Alps SKCM Cream Damped
|Family||Alps SKCL/SKCM series|
|Discontinued||1994 or later|
|Precedes||Alps SKCM White Damped|
|Switch type||Tactile, damped|
|Sense method||Metal leaf|
|Actuation force||70 gf|
|Keycap mount||Alps mount|
|Switch mount||Plate mount|
Alps SKCM Cream Damped ("Ivory" according to the Alps 1994 catalogue), is a damped tactile switch in the Alps SKCL/SKCM series. It should not be mistaken for the earlier Alps SKCM Cream, which was not damped; if the switch has no Alps logo on the top then it is likely to be the latter.
Damped cream Alps switches have small black rubber dampers fitted into grooves on either side of the slider; these quieten the switch by cushioning the impact of the slider against the inside of the switch both when bottoming out and on its return. The damper does not reach to the bottom of the slider, so the stops moulded into the base of the shell have been widened to accommodate.
Variants of the switch exist both with slits and without, with slits being the significantly more common variety. The model was followed by SKCM White Damped, which differs in that the sliders are made from a different plastic and the switch weighting is slightly heavier, though is otherwise identical to cream damped without slits.
It appears that the tactile leaf was modified during its production run, with the hole removed, and small indentations introduced. Initally, they used either very similar, or exacly the same tactile leaves as SKCM Salmons did. They have been replaced later on by the kind that was most commonly found in SKCM Black and Damped White switches.
Early switches were lubricated.