
* The way the case seems to actually sit on the screws
* The extra screws needed to fix together the separate parts of the bottom layers - I'd probably bond them to the layers above with MEK

There would be bumpers included so it would not sit on the screws. The pairs of screws on the corners are due to the design of the legs underneath so that the bottom-most layers would not pivot. I wanted to keep the corners spherical so changing the shape was something I wanted to avoid. Using some sort of adhesive I would consider, and that would definitely allow me to remove one of the corner screws, but I would have to do some thinking on that, but thank you for the suggestion!

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 13:47:05 »
How tall is this... thing?

Offline koolaidpapa

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 13:54:05 »
How tall is this... thing?
This thing as it sits right now is roughly 1-1/8" high at the front, but can easily be shortened. That has been a common suggestion so far and definitely something I will look into.

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 14:27:22 »
If you could reduce the screws amount it would look very goood

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #14 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 19:08:53 »
Damn boi he thicc

Offline Bachoo

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #15 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 19:54:50 »
Very unique design

Offline koolaidpapa

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #16 on: Fri, 26 June 2020, 12:42:32 »
Updates: Based on popular suggestions/comments from both here and the reddit IC, I have tweaked the design to lower the overall height of the case. The front height of the case is around 1". This also allowed me to decrease the number of spacers/screws in the design, cut it by 16 screws and 8 spacers for an overall cleaner look. Here are some updated renders and an album link. https://imgur.com/a/i6M9XpR



Thanks for the feedback everyone
« Last Edit: Mon, 06 July 2020, 08:56:10 by koolaidpapa »

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #17 on: Fri, 26 June 2020, 12:53:12 »
I like the changes you made.

I really like the exposed screw look around the keys and it is much cleaner in the corners now.

Plus less thick to be more user friendly.

All good things.

I love this with the SA caps too.

I look forward to more of this.

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #18 on: Fri, 26 June 2020, 13:23:42 »
While I wouldn't use it personally, I definitely gotta say I love the unique design of this a lot, great job :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case
« Reply #19 on: Fri, 26 June 2020, 13:32:17 »
i would honest to god love to put this together, would be a ton of fun

Offline koolaidpapa

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case [Updated 7/9/2020]
« Reply #20 on: Thu, 09 July 2020, 14:44:48 »
Updated 7/9/20

Offline koolaidpapa

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case [Updated 7/9/2020]
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 12:55:11 »
Long overdue update for new pictures and information.

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Re: [IC] Design02 - Curved Stacked Acrylic Case [Updated 1/31/2021]
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 14:19:50 »
The shape reminds me of a dog bone.
You should call it the Bone Board... the Bonard...err the Bonar..