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Offline worldspawn

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[GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, parts ordered)
« on: Fri, 18 January 2019, 17:22:57 »
This thread is for tracking the progress of the group buy initiated from an interest check in the 40% discord/mechmarket subreddit (feel free to join).

The board (kit does not include switches or caps)

The PCB (this group buy will be for PCBs with gold plating on the solder pads!)

Case color options


Group Buy form here
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfki00GY4T7XDOvfl2IjdxVbLkaXDdKtx3JSYWzCbZawp3_Rw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Timeline

GB closes 1/28/19

Invoices will go out upon end of GB period, payment due by Feb 2nd

kits would ship approximately 3 weeks after GB ends (we hit Chinese new year, PCB factory is closed till Feb 11th) I'll post updates here as it progresses

The Alpha 28 is QMK compatible! (And for those ordering a kit, the Pro Micro will be pre-flashed with this layout: https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/keyboards/alpha/keymaps/vderm

PCB and case are MX(plate or PCB mount) and alps compatible.

Buy is for: PCB, case, or kit for Alpha 28 keyboard with LED underglow (kit does not include switches or keycaps)

Kit ($30) includes:
PCB
pro micro (ready to use, no programming necessary)
2 piece case (plate and bottom)
screws and standoffs
diodes
1x 2u stabilizer
RGB LED strip for underglow

Other options:

Just a Case ($10): 2 pieces of acrylic (plate and case bottom)

Just a PCB ($7): single bare board, black soldermask with white silk screen and gold plated pads

shipping for up to 3 kits or 8 PCBs (if you're getting more than that, I will provide a separate estimate)

Priority within the US $8

First class to Canada $10, rest of the world $15

Priority to Canada $25, rest of the world $35

details and assembly instructions here: https://github.com/PyrooL/Alpha

original design by /u/pyrocrastinator (PyroL) reproduced with permission under MIT license
« Last Edit: Sun, 03 February 2019, 11:13:31 by worldspawn »
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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 18 January 2019, 17:42:50 »
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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 18 January 2019, 17:54:01 »
Congrats!!

Offline PyroL

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 18 January 2019, 23:09:08 »
blessed keyboard

first person to build this with brown alps gets a meme from pyro, custom delivered to their discord inbox

Offline worldspawn

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 19 January 2019, 00:21:24 »
I'm seriously tempted to make a hotswap Alps version with Mill-Max 7305s  :D
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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 19 January 2019, 02:17:40 »
Hotswap alps? I might have to steal that idea.

Do you have any photos of the translucent gray color?

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 19 January 2019, 17:28:01 »
Super excited to be apart of this GB!

Offline worldspawn

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 19 January 2019, 22:03:54 »
Hotswap alps? I might have to steal that idea.

Do you have any photos of the translucent gray color?

Here's the case color options
 
« Last Edit: Sat, 19 January 2019, 22:06:59 by worldspawn »
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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 07:24:29 »
Need a banana in the picture for size reference.

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 11:19:47 »
Emails have gone out to those who replied to the initial Interest Check, thanks guys!  The GB is open through the 28th, if you want to get in, please fill out the form above.
« Last Edit: Mon, 21 January 2019, 09:35:27 by worldspawn »
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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 21 January 2019, 05:26:58 »
Need a banana in the picture for size reference.

Ask and ye shall receive

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Edit: oh hey how do I rotate images on Geekhack?

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 22 January 2019, 11:19:00 »
I found some beefier pro micros with through-hole mounted micro-USB ports that should be more robust than the more common pad-soldered ports that most pro micros use.  We've got enough orders, this will not result in an increase in price :D

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 23 January 2019, 01:58:15 »
Those Pro Micros won't fit :-X

Too wide, gotta use standard Pro Micro width

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 23 January 2019, 08:41:12 »
I was wondering about that, it's hard to tell from the photos and the size wasn't listed. Thanks for the info.
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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 23 January 2019, 12:27:48 »
Yeah, I have a few of those clones and while from the technical perspective they are identical to the original one, they are considerably wider.

A tip for selecting a clone: choose one with the smaller cpu that's rotated by 45 degrees. Those are usually the same width as the original
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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 23 January 2019, 13:07:00 »
Yeah, I know which ones are guaranteed to fit, I tried to get size info from the seller, but they said they didn't know, so back to the standard :(
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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 23 January 2019, 21:18:12 »
Im glad I joined this GB from ic form you had on reddit, Now that I came across this here. Im following its progress. Great job, OP!!


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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (OPEN FOR ORDERS TILL THE 28TH)
« Reply #17 on: Sun, 27 January 2019, 15:39:51 »
GB is closing in 3 hours! LAST CALL
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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, invoices going out)
« Reply #18 on: Sun, 27 January 2019, 18:02:04 »
Thanks for the orders everyone, invoices are going out now, ping me if you don't get one in the next 24 hours.
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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, invoices going out)
« Reply #19 on: Sun, 27 January 2019, 20:03:37 »
paid!

now i wait.  ;D

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, invoices going out)
« Reply #20 on: Sun, 27 January 2019, 21:18:54 »
Thanks to those who paid quick! Some of you guys are fast :D I've gone ahead and placed the slowest part of the orders, the PCB, and I think I've managed to get it in before the Chinese New Year celebration, so that's good news! Updates will be posted here as the parts come in.

If you have not received an invoice, please PM me!
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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, invoices sent)
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 27 January 2019, 21:46:40 »
Thanks!  ;D

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, invoices sent)
« Reply #22 on: Mon, 28 January 2019, 07:42:55 »
Paid


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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, invoices sent)
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 30 January 2019, 23:56:18 »
Had a few people drop out after the GB closed, so there's a few extra kits avaialble, if you're interested, PM me with what you would like and I'll invoice you.
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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, invoices sent)
« Reply #24 on: Thu, 31 January 2019, 03:01:12 »
Just recently joined this hobby and am very grateful to be part of this as my first GB :)

Looking forward to this lil`fella

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, invoices sent)
« Reply #25 on: Thu, 31 January 2019, 19:22:11 »
Initial boards are in, looking good, matte black and gold pads





Also a ton of pro micros and RGB LEDs

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, invoices sent)
« Reply #26 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 14:21:18 »
 ;D :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, invoices sent)
« Reply #27 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 18:23:33 »
Getting the RGB going


With the frosted bottom


Here's the keymap I'm putting on the pro micros

Essentially the vderm layout, but added the RGB control
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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, invoices sent)
« Reply #28 on: Sat, 02 February 2019, 02:08:10 »
Yay looks wonderful. Waiting for my kit to arrive  :D

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, invoices sent)
« Reply #29 on: Sun, 03 February 2019, 11:12:57 »
GB is closed, parts are all ordered. Most of the parts will be in probably end of this week, but a couple got caught in Chinese New year closures and won't go out till after the 11th.

I'm targeting shipping out orders the week of Feb. 25 pending everything getting in on time.
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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, invoices sent)
« Reply #30 on: Tue, 05 February 2019, 12:39:35 »
GB is closed, parts are all ordered. Most of the parts will be in probably end of this week, but a couple got caught in Chinese New year closures and won't go out till after the 11th.

I'm targeting shipping out orders the week of Feb. 25 pending everything getting in on time.

Hey,
What's the best way to reach you? I will be moving houses on Feb 25th so will need an address change.

I know this is an inconvenience but I did not want to miss out on the board. I don't have my new address yet but I will get it to you as soon as possible.

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Re: [GB] Alpha 28 PCB and kits (closed, parts ordered)
« Reply #31 on: Tue, 05 February 2019, 12:41:31 »
PM or email, my email should have been on the invoice.  I'll also PM you my info directly on here.
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