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[IC] KAMistry - Artisan enter and artisan knob announced!
« on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:00:03 »


GB POSTPONED

I do not expect this postponement to take too long, but due to being ghosted by multiple vendors and Keyreative not sending me confirmation on whether the legends can be printed or not, I need to postpone this GB temporarily. As soon as I hear back from Keyreative and vendors, we can continue with the GB! I'm incredibly sorry for the confusion and delay.




Hello fellow keeb enthusiasts! Straight from the realms of my overworked, sleep deprived grad student brain, I want to finally introduce you to a keycap set I have been working on all year, called KAMistry. KAMistry aims to bring elements (pun fully intended) of chemistry (and biology) into your keeb. The four main colors of the set (teal, light blue, light grey, and dark grey) were inspired by my repeated trips to my labís trusty -80 freezer. Because you canít tell me you havenít just looked at a freezer before and thought to yourself ďDamn, thatís a nice looking freezer.Ē Complete with a grey face and a bright blue LED screen graced with a teal bezel, this gargantuan freezing lab companion was just begging to be used as an inspiration for pieces of matte PBT plastic.

As the name implies, this set will be in KAM profile. For those that are not familiar with the KAM profile, here is a diagram for you compared to KAT and Cherry. You can compare other profiles to it as well here: https://www.keycaps.info/stack



I have done my best to ensure the colors look accurate to the Pantones. However, do keep in mind that color can vary depending on the screen that it is viewed on. The best way to see what a color will look like as the end product is to check the pantone code in a physical guide. Samples will be ordered for comparison to those pantones!



Kits

As always, kitting is subject to change following the interest check phase.

Alphas


Alphas - Periodic


Homing


Homing - Periodic


Text mods


Icon mods


Numpad


Numpad - Alternative


Novelties


Novelties - text


Spacebars


40s text


40s icon


QAZ text


QAZ icon


Ergo text


Ergo icon


Maroon accent


Orange accent


Grey accent


Blue accent


NorDe


German


UK


French


Deskmats

Two deskmats will be made for this set, both of which have been designed by myself.



Artisans
Archetype

KeyBee Manufacturing aluminum enter artisan

NZ Caps rotary encoder knob

Straight from the lab of the evil incredibly kind geniuses at NZ caps, I bring you your KAMistry rotary encoder knob, available for purchase through the NZ caps store during the GB period!



Keyboard renders

Argon40 by TheBlackHammer


QAZ by tominabox1


Zodiark by Split Logic Keyboards


Twoyo by rainkeebs


Watarah by Glow


MB44 by MelonBred


Paintbrush by Yung Zeus


Ikki68 Aurora by Wuque Studio


Mode SixtyFive by Mode Designs


Ilex by FFKeebs


Isometria by ebastler


Fuji65 by CMM Studio


M60-A by Rama Works


Vendors

US Ė Rocket Keyboards
CA - AshKeebs
EU Ė MyKeyboard
UK Ė Protozoa
Asia - zFrontier
OCE Ė Daily Clack
SEA - PantheonKeys
Mexico - Rheset
India - rectangles.store

Digital Carpentry wrist rest collab!
KAMistry has teamed up with the amazing Digital Carpentry to design a professional, wooden, science-themed wrist rest. Samples are below! I decided to go with the benzene ring icon for mine, but you will have an option of a couple icons, including the benzene ring and atom novelty, along with an option of walnut or maple. Even cooler, you'll have options on size of the wrist rest and where you want the icon! For this sample, I wanted the hexane ring to always be visible, even when typing (top image).


The following design will be a third option available. No, it's not an actual element, but it looks darn good as one if I do say so myself.


Follow this project!

Forget needing a paid subscription to a journal. For once in science, you can get the latest updates for free! Join my NA vendorís discord to follow updates of KAMistry.




While I may not have done something spectacular enough to receive the Nobel Prize, I do feel as though I need to thank some people for help with creating this set. So, like any good scientific paper, I would like to acknowledge the following for their help and support:


The entire PDXKBC discord. There are too many of yíall there who helped me, so I canít list all of you unfortunately, but you have been the driving force behind this set coming to fruition.
SJ for his case file and for bouncing ideas off of.
Nathan (of GMK Iceberg fame) for answering my dumb questions about rendering.
Cadvahn for doing post-processing edits on the renders for color accuracy.
GentleBear for making materials for me in blender. He isnít a keyboard nerd like us (yet) so Iím not sure heíll ever see this, but his help was invaluable.
ThiccWicc for helping me with all aspects of making this set.
And of course RocketCables for answering my questions and putting up with me as I slowly figure this process out.

To-do list
Select and announce vendors
Announce wrist rest collab
Add second deskmat option
Add more renders, especially of the periodic alphas kit
Announce artisans and artisan collabs
Announce GB date
Announce pricing
Group Buy!!!
« Last Edit: Tue, 08 March 2022, 17:23:41 by NintendoNoNo »

Offline MIGHTY CHICKEN

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:02:47 »
Nice name, >.> Glwic

Offline Neely_12

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:07:36 »
The periodic alphas are super cool. The accents are also very nice. Good luck!

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:31:48 »
Fine, take my valence electrons.

Offline mydens

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:36:01 »
Need sublegends for the "Alphas - Periodic" number keys > ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & *  ( ) _ +

Offline firstworldproblems

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:36:54 »
My wallet is ready to be oxidized!

Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:39:11 »
Need sublegends for the "Alphas - Periodic" number keys > ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & *  ( ) _ +

Someone else has mentioned this as well in the IC form. I will see what I can do with that. The icons there sort of make that difficult but I appreciate the suggestion!

Offline mydens

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:43:58 »
Need sublegends for the "Alphas - Periodic" number keys > ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & *  ( ) _ +

Someone else has mentioned this as well in the IC form. I will see what I can do with that. The icons there sort of make that difficult but I appreciate the suggestion!

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 12:08:13 »
I know youíve put a ton of work into this! Good luck with IC,
As a biochemist I love the theme

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 12:51:10 »
Long time coming, very excited for this! Great work, man.

Offline Runningtarrens

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 15:45:16 »
looks really good.

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 15:50:09 »
More KAM is nice to see. Is this going to be using the shiny or matte finish?

Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 17:33:39 »
More KAM is nice to see. Is this going to be using the shiny or matte finish?

It will be matte

Offline Parva Ovis

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 22:52:50 »
Chemistry themed novelty text on the 40s and Ergo Text kits would be great and would lower the number of keys needed in each kit.

Sublegends on the periodic alpha kit will probably ruin the look.

Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 19 September 2021, 14:53:18 »
I know youíve put a ton of work into this! Good luck with IC,
As a biochemist I love the theme

Thanks man, I appreciate it! Lmk if you catch any chemistry mistakes in my compounds on the deskmat haha

Offline Klackygears

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #15 on: Mon, 20 September 2021, 10:16:34 »
Wow, I really like the looks of this set, the colors, the novelties, the periodic alphas are all so great!

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #16 on: Mon, 20 September 2021, 14:20:36 »
As a physicist I hate this (but I secretly love it)
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Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #17 on: Mon, 20 September 2021, 22:06:04 »
looks really good.

Thanks! Glad you like it.

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 00:07:31 »
I'm loving this, thanks for the 40 support, & looking forward to it!

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Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 00:46:26 »
I'm loving this, thanks for the 40 support, & looking forward to it!

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So glad you're liking it! I plan on having more 40s renders in the next update. Some of my favorite boards are 40s so I definitely want to show them more love.

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #20 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 00:50:20 »
I'm loving this, thanks for the 40 support, & looking forward to it!

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So glad you're liking it! I plan on having more 40s renders in the next update. Some of my favorite boards are 40s so I definitely want to show them more love.
Thanks, appreciate it; all I own are 40% to 50% MKBs;  I hope more designers give 40s their due!

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 00:53:26 »
Checking IC ... colors are fine .. checking IC ... lots of KAM kitting - thats totally normal ... checking IC ... Novelties match theme - mmmmok ... checking IC... accent kits are pretty interesting - whatever ... checking IC.... QAZ Kit?!

**** - uh that is pretty awesome. Any set that straight up convinces me to 3d print a board and nab a PCB is fun times. Saw Elmo's QEZ PCB and open source project and now I am over here scheming.

Really solid set - lots of cool things to check out.
It would be cool to see a QAZ render - since most images of QAZ just have mods instead of Alphas. I can use my imagination but it might be fun for others to see.
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Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 01:09:51 »
Checking IC ... colors are fine .. checking IC ... lots of KAM kitting - thats totally normal ... checking IC ... Novelties match theme - mmmmok ... checking IC... accent kits are pretty interesting - whatever ... checking IC.... QAZ Kit?!

**** - uh that is pretty awesome. Any set that straight up convinces me to 3d print a board and nab a PCB is fun times. Saw Elmo's QEZ PCB and open source project and now I am over here scheming.

Really solid set - lots of cool things to check out.
It would be cool to see a QAZ render - since most images of QAZ just have mods instead of Alphas.

Totally agree! I have been working on a QAZ render for quite some time, just trying to get the lighting better in it, but one will definitely be up in the near future.

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #23 on: Thu, 23 September 2021, 00:02:50 »
This is looking to be like a great set! Love the 40's love. Love the colorway. Love the theme.

Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #24 on: Sat, 25 September 2021, 23:23:01 »
This is looking to be like a great set! Love the 40's love. Love the colorway. Love the theme.

Thanks so much! Gotta give more 40s love in the future too :D

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 25 September 2021, 23:45:56 »
I'm always astounded with how fine you can make legends on KAM sets. Maybe I've been brainwashed by double-shot caps, but holy smokes those periodic legends are small.

Lots of interesting quirks with this set  :thumb:
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Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #26 on: Mon, 04 October 2021, 00:13:08 »
I'm always astounded with how fine you can make legends on KAM sets. Maybe I've been brainwashed by double-shot caps, but holy smokes those periodic legends are small.

Lots of interesting quirks with this set  :thumb:

I still need to get samples of these to make sure that they're legible, but I have been told by Keyreative that fine lines should work fine, so fingers crossed!

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 15:17:10 »
I absolutely adore the Periodic Alphas, and the Alternative Numpad is so clever!

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #28 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 17:47:41 »
If only we had an element that had a Q as part of its abbreviation. I was curious so I looked it up and apparently Jod is the german word for the element iodine.

As a biochemist, I feel as though I must buy this set, looking forward to how it turns out!

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #29 on: Fri, 22 October 2021, 18:59:24 »
If only we had an element that had a Q as part of its abbreviation. I was curious so I looked it up and apparently Jod is the german word for the element iodine.

As a biochemist, I feel as though I must buy this set, looking forward to how it turns out!

Yep! Thats why Jodium is used for the J key :)

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #30 on: Sun, 14 November 2021, 15:53:45 »
This looks great, but please do not add sublegends to the periodic numbers - it would ruin them

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #31 on: Sun, 14 November 2021, 21:02:43 »
This is such a cool set! The colors are great and I love the periodic alphas and the novelties!

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #32 on: Sun, 21 November 2021, 12:53:45 »
Looks very cool, I'm just a bit confused by the inclusion of both a NorDe and a German set. Is the NorDe set intended for German/other Nordic ANSI layouts?

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #33 on: Mon, 29 November 2021, 00:55:50 »
I need this to finish my chem major :)
glwic!

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #34 on: Sat, 04 December 2021, 19:55:05 »
It's great to see there will be a homing kit.  Please consider adding middle finger homing for QWERTY.



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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #35 on: Sat, 04 December 2021, 21:46:20 »
I need this to finish my chem major :)
glwic!

Unfortunately with Keyreative leadtimes, if you've already started your Chem major there's a good chance you'll finish it before these caps ship =(

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Re: [IC] KAMistry - Vendors announced!!!
« Reply #36 on: Tue, 07 December 2021, 02:39:07 »
Update - Announced vendors

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #37 on: Tue, 07 December 2021, 15:25:51 »
It's great to see there will be a homing kit.  Please consider adding middle finger homing for QWERTY.

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Interesting, I've never heard of this. Do people just use one homing bar per hand or do they use both?

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Re: [IC] KAMistry
« Reply #38 on: Wed, 08 December 2021, 03:21:26 »
It's great to see there will be a homing kit.  Please consider adding middle finger homing for QWERTY.

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Interesting, I've never heard of this. Do people just use one homing bar per hand or do they use both?

Usually just one per hand, although I have seen a few sets that offer a QWERTY homing kit with six keys, leaving only G and H as non-homing.

Middle finger homing was an Apple thing many years ago.  I find I can feel the homing keys better with my middle fingers since thatís the longest finger so it has the highest finger tip pressure.  Also, since it doesnít have to cover as many keys, itís a good anchor.

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Re: [IC] KAMistry - Vendors announced!!!
« Reply #39 on: Wed, 08 December 2021, 04:40:30 »
I have one thing to say... AZERTY pleeeeeease.  :D

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Re: [IC] KAMistry - Vendors announced!!!
« Reply #40 on: Mon, 13 December 2021, 00:18:31 »
I need this to finish my chem major :)
glwic!

Unfortunately with Keyreative leadtimes, if you've already started your Chem major there's a good chance you'll finish it before these caps ship =(

I hate that this is true  :( I'll display this kit with my diploma

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Re: [IC] KAMistry - Vendors announced!!!
« Reply #41 on: Mon, 13 December 2021, 14:03:51 »
How about homing keys for the Periodic alpha?

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Re: [IC] KAMistry - Vendors announced!!!
« Reply #42 on: Tue, 14 December 2021, 02:17:43 »
How about homing keys for the Periodic alpha?

I second that.  Two homing kits.

Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry - Vendors announced!!!
« Reply #43 on: Tue, 21 December 2021, 21:50:31 »
How about homing keys for the Periodic alpha?

That is certainly possible and likely will be an option! Thanks for the input.

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Re: [IC] KAMistry - Vendors announced!!!
« Reply #44 on: Wed, 22 December 2021, 00:14:22 »
I want a set with only that orange. It's dope

Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry - Vendors announced!!!
« Reply #45 on: Wed, 22 December 2021, 01:33:08 »
I want a set with only that orange. It's dope

Agreed! It was originally much brighter in color, but contrasted too much with the blue so I found a darker shade and love it. I know there are orange keycap sets out there, but I haven't seen one in this shade.

Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry - Update: Digital Carpentry wrist rest collab, with samples!
« Reply #46 on: Mon, 27 December 2021, 01:50:49 »
Update: Wrist rest collaboration.
« Last Edit: Mon, 27 December 2021, 17:27:17 by NintendoNoNo »

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Re: [IC] KAMistry - Update: Digital Carpentry wrist rest collab, with samples!
« Reply #47 on: Wed, 29 December 2021, 10:43:11 »
I'd like to see the inclusion of dual 3u minibars. Also accent minibars and maybe a 1.25/1.5/1.75u accent key in each of the kits as well.

Offline NintendoNoNo

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Re: [IC] KAMistry - Update: Digital Carpentry wrist rest collab, with samples!
« Reply #48 on: Wed, 29 December 2021, 22:09:32 »
I'd like to see the inclusion of dual 3u minibars. Also accent minibars and maybe a 1.25/1.5/1.75u accent key in each of the kits as well.

The dual 3u bars are in the spacebar kit. I was really trying to keep the price of the 40s kit down so I didn't have them in there. I don't suspect the spacebar kit will be too expensive, judging by the price quotes I have received and previously ran KAM sets, so hopefully that isnt a deal breaker for anyone who really needs them!

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Re: [IC] KAMistry - Update: Digital Carpentry wrist rest collab, with samples!
« Reply #49 on: Wed, 29 December 2021, 22:45:31 »
Oh I somehow scrolled right on by that.
I agree that they probably shouldn't be included in a 40's kit because they're not pervasive enough for that. Plus I'm hoping that 3-1-3 becomes a thing for 60's too.