Tind Release Paper

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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 wanted 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. This will also allow Mekanisk to rapidly create new designs and form factors with an existing mounting system due to less time used on developing a new mounting solution for that specific keyboard.

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. These are attached to the top piece of the keyboard. The plate is totally isolated from the rest of the case. The bottom silicone pieces are thicker than conventional  keyboard gaskets, to create a soft landing when typing.

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:
  • 60% keyboard
  • 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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Renders

 

Factory photos 

 

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.

ANODIZED COLORS

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. (R1 grey)

PLATE MATERIAL

Available in ISO or ANSI. Possible half plates in both material and layout options. 

Sandblasted brass

Carbon fiber

 

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 fiber(+ $25) with ISO or ANSI layout support

WT60-? PCB with an USB-C daughterboard

All necessary screws and tools for assembly

Packaging
Custom EVA/EPE foam, double cardboard shipping box.

 

SHIPPING & HANDLING

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.

 

WHEN

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. These estimates are subject to change due to COVID-19.

 

FAQ

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.

Different form factors?
65% and TKL are planned for the Tind.

Hotswap/arrow keys/etc.?
No.

 

The status of this project is added to MEKANISK.XYZ so you can keep yourself updated there.

Please note that details can change before the raffle. 

Thank you for reading.