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Offline vewy_nice

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #150 on: Thu, 03 January 2019, 08:28:12 »
Hype!

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« Reply #151 on: Thu, 17 January 2019, 04:29:14 »
A little update, we're looking at ways to reduce the amount of fingerprints that show up in the coating, hopefully to zero. I'll be going overseas for a fortnight, then will push for the new prototype again. I can't promise the next production run won't be before CNY, since I've come to realise that running through CNY would lead to less attention to detail in production as the workers end up in a holiday mood lol. Based on timing and estimates, I will provide timelines to everyone. I'm very sorry this has been dragged on this long, but again, I really would like to do the best I can for everyone.

For anyone wondering why other poly boards are going fine while this ended up with issues, I will try and explain the basic differences.
The Poly Singa and TGR 910 are machined slowly to get a fairly clean finish, then sandblasted to achieve the frosted look we all know and love. The MxSS is done the same, followed by a UV coating. What this coating does is significantly improve the scratch resistance, and make the finish smoother. It also allows for custom colours.

I would like to maintain these benefits (primarily the scratch resistance), so even if some fingerprints are present, I will most likely not drop the UV coating. Feel free to comment if you think otherwise or have any advice.

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Hype!

Perfect timing for me to have to change my address, I'm moving next month lol.
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I'll make sure to confirm addresses before I ship, but feel free to PM me before you forget  :thumb:

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #152 on: Thu, 17 January 2019, 09:20:15 »
I am perfectly fine waiting for this board to meet your standards and I like that the UV coating provides a functional and unique difference to other polycarbonate boards.

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #153 on: Thu, 21 February 2019, 15:03:04 »
Any updates?
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #154 on: Fri, 22 February 2019, 04:44:32 »
Any updates?

Sorry for over a month to go back without one, I came back from my vacation to the peak of CNY, followed by a real busy week at work. I just contacted the factory rep today and started talks again, my aim is to push forward with getting all the brass parts finished so that we can have a bit more breathing room to work with.

With the cases, it's becoming more and more concerning that they have not been able to resolve the issues, although they are much reduced. Again I ask for an opinion from you guys, do you think the small fingerprint marks on the rear are acceptable or would you rather aim closer to perfection? I really do want to deliver high quality finished products to everyone, but the timeline is not looking great if I need to talk with another factory to get cases done as well. I'm willing to spend whatever I can out of pocket to make sure everything works out, but I still need to wait on my factory rep to get back to me about finishing the brass parts he has on hand before I can negotiate further about the cases.

I hope the issues don't worry everyone too much, and I honestly cannot thank you all enough for your patience, I will do my best to meet your expectations.

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #155 on: Fri, 22 February 2019, 07:23:31 »
At this point, I'd honestly prefer to wait for the best product possible.
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #156 on: Fri, 22 February 2019, 11:42:27 »
am i the only one surprised that people arent pulling out their pitchforks because of delays?  :))
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #157 on: Fri, 22 February 2019, 21:28:37 »
While the delays are definitely unfortunate, I think communication is a really big part of the equation. When you are clued into what's happening, and there is communication on the other end, I think it makes it easier to swallow the delays.

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« Reply #158 on: Fri, 22 February 2019, 22:14:24 »
While the delays are definitely unfortunate, I think communication is a really big part of the equation. When you are clued into what's happening, and there is communication on the other end, I think it makes it easier to swallow the delays.

Good point there. I agree, constant communication and transparency are key here.
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #159 on: Mon, 25 February 2019, 05:30:47 »
For anyone wondering why other poly boards are going fine while this ended up with issues, I will try and explain the basic differences.
The Poly Singa and TGR 910 are machined slowly to get a fairly clean finish, then sandblasted to achieve the frosted look we all know and love. The MxSS is done the same, followed by a UV coating. What this coating does is significantly improve the scratch resistance, and make the finish smoother. It also allows for custom colours.

To add another data point, yuktsi said the other day in Discord that he had a 50% QC failure rate for the 910 bottom  :eek: So you're not alone in feeling the pain with poly boards.
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #160 on: Mon, 18 March 2019, 03:32:14 »
Monthly update? :D
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #161 on: Mon, 18 March 2019, 17:40:42 »
Sadly, none to give :(

Factory rep at least replied to me last Saturday with an excuse that they're restructuring the company a bit, but have not squeezed out a date out of him yet.

Will definitely let everyone know when I make progress.

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #162 on: Sat, 13 April 2019, 07:13:28 »
It's been a little bit, but here's how things are.

Finally got a reply from my factory rep a fortnight ago, giving me a rough quote which basically amounted to the original cost price of the parts, except that they're only reworking the brass parts. Reason for this is that the cost of plating has gone up since thanks to current situation in Shenzhen. I'm willing to pay the price, but after the recent events, I can't trust the factory to fulfil the order to a acceptable standard.

I'll be getting the brass parts that they have on hand out, and moving the project to another factory. I already have a few factories in mind that have successfully delivered high quality keyboards, so we aren't shooting at thin air. Since we're reproducing the cases anyway, I've gotten my designer to put the knowledge of all his newer designs in and clean up this one.

We have indeed basically gone full circle in a year... but a sad case of a serious of unfortunate events. If you have any comments or criticism, again, feel free to post here or contact me in PMs. Ultimately, I'm really just going the extra mile to make sure that I'll be able to deliver something that leaves a smile on your face, so I really am open to any suggestions.

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #163 on: Mon, 15 April 2019, 06:24:58 »
Sounds good to me, m8.
This isn't the longest I've waited for a board, so you aren't breaking any records *coughNewModelFcough*

You've been super informative and have kept communication going through the whole process, that's all i could really ask for in a GB runner.

Thanks for putting up with all the headaches, and getting things done right!

I'd be willing to chip in a bit extra once things ship to cover any substantial loss you're taking.
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #164 on: Mon, 15 April 2019, 20:00:39 »
Sounds good to me, m8.
This isn't the longest I've waited for a board, so you aren't breaking any records *coughNewModelFcough*

You've been super informative and have kept communication going through the whole process, that's all i could really ask for in a GB runner.

Thanks for putting up with all the headaches, and getting things done right!

I'd be willing to chip in a bit extra once things ship to cover any substantial loss you're taking.

And thank you for your patience and consideration. I'm not financially troubled, so I'll figure things out myself, but I really appreciate the offer, thanks!

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« Reply #165 on: Mon, 15 April 2019, 21:02:04 »
Sounds good to me, m8.
This isn't the longest I've waited for a board, so you aren't breaking any records *coughNewModelFcough*

You've been super informative and have kept communication going through the whole process, that's all i could really ask for in a GB runner.

Thanks for putting up with all the headaches, and getting things done right!

I'd be willing to chip in a bit extra once things ship to cover any substantial loss you're taking.

And thank you for your patience and consideration. I'm not financially troubled, so I'll figure things out myself, but I really appreciate the offer, thanks!
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #166 on: Sat, 04 May 2019, 00:21:49 »
Hey guys,

Not much of a status update, but I'm trying to source a certain something for the design... Might interest some of you later. Won't say much more unless I confirm it'll work out. If we're going to have to remake the cases, might as well iterate the design a little and iron out the odd few kinks that were left over.

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #167 on: Thu, 30 May 2019, 23:14:54 »
We finally have good news!

I have talked with the new factory, and they gave me a favourable quote for the order, so all parts are gonna be remade. Unfortunately what that means is that I cannot honour the custom coatings I initially offered (silver plating, gold plating, uncoated). Instead, all brass parts will be PVD brass. I will try and repair the specially coated parts from the old factory when I receive them but it won't be a priority for me right now.

As for the design, a few small changes. My designer has fixed the gap between the caps on the edge and the wall of the case, so it should be properly hi-pro now. The front facing LEDs now have a small groove to better distinguish between the LEDs and generally look better. The USB cutout was made a bit more precise. The feet grooves were changed to fit the more readily available 3M hemisperical feet so its easier to source replacements. There are other small changes here and there as the model was remake, but the aesthetic remains the same.

More updates to come hopefully shortly.

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« Reply #168 on: Fri, 31 May 2019, 00:06:53 »
Hype!

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« Reply #169 on: Fri, 31 May 2019, 03:26:22 »
Wooooot happy to hear some good news!
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #170 on: Fri, 31 May 2019, 09:09:33 »
Keep the communication up! Nearing the finish line now!
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #171 on: Fri, 31 May 2019, 10:45:50 »
If anyone is coming to Keycon tomorrow, I will have a B-stock case with black-PVD plate and weight with SMK clicky blue alps mount switches! (Monterey blue)
(and some super special Apple keycaps)

I worked with MXBlue to make it happen specifically for Keycon and to keep spirits up!
Even the B-stock case that's warped and has some machining marks and fingerprints and smudges under the protective coating looks and feels amazing!

I'll be doing a bit of a photoshoot next week, I'll be sure to tease a little bit ;)

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #172 on: Wed, 12 June 2019, 00:06:20 »
New parts have been ordered, a sample is in production now!

Fun times ahead! ;D

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« Reply #173 on: Wed, 12 June 2019, 00:12:28 »
Fun times ahead! ;D

Looking forward to it!! Thanks for continuing to carry the torch on this  :thumb:
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« Reply #174 on: Fri, 14 June 2019, 08:39:19 »
New parts have been ordered, a sample is in production now!

Fun times ahead! ;D

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #175 on: Wed, 26 June 2019, 05:00:29 »
I've been a bit busy with work recently, but the sample arrived on Monday, and things are looking good!

Old on the left, new on the right. The speckled finish was intentional on my part, but the machining is much better on the new sample.




Old


New


As you can see, the changes I made are highlighted here:

New alignment columns, a groove where the front-facing LEDs would be



Circular bumpons rather than rectangular


I'm sure you'll also realised I moved from inserts back to tapped threads. This is because I found that inserts left more points of failure, in different ways to threads. Also, my new manufacturer preferred to work with threads rather than inserts here, saying they could do it better.

Unfortunately, it's not all good news. I found that my old manufacturer actually changed the dimensions for the plate silently, which meant that the plates I had on hand (the black nickel steel and polycarb ones notably) would not fit in the case since they are larger by ~2mm length-wise, and also ~0.5mm height-wise. I'll need to measure out the plate and determine its dimensions before we can proceed with the full run.


Will keep everyone informed on how we're going.

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #176 on: Wed, 26 June 2019, 05:42:15 »
Thanks for the update Blue :thumb:

the new finish is looking fine af

also im still interested to get an extra set of pcb-plate if possible
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #177 on: Wed, 26 June 2019, 09:37:27 »
The new case looks great!  Too bad about the plates, but at least you’re moving forward.  Still think this is the best polycarbonate case out there.  Still hoping to get one after everything is said and done   

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« Reply #178 on: Wed, 26 June 2019, 12:05:26 »
If there will be a spare kit for sale let me know, Im highly interested in purchasing one once everyone got their ordered items :) frosted "white" or blue case - polycarb plate - pcb would be perfect :)
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« Reply #179 on: Wed, 26 June 2019, 12:35:29 »
Lookin good dude! Changing the dimensions on you without telling your is a really ****ty thing for a factory to do, that sucks.
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #180 on: Thu, 25 July 2019, 22:24:10 »
Hey all,

I wanted to wait for a time estimate to update everyone, but it's nearly been a month so I'll give a bit of a premature update.

I've dug up the plate file that the old factory used (an old one, which I couldn't find for the life of me) and sent the new factory a plate as reference just in case, which they received early this week.

Just waiting for a confirmation that production has started now

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« Reply #181 on: Sat, 24 August 2019, 02:27:01 »
Hi all,

Updates have been infrequent since I don't have too many to give, but the machining of cases is done, brass half way done! On a side note, my old factory has finally returned me the old parts, I'll see what I can do about those for people who might have wanted an extra plate or 2 later down the line.

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« Reply #182 on: Sat, 24 August 2019, 04:39:27 »
good to hear! Thanks for the update blue!  :thumb:
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #183 on: Sat, 24 August 2019, 12:16:27 »
Still very interested in owning one of these.    :thumb:

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« Reply #184 on: Thu, 19 September 2019, 03:39:39 »
Cases have been finished, waiting on the brass to come back from PVD.






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« Reply #185 on: Thu, 19 September 2019, 11:33:04 »
omg i've been dreaming of this moment  :eek:
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #186 on: Thu, 19 September 2019, 12:27:23 »
So, when do you want my paypal for an extra?  Can PM :)

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« Reply #187 on: Thu, 19 September 2019, 22:00:16 »
Getting closer every day! Hype renewed for this board!
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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #188 on: Thu, 17 October 2019, 05:35:10 »
All the case parts have arrived!





Please keep in mind that all the PVD parts have a "good side" and a "bad side".
Bad sides look like this:



Good sides look like this:



More pics here: https://imgur.com/a/ZN45bpJ

What happens now? I need to check how many PCBs are working properly, the LEDs have had defects over time and I'd really like to not have any of those go out. I'll update with what the plan is for shipping once I take inventory.

Thanks,
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« Reply #189 on: Thu, 17 October 2019, 06:46:49 »
yeeeeee  :thumb:
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Offline TieuNgu

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #190 on: Thu, 17 October 2019, 08:44:56 »
that pink polycarb :o

Offline AlcoholEnthusiast

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #191 on: Thu, 17 October 2019, 12:48:43 »
This looks very nice. Hope some extras are avail would love to grab one of these.

Offline pixelpusher

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #192 on: Thu, 17 October 2019, 13:43:06 »
Been a fan of this board from the start.  Just didn’t have the funds to buy at the time. Excited to see it coming to fruition.

Offline AuthenticDanger

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #193 on: Thu, 17 October 2019, 14:52:36 »
I guess I'll have to start prepping switches, get my keycaps ready, and plug in the ol' soldering iron. Very excited to see you nearing the finish line!  :thumb:
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Offline dwarflemur

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #194 on: Fri, 18 October 2019, 00:06:17 »
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Offline MxBlue

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Big update/delays]
« Reply #195 on: Mon, 21 October 2019, 06:26:00 »
Alright, I gave checking and sorting a shot this weekend, and here's how we're looking:

I've got ~25 PCBs that tested out fine after testing RGB, will ensure that all the switch positions work later.


The new order with another 30 or so PCBs.. will be done in 2 days?? I have learn't not to trust factory ETAs but getting one that small is a first even for me. Let's see how that goes.

As for the case/brass parts, a bit disappointed but it's passable. The brass parts are mostly good on the good side, with a few exceptions out of the ones I've checked so far.
Most of the brass weights appear to be slightly bent, but not enough to create any noticeable rocking. Some are totally banana, will check carefully to filter those out.
While the visual texture on the cases is very consistent, the physical texture is not unfortunately. It feels inconsistently sandy in some cases, very hit/miss across the 15 units I've checked so far. I apologise, but these will be going out since there isn't much to be done about it. I think you'll still be very impressed by what you receive.

View QC images of the brass over here if you want a bit more insight: https://imgur.com/a/DDrKY93

Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, the poly/black nickel steel parts fit fine inside the new cases.




Side note - Jelly POM would work real nice with a poly plate.


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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Kinda close to finishing again?!]
« Reply #196 on: Mon, 21 October 2019, 16:49:27 »
Great update

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Offline TechieWeirdo

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Kinda close to finishing again?!]
« Reply #197 on: Mon, 18 November 2019, 13:05:41 »
Hey there, it's been a while. Any updates?
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Offline MxBlue

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Kinda close to finishing again?!]
« Reply #198 on: Tue, 19 November 2019, 01:02:53 »
Indeed it has, I'll give a bit of an update on the situation.

I received 30 new PCBs last week, they need to be tested by providing that they're mostly functional, that side of the issue is resolved.
The main problem unfortunately goes back to the cases and plates.

After checking through all the parts, I gave one of the purple kits out to a local. Despite that unit having less significant warping issues compared to the other units, he mentioned that he warping did cause issues with the assembled board not sitting flat.
The core issue is that somehow, a lot of the brass weights and the case bottoms along with them are warped, some more so than the others. That paired with defects in the PVD and marks in some of the cases have led me to further discussions with the manufacturer.

I will provide updates on what kind of resolution we come to. With the parts that I deem A-Stock, I will work my way down the list and get them out as soon as I can.

Offline MxBlue

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Re: [GB] MxSS - Polycarb 65% Kit for MX/SMK [Kinda close to finishing again?!]
« Reply #199 on: Fri, 13 December 2019, 19:37:13 »
Hi all, just a small update on the situation.

The current situation is this: the case bottoms are a little warped, but not by much. The real issue are the weights. At first, I didn't notice how much they were affecting the assembled unit but once I started specifically checking for it, it was pretty clear that it was an issue (thanks to TaeKeyboards for pointing it out in his build vid).

The factory got back to me and simply told me they could not improve the situation. Apparently, fault lies with the design for the keyboard and weight, and they warped during production... Both problems I had specified to them beforehand but alas, the situation is as it is.

Since then, I've been going through the boards and attempting to find a config that reduces the warp as much as possible. This process is pretty time consuming, and work and family have been keeping me busy so I apologise for my speed in this matter. Providing boards with warp in the first place is far from my ideal though, so I'm also aiming to produce an alternate weight that is slightly thicker and has an engraved logo rather than a machine though one. The finish will be sandblasted and uncoated. I'm not particularly happy with this solution myself since it changes the lovely underglow logo, but I really want to give out a functionally sound keyboard to you all.

I have no real excuse for the speed at which I'm doing things now, life is getting in the way, so I'll offer 3 options to people who are understandably getting impatient.

1. Accept one of the units with slight warp, I will give you my configuration on how to reduce it as much as possible and the rest is up to you. Based on your experience, I can arrange for a partial refund as well.

2. If you've ordered a black nickel set, accept a partial refund for the brass weight and receive the rest of your order.

3.  I will offer a full refund of your order.

When MxSS was first released to the public, it was one of very few polycarb keyboards available, and I hoped to bring the material to the hands of many more. Now, I am just one of many, and other makers like Exclusive and Foxlabs are doing a spectacular job of producing high quality products of similar nature with better success than I ever had and it shames me to hold the money of the people who trusted in me hostage when they could get get what they wanted in another group buy.

I am not giving up on fixing the warp issue, and I will try at least one more time to produce weights without warp. If that attempt fails and money allows for it, stainless steel weights (like the black nickel plated ones) actually do resolve the issue, so producing some of those is a fall back (steel weights tend to change the sound characteristic of the board slightly, so I've been wanting to avoid this option).

Will send this post as an email to everyone as well.

Thanks,
Mx