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I did mine with tealios with clear housings and the rgb turned out awesome.

Wow... that shines through a lot better than I was expecting! Hopefully I'll have some options for translucent plates before long though, and then it will really shine through
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First batch of soldered boards for inspection has been ordered. I'll keep everyone updated on their build progress.

Also, I'm almost finished redesigning the printed case. Originally my case design used a large integrated plate. Since that's not the size of the one shipping with the kits, I needed to change that. The plate with the kits is small enough to allow for a drop-in style case, so at first I was just going to modify my existing case. However, that would mean anyone printing it would need to purchase additional hardware separately (threaded inserts etc.) which is not ideal.

The new style case doesn't use heat-set threaded standoffs. Instead, there are holes through to the bottom with slightly countersunk holes on the underside so anyone with the group-buy kit will be able to use the hardware that came with the kit to use the case, and no additional screws or standoffs will be required.

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Case is looking good.  :thumb:

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Since it's my first time doing smd soldering, is there a way to check if I messed up the board before soldering the switches? Should I just go ahead and try flashing the firmware?

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Since it's my first time doing smd soldering, is there a way to check if I messed up the board before soldering the switches? Should I just go ahead and try flashing the firmware?

Absolutely. Test all before doing switches
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Added the file for the case to the first reply in the thread.
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Can I use this case for the 1st GB PCB?

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Added the file for the case to the first reply in the thread.
Can I use this case for the 1st GB PCB?

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Yes. You’ll use everything that came with the kit except for the bottom plate. If you look at the “render” you’ll see the six holes in the bottom. You screw the standoffs into those just like the bottom plate, and then put the plate and pcb in the top and screw it in place. That way very little is wasted from the original kit, and you don’t need anything new but the case.
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I filled out the google docs form, but haven't received any email confirmation that I did so? Is this standard for most groupbuys (it's my first time participating in one). Thanks!

EDIT: Don't worry, found the email!
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Last day for the group buy coming up. Also may want to check out the Keeblade group buy if you want a case.

https://reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/94e0cc/keeblade_groupbuy_is_live_more_info_in_comments/
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Qlavier's zlant cases are different from the hipro cases you mentioned?

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Qlavier's zlant cases are different from the hipro cases you mentioned?

They are different. The pcb must be soldered into place with those, so you’d need them before assembly. If you get/print a hipro you can just drop the board in from the assembled kit.
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Qlavier's zlant cases are different from the hipro cases you mentioned?

They are different. The pcb must be soldered into place with those, so you’d need them before assembly. If you get/print a hipro you can just drop the board in from the assembled kit.

And the other advantage is that you can change cases if you want with the hipro.  With the keeblade, you can't.  Thanks for spelling that out and preventing me from spending $100 more on it LOL
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Qlavier's zlant cases are different from the hipro cases you mentioned?

They are different. The pcb must be soldered into place with those, so you’d need them before assembly. If you get/print a hipro you can just drop the board in from the assembled kit.

And the other advantage is that you can change cases if you want with the hipro.  With the keeblade, you can't.  Thanks for spelling that out and preventing me from spending $100 more on it LOL

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My Case came in today.

https://imgur.com/a/WK7AJ8S

It turned out nicely!  Got it done on Treatstock (through Thingiverse) - the actual shop that did it was Nicks Printing Services.  It cost $25 for the print in PETG.  I'll put up another picture once I get it done.
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My Case came in today.

https://imgur.com/a/WK7AJ8S

It turned out nicely!  Got it done on Treatstock (through Thingiverse) - the actual shop that did it was Nicks Printing Services.  It cost $25 for the print in PETG.  I'll put up another picture once I get it done.

Oh petg. Is it a little squishy???
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My Case came in today.

https://imgur.com/a/WK7AJ8S

It turned out nicely!  Got it done on Treatstock (through Thingiverse) - the actual shop that did it was Nicks Printing Services.  It cost $25 for the print in PETG.  I'll put up another picture once I get it done.

Oh petg. Is it a little squishy???

Not at all.  It's just as solid as ABS to pressure from my (admittedly limited) experiments.  I'd originally wanted ABS, but no printer was willing to guarantee the integrity of the print.
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Re: [GB] Zlant 40% QMK Keyboard GROUP BUY OPEN (for extras), PCBs ordered
« Reply #67 on: Thu, 09 August 2018, 14:00:44 »
PCBs have been ordered, and order form has been reopened until extra boards are sold.
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Re: [GB] Zlant 40% QMK Keyboard GROUP BUY OPEN (for extras), PCBs ordered
« Reply #68 on: Fri, 10 August 2018, 00:01:20 »
Had a friend print me a case in black.  Turned out awesome!

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Re: [GB] Zlant 40% QMK Keyboard GROUP BUY OPEN (for extras), PCBs ordered
« Reply #69 on: Fri, 10 August 2018, 08:00:55 »
What material did you use?
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Re: [GB] Zlant 40% QMK Keyboard GROUP BUY OPEN (for extras), PCBs ordered
« Reply #70 on: Mon, 13 August 2018, 03:39:17 »
I did a quick vector on inkscape for a zlant case, I was planning to have it lasercut but the place is closed for vacation until aug 26. If anyone wants to do a test print here is the vector file.

It's a 5-layer drop-in case, it's supposed to be printed on 3mm plexiglass. You can make the middle layer transparent if you have leds installed.

Again THIS HAS NOT BEEN TEST PRINTED YET, I just printed the bottom layer 1:1 on paper to check if the screw holes match.

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Re: [GB] Zlant 40% QMK Keyboard GROUP BUY OPEN (for extras), PCBs ordered
« Reply #71 on: Mon, 13 August 2018, 08:37:20 »
Are there any extras left?

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Re: [GB] Zlant 40% QMK Keyboard GROUP BUY OPEN (for extras), PCBs ordered
« Reply #73 on: Mon, 13 August 2018, 13:44:02 »
Factory sent me pictures of the factory soldering.

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As soon as I receive the first 5 boards and test them, I will give the OK to solder the rest.

Also, group buy will remain open as long as I have extras.
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