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[IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 11:55:45 »
Isla

60% o-ring gasket mounted keyboard

Discord for updates: https://discord.gg/eGnjxGx

IC form for plate materials: https://forms.gle/oodX6wx4M76ExVX47



The design:


As the Isla is my first foray into keyboard design, Iíve tried to keep things externally as simple and classy as possible. The design is heavily inspired by the OTD Koala as some of you may notice, featuring its signature side profile and uniform bezels. Iíve kept the weight fully internal to not compromise the aesthetics on the outside. As for the name, thereís not really a story; itís named after someone I knew when I was younger.

Status:

Second prototype has been ordered. A number of changes has been made which is documented on page 2 of the thread. Once this is received and confirmed functional, the GB will soon follow.

Pictures:

New prototype ordered, pending update.

Details:

Vendor: prototypist.net
Typing angle: 4.5 degrees

Front height: ~18mm
Colours: wine red (RAL 3005), deep navy (Pantone 282C), black
Layout compatibility: https://imgur.com/zkdndIZ (6.25 + 7.00 bottom rows, split spacebar, split r-shift, stepped caps lock, split backspace - ANSI only)
Sale format: FCFS
Units: TBD based on factory quote closer to GB - hoping to do around 200
Price: TBD, once again based on factory quote closer to GB
GB date: shortly after 2nd proto has been confirmed functional

Mounting:

This keyboard has an o-ring between the PCB and plate, which acts as a gasket. The board can be mounted using friction (without screws), or as a tray mount using screws on the 4 tray posts. Examples of this mounting can be found on the TGR x Singa Unikorn, and Moontower by atxkb. This leads to a relatively flexy and comfortable typing experience, as well as what is in my opinion a nice sound.

As the keyboard will be flexing a decent amount Iíve used a daughterboard so that this isnít a problem. The USB port has a very nice, tidy fit with plenty of room for all your cable needs.

The kit:

- aluminium case
- aluminium plate
- brass weight
- h60 PCB by hineybush (QMK/VIA support)
- daughterboard
- JST cable
- various screws (torx)
- 50A nitrile rubber o-ring
- bump-ons

Questions:

Q: Poly?
A: No

Q: ISO?
A: No

Q: WKL? HHKB?

A: No

Q: Will this be compatible with other PCBs or plates?

A: PCB - possibly, though this has been designed around h60. Plate - possibly, but please be aware that this uses a south-facing enter stabiliser. I'll release the plate file post-GB.

Special thank-yous to:

Jae: for agreeing to help me with this project back in May and bearing with my endless questions
Uliiam: for the fantastic engraving and support
Elaine: for the design advice
« Last Edit: Fri, 12 February 2021, 08:08:02 by ttom »

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 11:59:52 »
Very excited for this!!

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:01:06 »
I'll take it

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:03:25 »
Great work, Tom!
Really hope to grab one!

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:03:55 »
From the maker of keyset of the year Deep Navy. Seems like a nobrainer ;). Looks great tom!

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:04:04 »
this is cute owo
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« Reply #6 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:04:35 »
Poggers, looks lovely :)


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« Reply #7 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:06:13 »
O-ring gasket is a yes.
I really look forward to seeing what comes of this

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:07:05 »
Neat -- how far recessed is the USB port?

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« Reply #9 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:09:30 »
Clean, minimal, love it. ♥

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:13:46 »
Looks very clean, definitely looking forward to this one

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:16:44 »
Neat -- how far recessed is the USB port?

1.25mm from the end of the daughterboard to the case edge, and a further 5mm from there to the outer face of the case

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:19:09 »
4.5 degree typing angle, very interesting. I wish the curve was a little steeper like the Koala but probly not possible without the extra row. GL
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« Reply #13 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:20:12 »
Yes please :3

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:25:24 »
That low angle and adorable weight, what more could you want.

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« Reply #15 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:35:23 »
Following!

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« Reply #16 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:44:49 »
I'm a fan of this design! 

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« Reply #17 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:51:44 »
Looking forward to this. Will you do a sound test in the future?

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« Reply #18 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 12:55:56 »
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« Reply #19 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 13:02:48 »
Yes please!

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« Reply #20 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 13:03:10 »
:eyes:

Looking forward to a sound test!
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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 13:43:02 »
Very Hot! Nice clean design! I like it!

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« Reply #22 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 14:00:24 »
This looks like a winner, especially the wine red ano you chose. GLWGB!

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #23 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 15:29:33 »
Thank you for all the support everyone <3

Regarding a sound test, I wonít be recording any with this proto. However, with the final proto Iíll do one myself or perhaps ask Jae (who has far superior recording equipment) to do a build stream.

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« Reply #24 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 15:38:46 »
this is nice, will be looking forward to sound test, photos of final proto and finally the gb.

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« Reply #25 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 15:53:46 »
very nice looking board with a great angle

very hyped for this board!

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 17:35:18 »
One piece poggers  :p
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« Reply #27 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 17:43:29 »
Very much interested, will be watching this closely

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« Reply #28 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 18:00:22 »
 :eek: :eek:

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« Reply #29 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 18:40:50 »
Very clean. Love the look and approach. Looking forward to more information.

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« Reply #30 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 21:44:53 »
Nice

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« Reply #31 on: Sun, 16 August 2020, 01:57:06 »
will there be NA/Asia vendors?

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #32 on: Sun, 16 August 2020, 06:37:54 »
Really liking that wine red in the first proto. Might end up picking this up in that colour if the price is justifiable to me.

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« Reply #33 on: Sun, 16 August 2020, 10:00:05 »
Clean. Iím interested.

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #34 on: Sun, 16 August 2020, 16:31:46 »
this is nice, will be looking forward to sound test, photos of final proto and finally the gb.
very nice looking board with a great angle

very hyped for this board!
One piece poggers  :p
Very much interested, will be watching this closely
Very clean. Love the look and approach. Looking forward to more information.
Really liking that wine red in the first proto. Might end up picking this up in that colour if the price is justifiable to me.
Clean. Iím interested.

Thank you all for the kind words! I'll update when the second prototype has been ordered. As for pricing, I've had a lot of people ask but I'd rather not give an estimate right now until quotes are received and we figure out logistics.

will there be NA/Asia vendors?

Though I appreciate the interest, unfortunately not.

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #35 on: Mon, 17 August 2020, 03:10:19 »
Nice and clean board. I like the aesthetics. I'll hop in on one if price is right!

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« Reply #36 on: Mon, 17 August 2020, 06:59:36 »
Very classy, and UK-based! I'm in.

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« Reply #37 on: Thu, 20 August 2020, 05:44:13 »
Interested to see some color samples. Good luck with IC :)

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« Reply #38 on: Thu, 20 August 2020, 08:07:26 »
very nice and UK based so i am in

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« Reply #39 on: Thu, 20 August 2020, 10:19:33 »
Will there be other plate options like half plates or poly plates? Very interested.

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #40 on: Thu, 20 August 2020, 10:59:51 »
Will there be other plate options like half plates or poly plates? Very interested.

Nothing confirmed quite yet (this'll happen closer to the GB) but from the poll I posted:

~ 37% PC
~ 30% Brass
~ 23% FR4
~ 10% Others (CF, various plastics)

Right now it's looking like a polycarbonate plate will be offered, though as I said this may be subject to change.

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #41 on: Thu, 20 August 2020, 15:06:11 »
already in for two o-ring 60% keyboards this year but if the price on this is right then i'll try and be in on this too  :thumb: glad you included a navy color too, will it be the same RAL/pantone you're using for deep navy?

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #42 on: Sun, 23 August 2020, 19:09:31 »
Will the tray mount posts be removable (similar to the newer rounds of Mekanisk boards) or fixed? I am really interested in this mounting style but wonder how it would work with the posts. Wouldn't the plate just sit up against those posts and keep it from flexing? Please correct me if I am wrong. I know the Unikorn also does this but it's always confused me how it would work with fixed posts.

Also will this require snap in stabs or have you found a way to use screw in stabs without interfering with the O-ring?

I am very interested in this board. This mounting style intrigues me but unfortunately I lost on the raffle for the Moontower and Ogre.

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Re: [IC] Isla - 60% gasket mount
« Reply #43 on: Sun, 23 August 2020, 19:38:53 »
Will the tray mount posts be removable (similar to the newer rounds of Mekanisk boards) or fixed? I am really interested in this mounting style but wonder how it would work with the posts. Wouldn't the plate just sit up against those posts and keep it from flexing? Please correct me if I am wrong. I know the Unikorn also does this but it's always confused me how it would work with fixed posts.

Also will this require snap in stabs or have you found a way to use screw in stabs without interfering with the O-ring?

I am very interested in this board. This mounting style intrigues me but unfortunately I lost on the raffle for the Moontower and Ogre.

To answer your first question, besides the optional screws, the only contact with the case is the gasket resting on the outer posts. Instead of the PCB being directly on the tray posts, it's held in place by the gasket - the tray 'posts' barely come up off the bottom of the case. So, the tray posts are indeed fixed but it makes no difference.

You will need a snap-in stab for 2u backspace (and possibly spacebar, though I can test this with the next proto), however I believe the rest of the stabilisers can be screw-in.

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« Reply #44 on: Sun, 23 August 2020, 23:38:04 »
Any plans for a US proxy?

I like the rounded edges, looks nice  :thumb:

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« Reply #45 on: Sun, 23 August 2020, 23:53:21 »
ah ****, looks like I'll be staying up until the early hours when this releases, sign me up.

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« Reply #46 on: Thu, 27 August 2020, 07:30:58 »
In when ready

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« Reply #47 on: Thu, 27 August 2020, 19:49:23 »
Can't get enough of o-ring gaskets. Will be following closely, especially if you somehow get screw-ins working on the next proto.
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« Reply #48 on: Tue, 01 September 2020, 01:51:13 »
Nice!

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« Reply #49 on: Fri, 04 September 2020, 07:00:49 »
Ok can i have it?  :-*