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Offline ns90

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Re: [IC] 50% Compact Keyboard
« Reply #50 on: Wed, 07 June 2017, 23:07:22 »
I've really got to set my printer back up. I'm actually really interested in trying this. I think 50% will fill most of what I'm missing from 40%.

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Re: [IC] 50% Compact Keyboard
« Reply #51 on: Wed, 07 June 2017, 23:19:27 »
I've really got to set my printer back up. I'm actually really interested in trying this. I think 50% will fill most of what I'm missing from 40%.

Just a warning, a full print hasn't been done yet, so I don't know how well everything fits together.  It should all work in theory, but some sanding might be needed to make the left and right half join together.  So far from printing just the top half of the left side, the layout gets an A in my book.

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Re: [IC] 50% Compact Keyboard
« Reply #52 on: Wed, 07 June 2017, 23:35:15 »
How much the price for the set would be with no space bars?

Haven't read the last update. It seems you have decided to drop the mod set. Why not to explore a minimalist set in classic colors?
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Re: [IC] 50% Compact Keyboard
« Reply #53 on: Wed, 07 June 2017, 23:48:55 »
Looks like a cool layout, I like how symmetrical the bottom row is with a 7u (or equivalent split) spacebar. The fact that it's QMK makes it really appealing.


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Re: [IC] 50% Compact Keyboard
« Reply #54 on: Thu, 08 June 2017, 08:09:06 »
How much the price for the set would be with no space bars?

Haven't read the last update. It seems you have decided to drop the mod set. Why not to explore a minimalist set in classic colors?

That was my next idea. Since SP's MOQ is lower, it would be easier to go with them for some caps. I'll ask them about the price for sets in both DSA and DCS.  Colors will be more or less classic with maybe some mild colored accents.

Looks like a cool layout, I like how symmetrical the bottom row is with a 7u (or equivalent split) spacebar. The fact that it's QMK makes it really appealing.

That was one of the main goals: Look good, be portable, keep max functionality. QMK was the only choice for firmware since you can do pretty much anything with it.

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard
« Reply #55 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 21:15:08 »
Just posted an update having to do with the PCBs. 

TL;DR:  Designing is complete, prototypes have been ordered, and they'll get to me in ~30 days.

For more specifics, check up in update #4.

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard
« Reply #56 on: Thu, 15 June 2017, 00:11:30 »
FYI: The layout picture's link is broken.

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard
« Reply #57 on: Thu, 15 June 2017, 10:21:26 »
FYI: The layout picture's link is broken.

Ah thanks, changed that in a rush last night and didn't notice.

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard
« Reply #58 on: Tue, 20 June 2017, 16:38:48 »
Now you've got a Nautilus copy made by Tai-Hao with the same name as your keyboard!

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard
« Reply #59 on: Sat, 15 July 2017, 12:08:22 »
They're here ;)

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard - Prototype PCBs
« Reply #60 on: Sun, 30 July 2017, 17:37:51 »


Prototype built, typing on it now!  It took a while to get it built since I've been busy with work and college stuff, but it's finally done.  I haven't completely finished making the case yet, my 3d printer broke mid print and I have to get a whole new heatbed.  Just the plate will do for now though. 

I figured out that the board supports a sort of 'winkeyless' layout, so I decided to go with that and give it a vintage feel and look.  So far, I'm really pleased with the results. 

With SA, only the right shift key next to the question mark is in the wrong profile.  I was originally going to do a long right shift, but I modeled the stabilizer hole in the wrong direction, so I had to go with a split right shift instead.  Still, one key in the wrong profile isn't bad at all.  With Cherry profile caps, only the key to the left of 'A' would be in the wrong profile. 
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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard - Prototype PCBs
« Reply #61 on: Sun, 30 July 2017, 18:08:37 »


There is a render for a 5 part case designed for 3d printing.  Each section is a different color to show how the parts fit together, but they all assemble together very seamlessly with minimal overhangs to keep the success rate high.  I would finish printing it, but like I said, printer is broken for the meantime :/

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard - Prototype PCBs
« Reply #62 on: Mon, 28 August 2017, 23:37:43 »
Reviving this project with the help of a special someone.

We expect to re-release with more layouts, RGB underglow, and a hi-pro CNC aluminum case.  More details will come in a seperate IC. 



Prototype is printed, assembled, and in functioning use. 


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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard - Prototype PCBs
« Reply #63 on: Tue, 29 August 2017, 00:21:29 »
Glad to see you here, snevok.  Looking forward to the alu case design. :p

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard - Prototype PCBs
« Reply #64 on: Tue, 29 August 2017, 00:59:10 »
I am digging that board hope there is a round 2 what where the prices like on r1 on the ones you sold on reddit?

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard - Prototype PCBs
« Reply #65 on: Tue, 29 August 2017, 11:05:55 »
That prototype looks really nice. Iíll definitely be keeping an eye on this.

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard - Prototype PCBs
« Reply #66 on: Tue, 29 August 2017, 11:35:49 »
That prototype looks really nice. Iíll definitely be keeping an eye on this.

Price was $50 just for the PCBs, and a 3d printed case + PCB for $130.  Prices for the PCBs should drop when more are purchased, since I only bought 10 
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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard - Prototype PCBs
« Reply #67 on: Thu, 31 August 2017, 11:38:27 »
A few extras are available. PM me for details. Price is $120 for a PCB and 3d printed case, extra for assembled.

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard - Prototype PCBs
« Reply #68 on: Thu, 31 August 2017, 14:43:13 »
PM'd.
No boards at the moment :(

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard - Prototype PCBs
« Reply #69 on: Thu, 28 September 2017, 14:41:06 »
Any updates on a second round?

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard - Prototype PCBs
« Reply #70 on: Thu, 28 September 2017, 18:58:23 »
Any updates on a second round?
Life has been super busy this past month, close to zero progress has been made on r2 :( 

Stay patient, updates will come with time <3

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard - Prototype PCBs
« Reply #71 on: Thu, 28 September 2017, 18:59:27 »
Any updates on a second round?
Life has been super busy this past month, close to zero progress has been made on r2 :( 

Stay patient, updates will come with time <3

Like a good wine.

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Re: [IC] Kingfisher (50%) Compact Keyboard - Prototype PCBs
« Reply #72 on: Thu, 28 September 2017, 19:04:53 »
I'm sadden by the fact I have not in fact seen this before today...I hope that I will be able to jump on it when r2 comes back!

So take you're time...

Like a good wine.