Omnikey PCB and Fullsize Customs (Round 2 opening soon)

BlindAssassin111

12 Mar 2018, 22:44

Still sitting at 13 PCBs, I also contacted TopClack to see if they could mention the GB in the next stream. If they can I will keep the form open for another couple days to allow those who saw the stream get in, but if they can't then I will keep to the schedule I have already posted.

BlindAssassin111

13 Mar 2018, 01:06

We just got to 15!!! We have now officially hit the first price drop, hopefully we get in some more orders because we are only 5 away from another price drop.

andrewjoy

13 Mar 2018, 13:06

One of you could sell me a full ansi model for $10 and then i could order a second PCB :D

BlindAssassin111

13 Mar 2018, 17:43

andrewjoy wrote: One of you could sell me a full ansi model for $10 and then i could order a second PCB :D
If only...I just wish I had an ansi enter and \|, then I would have the perfect setup.

BlindAssassin111

13 Mar 2018, 20:03

We are now at 17 PCBs, so close to getting the next price drop, invite your friends and spread the word so we can drop down the price another step.

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green-squid

13 Mar 2018, 20:20

shared it on /r/retrobattlestations (old computer subreddit)

https://www.reddit.com/r/retrobattlesta ... e_omnikey/

BlindAssassin111

13 Mar 2018, 20:48

green-squid wrote: shared it on /r/retrobattlestations (old computer subreddit)

https://www.reddit.com/r/retrobattlesta ... e_omnikey/
I never even knew that was a thing, should have expected it though. Also the thing about the spacebar is misleading, I only support the stock 7U as it would require a bunch more work to support smaller spacebars. I am thinking of doing it though...still have time before orders are done, so it may be a thing soon.

EDIT: It is not possible sadly, the pads would short the switch so I can only support 7U spacebars with the current layout.

BlindAssassin111

13 Mar 2018, 21:45

And while I was doing that we are now at a whopping 19 PCBs, only 1 away from lower prices, I hope we can get even more!!! This is awesome.

BlindAssassin111

16 Mar 2018, 04:00

Update:
Okay I have closed orders as I wasn't able to get the shoutout on TopClack for last minute orders.

We managed to get 21, which means I will bite the bullet and order 30 so no one loses out and I can sell the remaining ones in another quick round or if people are wanting to buy another one before I place the order they can.

If you wish to buy one of the remaining 9 PCBs, send me a PM and I will be happy to sell you one at the same pricing as the GB. I won't place the order until all payments are in, So you have some time.

I will begin running the invoices for the boards tomorrow and will have to figure out how shipping is going to work as the board is so large that I have to find an equally large box to allow it to arrive safe to all of you. Payments will be due by 3/23 at midnight central time.

Thank you all so much for making this a reality and I hope it exceeds you expectations!

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//gainsborough
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16 Mar 2018, 05:09

BlindAssassin111 wrote: Update:
Okay I have closed orders as I wasn't able to get the shoutout on TopClack for last minute orders.

We managed to get 21, which means I will bite the bullet and order 30 so no one loses out and I can sell the remaining ones in another quick round or if people are wanting to buy another one before I place the order they can.

If you wish to buy one of the remaining 9 PCBs, send me a PM and I will be happy to sell you one at the same pricing as the GB. I won't place the order until all payments are in, So you have some time.

I will begin running the invoices for the boards tomorrow and will have to figure out how shipping is going to work as the board is so large that I have to find an equally large box to allow it to arrive safe to all of you. Payments will be due by 3/23 at midnight central time.

Thank you all so much for making this a reality and I hope it exceeds you expectations!
Thanks for taking one for the team, dude! If my build goes great I may buy a second one as well!

Thanks again for putting this together as well!

BlindAssassin111

16 Mar 2018, 05:41

//gainsborough wrote: Thanks for taking one for the team, dude! If my build goes great I may buy a second one as well!

Thanks again for putting this together as well!
Thank you for your order!! I will be sure to set one aside in case you want another one.

BlindAssassin111

16 Mar 2018, 22:56

Update:
I have sent out all invoices for those in the US, and I will be sending the invoices for those outside the US soon, as I am still need to get shipping quotes for those orders.

Payment is due on 3/22 so that I am able to place the order on 3/23.

BlindAssassin111

18 Mar 2018, 04:04

Update:
All invoices are sent and only 3 people need to pay before I can place the order. Thank you to everyone who paid quickly, it was surprising to see that happen, and I really appreciate it.

I have finished all files for the plate and layouts. Only thing I am not sure about is the ISO enter stab location, so I only have it in on position as I don't know have anything to go off of.

If you see an issue let me know and I can fix it or, if you want to edit it download something like libreCAD to edit the files.

You will need to edit to choose your layout, the dashed lines were left to show the centers of the cutouts so you can tell which lines go to which switch location a bit easier. The large box around the outside is the PCB so you know what needs to be cleared, ad the rounded rectangles above the numpad are the LED cutouts.

Here is the link to all of the files, if there is an issue accessing it please let me know so I can try and fix it asap.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d0Dvjr ... sp=sharing

BlindAssassin111

19 Mar 2018, 16:50

Only 1 person left to pay and I can place the order for the PCBs. This is awesome how fast payment has gone so far, Thank you all once again.

If you haven't checked out the above google drive link for the plate files and other helpful files, please do. I have also sent it out via email to all of you who ordered.

BlindAssassin111

21 Mar 2018, 02:33

Update:
I just went ahead and place the order for the PCBs, They should be here the beginning of next month. Already made the order for the diodes, which will get here tomorrow. I can't wait for these to arrive, Really excited to hold one of these for the first time.

Thank you all for your help and orders that allowed this to become a reality, I never expected this to work out like it did and I am happy it did, as I learned from it and was able to improve the product because of this. For those that are going to use these right away, Please post a build log somewhere, and post a link here in the GB, to show how things went as I really want to see the final product that my boards helped create.

I will have 9 extras as mentioned before, so if you end up wanting another or you missed out on the first round, you still have a chance! Just PM me on here, GH or reddit and I will get you set up.

Anakey

21 Mar 2018, 09:15

It is us who should be thanking you for putting all the work into designing the pcb in the first place and for giving everyone the chance to build a 100% custom Alps board which has never been done before.

BlindAssassin111

21 Mar 2018, 23:41

Anakey wrote: It is us who should be thanking you for putting all the work into designing the pcb in the first place and for giving everyone the chance to build a 100% custom Alps board which has never been done before.
:D



Also I messed up...I was stupid and ordered 1800 diodes in bulk instead of taped, so I had to count them out by hand, from a massive pile, to separate into the orders. That was so hard to do with how small those things are.

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//gainsborough
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22 Mar 2018, 01:48

BlindAssassin111 wrote: Also I messed up...I was stupid and ordered 1800 diodes in bulk instead of taped, so I had to count them out by hand, from a massive pile, to separate into the orders. That was so hard to do with how small those things are.

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Engicoder

22 Mar 2018, 02:44

BlindAssassin111 wrote: Also I messed up...I was stupid and ordered 1800 diodes in bulk instead of taped, so I had to count them out by hand, from a massive pile, to separate into the orders. That was so hard to do with how small those things are.
Situations like this are where accurate gram scales come in handy.

BlindAssassin111

22 Mar 2018, 04:16

Engicoder wrote:
BlindAssassin111 wrote: Also I messed up...I was stupid and ordered 1800 diodes in bulk instead of taped, so I had to count them out by hand, from a massive pile, to separate into the orders. That was so hard to do with how small those things are.
Situations like this are where accurate gram scales come in handy.
Yeah, would just have to have a really nice one as the diodes weight about 0.1 - 0.15 grams each. So a set weighs between 14 - 21 grams, which is a large window.

BlindAssassin111

29 Mar 2018, 18:00

Update:
Just got the notification that the PCBs have shipped out, so they will be here monday. Super excited to get them in!!!

Polecat

30 Mar 2018, 05:13

BlindAssassin111 wrote: Update:
Just got the notification that the PCBs have shipped out, so they will be here monday. Super excited to get them in!!!
Cautiously thinking/wondering out loud if these would work with a Focus plate and case after being trimmed as for an Omnikey 101? Wish I had thought of that a week or three back. In hindsight I should have signed up for one or two.

BlindAssassin111

30 Mar 2018, 06:22

Polecat wrote: Cautiously thinking/wondering out loud if these would work with a Focus plate and case after being trimmed as for an Omnikey 101? Wish I had thought of that a week or three back. In hindsight I should have signed up for one or two.
I still have 8 PCBs to sell, haven't even started to promote them, just been busy with other stuff. If you want some you are more than welcome to order them.

As for the focus plate, idk...haven't had one in so long that I can't remember what they actually look like inside. It might work, just can't say for sure.

BlindAssassin111

31 Mar 2018, 05:44

Just a quick update, PCBs cleared customs earlier today, so they are on track to get here monday. I will solder up a board and make a post about it, may do a video showing it off and working. And then begin packaging and shipping towards the end of the week.

BlindAssassin111

02 Apr 2018, 19:52

Update:
The PCBs just arrived, got a chance to inspect them so far, the solder pads for the attachment screws are a tad off, but those holes can be filed open safely as there are no traces near them. Will be soldering one up later today once my headers for the teensy arrive.

Here is a sneak peek:
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EDIT: Sorry for the blurry picture...Phone hates me sometimes. Will be making a video showing the board working tomorrow as I don't expect the headers to arrive until later tonight.

Anakey

02 Apr 2018, 19:57

looking good :)

BlindAssassin111

03 Apr 2018, 23:05

Just finished the video. https://youtu.be/7isvHLAJiGw

Also note that there are now only 6 PCBs available, so if you want another or if you happened to miss ordering, please let me know. Also if you are thinking of getting another PCB but are waiting to receive your first one, just let me know you are interested. I know 1 person so far has mentioned they may buy another, so 5 are available, with the 6th on standby.

I inspected all boards and the one in the video is the worst condition one, it had a gouge around an LED pad, but no other board had the same issue. This board will not be sold, and is the one I will be using as I don't want to give someone a B-grade product if an A-grade is available.
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scottc

03 Apr 2018, 23:16

I have a silly question, would this PCB theoretically fit into another chassis? Like the Bigfoot style one? I'm tempted by a better-built PCB for an SGI Granite restoration that I've had going forever.

BlindAssassin111

03 Apr 2018, 23:24

scottc wrote: I have a silly question, would this PCB theoretically fit into another chassis? Like the Bigfoot style one? I'm tempted by a better-built PCB for an SGI Granite restoration that I've had going forever.
I haven't tried yet, I have an AT101W laying around, so let me check real quick.

EDIT: Not without modification of the case. The AT101W I have has two posts that go through the PCB and center on the plate, those don't line up with existing holes on my PCB, so you would need to cut those posts off. And I can't tell if the controller would fit at all, the PCB is much closer to the bottom of the case than on the Omnikeys and there is almost no room there, so it may or may not work. And I don't think the nav and numpad clusters have the same spacing, so it may be off there as well.

TL;DR: Probably not, but there is a chance if you wanted to modify the case.

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scottc

03 Apr 2018, 23:44

I figured as much, thank you for investigating though!

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