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Offline synthetics

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   ++current status/recent updates++
Hi hi hi hi, we're moving ahead with the group buy for this board.

To summarize:

Group buy begins June 17th, closes June 30th or if we reach cap, whatever comes first.

Pricing starts at $390. Colorways confirmed Silver, Blackberry, Limestone. WKL/HHKB only.

More details below and new pictures and info in the discord!

UPCOMING STREAMS
Captain Sterling: Wednesday June 7th, 9PM EDT
StarfirePenguin: Thursday June 8th, 11:30PM EDT



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hello geekhack readers,

Welcome to the OC IC. I am synthetics. You may or may not recognize me from doing a render, from various discord communities, or from these forums where I occasionally post to tell people their stuff is cool or to just make fun of Ankit. In any case, nice to see you again or meet you.

My friend Bowl and I have recently designed a keyboard that we hope you might enjoy. It's called OC-62. It's a humble 60% board with some nice features you can read about below. While there's certainly a long and interesting history to this design, I don't believe it's prudent to waste your time with a ton of OC lore here, so let's just get into the details:


IC Form: https://forms.gle/BE9hTv6E7gZbbovw6

   ++details & features++
custom 60% mechanical keyboard
anodized 6063 aluminum top and bottom case
5052 aluminum full plate (plus other options potentially)
large sandblasted copper bar weight (materials tbd copper only)
modified 5-tab leaf-spring "o-ring sandwich" mount (think F1/2, but on 5 smaller tabs)
designed for compatibility with bb60/h60 pcb footprint
optional newly upgraded bb60 pcb from sleepdealer (QMK/VIAL)
7.2 degree typing angle
17.6mm adjusted front height / 22.39mm ekh
~1.6kg built (with copper)
dramatic side profile and accent seam
hidden internal cable routing
cleverly integrated screwless ez-mate S1 daughterboard

   ++tentative sale info++
format: fcfs group buy
date: june 17, 2023 - june 30, 2023
vendor: loobedswitches.com (worldwide)
layouts: wkl & mx hhkb
colors: blackberry, limestone, silver
target price: low $4xx, tbd $390
units: ~50 (moq), cap a bit higher roughly double if demand exists
estimated lead time: ~6 months from gb close
**this is all tentative and subject to changes**

   ++renders/pictures++
renders and proto pictures by me  :thumb:
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   ++contact/links++
the best place to follow the project is on the bowlanci platoon discord server: https://discord.gg/n9FRZewwNR
all updates will be posted in the oc-62 channel so if you're interested, grab the oc-62 role on the server and stay tuned

IC Form: https://forms.gle/BE9hTv6E7gZbbovw6


   ++past updates & changelog++
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v2 prototypes ordered - april 18, 2023

the v1 prototypes came out great in our opinion. only a few minor changes to make for the next proto round, most of which are probably overkill:
- slimmed side bezels slightly
- updated case seam aesthetics
- altered cable routing channel for less hassle
- refined oring sandwich mount compression and cutouts
- redesigned weight engraving
- changed height and shape of internal cuts slightly
- designed and testing cf, pc, pp plates
- designed and testing custom molded solution to replace the standard oring strips with the goal of easier assembly

we ordered units in each of the planned production colors and those are due to be completed in roughly 6-8 weeks (from the order date). if everything goes according to plan then we’ll get those sent out to a couple content creators for some nice pictures, build streams, sound tests and reviews as soon as we can.

v2 modifications completed - april 15, 2023
v1 prototypes delivered - april 7, 2023
v1 prototypes ordered - february 17, 2023
v1 designs completed - february 12, 2023
finished original design drawing - december 12, 2022
idea conceived - november 30, 2022



   ++credit where credit due++
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mr bowl - thanks for helping make this fever dream a reality, believing in (most of) my ideas, helping me learn to cad, and putting up with my clinically insane compulsive perfectionist tendencies. and many other things. muchas gracias amigo. was a pleasure working together on this.
mr geon - for generally being a hero to the hobby and for opening my eyes to the beauty of these types of mounts.
miss rebecca - actually the goat.
sleepdealer - :IHeardYouNeedAPCB:
chris and wiredin - for believing in the design and giving us a genuine platform to potentially get it onto people's desks.
ankit, ben, lance, jone, kajahtaa, rizma, starfirepenguin, unusual, user - your input and enthusiasm for this project is very much appreciated and has helped give me motivation to get this all together. thank you guys.



   ++questions & answers++
Why is it called OC-62? The OC part… iykyk, otherwise whatever you want it to mean. 62 comes from it being a 60% and my 2nd board design, thus 60-2 but 62 was weirder so I chose that. Originally planned to give it a different “real” name but people started using this one, it stuck and here we are.

Will you please offer a WK version? Maybe. We want to keep the SKUs low so we’re trying not to add 3 additional SKUs for WK in every color, but fill out the IC form and we’ll see how many of you are out there before we make a final call.

Is ISO supported? The case supports it, the plate does not. We will release ISO compatible plate files however, so if you need to you can get one cut.

Any hotswap avail? The PCB we’re selling is solder only, but the board is compatible with a number of hotswap capable PCBs, like hiney’s HS H60 for example.
« Last Edit: Wed, 07 June 2023, 01:11:06 by synthetics »

Offline irithyll

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 14:06:56 »
Love the mounting system.
GLWIC!  :D

Offline kajahtaa

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 14:13:19 »
I love it

Also plate file after GB and no PCB is perfect for me

Thanks

Offline ankit

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 14:16:35 »
Glwic synthetics! Has been fun seeing this materialize over the last couple of months, can’t wait to get one for myself :cool:
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Offline nordhelle

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 14:30:21 »
Really like this! Think I need that limestone in my life! Glwic!

Offline mnguyen53

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 14:33:03 »
Beautiful design, and I think I'm in love with that plate!   :thumb:
GIB OC62!  ;D

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 14:36:23 »
I think there is a limestone in my name.

GLWIC synthetics  :cool:

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 14:40:07 »
gl with ic massive weeb
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Offline bowlkeyboards

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 14:47:23 »
 :eek: NICE  :p

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 15:20:58 »
cool colors, cool side profile, cool mounting. probably in for one
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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 15:23:39 »
hi syn
v glad to watch this come to fruition, from the drawings to now, looks lit   :cool:
glwgb <3
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collection: yae60 proto, f1-8k (cocogoat shill), hhkb pro2, oc-62 fnf

Offline Sleepdealr

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 15:32:02 »
looks sweet :D
sick board all around

Offline marcusant

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 16:16:07 »
Limestone looking so nice with the copper weight

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 16:25:11 »
in for limestone no questions asked

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 16:28:41 »
IN!

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Fri, 21 April 2023, 19:18:39 »
glwic

Offline Bluecauses

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 22 April 2023, 03:33:12 »
That purple almost as sexy as Synthetics himself.  :-[

Offline berto

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 22 April 2023, 11:59:03 »
I LOVE BOWL!!!!! I SHALL PURCHASE!

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 22 April 2023, 12:28:26 »
Love this design, GLWIC!

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 22 April 2023, 14:00:02 »
I really like this design, the copper badge on the internals is a very nice touch. IC formed filled

Offline WoobEC

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 22 April 2023, 18:36:23 »
Great work






Offline whirlwind

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 23 April 2023, 00:10:15 »
Very cool! :cool:

Offline synthetics

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 23 April 2023, 11:01:59 »
Wow thanks for all the positive responses everyone, was not expecting this  :-*

I was planning on doing the multi-quote thing people do to respond to people's questions that they posted, but there haven't really been any questions here so far, so instead I'll respond to some common IC questions and concerns:

"Will there be more vendors for other regions?"
Probably not, no.  At this scale (even if we go over 50 units), I'm not sure it's necessary to give ourselves the headache of coordinating more vendors for this project.

"Are there more pictures or a soundtest or videos?"
Not yet, but once the next prototypes come in, if they are like we expect them to be, they will be going out to content creators for all that good stuff, so we'll keep you posted on that.

"I am very concerned about price/can we increase moq?"
I promise we're going to do all we can to make this as affordable as possible for everyone. We're waiting for some quotes on various quantities. The MINIMUM quantity to get this thing rolling is 50, but we will of course make some more if there's demand, and calculate our pricing accordingly.  However, we don't want this to turn into a GB that takes, you know, a year? two years? forever...? We've seen it happen way too often. We'd prefer to keep it manageable and be able to deliver these to customers in a timely fashion. Hopefully that's understandable.

Thanks again guys for all the kind words and your interest, you guys are amazing, have a great day.

Offline jdenyc

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #23 on: Mon, 24 April 2023, 07:27:02 »
very interested in this .. love the design* - colors are dope - can't wait to see the r2 protos and how the changes work out .. looks to be a good incremental change on the mounting system if it all works out

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*designer is an amazing human - love how engaged he is in taking feedback, learning, and making improvements .. it's ppl like this that help move the hobby forward

Offline hyperfix8

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #24 on: Mon, 24 April 2023, 08:33:11 »
Love the look of this! GLIC!

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #25 on: Mon, 24 April 2023, 10:09:46 »
This do be thoccin hard

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 06 May 2023, 08:28:14 »
Checks the right boxes

Offline Rhienfo

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #27 on: Sat, 06 May 2023, 20:49:13 »
This project looks great, especially those colours. Hope it goes well and GLWIC

Offline synthetics

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #28 on: Sun, 14 May 2023, 18:57:09 »
Howdy folks, little update for you all today:

We've gotten quotes back and are very pleased to announce our planned base kit price for this keyboard will be $390.

The three color options we had asked about will be the final color options (Silver, Blackberry, Limestone) and all weights will be Copper.

While moq remains 50, we will be capping the sales at 100 units to make sure we can deliver this in an organized and timely fashion.  There are more updates on the discord which you can find in the original post, which I will also edit to reflect this new information (I will do this later, I don't have time right this minute).

In other news the next round of protos is done machining and will be anodized and shipped out to us shortly, and then to content creators very shortly after that. Things are moving along well, we're very excited to get some quality videos, pictures, soundtests and the like for this board. We truly believe you will enjoy them.

Hope everyone had a great weekend, and thank you all again for your interest in the oc-62!

 :-*
« Last Edit: Sun, 14 May 2023, 19:01:53 by synthetics »

Offline synthetics

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard
« Reply #29 on: Sat, 27 May 2023, 15:26:20 »
Hola friends,

Happy MDW US people.

We have received the second round protos and they look pretty good. I'll write up our full thoughts about them this coming week but for now I just wanted to share a pic of the final colors that will be heading into group buy in probably about 3 weeks time.


While the limestone and silver are pictured with brass here, I'd like to remind everyone that the GB will ONLY BE OFFERING COPPER WEIGHTS.

I'll update the original post with more info and more finalized proto pics this coming week.

Cheers everyone.  :thumb:

ps: please post responses here!! so I don't have to be like half the other ic threads and desperately invent things to say/respond to things that need no response just to bump the thread.  ;D love you guys
« Last Edit: Sat, 27 May 2023, 16:21:24 by synthetics »

Offline Misfortune

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard | semi-updated
« Reply #30 on: Sat, 27 May 2023, 22:54:17 »
Looks great, will definitely keep an eye on it

Offline jdenyc

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard | semi-updated
« Reply #31 on: Sun, 28 May 2023, 08:23:03 »
i think i'm in love with these corner blockers - that copper is definitely the move

what does OC stand for again?  i mean they're obviously charming ..

Offline synthetics

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard | semi-updated
« Reply #32 on: Tue, 06 June 2023, 13:56:56 »
Hello all, thanks to all of the support we've received so far, we're moving ahead with the group buy for this board.  It will begin on June 17th.  More info in the original post and on the discord.  :thumb:

Also, we have some content creators streaming this board this week:

Captain Sterling: Wednesday June 7th, 9PM EDT
StarfirePenguin: Thursday June 8th, 11:30PM EDT

Stop by if you have time!

 ;D

Offline atkins

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Re: [IC] the oc-62 keyboard | semi-updated
« Reply #33 on: Fri, 09 June 2023, 02:05:20 »
i think i'm in love with these corner blockers - that copper is definitely the move

what does OC stand for again?  i mean they're obviously charming ..

I think its some Manga/Anime thing... however great looking board. Too bad there will not be a black one in GB :( GLWGB though