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Offline MrEsosmao

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[IC] Vanguard65 (VG65) | Specs confirmed + Proto underway!
« on: Fri, 11 November 2022, 11:43:34 »
    Vanguard65 (VG65)


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    What is VG65 about?
    It’s been a long dream of mine to design a custom board that provides something truly personalized to add to the keyboard collection. The Vanguard65 (VG65), is a keyboard kit that serves both aesthetic beauty and function while incorporating a slider and knob. The case design is inspired by the Porsche Cayman, which is a perfect representation of a timeless masterpiece.



    This interest check is intended for you to help out with the following:
    • Base kit “default” PCB options – soldered, hotswap, iso...
    • Include foam dampening kit?
    • ISO support for my Euro friends?
    • Poll to boil color options to 4 instead of 7.
    • Add-on plate material options
    • Weight color and material.

    <<<<CLICK HERE TO INTEREST CHECK FORM>>>>


    Why the name Vanguard?
    Noun. “A group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas”.

    IMO - The word, Vanguard, is representative of what I have been able to design, build, and achieve in 2022. Starting with the creation of DOOM switches, which is the 1st of its kind to introduce a new PE material called HDPE into the hobby. Following that, I designed and mass-produced BIGWIG switches which is the 1st switch to introduce and use PBT material as a housing in the Western market. BIGWIG is also the first and only switch to use HDPE/PBT for top and bottom housing combination. Additionally, I introduced a new small switch manufacturer named Meirun. Lastly, the word Vanguard is just f**king cool.;D :D


    Specifications

    Plate Materials
    Plateless or Full Aluminum, FR4, PC, POM, Carbon Fiber, Brass

    Typing Angle
    6.5 degrees

    Front Height
    19.2mm

    Weight
    Brass, sandblasted CC

    Mount
    Gasket Sock PCB Mount

    Case Materials
    Top - Aluminum 6063 (top)
    Bottom - Polycarbonate White Frosted or Black Aluminum 6063

    PCB
    • Custom designed hotswap with underglow
    • ANSI/ISO hotswap support
    • QMK/VIA compatible
    • Split backspace support
    • Kailh hotswap sockets
    • Universal USB-C daughterboard

    MIDI programmable knob and slider
    You will be able to program using any MIDI companion app. More details coming soon.

    Extras
    More details coming soon.



    Colorways
    At the moment, I got carried away with different color options for the case. However, I need to be realistic and would really like your help to boil this down to just 4 options instead of 7.

    Colors confirmed, thanks to IC submissions
    • Forest Green
    • White
    • Black
    • Pending - will announce soon




    Terminal x VG65 Limited Edition
    I'm excited to announce that a limited edition collaboration with MVKB is underway.
    The kit will include:
    • Custom Color: 9-5 Beige on Ash Black
    • Terminal R2 keycaps
    • Custom knob
    • Custom slider
    • Keebfront Stabbers

    Only 25 kits of this version will be arriving as we near GB.







    Layout Options
    Default
    - 65% hotswap pcb
    - ANSI/ISO support
    - Split backspace support




    Group Buy Information

    Pricing: TBD. Trying to keep it under $250, max $350. More pricing information will appear as finalization of color options, plate materials, layout options, etc....are completed. Which is where I really need your help on the interest check form.

    Timeline: TBD.

    Vendors:
    • Main vendor will be Keebfront
    • International Proxies: Pending
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    « Last Edit: Sun, 04 December 2022, 14:17:59 by MrEsosmao »

    Offline MrEsosmao

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65
    « Reply #1 on: Fri, 11 November 2022, 12:44:08 »
    Updates

    Specs confirmed. Extras will be announced soon along with the 4th case color. IC has been extended so there's time to vote if you have not had a chance. Thanks again everyone!

    Interest Check submissions will be closing in 8 days. If you haven't voted yet - hurry up & pick your favorite colors and more before it’s too late.
    Want to take this time to thank everyone for the overwhelming amount of submissions. Ecstatic to share more with you in the coming days.

    Collaboration announcement added to the Colorway section of main post.

    Added a back shot of a full aluminum case within the MORE button under Gallery. IC is still open to help vote on this. Help decide if you prefer polycarbonate bottom or full aluminum case.
    « Last Edit: Sun, 04 December 2022, 14:15:16 by MrEsosmao »

    Offline mortalikeskeebs

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65
    « Reply #2 on: Fri, 11 November 2022, 13:20:37 »
    Man this thing is gorgeous.

    Offline hyperfix8

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65
    « Reply #3 on: Fri, 11 November 2022, 13:38:46 »
    Reserved and IC filled out. GLIC! This board is awesome.

    Offline lovebee.co

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65
    « Reply #4 on: Fri, 11 November 2022, 13:44:02 »
    absolutely stunning, filled out IC. definitely in for at least one if not two depending on the final color options. glwic!!

    Offline zitres

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65
    « Reply #5 on: Fri, 11 November 2022, 14:19:13 »
    I love it a lot. The Style and Design is really well done. Purple, Yellow and Salmon are my favorites here.
    Just imagine GMK Bento on the Salmon board will be great.

    Please add ISO Support at least for Solder PCB as an option. ISO Hotswap would be best.

    PC, POM and Alu are great options.



    Offline PlasticPineapple

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65
    « Reply #6 on: Fri, 11 November 2022, 14:32:16 »
    Love the design - it looks well balanced despite having quite large space allocated to the knob and slider, well done!
    The only thing I would change about the design is to keep the front PC diffuser to a minimum and just have the top alu case all the way to the bottom, it would look much cleaner imo.

    Pretty optimistic pricing range despite a lot of the options not being decided yet, hopefully it stays somewhat accurate in the end.

    GL

    Offline futur

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65
    « Reply #7 on: Fri, 11 November 2022, 15:25:05 »
    I'm in love, the purple and green are jaw-dropping! Would be absolutely killer at the price point mentioned.

    Offline MrEsosmao

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65
    « Reply #8 on: Fri, 11 November 2022, 21:09:41 »
    I love it a lot. The Style and Design is really well done. Purple, Yellow and Salmon are my favorites here.
    Just imagine GMK Bento on the Salmon board will be great.

    Please add ISO Support at least for Solder PCB as an option. ISO Hotswap would be best.

    PC, POM and Alu are great options.

    I think based off IC, it will happen. .but will keep you updated! :)

    Offline ht12345

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65
    « Reply #9 on: Sat, 12 November 2022, 00:46:00 »
    Looks incredible! I really love the green one, and the knob/slider combo on the left would be incredible to have.

    Has prototyping started yet on this project?

    Offline MrEsosmao

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65
    « Reply #10 on: Sat, 12 November 2022, 07:06:43 »
    Looks incredible! I really love the green one, and the knob/slider combo on the left would be incredible to have.

    Has prototyping started yet on this project?

    In progress. The IC is really helping to gather sufficient data and revise things where needed.

    Offline DraconicVision

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65
    « Reply #11 on: Sat, 12 November 2022, 09:56:02 »
    I think this is a really pretty board. Especially if you can hit that =< $250 price point. 65%s aren't my preferred form factor so rather than skewing the IC form I thought I'd leave some feedback here.

    I think the purple is a bit bright, it could be much darker. The red is a very bright coral colour, I think it could do with being a darker more true red rather than closer to pink as well.

    The back weight is very basic, a little more flair there would be nice. I'm unsure how it's corrugated design relates to the Porsche Cayman. So something similar in design language to the Porsche Cayman would be good.

    There's very little into on the mount here, can some more info on that please? A look at keyboard from an exploded view would be great. I think if you allow the user to go plateless by putting the mounting points on the PCB rather than plate that would also be great. More versatility is always good!

    On the note of sound, I feel it's important that the board sound good with and without foam. Test for this! Polycarbonate bottom keyboards tend to sound really good so I have high hopes.

    Some more specs on the PCB would be good too as well as a look at the design of it. Will it be 1.6mm? 1.2mm? FR4 or CEM-3? Will it have flex cuts or not?

    Something important to consider on the LEDs on the front of the board is light leakage. A lot of boards suffer from LEDs that leak into the keys around the board rather than just the diffuser so including some light blockers would be good.

    I'm looking forward to seeing a prototype of this board and I wish you all the best. :)

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    Offline DaaDaa

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65
    « Reply #12 on: Sat, 12 November 2022, 11:28:28 »
    Colors need a good re-evaluation. They  Look a bit not good.
    piggy60 red upgraded PVD w/ GMK yugo holy panda | tiramisuit w/ gmk minimal JWK silk emerald | mr.suit black/chrome glossy chamfers w/ GMK noire cow POM stem | jelly epoch w/ SA oblivion zaku | mode80 deco w/ gmk boneyard alpaca | mode 80 celestial with ePBT less but better alpaca| rama thermal kuro with DCX WoB pewter | BBox60 C64 wih marshmellows and c64 keycaps

    Offline MrEsosmao

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65
    « Reply #13 on: Sat, 12 November 2022, 12:55:03 »

    The back weight is very basic, a little more flair there would be nice. I'm unsure how it's corrugated design relates to the Porsche Cayman. So something similar in design language to the Porsche Cayman would be good.
    It doesn't really, for my personal taste - I just feel the parallel lines adds a "classy" touch to the overall board.

    ...There's very little into on the mount here, can some more info on that please? A look at keyboard from an exploded view would be great. I think if you allow the user to go plateless by putting the mounting points on the PCB rather than plate that would also be great. More versatility is always good!
    Will update more details on this soon.  :thumb:

    Something important to consider on the LEDs on the front of the board is light leakage. A lot of boards suffer from LEDs that leak into the keys around the board rather than just the diffuser so including some light blockers would be good.
    Valid point, and it has already been taken into account. ;D

    Offline MrEsosmao

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65 (VG65)
    « Reply #14 on: Mon, 14 November 2022, 12:59:27 »
    Updates
    11/14/2022 : Added a back shot of a full aluminum case within the MORE button under Gallery. IC is still open to help vote on this. Help decide if you prefer polycarbonate bottom or full aluminum case.


    Offline Jsdfbn

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65 (VG65)
    « Reply #15 on: Tue, 15 November 2022, 13:24:13 »
    I have a mighty need.

    Offline fatherfork

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65 (VG65)
    « Reply #16 on: Tue, 15 November 2022, 13:39:16 »
    I don't mind the polycarbonate bottom and back, I just don't love the poly on the front. Otherwise I do love everything.

    Offline NassimO

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65 (VG65)
    « Reply #17 on: Wed, 16 November 2022, 07:34:48 »
    Really like the look of the metallic green one

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    Offline MrEsosmao

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65 (VG65)
    « Reply #18 on: Wed, 16 November 2022, 13:28:18 »
    Update
    Collaboration announcement added to the Colorway section of main post.

    Offline Rumblethumps

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65 (VG65) | Limited edition colorway Announced
    « Reply #19 on: Wed, 16 November 2022, 17:53:32 »
    Most of the time I prefer solid aluminum, but the polycarb in the model photos looks sick.

    If the bottom ends up being full aluminum, would there be an option for two-tone like the collab colorway?

    Offline NassimO

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65 (VG65)
    « Reply #20 on: Wed, 16 November 2022, 18:08:11 »
    Collaboration announcement added to the Colorway section of main post.

    Dh man that looks awesome !

    Offline MrEsosmao

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65 (VG65) | Limited edition colorway Announced
    « Reply #21 on: Wed, 16 November 2022, 22:30:20 »
    Most of the time I prefer solid aluminum, but the polycarb in the model photos looks sick.

    If the bottom ends up being full aluminum, would there be an option for two-tone like the collab colorway?

    Default kit will be PC bottom but doing best to have flexibility to provide Alu bottom option with a neutral color like black.
    « Last Edit: Wed, 16 November 2022, 23:50:29 by MrEsosmao »

    Offline MrEsosmao

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65 (VG65) | Limited edition colorway Announced
    « Reply #22 on: Tue, 22 November 2022, 13:33:22 »
    Update
    Interest Check submissions will be closing in 8 days. If you haven't voted yet - hurry up & pick your favorite colors and more before it’s too late.
    Want to take this time to thank everyone for the overwhelming amount of submissions. Ecstatic to share more with you in the coming days.

    Offline ktrezzi

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65 (VG65) | Proto underway!
    « Reply #23 on: Tue, 29 November 2022, 04:32:06 »
    This looks really nice, is there also a Discord to follow the project?

    Offline Darthbaggins

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65 (VG65) | Proto underway!
    « Reply #24 on: Tue, 29 November 2022, 10:49:54 »
    must have. . .  :eek:

     bkrownd:"Those damned rubber chiclet keys are the devil's nipples."   >:D



    Offline MrEsosmao

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65 (VG65) | Proto underway!
    « Reply #25 on: Tue, 29 November 2022, 14:28:35 »
    This looks really nice, is there also a Discord to follow the project?

    Join Discord

    Offline MrEsosmao

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65 (VG65) | Specs confirmed + Proto underway!
    « Reply #26 on: Sun, 04 December 2022, 14:13:36 »
    Update
    Specs confirmed. Extras will be announced soon along with the 4th case color. IC has been extended so there's time to vote if you have not had a chance. Thanks again everyone!

    Offline aicyborg

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    Re: [IC] Vanguard65 (VG65) | Specs confirmed + Proto underway!
    « Reply #27 on: Sun, 04 December 2022, 19:21:46 »
    You're offering hotswap ISO so this is now my favourite thing ever made without any caveats and I am not joking.

    On a more serious note, thank you very much for doing that. It feels soooooo nice to have it. I am excited to make hehehe slider go up and down.