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Offline AIRPOTTER

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[IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard【Update the new prototype】
« on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 07:00:18 »
Hi, everyone.
  I'll show a new design of 65% keyboards:SPACE65 ;D.
Here is a short IC form of SPACE65,Thank you for your reply: https://goo.gl/forms/9vWFF0DgV4knsqQ92
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Space65 is inspired by two great feats of my mind in 1977: Apple II Computer and Voyager 1.
Apple II:
Voyager1:

In appearance, I want to design an ancient and modern keyboard.At the same time, it must be very distinctive.

Now I have completed the design, and below are some details of my design.

On the top side of space65, I followed the wide sides and the concave design of Apple II`s keyboard  (Details on the left and right sides).
Render:

On the bottom, I want to design as concise and smooth as possible and have characteristics.So I made an asymmetrical design on both sides.
Render:

On the back, I designed a nameplate that almost runs through the whole keyboard. And there is a convenient wing to pick up it.
Render:

And a RGB LED light strip on the left side(Made of acrylic by CNC).
Render:

I am a little worried the overall effect is not perfect, so I quickly completed the proofing to test the effect of SPACE 65(Especially the effect of RGB).

But after receiving the sample, I found a very obvious mistake.
Its about logo,I want is the concave effect by laser(reference render).
Then I got the keyboard,I found its the white mark of laser carving.
TOP CASE: 

LIGHT STRIP:

BOTTOM CASE: 
     

NAMEPLATE: 
   

CARBON PLATE:   

The effect of switchs:
     

With SA caps:






















However, the overall effect seemed to be good enough...
So,now it deeply troubled me, I am struggling which looks better(about the white mark of laser carving or Depth of carving).

In a few days, I will proofread again,then compare the two effects.

Other details:
Case material:Anodized Aluminum 6061
Plate:Carbon fibre.
Angle:5 degrees
PCB:Bootmapper;two RGB LED light bars;Switch LED Position:South
Colors:  Black , Silver, Gray, Blue, Red(Up to now)


What do you suggest for SPACE65? So hope you could provide it to me, and then we can better finish the design of SPACE 65.

Sorry, everyone, for I replied so late.
I looked carefully at the IC form,a total of 196 votes were received.

About firmware, QMK has a high degree of selectivity.

After negotiating with my partners, we decided to use the firmware of QMK.

About logo,more like CNC(Probably the samples will come out next week. Then we can compare the effect.
)...
AND on the choice of whether to split the space bar. The result is really troubling me....

Update new PCB scheme

layout

Update some hand polished space65
 :D





【Update the new prototype(It's also the final shape.)】






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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 07:10:00 »
I think depth carving will look better overall. The white interrupts the aesthetic a bit too much, in my opinion. Either way, this is a sweet looking board!

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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 07:53:25 »
Oof this board looks pretty fkin sick.

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« Reply #3 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 08:00:21 »
Very nice! I like the futuristic looking a lot. No weight design for this board?
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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 08:09:24 »
I think depth carving will look better overall. The white interrupts the aesthetic a bit too much, in my opinion. Either way, this is a sweet looking board!
Ah, in a few days, I'll go proofing depth carving  version, and I will update the photos.
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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 08:11:41 »
Very nice! I like the futuristic looking a lot. No weight design for this board?
Thank you for your interest!
.There's a plan with weights, but I don't think that version looks better than this version,  I'll update the photos in a few days.
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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 08:13:11 »
Oof this board looks pretty fkin sick.
Thank you for your reply.
But  It seems SPACE65 is not suitable for you at all. :p
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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 08:13:36 »
I don't like 65% boards.... but I like this!!

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« Reply #8 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 08:38:12 »
Looks really, really nice! Given some high profile challenges around some GBs recently, would you mind telling us at some stage a little about your experience running GBs, the QA process, manufacturer, financial ability to cove unexpected events, etc? not needed at this stage of course, but something to consider if this moves towards a GB.

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« Reply #9 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 09:40:30 »
Will the nameplate be available in brass? At which price point are we looking?

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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 09:55:43 »
Any plans for adding split spacebar support?

Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 10:36:36 »
This must happen, because I think itís the single best looking case design Iíve ever seen. If itís even remotely attainable, I have no doubt that this will have me finally building a custom board.

I really like the idea of playing up the golden record theme a bit with a brass plate on the back (I bet black or etched lettering would look sweet if you did that). The wave symbol from the record is killer, and Iíd love to see it featured somewhere more visible on the case. Putting it on the bottom instead of inside would probably look cool. Might be interesting to see what it looks like with that printed that and then etching in the space65/gray studio lettering instead of having them in white (or perhaps vice versa).

My opinions may be somewhat biased given that Iím literally wearing a Voyager 1 record hoodie right now.

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« Reply #12 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 10:40:08 »
ngl, this is cool
Once a set shines, it is truly yours. It is then your job to nurture it and care for it.
Love it until it blossoms into the beautiful fully and evenly shined set it has always wanted to be since it saw a shined set on Instagram under the hashtag #perfection.
Support it and maintain it until it will grow into itself and become one with itself. Then you can truly enjoy the typing experience
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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 10:43:41 »
Given some high profile challenges around some GBs recently, would you mind telling us at some stage a little about your experience running GBs, the QA process, manufacturer, financial ability to cove unexpected events, etc? not needed at this stage of course, but something to consider if this moves towards a GB.

Either OP is really good with rendering and graphic arts or the prototype already exists.  The board is shown with referenced Nantucket, Toxic (from China GB), 1965, and Chocaltier keysets.  OP already has a GB for HB85 running through Z Frontier so there's that too.

It would be interesting to note what firmware the OP plans for the PCB.

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« Reply #14 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 10:53:30 »


Idk this thing triggers me a bit. If it is necessary, does it have to be white? 

Anyway, I like the design overall, what's the expected price point?

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« Reply #15 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 11:01:55 »
Wow, I love this design, your designs are always so interesting! :eek:

For my preference, I'd like to see plate & pcb that support split space 2.75-1.25-2.25.
I'd also prefer a qmk pcb. I hope there's a way to make those happen. I'd certainly buy!

For your proofing/testing, there is a spelling error on the red name plate. It says SPACC instead of SPACE :D

I'll be following this closely  :))
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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 11:05:26 »
Idk this thing triggers me a bit. If it is necessary, does it have to be white? 

It is mentioned in the OP that this is a mistake in the prototype - it is supposed to be engraved.

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« Reply #17 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 11:07:57 »
Wow I want this

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« Reply #18 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 11:11:08 »
Idk this thing triggers me a bit. If it is necessary, does it have to be white? 

It is mentioned in the OP that this is a mistake in the prototype - it is supposed to be engraved.

Oh missed that, so it's just an engrave of the same color of the case i guess? 

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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #19 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 11:47:34 »
Fantastic design. I always think AirPotter's keyboards are so interesting!

Only issue for me is I would love the PCB to be compatible with QMK!

Any chance of a QMK PCB option?

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« Reply #20 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 11:48:44 »
Fantastic design. I always think AirPotter's keyboards are so interesting!

Only issue for me is I would love the PCB to be compatible with QMK!

Any chance of a QMK PCB option?
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« Reply #21 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 11:52:37 »
red nameplate has spacc65

best looking board I've seen in a while, and very original. Kudos!

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« Reply #22 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 12:13:08 »
I like this a lot. The branding is definitely too prominent for me with the white engravings, but if you can get them to look like the renders I think it would be acceptable. I'm thinking having both an LED indicator and cutout next to each other on the left hand side makes things a little busy and would prefer to see just one or the other.

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« Reply #23 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 12:58:38 »
Count me as another +1 if there is a QMK pcb option

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« Reply #24 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 13:23:38 »
Any idea about the price? Will the keeb have more color options? Thinking about dark green or purple

Also, for the little aluminium bar, its going to be any color or?

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« Reply #25 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 13:31:17 »

I would prefer no etching or logos on top. I like the led strip on top of the board but donít like the side one. Or as you said maybe one or the other. Shaping up to be a very nice board though!

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« Reply #26 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 13:36:02 »
I would like a bit less branding

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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #27 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 13:46:54 »
I have to admit the red keyset with the red board accent looks really nice.

Suggestions for improvement:
The top stripe leds bleed their light towards the caps
QMK Support
More layout options (ISO, split space)


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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #28 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 14:12:29 »
This is the first really compelling full-custom Iíve seen. Are you planning on offering a version without the blocker?

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« Reply #29 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 14:54:50 »

I would prefer no etching or logos on top. I like the led strip on top of the board but donít like the side one. Or as you said maybe one or the other. Shaping up to be a very nice board though!

Yea same! I would prefer not to have side LED. Makes it look like a toy and not a premium board. However I think the name tag looks nice and fits with the overall design quite nicely!
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« Reply #30 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 15:12:01 »
Interested, would like to see the design with the weight.

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« Reply #31 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 16:02:00 »
I really like the design but the branding is a bit much.

+1 for QMK.

What's the price point you're aiming for?

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« Reply #32 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 16:10:49 »
i actually really like this
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« Reply #33 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 16:27:57 »
Very nice!

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« Reply #34 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 16:58:03 »
Noice.

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« Reply #35 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 17:53:58 »
Your talents keep shining!  Sadly, I could not join the HB85, but I'll do my best to save up for this one.  I really love your unique designs.
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« Reply #36 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 17:56:22 »
Could we get the new e-coat white finish on this one?
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« Reply #37 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 18:33:02 »
Looks nice but still more interested in the Oblivion

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« Reply #38 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 19:34:49 »
very nice
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« Reply #39 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 21:35:30 »
Looks great!
I like the design - nice clean lines and subtle use of color LEDs.   :thumb:

Another vote for QMK

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[IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #40 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 21:39:49 »
weiphone

I like all the accent details !

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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #41 on: Sun, 04 November 2018, 21:57:00 »
Oof this board looks pretty fkin sick.
Thank you for your reply.
But  It seems SPACE65 is not suitable for you at all. :p

This person was in fact expressing their positive response to your keyboard project. In colloquial English, the word 'sick' can mean something is extremely favourable.

May I also say this keyboard is 'the $hit'. And by that I mean it is extremely impressive and I admire the unique nature of the design.

Good day, sir.

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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #42 on: Mon, 05 November 2018, 04:30:34 »
I don't like 65% boards.... but I like this!!
Thank you very much!
 I hope space65 can make you like 65% keyboard.
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« Reply #43 on: Mon, 05 November 2018, 04:45:06 »
Looks really, really nice! Given some high profile challenges around some GBs recently, would you mind telling us at some stage a little about your experience running GBs, the QA process, manufacturer, financial ability to cove unexpected events, etc? not needed at this stage of course, but something to consider if this moves towards a GB.
Thks for you like it!
 In fact, space65 is strictly the fourth keyboard I designed.  Before that, I designed COD67,Obilivion and HB85. (COD67' GB is end in April,HB85 is GBing,OB I need to continue to improve design.)
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« Reply #44 on: Mon, 05 November 2018, 04:50:14 »
Will the nameplate be available in brass? At which price point are we looking?

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Certainly, nameplate will have aluminum, 3D printing and brass three materials.
Brass is a little more expensive,but now I haven't figured out the cost.
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« Reply #45 on: Mon, 05 November 2018, 04:51:37 »
Any plans for adding split spacebar support?
Well, I thought about that. I should add the option of splitting space. :)
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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #46 on: Mon, 05 November 2018, 04:54:44 »
Oof this board looks pretty fkin sick.
Thank you for your reply.
But  It seems SPACE65 is not suitable for you at all. :p

How so? I love the design :D

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« Reply #47 on: Mon, 05 November 2018, 05:00:11 »
This must happen, because I think itís the single best looking case design Iíve ever seen. If itís even remotely attainable, I have no doubt that this will have me finally building a custom board.

I really like the idea of playing up the golden record theme a bit with a brass plate on the back (I bet black or etched lettering would look sweet if you did that). The wave symbol from the record is killer, and Iíd love to see it featured somewhere more visible on the case. Putting it on the bottom instead of inside would probably look cool. Might be interesting to see what it looks like with that printed that and then etching in the space65/gray studio lettering instead of having them in white (or perhaps vice versa).

My opinions may be somewhat biased given that Iím literally wearing a Voyager 1 record hoodie right now.
Thank you very much for your valuable advice.
I am also a fan of Voyager 1. I also want to copy the brass plate.
But because the bottom area of the keyboard itself is not large enough, if I copy them, I am afraid the line inside will not be obvious.
But I'm still trying this  (after CNC, laser radium carving pattern, and then blackening and aging treatment),
I will update the project after the completion of proofing.
As for the white laser radium carving texture, I will try a new scheme to compare it and see which one works better.
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Re: [IC] SPACE65 custom 65% keyboard
« Reply #48 on: Mon, 05 November 2018, 05:04:14 »
Oof this board looks pretty fkin sick.
Thank you for your reply.
But  It seems SPACE65 is not suitable for you at all. :p

How so? I love the design :D
My God! My English is so bad (most of the time I have to use translation software) that I misunderstood your meaning. I think the word "sick" is not good. It's ugly and sick. I'm very sorry to have misunderstood you.
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