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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #700 on: Wed, 30 August 2017, 14:48:20 »
This might be an incredibly stupid question, but... are the screws for holding down the plastic USB bracket, and screws for anchoring the board into the case included with the kit, or do we need to use the screws from the plastic case?

I got my board this morning as I was walking out of the house. After quickly trying to assemble it before leaving I noticed the screws from the original plastic case won't work for holding in the plastic USB bracket into the new case since they are too small. I didn't see any screws included with the case other than the ones used to hold the two haves together. If there are some included screws I might have just missed them as I was in a rush to leave this morning. If not, what screw size do I need since I'm pretty sure the ones from the keyboard will not fit.

Not at all a stupid question! There should be two small button-head screws included in the poly-bagged packet of parts, which is in a slot in the foam of the box (perhaps easy to miss). You should use those to fasten the USB bracket to the CNC case and not the ones that came with your Cooler Master case. If for some reason those screws were omitted when your hardware kit got packed, just let me know and I can send you replacements.

These are the screws, btw: https://www.mcmaster.com/#94500a221/=1963kwz
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« Reply #702 on: Wed, 30 August 2017, 17:55:53 »
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Nice! Love the complementary keys and cable.

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« Reply #703 on: Wed, 30 August 2017, 18:16:19 »
This might be an incredibly stupid question, but... are the screws for holding down the plastic USB bracket, and screws for anchoring the board into the case included with the kit, or do we need to use the screws from the plastic case?

I got my board this morning as I was walking out of the house. After quickly trying to assemble it before leaving I noticed the screws from the original plastic case won't work for holding in the plastic USB bracket into the new case since they are too small. I didn't see any screws included with the case other than the ones used to hold the two haves together. If there are some included screws I might have just missed them as I was in a rush to leave this morning. If not, what screw size do I need since I'm pretty sure the ones from the keyboard will not fit.

Not at all a stupid question! There should be two small button-head screws included in the poly-bagged packet of parts, which is in a slot in the foam of the box (perhaps easy to miss). You should use those to fasten the USB bracket to the CNC case and not the ones that came with your Cooler Master case. If for some reason those screws were omitted when your hardware kit got packed, just let me know and I can send you replacements.

These are the screws, btw: https://www.mcmaster.com/#94500a221/=1963kwz

I'm not seeing the screws unfortunately. I checked in that slit in the packing material as well as the ground where I opened the box. If these are pretty standard screws that can be bought from a hardware store I can totally do that; however, if they are specialized then you might have the ship them out.

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #704 on: Wed, 30 August 2017, 18:17:51 »
This might be an incredibly stupid question, but... are the screws for holding down the plastic USB bracket, and screws for anchoring the board into the case included with the kit, or do we need to use the screws from the plastic case?

I got my board this morning as I was walking out of the house. After quickly trying to assemble it before leaving I noticed the screws from the original plastic case won't work for holding in the plastic USB bracket into the new case since they are too small. I didn't see any screws included with the case other than the ones used to hold the two haves together. If there are some included screws I might have just missed them as I was in a rush to leave this morning. If not, what screw size do I need since I'm pretty sure the ones from the keyboard will not fit.

Not at all a stupid question! There should be two small button-head screws included in the poly-bagged packet of parts, which is in a slot in the foam of the box (perhaps easy to miss). You should use those to fasten the USB bracket to the CNC case and not the ones that came with your Cooler Master case. If for some reason those screws were omitted when your hardware kit got packed, just let me know and I can send you replacements.

These are the screws, btw: https://www.mcmaster.com/#94500a221/=1963kwz

I'm not seeing the screws unfortunately. I checked in that slit in the packing material as well as the ground where I opened the box. If these are pretty standard screws that can be bought from a hardware store I can totally do that; however, if they are specialized then you might have the ship them out.

Might as well save you the trouble and send them to you. I'm happy to do so. Just send me a PM with your order number.

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #705 on: Thu, 31 August 2017, 06:20:33 »
My Aerospace Alu arrived. Love the build and the heft of the case. Alas, the pair of feet are missing the rubber/silicone ends though. Also missing the hex screws for the USB connector and flange screws. Appreciate if you could make arrangements to send them to me too. I've PM you my order number.
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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #706 on: Thu, 31 August 2017, 11:27:11 »
My Aerospace Alu arrived. Love the build and the heft of the case. Alas, the pair of feet are missing the rubber/silicone ends though. Also missing the hex screws for the USB connector and flange screws. Appreciate if you could make arrangements to send them to me too. I've PM you my order number.

Oops. Sorry about that. When doing my inspection, I focused almost exclusively on the cases. Looks like the folks who packed the other side of the case had a few misses, so I probably should have looked at that side more closely too. I'll arrange replacements with you directly.

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #707 on: Thu, 31 August 2017, 19:53:31 »
Mine came today (well, yesterday, but I actually got it this morning)!

This is the Galaxy Blue brushed case with Nantucket Selectric:


I think the blue in Nantucket Selectric is a bit too warm for the case, but I've always planned on putting Dasher or Dancer on this keyboard anyway, so I hope they'll be a better match.  Assuming that they do, this keyboard will have reached endgame.

There were a couple of tiny dings and some minor scratches on the inside of the case, but everything you can actually see looks great!

I'm not hearing any particular change in the sound, for better or for worse.



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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #708 on: Thu, 31 August 2017, 19:57:11 »
There were a couple of tiny dings and some minor scratches on the inside of the case, but everything you can actually see looks great!

Thanks! Yes, I intentionally exclude the hidden surfaces of the case from the inspection criteria because such things are never seen in use—and not including them in the QC criteria actually helps keep the cost down by decreasing the reject rate. :)

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« Reply #709 on: Thu, 31 August 2017, 20:56:51 »
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« Reply #710 on: Thu, 31 August 2017, 23:24:42 »
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Stunning.

Agreed. Such a lovely case and pairing of keyset + case (never thought of Hyperfuse SA + Retro Refrigerator). Bravo  :thumb:
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« Reply #711 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 01:07:22 »
Many thanks Ryan for your very fast intervention  :cool: !

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #712 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 01:55:55 »
Any updates about the space station white cases? Wanted to get my case before r2.5 to decide if I want another one but looks like that won’t happen now   :'(

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #713 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 02:10:25 »
Thanks! Yes, I intentionally exclude the hidden surfaces of the case from the inspection criteria because such things are never seen in use—and not including them in the QC criteria actually helps keep the cost down by decreasing the reject rate. :)

Honestly, if the ding were visible, I'd just touch it with an appropriately colored Sharpie and it would disappear.  The only way I even saw these things was by looking for them with a bright light.  It's really beautiful.

Question: There were four screws in the baggie.  The two small ones were perfect for the USB port clip, but what are the two wider, more domed, screws for?

I'm looking forward to you doing a case for my Realforce RGB now!   :)

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #714 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 07:22:38 »
Question: There were four screws in the baggie.  The two small ones were perfect for the USB port clip, but what are the two wider, more domed, screws for?

It's for screwing the plate into the bottom part of the case.

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« Reply #715 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 07:23:12 »
Alright, one more to the fold (wanted to catch some pretty SA reflections and as many shades as possible of the case in different lightings at the same time, so, sorry for the harsh light):


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« Reply #716 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 13:56:28 »
So...I'll post a review of this...

Disclaimer: I've bought into keycap group buys, but this is my first mechanical aluminum keyboard/case group buy purchase. I bought this with my own money. And pardon my potato pics!

Norbauer's CM TKL Case is functional art. Period.

The user experience of this product, from unboxing, to assembly, to typing this review is nothing short of stellar.

Packaging alone had passers-by at work stopping in their tracks to ask what it is. Very premium. The case fits so well in the tray carrier, there's a slight vacuum effect, and whistles when you pull the case out. So satisfying!!!

Aluminum texture is slightly rougher than on an Apple product, and the finish is bright, lively, and clean.

The fit of the plate/PCB is amazing. The fit of the USB port is fantastic. The design for assembly even allows me to really dial in how the two halves align for sticklers like myself. Stick some foam in this, and you'd swear the keys just go into a solid block of aluminum (because it is!!!). No pinging, everything is just S O L I D  &  T H I C K.

Wow, wow, wow. Just wow. THIS is how luxury keyboard products should be.

My only nitpick (and this is me reaching for something) is the riser feet grind the case a bit on the last bit of turn. Maybe include a die cut clear plastic/film (think transparency sheet) washer for run 2.5?

So, if you are a Mechanical Keyboard enthusiast and you don't have one of these, and are contemplating... buy one. Or two. Or three. Norbauer is running GB 2.5 for this, and I don't think he wants to run another round after this, so buy one, or risk paying through the nose for one, if anybody even wants to part with theirs. You won't get any of mine!  :p

Overall: 9.9/10

Bravo Norbauer, you have a lifelong customer.  :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:










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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #717 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 14:12:00 »
Oops, I was on the wrong thread, posted these on the R1 thread:




It only looks like that from certain angles, otherwise it's a very deep blue. (Galactic Blue - Brushed)

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« Reply #718 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 14:24:34 »
Oops, I was on the wrong thread...
...(Galactic Blue - Brushed)

Too many threads for these cases now, maybe R1 could be locked?

Nice to see the brushed version at last  :)  Which keycap set do you have in the photo?

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« Reply #719 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 15:01:35 »
That one is DSA LightCycle

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« Reply #720 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 16:50:07 »
What is happening with the Tactical Gray cases that didn't pass muster? Are those going to be stripped of the anodizing and reused for the powder coat?

That one is DSA LightCycle

Thanks  :thumb:

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #721 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 16:54:57 »
Too many threads for these cases now, maybe R1 could be locked?

Done. Thanks for the suggestion!

What is happening with the Tactical Gray cases that didn't pass muster? Are those going to be stripped of the anodizing and reused for the powder coat?

For those who opted for a powder-upgrade replacement rather than a refund, that is correct. This should allow me to turn around the replacements faster than waiting for 2.5 to be completed (with perhaps the exception of people who chose finishes specific to r2.5 that are special-order from the powder company such as Astrophysical Purple). I did this before with cases from r1 that had anodizing blemishes, so I know it works perfectly. The cases get bead-blasted before powder coating anyway as part of the normal prep process, and the (relatively very thin) anodizing layer just incidentally gets blasted away during that process.
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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #722 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 17:01:49 »
So...I'll post a review of this...

Disclaimer: I've bought into keycap group buys, but this is my first mechanical aluminum keyboard/case group buy purchase. I bought this with my own money. And pardon my potato pics!

Norbauer's CM TKL Case is functional art. Period.

The user experience of this product, from unboxing, to assembly, to typing this review is nothing short of stellar.

Packaging alone had passers-by at work stopping in their tracks to ask what it is. Very premium. The case fits so well in the tray carrier, there's a slight vacuum effect, and whistles when you pull the case out. So satisfying!!!

Aluminum texture is slightly rougher than on an Apple product, and the finish is bright, lively, and clean.

The fit of the plate/PCB is amazing. The fit of the USB port is fantastic. The design for assembly even allows me to really dial in how the two halves align for sticklers like myself. Stick some foam in this, and you'd swear the keys just go into a solid block of aluminum (because it is!!!). No pinging, everything is just S O L I D  &  T H I C K.

Wow, wow, wow. Just wow. THIS is how luxury keyboard products should be.

My only nitpick (and this is me reaching for something) is the riser feet grind the case a bit on the last bit of turn. Maybe include a die cut clear plastic/film (think transparency sheet) washer for run 2.5?

So, if you are a Mechanical Keyboard enthusiast and you don't have one of these, and are contemplating... buy one. Or two. Or three. Norbauer is running GB 2.5 for this, and I don't think he wants to run another round after this, so buy one, or risk paying through the nose for one, if anybody even wants to part with theirs. You won't get any of mine!  :p

Overall: 9.9/10

Bravo Norbauer, you have a lifelong customer.  :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

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Oh man. Thank you so much for that incredibly fantastic review! :D The prospect of making even just a few people happy like this is precisely the reason I do these things, stressful though they may sometimes be. I really do personally view these projects as artistic exercises, so for you to call the case "functional art" is really enormously gratifying for me. Thank again, so much!!

Your idea on the rubber feet is a great one; I'll investigate!

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #723 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 18:11:46 »
Managed to get my case installed and finished a few mods on my Novatouch, here are some quick and dirty photos.... better ones tomorrow :)











Must say Ryan, the engineering, design and finish is superb!

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« Reply #724 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 18:48:54 »
Just got my shipping notification from Originative! Stoked!

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« Reply #725 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 18:52:17 »
Oh man. Thank you so much for that incredibly fantastic review! :D The prospect of making eventual  just a few people happy like this is precisely the reason I do these things, stressful though they may sometimes be. I really do personally view these projects as artistic exercises, so for you to call the case "functional art" is really enormously gratifying for me. Thank again, so much!!

Your idea on the rubber feet is a great one; I'll investigate!

You're very welcome! The highest praises are very well deserved!

I actually planned to leave work early today, and actually stayed till the end of the day so I could use my "Norbafuse" board, responding to non-urgent emails, spinning CAD around, and internet browsing. This is going to be a beast of a daily driver. :)

I'd loooove if you made a matching numpad case! ::nudge Leopold w/ micro USB port pcb nudge:: :)


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« Reply #726 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 18:53:21 »
Managed to get my case installed and finished a few mods on my Novatouch, here are some quick and dirty photos.... better ones tomorrow :)


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Must say Ryan, the engineering, design and finish is superb!

That's a tasty combination there!

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« Reply #727 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 20:19:49 »
Oh man. Thank you so much for that incredibly fantastic review! :D The prospect of making even just a few people happy like this is precisely the reason I do these things, stressful though they may sometimes be. I really do personally view these projects as artistic exercises, so for you to call the case "functional art" is really enormously gratifying for me. Thank again, so much!!

Your idea on the rubber feet is a great one; I'll investigate!

I'd echo the same sentiments as autobot, nicely done, looking forward to the RF87 case.

My (minor) suggestions for improvement:

1.) Would definitely try to mitigate the grinding feet :D, I saw the aluminum and knew it would grind, but didn't want wobbly feet either so I tightened it down a bit. I haven't unscrewed to check for damage, but I wouldn't ever use this in the "flat" position either.

2.) Other suggestion was to more accurately match the bump-on locations to the size of the bump-ons you're going to provide. The holes/divets are slightly larger than the bump-ons and you can't really get them centered properly (seen on pexon's picture of the feet). Functionally they work fine, just aesthetically they're off a bit.

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #728 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 20:25:03 »
Oh man. Thank you so much for that incredibly fantastic review! :D The prospect of making even just a few people happy like this is precisely the reason I do these things, stressful though they may sometimes be. I really do personally view these projects as artistic exercises, so for you to call the case "functional art" is really enormously gratifying for me. Thank again, so much!!

Your idea on the rubber feet is a great one; I'll investigate!

I'd echo the same sentiments as autobot, nicely done, looking forward to the RF87 case.

My (minor) suggestions for improvement:

1.) Would definitely try to mitigate the grinding feet :D, I saw the aluminum and knew it would grind, but didn't want wobbly feet either so I tightened it down a bit. I haven't unscrewed to check for damage, but I wouldn't ever use this in the "flat" position either.

2.) Other suggestion was to more accurately match the bump-on locations to the size of the bump-ons you're going to provide. The holes/divets are slightly larger than the bump-ons and you can't really get them centered properly (seen on pexon's picture of the feet). Functionally they work fine, just aesthetically they're off a bit.

Awesome. Thanks for the kind words. :D

#1. If you ground it in hard, there probably is a little circular mark there. I figured if people were going to use feet that they wouldn't be too worried about a circle in a hidden spot on the case--especially one that is extra-not-visible when the riser feet are in use, but all the same I don't mind investigating some kind of rubber washer as a buffer.

#2 is intentional. I have to leave clearance for the powder coated cases, as the powder tends to collect in those corners and significantly reduce the diameter. The current numbers were based on quite a few tests and are a compromise between the best anodizing and powder sizes.

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #729 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 20:51:34 »

Too many threads for these cases now, maybe R1 could be locked?

Nice to see the brushed version at last  :)  Which keycap set do you have in the photo?

Hey!  Mine (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=88759.msg2484121#msg2484121) is also the brushed Galaxy Blue.  The color really does appear to shift a lot depending on the lighting.

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« Reply #730 on: Fri, 01 September 2017, 21:03:14 »
Awesome. Thanks for the kind words. :D

#1. If you ground it in hard, there probably is a little circular mark there. I figured if people were going to use feet that they wouldn't be too worried about a circle in a hidden spot on the case--especially one that is extra-not-visible when the riser feet are in use, but all the same I don't mind investigating some kind of rubber washer as a buffer.

#2 is intentional. I have to leave clearance for the powder coated cases, as the powder tends to collect in those corners and significantly reduce the diameter. The current numbers were based on quite a few tests and are a compromise between the best anodizing and powder sizes.

For #1, it's more about "I don't want to damage the $250 case I just bought" even if you can't see it when you're using the feet. I don't mind all the marks in-between the two halves, like you said, you really can never see those. But in this scenario, you *could* see the marks if you ever remove the feet and switch to a flat orientation.

#2 makes sense, I figured it was related to some kind of coating, I was only thinking about the anodized cases =) 


Too many threads for these cases now, maybe R1 could be locked?

Nice to see the brushed version at last  :)  Which keycap set do you have in the photo?

Hey!  Mine (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=88759.msg2484121#msg2484121) is also the brushed Galaxy Blue.  The color really does appear to shift a lot depending on the lighting.


Need a bigger picture, that one is tiny =)

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« Reply #731 on: Sat, 02 September 2017, 08:18:25 »
Does anybody have full dimensions of the case? The height, 24.8mm, is noted in the r1 thread, but not the width and length.

Hey!  Mine (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=88759.msg2484121#msg2484121) is also the brushed Galaxy Blue.  The color really does appear to shift a lot depending on the lighting.

Sorry, missed that detail in the text.
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« Reply #732 on: Sat, 02 September 2017, 11:09:46 »
Managed to get my case installed and finished a few mods on my Novatouch, here are some quick and dirty photos.... better ones tomorrow :)


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Must say Ryan, the engineering, design and finish is superb!

Very nice  :thumb:
I had the same combo in mind for my case. I am eager to see how that dark blue looks like in person.

Alright, one more to the fold (wanted to catch some pretty SA reflections and as many shades as possible of the case in different lightings at the same time, so, sorry for the harsh light):

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Are these little specks on the lower part of the bezel due to the powder-coating process?

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« Reply #733 on: Sat, 02 September 2017, 16:14:07 »
Promised some more photos !










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« Reply #734 on: Sat, 02 September 2017, 16:24:19 »
Looking good pexon! How do you like DSA on the Novatouch? I haven't tried that profile on it yet...

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #735 on: Sat, 02 September 2017, 16:28:11 »
Its really nice, I prefer it to Cherry/ GMK thats for sure. I have tried SA and I just can't get on with it. DSA is my least favourite profile, but on Topre, I think it works very well indeed, I would recommend 100%

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #736 on: Sat, 02 September 2017, 18:15:07 »
...The cases get bead-blasted before powder coating anyway as part of the normal prep process, and the (relatively very thin) anodizing layer just incidentally gets blasted away during that process.

Thanks. I was curious about how the paint shop would handle prep for this. I've read too many regrets on PC case modding discussions where people went cheap and their fresh powder coat chipped off the slightest knock.

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #737 on: Sat, 02 September 2017, 18:23:27 »
...The cases get bead-blasted before powder coating anyway as part of the normal prep process, and the (relatively very thin) anodizing layer just incidentally gets blasted away during that process.

Thanks. I was curious about how the paint shop would handle prep for this. I've read too many regrets on PC case modding discussions where people went cheap and their fresh powder coat chipped off the slightest knock.

Bead-blasting for powder coating should use a much more aggressive (higher particle size) medium that fine finish blasting for anodizing. The rougher media leaves more "tooth" in the aluminum surface for the powder to grab onto.

Offline Auk

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #738 on: Sat, 02 September 2017, 18:41:01 »
Bead-blasting for powder coating should use a much more aggressive (higher particle size) medium that fine finish blasting for anodizing. The rougher media leaves more "tooth" in the aluminum surface for the powder to grab onto.

I tried to find some old examples of the poor paint jobs and failed, but I did stumble onto this comment. It shouldn't really be a problem with a conscientious and professional paint shop doing their thing.

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #739 on: Sat, 02 September 2017, 18:42:02 »
Bead-blasting for powder coating should use a much more aggressive (higher particle size) medium that fine finish blasting for anodizing. The rougher media leaves more "tooth" in the aluminum surface for the powder to grab onto.

I tried to find some old examples of the poor paint jobs and failed, but I did stumble onto this comment. It shouldn't really be a problem with a conscientious and professional paint shop doing their thing.

I would also agree with that statement. :)

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #740 on: Sat, 02 September 2017, 21:05:23 »
Alright, one more to the fold (wanted to catch some pretty SA reflections and as many shades as possible of the case in different lightings at the same time, so, sorry for the harsh light):

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That's gorgeous, that's as close to a perfect match as you will ever find. 

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #741 on: Sat, 02 September 2017, 21:36:22 »
Are these little specks on the lower part of the bezel due to the powder-coating process?

Those are just pieces of dust. I tried my best to stamp out any dust in photoshop but forgot to do the keyboard itself (focused on the keycaps).

If you want examples of what the powder-coating looks like, check these:



That's gorgeous, that's as close to a perfect match as you will ever find. 

Indoors, the keycaps that came with bright green cap (and navy text) look identical in colour. Outdoors in bright sunlight, you can tell there's like a single shade of difference. But once the green is used as a legend it's impossible to tell. It is perfect. I highly recommend this combo!
« Last Edit: Sat, 02 September 2017, 21:39:20 by clappingcactus »

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #742 on: Sat, 02 September 2017, 21:51:31 »
Just got my shipping notification from Originative! Stoked!

It's gonna be a long week brother...
           

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #743 on: Sat, 02 September 2017, 23:26:22 »
Just got my shipping notification from Originative! Stoked!

It's gonna be a long week brother...
Hah no doubt!

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #744 on: Sun, 03 September 2017, 00:27:50 »
Waiting for my case to ship from Originative as well  :D

What type/brand of foam are you all using to silence ping inside the case? I'm not sure what kind to buy.

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #745 on: Sun, 03 September 2017, 01:10:19 »
Gonna be a while before I can do it, but my plan was to go with this guide
Leopold FC660C lubed, silenced with landing pads | Norbatouch lubed, silenced with hyperspheres | Poker II MX Blue with vortex aluminum case, vortex red/white doubeshot pbt caps and o-rings | CODE TKL MX Clear with Miami | Unicomp Buckling Spring | GMMK with rainbow vomit switches, mostly jailhouse blues and pandealios

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #746 on: Sun, 03 September 2017, 05:42:47 »
Build mine with a max key keyset.

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #747 on: Sun, 03 September 2017, 11:25:24 »
Wifey took the kid shopping, time to quickly snap some pics!  ;D








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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #748 on: Sun, 03 September 2017, 11:27:35 »
Build mine with a max key keyset.

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That looks really slick, floris!  :thumb:

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Re: [GB] CNC Alum. Cooler Master TKL cases r2, SHIPPING
« Reply #749 on: Sun, 03 September 2017, 11:44:27 »
Wow. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos, floris and autobot!