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Offline Xonuss

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[IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« on: Thu, 16 September 2021, 08:10:28 »

Interest Check for the NFR-70


Release Information
GB Date:
29th January 2022 - 1st March 2022

Price:
DKK: 549.99 kr. incl. Danish VAT (25%)
EUR: ~57 excl. VAT
USD: ~$66 excl. VAT

If you're in EU, VAT will be adjusted for your respective location. No VAT for orders outside of the EU.

Kit will include:
PCB, top plate, bottom plate and feet
Elite-C v4 microcontroller with pins
Diodes and reset switch
Standoffs, screws and rubber bumpons

Options:
The kit will be provided in black and white

Where:
The kit will go on sale from my small shop EuroKB and will ship out of Denmark.

Updates:
Updates will be available over on Discord

Prototype:
280548-0280550-1

A quick one pulled off the shelf, without keycaps. Plate is slightly changed since this.
280552-2

Final Renders:
280536-3280542-4
280538-5280544-6
280540-7280546-8





Hi there.
I'm Xonuss and I wanted to create a budget board in a 70% format, as this was a format I hadn't seen much. So that's what I did.

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What is it?
The NFR-70 is a 70%, essentially a 60% with a F13 function row, DIY kit based on the ProMicro. Typing angle is gonna be around 6 degree, +/- 1 degree depending on which standoff I decide to use for the feet.


What is it gonna cost?
I'm looking to provide two offerings for this board:

The keyboard kit as is: approx. 45
The kit including an Elite-C v4 microcontroller: approx. 55.

Pricing isn't final, but shouldn't vary too much. Also shipping price TBD.


Layouts
The goal was to support as many layout options as possible, which resulted in maxing out the IO ports of the ProMicro, but I think it's going to be sufficient for most people looking to get a board like this.

Should support the following:
- ANSI
- ISO
- Split right shift
- Split backspace
- Stepped capslock
- Tsangan bottom row

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I wanted to make it possible to use 6.25u bottom row, but also offering split right shift. Therefore the right Alt on 6.25u is running on the same traces as the right Fn key, denoted by the 'int' and slashes (/), as I thought these were the most sensible keys to couple. As such, the board does not support using both at the same time with different mappings.


Firmware
QMK and VIA


What is included?
- PCB for thru-hole components
- Diodes and a Reset Switch
- Top plate
- Bottom plate
- Feet plate
- Screws & Standoffs


Other things
- Prototype has been ordered, pictures will follow.
- I aim towards unlimited GB
- Orders will most likely ship out of Denmark.
- Interest check form can be found here.



« Last Edit: Fri, 28 January 2022, 08:54:53 by Xonuss »

Offline Xonuss

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Re: [IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 16 September 2021, 08:11:28 »
Reserved for whatever

Offline nordhelle

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Re: [IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 16 September 2021, 08:23:33 »
Nice! Dont see too many 70% keyboards, so this is dope! Good luck with the IC!

Offline Sh1zaru

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Re: [IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 16 September 2021, 08:52:14 »
gl with IC. Always nice seeing some budget options.

Offline 0xtanja

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Re: [IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 17 September 2021, 07:27:10 »
Interest checked!

Offline kameron

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Re: [IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 17 September 2021, 11:14:50 »
this looks really cool and the price is great glwic

Offline TiamDesigns

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Re: [IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 17 September 2021, 19:07:42 »
This looks like a really solid kit, GLWIC!

Offline lush_bunny

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Re: [IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 09:03:21 »
Very good price for a very interesting layout.
But please enlighten me, what would we be missing if one didn't buy the version with a microcontroller?

Offline Xonuss

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Re: [IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 20 September 2021, 00:28:30 »
Thank you all for showing interest in this kit!

Very good price for a very interesting layout.
But please enlighten me, what would we be missing if one didn't buy the version with a microcontroller?

If you were to get the kit without the microcontroller, you would simply look to get a microcontroller by your own means. Such cases would be if you wanted to add hotswap sockets for a controller you already use in another kit or get another controller yourself, such as the ProMicro or the SeaMicro, as these should also be compatible. Or maybe you just already have an unused controller laying around that you want to use instead.

Offline Xonuss

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Re: [IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 31 December 2021, 08:11:20 »
Hello all, happy holidays. I have finally pulled myself together posting and update.

In short, GB running from 29th January 2022 - 1st March 2022. Price is ~57/~$66, excl. VAT, will include an Elite-C microcontroller and be offered in black and white.

Read the update for a little more detail.
Wish you all a happy new year, see you in 2022!
« Last Edit: Fri, 28 January 2022, 08:55:09 by Xonuss »

Offline ZavaZ86

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Re: [IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 31 December 2021, 09:21:06 »
Great to see some good budget option to start out with for people in EU  :)

Offline sorathiel

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Re: [IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 31 December 2021, 10:41:04 »
this is basically exactly what i was looking for today, laptop keyboard is dying and i have little space but need F-row. I need this in my life asap

Offline peacdesign

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Re: [IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 01 January 2022, 18:38:54 »
Ay good work Xonuss keep it up. Look forward to it. I would like to see the hardware match with the colour of the board. Looks good otherwise GLWIC

Offline dannymack

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Re: [IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 02 January 2022, 12:09:08 »
Nice price on a cool layout!

Offline Stilou Studio

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Re: [IC] NFR-70 - 70% DIY kit
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 03 January 2022, 19:32:56 »
Love to see it!