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Offline lxrogers

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Aluminum Keycaps
« on: Thu, 07 April 2016, 01:37:34 »
I'm working on a set of aluminum keycaps for a full aluminum keyboard, but after quite a bit of research I can't seem to find any aluminum keycaps.

Has anybody here bought any, made any, or even seen pictures of them? I'm worried that there is a reason that nobody has made any before.

To me it seems like a decent metal for keycaps: rugged once anodized, light, aesthetically matching with aluminum cases.

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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 07 April 2016, 04:48:13 »
Has anybody seen pictures of them?
HolyOOPS are made out of aluminum. There's also a modifiers set.
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Offline rurushu

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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 07 April 2016, 05:49:43 »
If not mistaken last time got one korean keyboard enthusiast called ScarFace made a set of aluminium keycaps, i think only the alphas and not the modifiers.

but that one is like... years ago though... and I only saw one people in GH last time who got the keyset, the user is "long-something" or "something-long".


Edit: found already, the user is longweight https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=36620.0
« Last Edit: Thu, 07 April 2016, 05:51:53 by rurushu »

Offline Zar7

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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 07 April 2016, 15:12:27 »


I did actually had the chance to try out the aluminium keycaps on my friend's Pok3r. It's a TtEsports's metal keycaps. Personally, I don't really like it, because of the slippery finish on the surface.
After using them for two weeks, my friend bailed out on the metal caps because it started to show some serious wear (the metal coating rubbing off, with yellowish colors started popping out) on his WASD keys.

Probably the main reason why most manufacturers avoid making aluminium caps is because of their high cost and inconsistent durability. They wear off in weeks if you game and type on the same keyboard.
PBT probably is your best choice: durable and thick.

Offline lxrogers

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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 07 May 2016, 15:14:43 »
Here is my first prototype:
136490-0
things to improve:
  • somehow soften the edge around the top, is a little sharp
  • find softer beads for the bead blast
  • improve the cut-out operation so i don't get those hanging pieces along the bottom

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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 07 May 2016, 15:17:53 »
If not mistaken last time got one korean keyboard enthusiast called ScarFace made a set of aluminium keycaps, i think only the alphas and not the modifiers.

but that one is like... years ago though... and I only saw one people in GH last time who got the keyset, the user is "long-something" or "something-long".


Edit: found already, the user is longweight https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=36620.0
http://www.otd.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=f8&wr_id=662&sca=&sfl=mb_id%2C1&stx=maniabyh

http://www.otd.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=f8&wr_id=681&sca=&sfl=mb_id%2C1&stx=maniabyh

http://www.otd.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=f8&wr_id=704&sca=&sfl=mb_id%2C1&stx=maniabyh

http://www.otd.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=f8&wr_id=724&sca=&sfl=mb_id%2C1&stx=maniabyh

http://www.otd.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=f8&sca=&sfl=mb_id%2C1&stx=maniabyh&page=2

Offline lxrogers

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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 07 May 2016, 20:52:56 »
wow amazing find.. they look pretty good casted. Is the diagram on there showing the different sizes? It seems like there isn't any profiling on these

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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 07 May 2016, 20:56:54 »
wow amazing find.. they look pretty good casted. Is the diagram on there showing the different sizes? It seems like there isn't any profiling on these
They're Cherry profile, so each row does have a different profile.


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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 07 May 2016, 21:15:12 »
Those caps aren't the easiest to find and a full set can cost around $3-400.
I had a few chances to get those caps but I passed them all up since I wasn't $400 interested.
I hope you get to find your dream caps!
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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 08 May 2016, 20:47:53 »
If not mistaken last time got one korean keyboard enthusiast called ScarFace made a set of aluminium keycaps, i think only the alphas and not the modifiers.

but that one is like... years ago though... and I only saw one people in GH last time who got the keyset, the user is "long-something" or "something-long".


Edit: found already, the user is longweight https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=36620.0
http://www.otd.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=f8&wr_id=662&sca=&sfl=mb_id%2C1&stx=maniabyh

http://www.otd.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=f8&wr_id=681&sca=&sfl=mb_id%2C1&stx=maniabyh

http://www.otd.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=f8&wr_id=704&sca=&sfl=mb_id%2C1&stx=maniabyh

http://www.otd.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=f8&wr_id=724&sca=&sfl=mb_id%2C1&stx=maniabyh

http://www.otd.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=f8&sca=&sfl=mb_id%2C1&stx=maniabyh&page=2

Damn Photekq, you managed to find back those threads in otd....   :thumb:

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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 08 May 2016, 21:23:55 »
Damn Photekq, you managed to find back those threads in otd....   :thumb:
Yeah, I'm alright at navigating OTD ;D

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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 13 May 2016, 15:34:38 »
You are gonna pay top dollar for them unfortunately...

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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 13 May 2016, 15:38:17 »
Damn Photekq, you managed to find back those threads in otd....   :thumb:
Yeah, I'm alright at navigating OTD ;D

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Offline whezil

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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 07 January 2021, 11:12:40 »
CNC Machined Aluminium SA profile keycap, machined by me.
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Offline blawb

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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 10 January 2021, 01:15:35 »
CNC Machined Aluminium SA profile keycap, machined by me.
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Thank texture is gorgeous!
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Offline whezil

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Re: Aluminum Keycaps
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 17 January 2021, 06:05:20 »
CNC Machined Aluminium SA profile keycap, machined by me.
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Thank texture is gorgeous!

I'm glad you like it. I see it as sort of a fingerprint of the keycap, making it unique. Also sort of looks like ripples in a pond. I was just playing around with some surface designs and wanted to see how they would turn out.