[GB] Model MF - GB CLOSED

Do you have an estimate for the time frame for the plates once they're in your metal fabricator's queue?

Looking at your previous posts, it appears that it took over a month for the final prototype plates to get to you. I am wondering partly because I was not anticipating these delays (though I do not mind at all waiting a bit longer) and may have to request an update for my shipping address.
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The claim is currently 3 weeks, but we will sort that out late tomorrow afternoon. Apologize if we are running later than anticipation. My life really got in the way with everything. I should have some concrete dates on the plates to share Tuesday. I will have everything hot dipped (Chromate) while the powder coating is taking place.
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lot_lizard wrote:DMA has proposed, and is succeeding at, using software against essentially a single chip to perform the same function. This has real benefits not only now (smaller form factor, somewhat less power consumption by the controller itself, functional flexibility, cheaper to produce, etc...), but certainly in the future since software by its nature is extensible. It's a big deal... if it works!!!

It's not software. It's still good old hardware, just conveniently pre-packaged and with programmable switches inside, so you can connect practically any component to practically any pin (which makes PCB routing SO MUCH EASIER).
lot_lizard wrote:Keep in mind going in, you will learn a lot, but this is a topic that isn't for the faint of heart

Don't go there, I'll prepare a human-readable version soon, in a different post. Probably in deskthority wiki even if allowed to - external websites are just too likely to die. And if deskthority does - well, there will be no one interested in preserving this knowledge if that is allowed happen.
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DMA wrote:It's not software. It's still good old hardware, just conveniently pre-packaged and with programmable switches inside, so you can connect practically any component to practically any pin (which makes PCB routing SO MUCH EASIER).

And quite interesting hardware at that. The FPGA and ASIC like aspects of that MCU are easy enough to confuse for software at first glance.
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Question: Will there be a round 2?

I'm sure i'm not the only person to miss this amazing GB. Have an Industrial Model M w/ typesetting keycaps that would be perfect :o
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Short answer: No, at least not from lot_lizard. But there are arguably more exciting things in the works for later MF phases! :mrgreen:

See: group-buys-f50/model-mf-drop-in-kit-for-converting-the-ibm-model-m-into-an-f-t15091-750.html#p357418
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Mattr567 wrote:Question: Will there be a round 2?

Lot_lizard won't run another GB, but he is making some extras to sell later so he can raise funds for future MF projects.

Also, all of the files are going to be published, so anyone with the funding will be able to use those to produce and sell more of what will probably become known as the Model MF classic.
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