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[IC] IKKI68 AURORA | A Gasket Mount Polycarbonate Kit
« on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 10:56:31 »
Hello everyone!

I’m Ckeeb, one half of the Wuque Studio that launched the Ikki68 keyboard group buy in June. Now, just 3 months later, we’re very pleased to let you know that we’ve completed production and currently in the process of QC-ing all the kits. We are very much on track for a September ship date as promised in the group buy!

We are also the studio that’s launching the OA Switch group buy very soon, but in the meantime, we have another exciting project to share with you all!

Ikki68 Aurora









More Renders at https://imgur.com/a/ffVidv8
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A polycarbonate version of Ikki68 was THE most requested item in the original Ikki68 group buy. Due to various constraints it wasn’t possible to do at that me, but now we’re very pleased to announce Ikki68 Aurora.

It will feature a gasket mount system utilizing 20 gaskets. The case will be made of injection molded polycarbonate to keep the costs down and achieve a fast manufacturing me. We’re looking forward to receiving feedback from all the Ikki68 owners and hope to incorporate all the positive changes into the Aurora.

Key Features:

* Injection molded polycarbonate case
* Gasket mount
* Split spacebar support
* Silicone dampening pad between the plate & the PCB
* Silicone dampening pad under the PCB
* Bluetooth PCB w/ proprietary software OR Wired PCB w/ QMK and Hot Swap
* PCB mount stabilizers
* Multiple additional badge designs, including fully custom designs provided by you!


Tentative Price:

$99 - $129 USD

Colors & Finish:

We can only produce two of the following five color schemes this round. In the future we may produce the rest, or introduce new colorways. Please keep in mind these are just renders, the final color may change depending on technical challenges and other factors. Prototypes will be produced before group buy launches.

Frosted finish will most likely be more frosted than it shows in the renders. More details to follow.
In the IC form you can vote for which two color options will be produced this round.

Also, in the IC form, you can vote whether you’d like to see these colors in a clear polycarbonate finish, or in a frosted polycarbonate finish.

* Charcoal
* Clear
* Blue
* Mint
* Pink

Project Timeline:

🙋 September Launch Interest Check

* September - December
Finalize design & features.
Produce prototypes
Get prototypes to streamers for build videos and sound tests

* December Launch Group Buy

* March Start shipping Ikki68 AURORA to buyers

Additional Details

Just like the namesake, after each rebirth IKKI keyboards become better, stronger. Ikki68 Aurora features a gasket mount system due to popular request.

Polycarbonate has a high chance of cracking if you apply too much torque while tightening the case screws. This can also happen from repeated screwing and unscrewing. That’s why we’ve embedded copper sleeves inside the case for screws to thread on to, instead of the plastics shell itself. This will make the case more durable and less prone to cracking.

The default plate material will be either Aluminum or Polycarbonate. Please vote in the IC form for your favorite between the two. Additional plates in different materials will be available as add-ons.

Custom badges were hugely popular with Ikki68. We’re pleased to announce that they’re making a come back in the Aurora. Each keyboard kit will come with a default badge, and you can buy additional badges as add-ons. There will be several designs to choose from. You can also send us your art work and have a one of a kind custom badge just for yourself!

We are currently weighing the pros and cons of keeping Ikki68 Aurora backwards compatible with the custom badges from the original Ikki68. On one hand we have a new mechanism in mind that will make the badges easier to swap out and machine, on the other hand this new mechanism will make the Ikki68 badges incompatible with Ikki68 Aurora.

We hope to produce the mold, iterate on the design based on testing and feedback and have some prototypes manufactured for streamers before launching the group buy. We will keep you updated on the progress via our discord or via email if you share your email address with us in the IC form. If you’re interested in the Ikki68 Aurora, please fill out the IC form so we can take your feedback and ideas into account.

If you have any questions please feel free to post here, or join our Discord server.
« Last Edit: Thu, 17 September 2020, 21:38:13 by Ckeeb »

Online MoonOperator

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« Reply #1 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 10:57:44 »
This looks beautiful! Count me in for sure.

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« Reply #2 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 11:01:35 »
Very interesting! I don’t have a PC board yet, it may be an opportunity to see what the hype is about!

However, please note that Oblotzky already has an IC for a board with Aurora in the name as well.


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Re: [IC] IKKI68 AURORA | A Gasket Mount Polycarbonate Kit
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 11:08:40 »
Let's goooo

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« Reply #4 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 11:11:38 »
What PCB are you using?
Will ISO be an option?
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Offline Shiro

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Re: [IC] IKKI68 AURORA | A Gasket Mount Polycarbonate Kit
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 11:14:58 »
yo at this price, no meme i might buy 2. 😳

Offline Brixzz

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« Reply #6 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 11:15:25 »
This looks great! I missed out on the OG Ikki, but am happy to join now.
Would it be possible to include ISO support?

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« Reply #7 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 11:17:24 »
Looks amazing, specially at this pricepoint

Offline pandapau

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« Reply #8 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 11:24:56 »
Eyyyyy ikki68 gang has to support this! What a steal as compared to D65 from KBDFans! 冲冲冲啊!!!

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« Reply #9 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 11:33:03 »
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« Reply #10 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 11:39:16 »
Run a purple version and I’m 100% in.

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« Reply #11 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 12:14:43 »
Run a purple version and I’m 100% in.
Seconded! I'd absolutely give up my NK65 for a purple version of this.

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« Reply #12 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 12:31:46 »
Please mint I beg


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« Reply #13 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 12:43:38 »
n e QMK/solder combo avail?

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« Reply #14 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 12:51:27 »
n e QMK/solder combo avail?
Please give solder pcb. Thanks

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« Reply #15 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 13:07:54 »
n e QMK/solder combo avail?
Please give solder pcb. Thanks

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"Bluetooth PCB w/ proprietary software OR Wired PCB w/ QMK and Hot Swap"

I think we can choose between bluetooth soldered pcb or wired hot swap pcb  :D






Offline danieljgrouse

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« Reply #16 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 13:11:03 »
I kinda think it would make more sense the other way around. I'm sure there are many people who would appreciate a hotswap wireless board, and the same people who want to use QMK tend to be the people who want multiple layout options and are willing to solder.

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« Reply #17 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 14:14:06 »
What PCB are you using?
Will ISO be an option?


It's the same PCB as Ikki68. QMK hotswap designed by Demos, not sure who designed the BT PCB.

I kinda think it would make more sense the other way around. I'm sure there are many people who would appreciate a hotswap wireless board, and the same people who want to use QMK tend to be the people who want multiple layout options and are willing to solder.

Yah totally, but IIRC there was some technical difficulty having it the other way around.

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« Reply #18 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 14:38:23 »
def interested!

Offline paperassgasket

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« Reply #19 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 15:58:16 »
oh hell yes.
I'm kinda glad I missed out on the IKKI68 GB now.
This ticks off a lot of boxes.
Cheap PC case? Check.
Silicone dampening? Check.
Gasket mount? Check.
QMK or Bluetooth? NOICE

I hope you are prepared to take lots of orders.

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Re: [IC] IKKI68 AURORA | A Gasket Mount Polycarbonate Kit
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 16:54:59 »
Does it have underglow to make use of the translucent poly?

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« Reply #21 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 19:26:14 »
This looks beautiful! Count me in for sure.

Thank you, feel free to join our discord for more timely update!

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« Reply #22 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 19:27:38 »
n e QMK/solder combo avail?
Please give solder pcb. Thanks

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There is QMK solder PCB too.

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Re: [IC] IKKI68 AURORA | A Gasket Mount Polycarbonate Kit
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 19:29:26 »
Very interesting! I don’t have a PC board yet, it may be an opportunity to see what the hype is about!

However, please note that Oblotzky already has an IC for a board with Aurora in the name as well.


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Oh, thank you for the note. Did not see that before. I think IKKI68 Aurora should also be fine since we are still different ;)

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« Reply #24 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 19:31:25 »
oh hell yes.
I'm kinda glad I missed out on the IKKI68 GB now.
This ticks off a lot of boxes.
Cheap PC case? Check.
Silicone dampening? Check.
Gasket mount? Check.
QMK or Bluetooth? NOICE

I hope you are prepared to take lots of orders.

lol...

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« Reply #25 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 19:34:12 »
Does it have underglow to make use of the translucent poly?

No, cos that may cause heating problem inside. And the light throught the silicones pad will be uneven too. We discussed this for a a while before.

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« Reply #26 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 19:39:35 »
WUUUUUUT? The pricing is outrageously low. I'm IN!

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« Reply #27 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 20:39:47 »
Just to repeat my comment on Reddit: 100% in if colour options are Pink or Purple. Otherwise not overly interested.

Killer price though and a great pickup for someone after a budget board.

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« Reply #28 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 21:03:12 »
I'm in. Are there going to be alignment bumps or pins to line everything up during assembly? Please do if possible, it makes building in the case so much easier.

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« Reply #29 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 22:27:54 »
In support of a Mint and Clear. And really kudos for offering so much in this pricepoint. U guys are awesome.


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« Reply #30 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 22:43:06 »
Can we have the supported layout for the pcb?

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« Reply #31 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 23:38:15 »
If the PCB can be both qmk and bluetooth, that will be huge.

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« Reply #32 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 00:07:32 »
I did get the OG Ikki68 Pro, could not get the blue, here's my chance I guess.
Loving the charcoal too.

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« Reply #33 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 01:56:06 »
I love this! the look, the layout, the badge, the price :D

how will the gb work, are the slots limited or can I be sure to be able to order?

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« Reply #34 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 02:45:22 »
Looks stunning, especially with that key layout. The estimated price is a take for me. Just hope you guys can get this under GB soon, so that I still have enough money in my wallet :p

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« Reply #35 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 02:57:23 »
Love the layout

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« Reply #36 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 02:57:41 »
will split backspace be possible? at least on the solder version?

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« Reply #38 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 04:21:07 »
Will there be typing test or videos to see how this board looks like?

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« Reply #39 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 10:51:21 »
Will there be typing test or videos to see how this board looks like?
From November to December, we will conduct various tests and release various videos

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« Reply #40 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 12:33:31 »
Will it be unlimited GB?

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« Reply #41 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 13:56:09 »
super stoked to follow this project! Can't wait

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« Reply #42 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 16:32:41 »
I think everyone will wanna go for charcoal and atomic purple if that can be made possible.

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« Reply #43 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 18:40:13 »
In support of a Mint and Clear. And really kudos for offering so much in this pricepoint. U guys are awesome.

The votes for Mint and Clear are very closed, lets see what happens.

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« Reply #44 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 18:43:05 »
I kinda think it would make more sense the other way around. I'm sure there are many people who would appreciate a hotswap wireless board, and the same people who want to use QMK tend to be the people who want multiple layout options and are willing to solder.

Hmm, we will vote for default PCB and extra PCB on this.

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« Reply #45 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 18:44:23 »
I think everyone will wanna go for charcoal and atomic purple if that can be made possible.

 charcoal  is a sure win now.

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« Reply #46 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 18:47:31 »
What PCB are you using?
Will ISO be an option?

There can be several options, we wil vote later in discord, pls join us :)

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« Reply #47 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 20:43:12 »
I will definitely go for the pink or charcoal.

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« Reply #48 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 21:39:15 »
Will there be typing test or videos to see how this board looks like?

Yes, we will arrange this.

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« Reply #49 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 21:47:16 »
This looks like the exact layout I'm looking for: a 65% with all standard keys sizes. If there's hotswap, then I'm super interested.
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