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« on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 11:38:18 »
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Hi geekhack friends,

I've been quietly working on this project over the last 6 months. I now have a working prototype and a small initial run is in the works, so I thought it would be a good time to share a bit more. This is my first keyboard design, my first time using CAD software, and my first time having something I created manufactured. Since these are plenty of firsts, and since I don't care overly much about naming, I'm happy to introduce the No. 1, a custom TKL.




There are three design decisions I'd like to mention. The first is that the "weight" isn't so much of a weight as it is half of a two-part case bottom — the weight design visible on the underside of the case is the same piece of material that forms the strip that runs around the side and back of the case. The second is that the plate is sandwich-mounted between the two-part bottom and the case top. Sandwich-style cases have, in my experience, provided the best typing experience and sound compared to bottom or top-mounted plates. Third, adhesive rubber gaskets have been incorporated into grooves in the case top to ensure that the plate is sandwiched perfectly with no wiggle room.




I'm currently running a small, private group buy for a small order of these, but I'm working with a vendor to make a larger quantity available to folks down the line. Thanks for checking it out. =)


Update 2017/8/10: Some boards from the first production run:


Update 2017/9/4: Keycult No. 1 Build Log

Update 2017/10/26: Keycult No. 1 Companion Wrist Rest
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Re: No. 1 Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 11:40:10 »
lol Will the next one be called No. 2?

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« Reply #2 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 11:40:34 »
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Re: No. 1 Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 11:41:45 »
Hot Diggity

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Re: No. 1 – Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 11:44:00 »
lol Will the next one be called No. 2?

Yes, and it will only come in brown

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Re: No. 1 Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 11:50:40 »
Interesting route to take with the bottom weight/tray, it separates it from other TKLs in a unique way which is great. :) GL with this

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« Reply #6 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 11:53:55 »


He was no.1

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Re: No. 1 Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 11:58:41 »
holy cow, that is an amazing effort for your first design!

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Re: No. 1 Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 12:04:20 »
The finish on that case is flippin' beautiful
   

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Re: No. 1 Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 13:15:15 »
that looks so good, great work man. any shots of the whole board?
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Re: No. 1 Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 13:16:54 »
Looking good my man

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« Reply #11 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 15:23:49 »
That looks really good.
I like the design of the diffuser - that looks like it's going to do a great job getting the RGB LED's on the bottom of the PCB to evenly illuminate the edges.  What PCB did you choose?

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« Reply #12 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 15:59:54 »
That looks really good.
I like the design of the diffuser - that looks like it's going to do a great job getting the RGB LED's on the bottom of the PCB to evenly illuminate the edges.  What PCB did you choose?

It's not a diffuser. Thats a solid piece of metal

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« Reply #13 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 16:08:01 »
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Re: No. 1 Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 16:41:37 »
Obviously a massive fan. Maybe No. 2 will be mine.

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« Reply #15 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 16:52:18 »
Wow looks really nice.

Definitely gonna be on the lookout for a group buy when it goes public!

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« Reply #16 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 16:58:11 »
That looks really good.
I like the design of the diffuser - that looks like it's going to do a great job getting the RGB LED's on the bottom of the PCB to evenly illuminate the edges.  What PCB did you choose?

It's not a diffuser. Thats a solid piece of metal

It reminds me of the VE.A.
It has something similar going with the polycarb inner shell.


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Re: No. 1 Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 18:42:22 »
awesome job!

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« Reply #18 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 18:45:38 »
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« Reply #19 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 19:42:42 »
I am a full supporter of this if the weight/part two of the bottom case is brass.
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« Reply #20 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 19:46:39 »
I am a full supporter of this if the weight/part two of the bottom case is brass.

The prototype uses chrome-plated brass. I don't think the chrome plating should be used any more other than this prototype because it led to a few issues with the prototype that wouldn't have occurred with a simpler finish.

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« Reply #21 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 19:55:55 »
I am a full supporter of this if the weight/part two of the bottom case is brass.

The prototype uses chrome-plated brass. I don't think the chrome plating should be used any more other than this prototype because it led to a few issues with the prototype that wouldn't have occurred with a simpler finish.

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Re: No. 1 Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 19:57:36 »
I am a full supporter of this if the weight/part two of the bottom case is brass.

The prototype uses chrome-plated brass. I don't think the chrome plating should be used any more other than this prototype because it led to a few issues with the prototype that wouldn't have occurred with a simpler finish.

ill dispose of this prototype for you

It's a total POS and anyone who says otherwise is lying

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« Reply #23 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 20:32:22 »
if the prototype sucks then that means there's lots to learn on how to make the final product even better :thumb:
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« Reply #24 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 20:55:28 »
Hyyyyyyped, very excited to see people innovating the sandwich mount. Really impressive for a first design, will be cool to see what keysets people pair with different mid layer colors  :D

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« Reply #25 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 21:31:15 »
if the prototype sucks then that means there's lots to learn on how to make the final product even better :thumb:

Ye, it's actually quite nice but there are a few issues that will indeed be resolved :D

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« Reply #26 on: Wed, 14 June 2017, 23:37:31 »
why u do dis when i spend all my monies on mira

looks very nice my dude
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« Reply #27 on: Thu, 15 June 2017, 00:46:26 »
Nice design dude love the weight and the curves.  Looks sharp

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« Reply #28 on: Thu, 15 June 2017, 16:22:47 »
Very nice! What CAD program did you end up choosing to make this, and did you design this from the ground up, or did you base it off of yuktsi's TKL?
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« Reply #29 on: Thu, 15 June 2017, 17:14:51 »
Wow, love the design  :thumb:

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Re: No. 1 Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #30 on: Thu, 15 June 2017, 17:15:37 »
Looks cool. The mounting is interesting. Any idea what colors you'll run it in?

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« Reply #31 on: Thu, 15 June 2017, 18:47:30 »
Very nice! What CAD program did you end up choosing to make this, and did you design this from the ground up, or did you base it off of yuktsi's TKL?

This was designed from the ground up with the exception of the plate switch cutouts, which was modified from yuktsi's TGR plate as I didn't have a good enough process yet to do it correctly on my first try. Multiple people provided useful feedback and help navigating the manufacturing process however.

I used Fusion360, which offers a free license for non-commercial use.

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Re: No. 1 – Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #32 on: Thu, 15 June 2017, 18:48:38 »
Looks cool. The mounting is interesting. Any idea what colors you'll run it in?

A small run is already in the works. I'll post pictures when boards arrive. I hope a larger run will be available later on, but I'm not sure which colors would be available for that.

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« Reply #33 on: Thu, 15 June 2017, 18:49:28 »
I would buy this without a second thought!

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« Reply #34 on: Thu, 15 June 2017, 21:23:14 »
Oh, I forgot about the most important part:

Can we get some in-the-dark pics for the underglow? I wanna see what it looks like.
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« Reply #35 on: Thu, 15 June 2017, 22:00:32 »
Oh, I forgot about the most important part:

Can we get some in-the-dark pics for the underglow? I wanna see what it looks like.

There is no underglow. That spacer is metal.

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« Reply #36 on: Thu, 15 June 2017, 22:22:48 »
Oh, I forgot about the most important part:

Can we get some in-the-dark pics for the underglow? I wanna see what it looks like.

There is no underglow. That spacer is metal.

Yeah. Honestly, I didn't even install LEDs in the prototype because it's not important to me. This keyboard won't light up your room, but it'll look good during the day. :D

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« Reply #37 on: Thu, 15 June 2017, 22:45:40 »
Oh. I'm dumb. It looks great though.

A diffused spacer with a little underglow would look sweet, but maybe MIRA spoiled me.
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Re: No. 1 Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #38 on: Fri, 16 June 2017, 10:21:12 »
this is good! didn't have a chance to join the small GB :(
waiting for next (No. 2?) to come!

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Re: No. 1 Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #39 on: Sat, 17 June 2017, 12:10:58 »
Aluminum plate built with Hirose MX switches


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« Reply #40 on: Sat, 17 June 2017, 12:30:06 »
Aluminum plate built with Hirose MX switches

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wait is that what the dark blue looks like irl?
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« Reply #41 on: Sat, 17 June 2017, 12:39:17 »
I think I've seen this somewhere before... :))

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« Reply #42 on: Sat, 17 June 2017, 13:00:41 »
Aluminum plate built with Hirose MX switches

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wait is that what the dark blue looks like irl?

No, the dark blue is much darker. This plate is a prototype blue that won't be offered (and the case is a prototype blue gray that also wasn't offered).

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Aluminum plate built with Hirose MX switches

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wait is that what the dark blue looks like irl?

No, the dark blue is much darker. This plate is a prototype blue that won't be offered (and the case is a prototype blue gray that also wasn't offered).

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Re: No. 1 Custom TKL (prototype & renders inside)
« Reply #44 on: Wed, 21 June 2017, 15:27:48 »
that looks so good, great work man. any shots of the whole board?



Sorry for the delay. =)

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« Reply #45 on: Wed, 21 June 2017, 15:39:52 »
dang that's nice :cool:

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« Reply #46 on: Wed, 21 June 2017, 17:23:02 »
that looks so good, great work man. any shots of the whole board?

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how about whole back side?

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that looks so good, great work man. any shots of the whole board?

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Sorry for the delay. =)

how about whole back side?

Please, full frontal wasn't enough?  :rolleyes:

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« Reply #48 on: Wed, 21 June 2017, 17:39:59 »
Amazing pics  :thumb:

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« Reply #49 on: Wed, 21 June 2017, 18:04:15 »
that looks so good, great work man. any shots of the whole board?

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Sorry for the delay. =)