Author Topic: [IC] TGR Alice PCB + Acrylic Case (Update: added Acrylic Plates & PCB Designed)  (Read 7625 times)

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Offline onefivenine

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Hey Everyone,

This is an interest check for a TGR Alice compatible PCB and acrylic case. Yuktsi has graciously provided the files and Maarten has kindly offered to make a replacement PCB.





PCB IC Form: https://goo.gl/forms/du5ikq150OqvWlnK2

Specifications:
  • TGR Alice compatible PCB
  • Powered by Atmega32u4 MCU
  • QMK programmable
  • No underglow Underglow support added
  • No in-switch led
  • MX & ALPS support
  • USB mini (c not possible due to cutouts)
  • Units: 35 (maximum) Running through a fab
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Shipping:
  • US proxy
  • EU proxy






I have moved the plates to GB
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Plates:




Carbon Fiber (MX Only):
  • Specs: 1.5mm matte black w/ twill weave
  • MOQ: 10
  • Lead: 1mo after GB close (est)
Polycarbonate(MX Only):
  • Specs: 1.5mm clear
  • MOQ: 30
  • Lead: 1mo after GB close (est)
Shipping:
  • Shipped from US
Comments:
  • If you would like to see an ALPs plate added, you will need to provide the file.
  • Very likely to run GB of plates first



Update (02/21)



Zambumon (GMK Jamón) & Keebs (Homerow) has joined the team to bring modified acrylic cases to the IC.

Lubrigante: A TGR Alice Acrylic Case Revision By Zambumon


Keebs is working out the details of the acrylic case so they can be ready for GB.
You can find the open source documentation here, but keep in mind that it is a work in progress.



As for the PCB, Maarten has completed the design and we will be working with a fab to get these produced in a larger quantity.




Notes:
  • Photo/color is for display purpose at the moment, we will be going over solder mask options later on.
  • Would like your feedback on the alps support layout of the PCB.
  • Underglow support added.
  • I will post more updates soon.



Thanks,
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Updates:
01/21: Requested quotes for PC & CF plates
01/25: PCB units increased, added ALPs support to PCB
01/25: Plate MOQ added, PC changed to clear (lead + qc decision), waiting for CF sample (est. 3 weeks)
01/27: Plate IC has been moved to https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=98385.0 which will hold the GB thread.
02/21: PCB Design complete. Acrylic cases added.



Responses to Questions/Comments submitted:

C: Wish that it included support for in-switch LED.
R: Sorry, but I would like to keep the costs low as possible for this run.

C: Anodized aluminum plates please.
R: I want us to hit the best MOQ prices. Offering too many option may reduce MOQ breaks.

C: Would prefer if it wasn't green and, shedding as much outer perimeter pcb that isn't needed.
R: I would like to keep the pcb shape as close to the original as possible. For color, if it doesn't affect the cost and majority wants a specific color we can look into it.

C: Would it be possible to add iso left shift and maybe a type of iso enter. Could be a numpad enter.
R: I would prefer not to change the original design.

C: Pls make hotswap.
R: More parts, more monies. DIY hotswap solutions are available.

C: Make it as bare bones as possible to keep costs down.
R: Yup, that is the plan.

C: If you could make an alps compatible version... omg.
R: Yes, I spoke to Maarten and he has agreed to add ALPs support to the pcb.

C: Would it be possible to just get the pcb?
R: Absolutely. You are not obligated to bundle the pcb and plate.
« Last Edit: Thu, 21 February 2019, 15:02:43 by onefivenine »
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Offline dimo

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[IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 12:57:55 »
Yes pls

I’ll get a PC plate as well if they both happen

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 13:01:57 »
Please bundle with a TGR Alice. K thx.

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 13:04:06 »
Yes.
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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 13:08:54 »
Yes please

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 13:16:18 »
Interested.

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 13:30:08 »
im in

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 13:30:50 »
Oof got some extra PCB but they ain't qmk, in.

Offline onefivenine

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 13:30:57 »
Yes pls

I’ll get a PC plate as well if they both happen

I have a carbon fiber one being produced atm. If you guys are interested I can add as an option.
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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 13:31:19 »
Would love a 3d printed Alice, which if available id defo be down for this GB

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 13:32:21 »
Yes pls

I’ll get a PC plate as well if they both happen

I have a carbon fiber one being produced atm. If you guys are interested I can add as an option.

is that uncorrelated with puddsy’s?


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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 13:40:12 »
Yes pls

I’ll get a PC plate as well if they both happen

I have a carbon fiber one being produced atm. If you guys are interested I can add as an option.

is that uncorrelated with puddsy’s?


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Correct. I am getting a personal plate made for myself and will check qc when it arrives. I would not consider it as an alternative to Puddsy's IC yet and I will be communicating with him to make sure that I am not interfering with his IC.
« Last Edit: Sun, 20 January 2019, 14:46:44 by onefivenine »
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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #12 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 13:42:53 »
Wait a minute

So youre saying if I get this PCB

The case/plate files are available for printing

I can essentially make my own Alice?
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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 13:46:23 »
Would get it


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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 13:47:49 »
I would get one just to try the layout lul

Offline onefivenine

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 13:56:02 »
Wait a minute

So youre saying if I get this PCB

The case/plate files are available for printing

I can essentially make my own Alice?

I am not familiar with the printed cases. This PCB will be tested and fitted only to the one from the group buy.
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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #16 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 14:00:15 »
What if I told you I had already done it...

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #17 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 14:08:53 »
What if I told you I had already done it...

Would you be willing to run a group buy?
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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #18 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 14:13:52 »
What if I told you I had already done it...

Would you be willing to run a group buy?

That has been my plan, I just finished putting together the first one today and have it all flashed in QMK, just was gonna clean up the code a bit then get it added.

Seems I got beat to the punch on the IC side of things!

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #19 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 14:21:32 »
I would pick one up for sure, whoever makes it

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #20 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 14:22:24 »
What if I told you I had already done it...
Then I would say it's a nice project, well done :thumb:

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 14:28:54 »
What if I told you I had already done it...

Would you be willing to run a group buy?

That has been my plan, I just finished putting together the first one today and have it all flashed in QMK, just was gonna clean up the code a bit then get it added.

Seems I got beat to the punch on the IC side of things!

Congrats! Having more options is better for the community ;)
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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 14:39:50 »
I didn’t make mine as a replacement pcb, I’d need to add the 2 holes, (could easily be added) for mounting with the original case. I really wanted an Alice, but wasn’t sure I would like the layout, or not having QMK, so I threw this together over the winter holidays with an acrylic case to test it out before I go throw $1k at a used Alice 😂

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #23 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 15:17:42 »
PC plates will probably happen with this GB instead of my own because I am lazy and onefiftynine offered to do it.
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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 15:22:42 »
Interested if there's a PC plate offered too.

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #25 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 15:39:33 »
Interested in both pcb and pc plate

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 16:33:24 »
PC plates will probably happen with this GB instead of my own because I am lazy and onefiftynine offered to do it.

I will get quotes based on your last update from the thread:
40 polycarbonate
15 carbon fiber
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Re: [IC] TGR Alice QMK PCB | Plate (PC & CF)
« Reply #27 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 17:17:17 »
Yes.

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #28 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 17:24:42 »
I will got both!

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #29 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 19:48:02 »
Interested in cf for sure

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #30 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 20:21:07 »
I had a CF one recently made!

211075-0
211077-1

I haven't built on it yet, so I'm not 100% if its durable. Let me know what to look for to check if its viable.

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #31 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 21:32:55 »
Yes, please. Very interested  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] TGR Alice compatible PCB
« Reply #32 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 21:34:27 »
PC plates will probably happen with this GB instead of my own because I am lazy and onefiftynine offered to do it.

I will get quotes based on your last update from the thread:
40 polycarbonate
15 carbon fiber

It's basically the same still
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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #33 on: Sun, 20 January 2019, 23:52:45 »
I would also be in, since I wasn‘t able to grab an Alice and would also try to make a DIY project.

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #34 on: Mon, 21 January 2019, 05:37:33 »
I’m in.

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #35 on: Mon, 21 January 2019, 05:53:34 »
always interested in a diy project! Any switches that combine particularly well with pc and/or cf plates?

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #36 on: Mon, 21 January 2019, 16:16:11 »
How thick is the polycarbonate plate going to be?

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #37 on: Mon, 21 January 2019, 17:12:37 »
interested in pcb+pc plate

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #38 on: Mon, 21 January 2019, 17:13:35 »
How thick is the polycarbonate plate going to be?

1.5mm i imagine
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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #39 on: Mon, 21 January 2019, 17:56:47 »
How thick is the polycarbonate plate going to be?

1.5mm i imagine

Yup, will be getting quotes for 1.5mm plates.
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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #40 on: Mon, 21 January 2019, 19:50:43 »
Added updates section to initial post and responses to questions and comments submitted through the form.
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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #41 on: Tue, 22 January 2019, 00:19:26 »
Sign me up please!

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #42 on: Tue, 22 January 2019, 03:58:46 »
I'm in for a PCB and Plate :)

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #43 on: Tue, 22 January 2019, 12:04:14 »
Interested!

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #44 on: Tue, 22 January 2019, 14:31:51 »
Count me in for a PCB and PC plate.

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #45 on: Tue, 22 January 2019, 19:42:03 »
Could you make the PCB Alps compatible?

...Or could you make an Alps PCB?
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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #46 on: Tue, 22 January 2019, 19:42:53 »
^no pls

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #47 on: Tue, 22 January 2019, 21:55:47 »
I'm so in on this.

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #48 on: Wed, 23 January 2019, 08:17:46 »
Is this still going to be limited to 20 orders only?
I am so in for this.

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Re: [IC] PCB & PC/CF plate for TGR Alice
« Reply #49 on: Wed, 23 January 2019, 08:32:12 »
I’m in!