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Here's the prototype!

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The fine grit bead-blasting results in a very smooth finish ;) The "PEAKS" looks absolutely fantastic! And I am very satisfied with that!

As you can see, I also have a prototype for the "PRESS". PCB still needs more work, but it's a fun little project and it will certainly have ALPS support for those who love ALPS!

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Hi guys,

It's been a while :) The prototype took longer than I expected, but they just arrived! I will take some photos later today. Let's wait and see!

In the mean time, I have created a Google form where you can vote for the top pieces you prefer!

VOTE HERE

I also did more renders with GMK Violet Tendencies, enjoy!

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Hi buddy, grid is here.

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Last week I put a rendering of grid 600, a keyboard chassis for GH60 enthusiasts, on reddit.(
https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/8waqh3/ic_grid_600_a_chassis_with_interchangeable_pieces/ )

After collecting some feedbacks and suggestions, I assume it is the right time for some updates.

grid 600 Specs:
   1. Keyboard chassis based on GH60
   2. Supports tray-mount PCB, not compatible with IKBC Poker II and GK64.
   3. Has a battery compartment (96x50x3 mm)
   4. 5.5° fixed angle
   5. Aluminum parts will be bead-blasted with fine grit.
   6. Interchangeable cover modules
   

Cover Modules:
   1. Type 01 "CLASSIC" : A regular, "Model F"-inspired flat top.
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   2. Type 02 "NEON" : Type 01 with 3 self-luminous tritium vials. (Red, Green, Blue)
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   3. Type 03 "PEAKS" : Form inspired by mountains.
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   4. Type 04 "FLASH" : Flat top with programmable RGB lighting.
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   5. Type 05 "PRESS" : With 4 extra programmable Keys. (Left)
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   6. Type 06 "PAPER": With a 2inch E-ink Paper. (Raspberry Pi Zero would fit in)
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Thanks to u/CubbyNINJA for the micropad idea.
Thanks to u/3NJV2 for the 8 bit graphics concept, unfortunately that won't happen but hope the E-ink paper isn't that bad.

Ideas of green cover modules with GMK Terminal by TheKey.Company comes for u/postollagenovese.

I am grateful to all your comments.
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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 11 July 2018, 11:23:45 »
Looks interesting, any idea on price?

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 11 July 2018, 11:40:56 »
I think it's a great concept for sure. I am assuming it will be compatible with the standard 60% not listed as incompatible like dz60 or zeal60 right?

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 11 July 2018, 12:09:50 »
Looks interesting, any idea on price?

Pricing is not available at the moment. I hope to keep the pricing in an affordable range, sub $150 for Type 01 Classic.

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 11 July 2018, 12:10:44 »
I think it's a great concept for sure. I am assuming it will be compatible with the standard 60% not listed as incompatible like dz60 or zeal60 right?

As long as they have the same screw mounts, yes :)

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 11 July 2018, 12:44:12 »
Wow, this look nice. Great idea!

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 11 July 2018, 12:51:19 »
Looks interesting, any idea on price?

Pricing is not available at the moment. I hope to keep the pricing in an affordable range, sub $150 for Type 01 Classic.

Price goal sounds appealing. Any colors in mind to be offered?


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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 12 July 2018, 02:35:37 »
Looks interesting, any idea on price?

Pricing is not available at the moment. I hope to keep the pricing in an affordable range, sub $150 for Type 01 Classic.

Price goal sounds appealing. Any colors in mind to be offered?

A prototype has been ordered, I am trying different colors on cover modules. Will see how that turn out :)

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 12 July 2018, 04:14:03 »
interested


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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 12 July 2018, 04:53:02 »
The 02 neon looks really nice, got any approximate price on that version?

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 12 July 2018, 07:52:17 »
That's a lot of versions... I'm assuming not all will make it to production?

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 13 July 2018, 02:12:09 »
I'm interested in the Peaks version - would fit well with both Laser and Violet Tendencies, unless I'm mistaken.

Will need a price though - I've been rather hard on my wallet lately.  :-[

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 16 July 2018, 07:34:41 »
Expecting a prototype this week :) Hyped!

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 16 July 2018, 10:46:11 »
Type 01 or 02 would be nice. Cool ideas. I hope this becomes reality and ist affordable.

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 16 July 2018, 23:45:32 »
This is exciting! Love that top bezel

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #15 on: Thu, 19 July 2018, 11:51:21 »
A white color will be great if possible!

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 19 July 2018, 14:19:16 »
Would probably be a bit more expensive, but blockers integrated into the top of the case are so much nicer than individual recessed ones.

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a chassis w/ interchangeable pieces for GH60 PCBs
« Reply #17 on: Mon, 30 July 2018, 02:13:27 »
A white color will be great if possible!

Yes, there will be a white one!

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Updates! Also, prototype just arrive and I will take some pictures later today!

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 31 July 2018, 00:25:14 »
Updated photos for the prototype, tell me what you think :)

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #20 on: Tue, 31 July 2018, 00:47:21 »
Will the PCB support Kailh hotswap sockets?

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 31 July 2018, 04:21:15 »
This is the sexiest keyboard ive seen since CA66. Maybe im a sucker for those rounded sides.

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 31 July 2018, 19:56:35 »
Immediately drawn to the peaks & their interchangeable nature.
Would look fantastic in gunmetal grey and/or white pearl (I'm a fan of mute colours).

How much does the prototype weigh?

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #23 on: Tue, 31 July 2018, 22:31:13 »
Will the PCB support Kailh hotswap sockets?

If you are mentioning the small PCB for the "PRESS", no. But since this is a chassis design, you will be able to use hot swappable 60% PCB on to it.

I don't currently have plans for making the PCB for the "PRESS" hot swappable because it will be mx/alps dual support and will not have a plate to secure the switches. However, if there are enough interest, I will offer extra PCBs.

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #24 on: Tue, 31 July 2018, 22:31:35 »
This is the sexiest keyboard ive seen since CA66. Maybe im a sucker for those rounded sides.

Thank you!!

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #25 on: Tue, 31 July 2018, 22:37:20 »
Immediately drawn to the peaks & their interchangeable nature.
Would look fantastic in gunmetal grey and/or white pearl (I'm a fan of mute colours).

How much does the prototype weigh?

Thank you :)! I don't have a proper weight to weigh it, but will do that soon.

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #26 on: Tue, 31 July 2018, 22:40:01 »
The prototype looks so sleek! Interested in purchase for white with reasonable price point  ;)

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #27 on: Tue, 31 July 2018, 22:56:59 »
that overwatch menu background lookin ass top piece is sweet.

really interested in this one, very unique :thumb:

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #28 on: Wed, 01 August 2018, 03:14:58 »
Wow, prototype looks terrific.

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #29 on: Wed, 01 August 2018, 11:47:45 »
That e-ink paper panel... Very neat idea.

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #30 on: Wed, 01 August 2018, 22:31:41 »
That e-ink paper panel... Very neat idea.

The idea came from a reddit user :) all credits to him! However, the e-ink paper module may not be available for now as I will need to run more test on it.

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #31 on: Wed, 01 August 2018, 23:54:43 »
This was  .. meh - gimmicky ... at first.. now looking at the prototype, I have to say, this is an InstaBuy for me... Hopefully this wont be a  limited production run....

Will I be able to buy multiple top modules ? Like multiple colors and different modules ?


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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #32 on: Thu, 02 August 2018, 00:25:33 »
I am also in if its possible to buy different tops in different colors.

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #33 on: Thu, 02 August 2018, 00:33:46 »
This was  .. meh - gimmicky ... at first.. now looking at the prototype, I have to say, this is an InstaBuy for me... Hopefully this wont be a  limited production run....

Will I be able to buy multiple top modules ? Like multiple colors and different modules ?

No, this won't be a limited run :) and yes, you will be able to have different tops in different colors for sure! And I am planning to offer 3-4 colors for the top piece

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 02 August 2018, 00:34:42 »
I am also in if its possible to buy different tops in different colors.

Yes, you will be able to do that!

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #35 on: Thu, 02 August 2018, 01:11:51 »
Liking a lot of things about this.
Looks like the e-paper version will be it's own USB device, so the host OS CPU will control it?
(or will the keyboard controller be able to address it directly?)

Hope this is a resounding, wonderful success!
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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #36 on: Thu, 02 August 2018, 11:25:35 »
Can I use USB-C PCBs? Will there be no problems with USB-C to C?

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #37 on: Thu, 02 August 2018, 14:17:56 »
This looks pretty interesting... Weight? Pcb compatibility?

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #38 on: Thu, 02 August 2018, 18:52:32 »
this is great would love to get one when the time comes for the GB!

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« Reply #39 on: Fri, 03 August 2018, 00:48:27 »
These look amazing!
Would be very interested in peaks and an RBG strip!
Some of the pics show a rose gold champagne colour, if that was available, it would be an instant buy for me.
Love your work.

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #40 on: Fri, 03 August 2018, 10:33:10 »
The prototype is stunning, really love the peaks and its blue (green?) color.

Btw, i am a bit curious about how you manage to build the surface of the chassis's side.
Is it likes the pic 1 or 2 below.
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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #41 on: Sat, 04 August 2018, 00:09:41 »
Liking a lot of things about this.
Looks like the e-paper version will be it's own USB device, so the host OS CPU will control it?
(or will the keyboard controller be able to address it directly?)

Hope this is a resounding, wonderful success!

E-paper may not make it's appearance in the first launch I am afraid :( But I will put more work onto it and make it happen some time soon. It will be stellar to control it via the keyboard!

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #42 on: Sat, 04 August 2018, 00:13:29 »
Can I use USB-C PCBs? Will there be no problems with USB-C to C?

Hi Draic,

Sure yes you can use Type-C PCBs! It will have a PCB daughter board and internal adapter cables, so mini/micro/c should all work.

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« Reply #43 on: Sat, 04 August 2018, 00:28:21 »
This looks pretty interesting... Weight? Pcb compatibility?

This is not a heavy board as it has many cutouts to make room for the components for the top module pieces, weighting ~1.7kg with the bottom chassis + the PEAKS and without PCB, switches and keycaps on.

However, it will have custom rubber feet to secure it on the desktop. And will certainly explore more materials for the top piece in the future if things go well! Some might add heft and some might add functionality.

Most 60% PCBs will work! GH60, XD60, DZ60 all work fine! And I believe with some modifications, XD75RE will also work. It also has a battery compartment, so it should also support some bluetooth 60% PCBs.

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« Reply #44 on: Sat, 04 August 2018, 00:30:09 »
this is great would love to get one when the time comes for the GB!

It's happening soon! Looking forward to have it open for GB next Monday :)

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #45 on: Sat, 04 August 2018, 00:34:15 »
These look amazing!
Would be very interested in peaks and an RBG strip!
Some of the pics show a rose gold champagne colour, if that was available, it would be an instant buy for me.
Love your work.

Thank you! Yes I will offer rose gold for the top pieces

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« Reply #46 on: Sat, 04 August 2018, 05:28:22 »
Whats the final estimate price for classic?
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« Reply #47 on: Sat, 04 August 2018, 06:17:54 »
These look amazing!
Would be very interested in peaks and an RBG strip!
Some of the pics show a rose gold champagne colour, if that was available, it would be an instant buy for me.
Love your work.

Thank you! Yes I will offer rose gold for the top pieces

That's awesome, can't wait. I assume the base colours will be black and white?

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Re: [IC] grid 600, a 60% chassis w/ interchangeable pieces PROTOTYPE!
« Reply #48 on: Sat, 04 August 2018, 07:08:07 »
Looks interesting ;) Any information on layout support?

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« Reply #49 on: Sat, 04 August 2018, 07:34:36 »
Looks interesting ;) Any information on layout support?

This will not come with a PCB, so you can have any layout as long as it's on a 60% PCB. I will also have blockers for WKL(1u*2) and HHKB(1.5u*2 and 2.5u*1) available.