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The SmallFry KB, AKA jdcarpe loves 40%
« on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 11:34:05 »
This is where I show you my 40% design. I haven't finished this lovely little keyboard, yet, but here is what I have so far. :D


First build, thanks to TheFlyingRaccoon!:


Photo courtesy of TheFlyingRaccoon



On my first attempt, the metal shop bent the "legs" up instead of down, so the layout was reversed. I decided to go ahead with it, and direct wire the thing.

Wait, but those are DSA Retro caps on there, aren't they? Yes, they certainly are. That's right, when I placed my order during matt3o's (and samwisekoi's) DSA Retro GB, I specifically ordered the exact keycap blanks I would need for this 40% keyboard of mine.

This is how my first attempt it would look in its correct form:



Nice, eh?




Layered stainless steel case:





All credit for the case design idea goes to matt3o. This is my tiny homage to his Steel Beauty.




Original plate idea for this design:






Layout:



I still need to work on the function layers for this layout, to include numbers, punctuation, etc.




Alternate layout:






Function layout:






PCB:



What?!?! Yes.   :))

I am forever indebted to Regack for designing this PCB for me. Thank you so much, Regack.

As you can see from the front silkscreen, credit is also due to Dox, bpiphany, and komar007. I was inspired by each of them to make my own design.

Also, a nod to kmiller8, who independently came up with an idea for a 40% keyboard right about the same time I had my idea. He even incorporated my design's elements into his PCB brainstorming session.  :thumb:

This keyboard is hereby named the SmallFry Keyboard, in honor of our friend.

Keycap stuff:

Jdcarpe, can you post the keycaps needed specifically for the 40%, and add that info to the OP. I'd like them to be added to every future GB.

Sure.

Row 2: 1u Esc, 1u Del or Backspace
Row 3: 1.25u Tab, 1.75u Return or Enter
Row 4: 1.75u Shift, 1.25u Shift, 1u Fn
Row 4 (SA Row 3): 1.25u Ctrl, 1u Win or Del, 1u Alt; optional layout: 1.25u >., 1.25u ?/

« Last Edit: Mon, 28 October 2013, 10:05:27 by jdcarpe »

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 11:34:20 »
Reserved.

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 11:35:11 »
I like what I'm seeing ;)

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 11:35:46 »
Trippy. Do you have a layout yet? Please post :D

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 11:36:32 »
Very interesting!  I'd love to see this with a legend mock up to have an idea how you would map the layout :)

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 11:37:11 »
Not a fan of lower than TKL usually, but this little thing has got something about it that's really appealing.

Dat fullsize space bar though
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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 11:38:24 »
Lovely little thing! Though I can't imagine typing on it would be comfortable for me. WP!
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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 11:39:43 »
OMG I want at least two!!!

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 11:44:06 »
Pretty cool.

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 11:44:48 »
Wtf? Modifiers? Get rid of those!we don't need em!
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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 11:47:17 »
Kawaii. Definitely interested.

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 11:55:05 »
That is a beauty, I am sooo jelly.  :thumb:
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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 11:58:36 »
Are you programming other layers or do you just hve the one?

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #13 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 12:00:39 »
Are you programming other layers or do you just hve the one?

Definitely will need multiple layers for numbers, punctuation, etc.

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #14 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 12:01:02 »
Are you programming other layers or do you just hve the one?

Definitely will need multiple layers for numbers, punctuation, etc.

Yeah I think we were wondering what your other layers were, too :D
But it seems you'll get to that.

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #15 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 12:06:42 »
Hehehe, I got to see these plates before jdcarpe did since Beast brought em to the last Chicago meet. Very very cool. Happy to see it got completed :D
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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #16 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 12:13:33 »
Hehehe, I got to see these plates before jdcarpe did since Beast brought em to the last Chicago meet. Very very cool. Happy to see it got completed :D

Nothing is complete, good sir. It was just time to share this with the community.

Also, the original plate you saw was destroyed during the initial bending process/testing. :( This bent plate was a result of a second run, made by the local metals shop. :)
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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #17 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 12:14:16 »
I offer my services in betatesting.

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #18 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 12:21:20 »
I offer my services in betatesting.

man pulease....jd can slip one in my box when he send it pack and it won't cost him anything since I'll be paying for shipping anyways.

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #19 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 12:34:09 »
I liked it!
Awesome size.
 :)

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #20 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 12:43:10 »
I liked the bent metal plate/case when you showed it to me but the Steel Beauty case looks even cooler! Keep up the good work  :thumb:
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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #21 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 12:46:11 »
I'll pay for shipping to me and back to him as well.

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #22 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 12:47:42 »
this is absolutely wonderful so far
i'll be your guinea pig ;)

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #23 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 12:52:12 »
The first time since a long time that I want a mx board...

Where can I throw my last money?

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #24 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 12:54:14 »
that is so amazing sir, i want

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #25 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 12:56:22 »
Nice mini board. I will want a few of these for my collection.

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« Reply #26 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 13:27:36 »
That's pretty cool...I WANT ONE!!!
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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #27 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 13:33:06 »
I want to pinch its widdle cheeks.

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #28 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 13:48:50 »
yes, i want a mechanical keyboard i can keep in jacket pocket :D
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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #29 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 14:25:56 »
As long as I can make this CMYK, I'm game.
60% keyboards, 100% of the time.

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #30 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 14:29:11 »
yes, i want a mechanical keyboard i can keep in jacket pocket :D

I dunno if it's that small...

I think that you should remove the right shift and give us a comma. I never use the right shift.
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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #31 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 15:12:58 »
It's roughly 3"x9" from the images

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #32 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 15:16:38 »
It's roughly 3"x9" from the images

Well that's suitably mind blowing. I'm still trying to visualize how small that is, even with the help of a ruler.
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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #33 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 15:36:13 »
This would be great with a slim sturdy case. It would be great if the case was designed with a higher lip around the sides to protect the keys during transportation. And a custom top part of the car can be made to protect the keys and switches during transport.

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #34 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 15:47:06 »
absolutely ****ing amazing  :eek: :eek: :eek:

props to everyone who worked on this

when you get all the kinks worked out I have a feeling these will sell like hot cakes!

(I know I'm definitely buying one if you do a GB)

Once again, GREAT JOB!!!!!

3x9 would fit in my jacket easily and make for a sick portable kb for my laptop

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #35 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 15:47:37 »
This looks amazing, make me a beta tester already :D
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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #36 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 15:59:25 »
There seems to be a distinct lack of the name "Moose" on this PCB...

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Re: jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #37 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 16:09:15 »
Pretty much echoing what everyone else already said.  It's amazing and I want one.  Nao.

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Re: The SmallFry KB, AKA jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #38 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 16:13:26 »
I gave this keyboard a suitable name.

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Re: The SmallFry KB, AKA jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #39 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 16:14:49 »
I gave this keyboard a suitable name.

So fitting!!!

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Re: The SmallFry KB, AKA jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #40 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 16:16:16 »
I gave this keyboard a suitable name.

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Re: The SmallFry KB, AKA jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #41 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 16:18:10 »
I gave this keyboard a suitable name.

A very fitting name!  SmallFry would have loved it :)

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« Reply #42 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 16:33:39 »
A "Small" keyboard for SmallFry. <3
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Re: The SmallFry KB, AKA jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #43 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 16:41:33 »
I gave this keyboard a suitable name.


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Re: The SmallFry KB, AKA jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #44 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 19:27:15 »
Adorable.
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Re: The SmallFry KB, AKA jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #45 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 19:28:24 »
Why not stamp SmallFry's name on every other thing we create, so it sells? Excellent business idea!

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Re: The SmallFry KB, AKA jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #46 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 19:36:06 »
Why not stamp SmallFry's name on every other thing we create, so it sells? Excellent business idea!
Please stop whatever you are doing.


jdcarpe, as you already know I absolutely love it.  :)  It's so darn cute.  Echoing others' thoughts, I'm curious about the fn layer and how regular typing will be.  I look forward to updates!  :D

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Re: The SmallFry KB, AKA jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #47 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 19:37:19 »
Why not stamp SmallFry's name on every other thing we create, so it sells? Excellent business idea!

>.<  I believe this is a personal statement by JD, as he liked Smallfry a lot and they were friendly.  It's not about selling stuff or business ideas.  Not to mention, this is JD's thread for his own project, so he can do and call it whatever he wants.

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Re: The SmallFry KB, AKA jdcarpe loves 40%
« Reply #48 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 19:59:01 »
Why not stamp SmallFry's name on every other thing we create, so it sells? Excellent business idea!
Please stop whatever you are doing.

Nicely put.
It's a good width!  If it's half-width it's too narrow, and full-width is too wide. 

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« Reply #49 on: Fri, 16 August 2013, 20:00:04 »
I'm doing what? Spamming? I've only just been doing it for a few months.