So I recently managed to put my hands on a FC660C (thanks to Wazazaby). Great keyboard! More silent than the HHKB, somehow more tactile and heavier domes (although rated at 45g), sturdier due to the plate, arrows ...
- and, soon, fully programmable too. After this memorable thread necromancy just to show off, let's get to the great idea of the day.
There are no aluminum cases for the FC660C - I know there's one in the works (Norbauer), I bet it will cost a big buck. But the top case - the top case of the Leopold is one piece of plastic, not much material, and fixed to the bottom with a screw and four plastic tabs (image borrowed from GH):
I wonder, wouldn't be this top case a great candidate for a cheaper aluminum replacement? The top case covers the edges anyway, going right to the bottom, so it covers the keyboard pretty effectively. It's just one piece, so easier to make, not too much material, needs to support just one screw and four notches. In any case, *much* easier to make than a HHKB replacement top case. And with that remark, I rest my case
P.S. Aluminum ... or wood