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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #50 on: Sun, 11 February 2018, 12:31:55 »
I'm now satisfied with how the case looks now. I'll be sending this model to production soon. For reference, it's loosely based on the KB-6251.





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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #51 on: Sun, 11 February 2018, 12:59:05 »
That is a sexy keyboard. I love the form factor, and the renders look good!
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #52 on: Sun, 11 February 2018, 13:12:37 »
Thank you for your comment. Hopefully the actual keyboard will look good as well.
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #53 on: Fri, 23 February 2018, 20:53:49 »
I like it - bezels give it nice presence that 60%s don't have, and the extra F-row gives it nice width/height proportions. And the gap between is a great place to store you favourite pen.

Mostly it's a seal of approval from me as it's NotAnother60%TM. I'm tracking your progress, keep at it.

[EDIT you've inspired me to a similar size variant to my EVE-Project as a V2, I'm keen to see how yours turns out before I dive in once again. Let us know how you deal with incorporating the numpad cluster]
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #54 on: Sat, 24 February 2018, 02:49:02 »
Let us know how you deal with incorporating the numpad cluster
With layers. I generally use two: one for navigation and one for media and both are momentary.
You can see the full layout here. There will be minor differences in the future version but it should give you the idea.
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #55 on: Sat, 24 February 2018, 10:00:38 »
Very nice project. The design of the function keys is perfect.

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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #56 on: Sat, 24 February 2018, 10:47:14 »
Getting better and better all the time... Very nice.
I generally hate all keycaps. Keycaps are for poofs. Real men touchtype on stems. Non-functional artisans are awesome, I use them for the ESC key ... escape is for cowards anyways, real men go frontal assault.

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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #57 on: Sat, 24 February 2018, 12:12:02 »
Very nice project. The design of the function keys is perfect.

Getting better and better all the time... Very nice.

Thank you guys.
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #58 on: Thu, 08 March 2018, 08:58:29 »
I got this picture from my new plates manufacturer. The engraving came out great in my opinion.
They are now on their way to me.
Once again I opted for stainless steel 304.

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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #59 on: Thu, 08 March 2018, 09:06:55 »
hnng need a case
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #60 on: Thu, 08 March 2018, 12:08:32 »
hnng need a case
That's the next on the list. If everything goes according to the plan, it'd be done by the end of April. In that case I'll share the model files.
BTW the angle will be 5.
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #61 on: Tue, 20 March 2018, 04:43:13 »
I've just made a deal with the factory that will produce the casing for the new Toad.
Anodizing will be dark grey as they don't offer micro arc oxidation but perhaps it's something that they can arrange in the future.
Lead time is fifteen days so I should getting everything together by early April since I've already assembled the PCBs.
I gotta say that the quote was better than I expected and the EUR/USD exchange rate truly helped.
Hopefully everything will work as intended.
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #62 on: Tue, 20 March 2018, 07:10:05 »
Really cool project. I can't wait to see the final product!

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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #63 on: Tue, 20 March 2018, 15:43:58 »
I've just made a deal with the factory that will produce the casing for the new Toad.
Anodizing will be dark grey as they don't offer micro arc oxidation but perhaps it's something that they can arrange in the future.
Lead time is fifteen days so I should getting everything together by early April since I've already assembled the PCBs.
I gotta say that the quote was better than I expected and the EUR/USD exchange rate truly helped.
Hopefully everything will work as intended.

How many are you making?

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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #64 on: Tue, 20 March 2018, 16:15:38 »
How many are you making?
Just one for the time being.
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #65 on: Tue, 20 March 2018, 16:59:15 »
Thought so. Are the multiple PCBs for variations in layout?

Who did you get to fabricate? I'm curious on the cost - feel free to PM if you don't want to make this public, I'll keep quiet!  :thumb:

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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #66 on: Tue, 20 March 2018, 17:09:42 »
Are the multiple PCBs for variations in layout?
For different switches. I've already assembled one with Kailh Box Blacks and will put another together with Cherry MX Silent Blacks with films, lube and new springs.

Who did you get to fabricate?
Ulitemech. I found them scouring Alibaba and I already had a pair of counterweights for the handlebar of my motorbike done by them, so I know the machining is accurate and the anodizing looks good.

I'm curious on the cost
300 USD including shipping and PayPal fees.
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #67 on: Tue, 20 March 2018, 17:52:09 »
That's a great price for a single, and quick turnaround. I'm looking forward to pics of the case when you get it.

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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #68 on: Tue, 20 March 2018, 17:53:19 »
I love this project so much.
I generally hate all keycaps. Keycaps are for poofs. Real men touchtype on stems. Non-functional artisans are awesome, I use them for the ESC key ... escape is for cowards anyways, real men go frontal assault.

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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #69 on: Tue, 20 March 2018, 17:58:58 »
I'll be sure to flood the forums with pictures.
Thank you gentlemen for the support.
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #70 on: Thu, 22 March 2018, 15:44:17 »
excited
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #71 on: Thu, 22 March 2018, 17:14:59 »
This is truly a thing of beauty.

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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #72 on: Thu, 22 March 2018, 18:46:17 »
Tree, I hope you find absolute succ-sess with this and you're able to eventually produce some for others here to purchase... This layout is perfect, and there's so much potential for greatness!
I generally hate all keycaps. Keycaps are for poofs. Real men touchtype on stems. Non-functional artisans are awesome, I use them for the ESC key ... escape is for cowards anyways, real men go frontal assault.

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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #73 on: Fri, 23 March 2018, 07:32:42 »
eventually produce some for others here to purchase
I'm seriously thinking about this opportunity. I'll probably run a very limited quantities depending on the demand. Let me first put everything together then, eventually, you'll see an interest check.
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #74 on: Tue, 27 March 2018, 08:19:19 »
i've just discovered this project and I'm very impressed. Looking forward to seeing more pics

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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #75 on: Tue, 27 March 2018, 08:40:03 »
This looks so cool,  :thumb: probably  going have to get my own one  :eek:
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #76 on: Tue, 27 March 2018, 09:02:18 »
Thanks. As a teaser I can show the two PCBs I've put together so far.



A third is slowly coming but I might end up getting the case before of that.
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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #77 on: Wed, 28 March 2018, 03:08:52 »
LOL. Definitely my next one. Brilliant work TalkingTree.

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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #78 on: Wed, 28 March 2018, 04:58:40 »
So dope.
I generally hate all keycaps. Keycaps are for poofs. Real men touchtype on stems. Non-functional artisans are awesome, I use them for the ESC key ... escape is for cowards anyways, real men go frontal assault.

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Re: [opensource] Toad | 70% keyboard
« Reply #79 on: Wed, 11 April 2018, 18:14:53 »
V2 is finally done. I've started a new thread for it which is here.

I'll be posting the source for the case in a few days as soon as I have some tweaks done.
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