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Tind is a high-end keyboard with a custom molded self-aligning gasket system. The plate has total isolation. You just build your board, connect the daughterboard, throw it in and fasten the top from the bottom with screws.
The design of this keyboard started in 2017, right after Fjell R1 finished shipping. It has been a top mount, gasket mount, bottom mount, gasket mount(again) and I think I have finally found the recipe for a good silicone gasket keyboard. I want to have this mounting system available to use in future Mekanisk keyboards, and to finally prove that the solution works, is a huge milestone for me because it allows me to integrate gaskets in a good way into future designs, and develop good designs, faster.
The keyboard uses 12 custom molded bottom gaskets that support the plate from the bottom as well from the sides by letting the plate rest on them. This mean that no alignment is needed. There are 12 corresponding small silicone gaskets that push the plate down from the top at the same places and creates a firm grip for the plate. The plate is totally isolated from the rest of the case. The bottom silicone pieces are thicker than normal keyboard gaskets.
The plates are designed from the ground up to support the keyboard in the best possible way. These do not support switch top removal.
Specifications and features
8 degree typing angle
Heavily chamfered edges with refined design
Low profile front height
Full gasket isolation mount and seamless design
New plate designs with mild relief cuts
Custom molded silicone pieces for the top, bottom and under.
USB-C Wilba PCB with a centered daughterboard
VIA compatible PCB
Each keyboard is serial numbered
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Prototypes and renders will differ from final product. There are already decided adjustments. Factory photos are low quality and will show artifacts not seen in real life.
Ultramarine: Beautiful Pantone 3035C inspired color. Blue with a hint of green.
Dark grey: Not the standard “warm gray”. This is a dark, cool gray. (Same as R1 grey)
Available in ISO or ANSI. Possible half plates in both material and layout options.
RAFFLE SPOTS: 100
KIT PRICE: $400
IN THE KIT
Tind top piece (Ultramarine / Dark grey)
Tind bottom piece (Dark grey)
12x Custom Molded Mekanisk Silicone Gasket System bottom gaskets
12x Mekanisk Silicone Gasket System top gaskets
4x Custom Molded Mekanisk Viewfinder Silicone Bumpons
Mekanisk Gasket Plate in sandblasted brass / carbon fibre (+ $25) with ISO or ANSI layout support
WT60-? PCB with an USB-C daughterboard
All necessary screws and tools for assembly
Custom EVA foam, double cardboard shipping box.
Shipping will only be done via DHL Express directly from our factory. If you are in Norway, your order will be shipped from Norway. Shipping cost has increased in 2020, expect a higher shipping cost than you normally would. Your countries taxes are not included in the price unless you are in Norway.
We are aiming for a late June raffle, with September/October shipping. The raffle will be announced beforehand, and will not come as a surprise.
Why are there no blocked corners or winkeyless options?
We need to limit all options as much as possible for this keyboard, so for this round, only the standard layout will be available. The next round we will supply different options and might include both blocked corners and winkeyless layouts.
Will there be more color options?
Not this round.
What does gasket/isolation mount mean?
To me, it means that the plate is isolated from the rest of the case in some way. There are many different methods that are used to achieve this. We developed our own.
Approx 1400g with brass plate. Unbuilt.
The status of this project is added to MEKANISK.XYZ so you can keep yourself updated there.
Thank you for reading.