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Offline smollchungus

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[IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« on: Thu, 17 November 2022, 12:01:41 »
Smollpad



Intro

Heyhey, Smoll here, small keyboard enjoyer from the Netherlands. letís keep it short and sweet!
Iíd like to present to you, the Smollpad, a 5-key macropad tray.
As an ode to blockers, Iím planning to run 3 different versions; The Smollpad Alice, HHKB, and Winkeyless.
The pad will feature a hotswap PCB, brass/copper weight, magnets and a Cerakote finish.




IC form


MOQ/Price/Logistics

Price: aiming around USD 120

MOQ(and cap): 150 units

Vendors: To be decided

Sale format: Probably FCFS

Color Considerations



Planning to run 3-4 colors, definitive colors will follow from IC form  response.


Prototype photos


Raw sandblasted units, with mirror polished copper and brass weights.
 
2 WKL units in Desert Verde H256 and Crushed Orchid H314.
 
Close-up texture.
 
USB cutout.

Sandblasted + Cerakote weight and plate.

Magnets in action.

Bottom view with magnets, will be cerakoted together with the pad in the future. Brass coating slightly darker, considering priming it gray for a better match. Also will inset the feet a bit deeper.

Backyard patina.

Weight screws in from the bottom side and provides entrance for the plate and PCB, feet cover the screws. The feet will be vacuumcast silicone, ordered some black and grey prototypes, will colormatch them to the colors for the GB units.

Whatís inside?
- Case
- Hotswap PCB
- Plate
- Brass or copper weight
- Hardware + spares


About me

Heyhey, my name is Matthijs, and Iím a Biopharmacy student from Rotterdam, the Netherlands! You might also know me as Smoll(chungus). Iíve been doing PCB design, along with 3D CAD and some rendering for almost 2 years now!
Done a few commissioned boards and very small private runs (gallery on my website for reference), however Iím hoping to run this macropad as my first proper Groupbuy!
Smoll shoutout to everyone who helped me during the project and the past year in general, it means a lot.

Links

IC form
Discord
Instagram
for contact, shoot me a Discord DM over at Smoll.mk#0001

« Last Edit: Fri, 18 November 2022, 02:14:21 by smollchungus »

Offline smollchungus

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 17 November 2022, 12:02:21 »
Reserved (:

Offline ToastyStoemp

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 17 November 2022, 12:04:01 »
Good luck with the IC!

Super creative project!

Offline MelonBred

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 17 November 2022, 12:46:19 »
Really love this project! Will the magnets be optional or installed from the factory?

Offline smollchungus

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 17 November 2022, 12:58:31 »
Really love this project! Will the magnets be optional or installed from the factory?

Thanks for the love!
As for now, I'm planning to have them pre-installed before they hit the cerakoter. However I think it should be managable to have them not installed, but this will leave some, in my opinion, unpleasing insets. Do you have any specific concerns regarding damaging electronics, or just don't prefer magnetized trays?

Offline GigaJoost

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 17 November 2022, 13:06:04 »
Super cool! Would love to pick one up. Good luck!

Offline andromache

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 17 November 2022, 13:52:21 »
I'm in.

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 17 November 2022, 14:00:14 »
You know I'm here for this! GLWIC Smol! You're great!

Offline Klyback

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 17 November 2022, 14:13:15 »
Take my money

Offline MelonBred

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 17 November 2022, 14:31:48 »
Really love this project! Will the magnets be optional or installed from the factory?

Thanks for the love!
As for now, I'm planning to have them pre-installed before they hit the cerakoter. However I think it should be managable to have them not installed, but this will leave some, in my opinion, unpleasing insets. Do you have any specific concerns regarding damaging electronics, or just don't prefer magnetized trays?

Thanks for the quick reply! I don't prefer magnets, but I could honestly go either way. Definitely wouldn't deter me from purchasing one.

Offline FluffyWaffle

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 17 November 2022, 15:16:22 »
This is so well made, awesome work man!
I'm in.

Offline saab

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 17 November 2022, 16:23:42 »
HHKB so clean <3

Offline Darthbaggins

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 17 November 2022, 19:05:42 »
Definitely want to snag this, love the Alice - this could double as a Artisan tray as well

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Offline CrlaoSvloadr

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 19 November 2022, 01:17:24 »
Function and form, this looks perfect! Definitely keeping up with the IC!


Offline whirlwind

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 19 November 2022, 02:33:30 »
I love how of an overkill this project is, looking forward to it  :D

Offline Morbii

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 19 November 2022, 04:59:30 »
This is awesome! Looking forward to it.

Offline smollchungus

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #16 on: Sun, 20 November 2022, 12:27:22 »
Definitely want to snag this, love the Alice - this could double as a Artisan tray as well

Thank you (and everyone else who posted a reply) for your kind words! Yeah this could definitely be used as an artisan tray, however I got the feedback that quite some people don't want to mount their artisans. I'm thinking of getting some silicone inserts manufactured, that slot into the plate, so you can still put Artisans on there without mounting them. Cheers!

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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #17 on: Sun, 20 November 2022, 13:36:49 »
this is a pretty cute idea, i like it
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Re: [IC] Smollpad - 5-key macropad screwtray
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 22 November 2022, 00:29:24 »
lets goooooooooo

these came out a treat dude, glwic!