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[IC]Coarse - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60% - name change
« on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 17:58:16 »
Grace: Affordable, Leaf-Spring Alice 60%

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UPDATE: NAME CHANGE!

We know a lot of you felt that the name didn't match the keyboard, and honestly I agree. The new name is now the Coarse.

Updates
2/12/2021 - Renders are now working. Sorry for the trouble. Additionally, I have modified the edges quite a bit, what do you think? Feel free to change your response or submit another one to the IC form

Table of Contents
Introduction
Specifications
Design
Vendors and Pricing
Frequently Asked Questions
Closing Remarks
Timeline (discord server here)

Introduction


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Welcome to the interest check for the Grace! Grace is a unique alice-style keyboard.

IC form link (please fill out! Only 2 minutes!): https://forms.gle/H82oJRv8B7S29bGd8

Why Coarse?
The rough edges of this keyboard give off a "raw" vibe.

Specifications

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Front height: ~20mm

Typing angle: 6.9°

Colors: TBD - influence by filling IC form!

Mounting Style: Top mount with leaf springs (o-rings optional)

PCB/layouts: hot-swap for most positions. Underglow LEDs.

Case Materials: Aluminum Case, acrylic panel

Plate Materials: Aluminum, POM

O-ring materials (optional): nitrile rubber, 2mm thick

Weight: about 1kg or 2.2 pounds



Design

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The Idea
A simple, straightforward design that differs from the typical minimalistic alice. The thicker bezels and flat side profile convey this blocky aesthetic, as well as allow for a beginner-friendly price. Lastly, a vibrant typing experience that delivers premium feel and sound.

Inspirations
As well as what was stated in the introduction, I wanted to make a beginner-friendly aluminum alice. Offerings from TGR and other high-end brands are just not feasible for beginners. Another thing that inspired me was my hate of seams. It is my belief that you should always design for the seam, not around it. This design features a bottom panel to blend the seam in with elegance, avoiding the problem of a tiny seam running the length of the keyboard.

Mounting
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One of the things I am aiming for in the Grace is a vibrant and bouncy typing experience. This is why I've opted for isolated mounting points. Isolating the mounting points allows for considerable flex. When buying this keyboard, you will also be able to acquire some nitrile rubber o-rings to dampen the sound and feel even more. One thing I am considering is adding another set of mounting points in the middle. If you want your input to be heard about this matter, please fill out the IC form!

Acoustics
TBD

Vendors and Pricing

Pricing
Base Kit (with PCB): <$200
Extra Plates: Hoping for <$30

Vendors
America and Canada: Keebsforall (keebsforall.com)
Rest of World: TBD, may not support sorry  :(

How Many Units?
TBD, somewhere around 100.

FAQ

Q: ISO support?
A: TBD, not currently.

Q: What's in the box?
A: Case, bottom panel, PCB, plate, screws, feet, (maybe) foam

Q: Open source plate files?
A: not currently, sorry

Q: Lead time?
A: Aiming for 4 months

Q: favorite cookie?
A: chocolate chip

Closing Remarks

I really hope you consider our keyboard! There are some people that deserve special thanks (hope I'm getting everyone!):

Jerry at Keebsforall - being a super nice guy and helping me with the logistics side of the groupbuy

ai03 - general inspiration because he's awesome

Keyboard Atelier discord - for answering my stupid questions

Family and friends - support :D

Timeline/News

We have a page in Keebsforall discord server, with updates!: https://discord.gg/vB9P3TuWar

IC form. Again, please fill out, it would mean the world to me!: https://forms.gle/H82oJRv8B7S29bGd8

Timeline
  • Collect feedback
  • Order and Test prototypes
  • Make necessary changes






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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 17:59:29 »
Ne pictures avail
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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 18:00:00 »
Ne pictures avail
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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 18:00:52 »
UPDATE
The name has been changed. Additionally, if you haven't seen yet, the edges are drastically chamfered. I hope you like the changes!
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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 18:00:59 »
Was your mom a box
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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 18:06:00 »
finally they invented alice wedge

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 18:14:11 »
ne internal pics avail

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 18:14:26 »
damn, poor guy didn't even reserve a post. GL with IC though, could be interesting.
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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 18:40:01 »
damn, poor guy didn't even reserve a post. GL with IC though, could be interesting.

I apologize for the noob question but what is the purpose of reserving an additional post in the thread?

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 18:40:08 »
taking rectangle to a whole level, we're playing checkers, you're playing 5d chess. well played.

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 18:50:01 »
about 48 days early...
(as of feb 12, 2021)

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 18:54:35 »
if this gets made, it's about to be the most annoying Alice to physically pick up. would like to see this get refined further.



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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 19:09:25 »
bro its a ****ing box

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #13 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 19:17:44 »
what is engraving on botom

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #14 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 19:21:38 »
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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #15 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 19:31:55 »
Vendors
America and Canada: Keebsforall (keebsforall.com)
Rest of World: TBD, may not support sorry  :(

Running through an NA vendor called Keebsforall and then saying you may not ship the rest of the world seems kind of ironic.

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #16 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 19:34:04 »
bro its a ****ing box

At the end of the day, I want to get an affordable aluminum keyboard to beginners in the hobby. Some aesthetic changes will be made but you must understand that that is the purpose of the keyboard, and the fact that this keyboard does not have crystals growing out of its sides is why it doesn't have to be $500.
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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #17 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 19:35:07 »
taking rectangle to a whole level, we're playing checkers, you're playing 5d chess. well played.
That's what makes it affordable for beginners :)

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #18 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 19:38:17 »
Vendors
America and Canada: Keebsforall (keebsforall.com)
Rest of World: TBD, may not support sorry  :(

Running through an NA vendor called Keebsforall and then saying you may not ship the rest of the world seems kind of ironic.

We're working on it :) Again, this is all still quite early, but we have contacts in the EU, NA (Canada and US), and we're setting up warehouses in China, so we might be able to serve everyone in the world soon. But you have to start somewhere and since we're based in NA, we started there first. Chances are, by the time IC is done and it goes into GB or just a pre-order, we'll likely be able to support everyone.
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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #19 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 19:57:59 »
are those spacebars rendered with POM or something?
love the cost idea, not sure how I feel about the boxy-ness

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #20 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 20:03:13 »
are those spacebars rendered with POM or something?
love the cost idea, not sure how I feel about the boxy-ness
Hey!
I am already working on a version with more rounded corners to decrease the boxy-ness. I will update soon! Thanks for the feedback on the spacebars as well.

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #21 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 20:07:08 »
Was your mom a box

Why so much hate? You can provide a constructive criticism and be more supportive instead of the pointless comment..
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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #22 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 20:46:19 »
Was your mom a box

Why so much hate? You can provide a constructive criticism and be more supportive instead of the pointless comment..

i think the only constructive feedback needed for this board, is to not run it :)


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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #23 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 21:03:39 »
Was your mom a box

Why so much hate? You can provide a constructive criticism and be more supportive instead of the pointless comment..

i think the only constructive feedback needed for this board, is to not run it :)

Thanks for your feedback, but is there anything more specific that can be improved?

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #24 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 21:24:40 »
Was your mom a box

Why so much hate? You can provide a constructive criticism and be more supportive instead of the pointless comment..

i think the only constructive feedback needed for this board, is to not run it :)

Can't even imagine being so cooked that you bother to post **** like this :)
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« Reply #25 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 21:25:18 »
I understood the design and the aim for it to be affordable but make it less bulky would greatly increase the price?

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #26 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 21:31:54 »
I would use it to build my house

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #27 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 21:38:36 »
not sure why people are dunking on you so hard, kind of ridiculous that there's grown adults acting this way.


i see where your thought process is with this but the general design is pretty unrefined, and Alice clones like the MGA Standard are going for just $200. i think it's worth it to sacrifice some cost and make the design more attractive. the type of person that's looking for an alice layout isn't new to the hobby and is probably willing to drop a little more cash than the average person.

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #28 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 21:56:11 »
I understood the design and the aim for it to be affordable but make it less bulky would greatly increase the price?

I think the thought process was that if the case was a very straightforward rectangle with no bevels, engravings, or specially rounded edges, it will be super cheap and easy to CNC making it easier to source manufacturers and easier to do quality control. We'll work with the designer to see what the trade-off is. It's very possible that the design can be refined more without significantly increasing the price.
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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #29 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 22:01:17 »
not sure why people are dunking on you so hard, kind of ridiculous that there's grown adults acting this way.


i see where your thought process is with this but the general design is pretty unrefined, and Alice clones like the MGA Standard are going for just $200. i think it's worth it to sacrifice some cost and make the design more attractive. the type of person that's looking for an alice layout isn't new to the hobby and is probably willing to drop a little more cash than the average person.

That's true, but I think it's also fair to point out that the MGA Standard comes with just the case if I'm not remembering incorrectly. This would be a full kit with the PCB as well. We might even be able to bundle in screw-in stabs with the kit, so $200 for the full kit should make this one of the most affordable metal Alice kits.

But, based on the current feedback so far, I think the designer is already working on a more rounded design :)
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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #30 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 23:18:33 »
I understood the design and the aim for it to be affordable but make it less bulky would greatly increase the price?

I think the thought process was that if the case was a very straightforward rectangle with no bevels, engravings, or specially rounded edges, it will be super cheap and easy to CNC making it easier to source manufacturers and easier to do quality control. We'll work with the designer to see what the trade-off is. It's very possible that the design can be refined more without significantly increasing the price.
Adding to this; I am already working on a design with more refined edges - I don't think it will increase the price too much.

UPDATE: I made more beveled edges. Check out the renders!
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« Reply #31 on: Sat, 13 February 2021, 09:04:37 »
Need proto ;)
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« Reply #32 on: Sat, 13 February 2021, 10:35:55 »
Need proto ;)
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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #33 on: Mon, 15 February 2021, 20:30:20 »
I like everything on paper, I would love to see a pink option though. Will definitely consider picking up at this price point.
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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #34 on: Mon, 15 February 2021, 21:03:53 »
Please remove side supports on plate. Thank you.

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Re: [IC]Grace - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60%
« Reply #35 on: Tue, 16 February 2021, 02:11:45 »
It doesnt feel like it has grace... i imagined a sleek keeb to be using that name. Sorry, i guess looking like a metal box doesn’t help with aesthetics much. Hope to see a new design

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« Reply #36 on: Fri, 19 February 2021, 11:14:53 »
i like it, looks very nice

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« Reply #37 on: Tue, 23 February 2021, 21:11:34 »
Please remove side supports on plate. Thank you.
Hi! Those aren't side supports, they are leaf springs. They will give the keyboard a bouncy typing experience. You will be able to see this once the prototype arrives, hopefully within a month or so. Thanks for the question!


i like it, looks very nice
Thanks man! Cheers


It doesnt feel like it has grace... i imagined a sleek keeb to be using that name. Sorry, i guess looking like a metal box doesn’t help with aesthetics much. Hope to see a new design
I couldn't agree with you more; Grace is the name of the person but this keyboard wasn't designed to be curvy and graceful. I have since changed the name. Thanks for your feedback!


I like everything on paper, I would love to see a pink option though. Will definitely consider picking up at this price point.
Hey! Unfortunately pink probably will not be available this round. However with a successful round 1 I can definitely see more colors being offered in the future.


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Re: [IC]Coarse - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60% - name change
« Reply #38 on: Tue, 23 February 2021, 22:33:00 »
In my opinion, the mounting type isn't really a leaf-spring, but more of sandwich mount with flex cuts. A leaf-spring mount will have actual "leaves" or extensions on the plate that can bend. Here in your design, the exterior parts of the plate will have some flex, but since it's all connected then it's much less bounce then actually having leaves. This isn't to say that the mounting is bad, but it isn't a leaf-spring (to me, in my understanding) and so will feel/behave more differently than what you expect.

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« Reply #39 on: Tue, 23 February 2021, 22:41:00 »
In my opinion, the mounting type isn't really a leaf-spring, but more of sandwich mount with flex cuts. A leaf-spring mount will have actual "leaves" or extensions on the plate that can bend. Here in your design, the exterior parts of the plate will have some flex, but since it's all connected then it's much less bounce then actually having leaves. This isn't to say that the mounting is bad, but it isn't a leaf-spring (to me, in my understanding) and so will feel/behave more differently than what you expect.

it *could* have some semblance of 'leaf spring' if the plate had no support underneath the edges and the screws were in between the supports that connect to the main plate, but can't really tell if that's the case here from the angles / photos. I only see screws in the four corners interestingly enough.

but if the plate is sandwiched on the edges, then yeah i would agree.

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Re: [IC]Coarse - Affordable, Leaf-Spring, Alice 60% - name change
« Reply #40 on: Wed, 24 February 2021, 21:33:45 »
In my opinion, the mounting type isn't really a leaf-spring, but more of sandwich mount with flex cuts. A leaf-spring mount will have actual "leaves" or extensions on the plate that can bend. Here in your design, the exterior parts of the plate will have some flex, but since it's all connected then it's much less bounce then actually having leaves. This isn't to say that the mounting is bad, but it isn't a leaf-spring (to me, in my understanding) and so will feel/behave more differently than what you expect.

In my opinion, the mounting type isn't really a leaf-spring, but more of sandwich mount with flex cuts. A leaf-spring mount will have actual "leaves" or extensions on the plate that can bend. Here in your design, the exterior parts of the plate will have some flex, but since it's all connected then it's much less bounce then actually having leaves. This isn't to say that the mounting is bad, but it isn't a leaf-spring (to me, in my understanding) and so will feel/behave more differently than what you expect.

it *could* have some semblance of 'leaf spring' if the plate had no support underneath the edges and the screws were in between the supports that connect to the main plate, but can't really tell if that's the case here from the angles / photos. I only see screws in the four corners interestingly enough.

but if the plate is sandwiched on the edges, then yeah i would agree.

Hey guys! Thanks for the comments, this is a good time to clarify; there is no support under the plate. The only support points of the plate are the screws, while the rest of the plate is able to flex freely. The reason I called this "leaf-spring" is because the mounting holes are far away from the main structure of the plate, only connected by thin strips of the plate - which is the core tenet of leaf-spring mounted plates.