M60-A SEQ 3

A big pallet arrived today at the Rama Works warehouse and it's the production packaging for the M60-A accessories - these are for the Interior Weight, Back Weight and PCB. Looking forward to packaging these all together and shipping them out in the following months!

M60-A PCB

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Interior Weight

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Back Weight

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EXTRA

Always enjoyable to take apart and hold the parts which make up the M60-A keyboard, excited for those who participated in the preorder to experience unpacking and assembling this keyboard! Also go check the M60-A box here: https://rama.works/projectupdates/2018/6/11/m60-a-packaging

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Other updates

Have also for the past two weeks been testing ZFrontiers new profile keyset, the KAT profile. It's a very ergonomic and a very comfortable set to type on and we're looking forward to potentially releasing a set with this profile. More information on this keyset can be found here: https://www.zfrontier.com/post/detail/7625

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RAMA x Metaverse [LIVE]

The three aluminium novelty keys are now available through our vendors for this exciting new GMK set! They come in Red/Black anodised aluminium and polished raw aluminium variants.

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Instrument Low-Profile / Stab SEQ 2

INSTRUMENT

A lot have asked on the status of the Instrument board. Over the past couple of months, we made developments on creating a low profile keyboard with our custom-moulded keycaps.

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The initially designed keycap was for the Kailh Low-Profile switch - however after initial testing with 2U caps we found that it was not suitable and halted the project. We had an entire set of 1U and 2U keys prototyped for testing.

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A lot of work was done in creating a complete package, below is the PCB designed by our Hardware Engineer, Wilba.

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A new solution

After being in contact with Cherry we where able to procure one of the first samples of the Cherry MX Low Profile mechanical switch. The design of this switch has some major advantages over the Kailh switches we initially selected. It has a light-pipe which was designed specifically for SMD RGB LED's, the stem is much more stabilised which can handle 2U keys on its own and the switch supports normal MX keys (unlike the Kailh which is a proprietary stem)

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What's next?

The low-profile switches haven't been released yet, but we're waiting on a prototype order of more units so that we can begin testing. The PCB will also be redesigned with the footprint for the Cherry MX Low Profile switch.

Stab

The design for our new stabiliser is complete and will begin the second round of prototying. We have added in the threaded-insert and adjusted some of the model dimensions. The base of the stabiliser is 'pre-clipped' and has a small landing pad to reduce 'bottoming out' noise. The current proposal is to produce the stabiliser out of POM due to its low coefficient of friction.

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Olivia XO / Inventory 2 / Tray SEQ 2

Olivia XO

The Aluminium Olivia XO caps are packed and shipping to our distributors via DHL Express, they should arrive to our distributors soon! We will have extras available in 2-3 weeks, stay tuned.

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Inventory 2

A majority of the XO cards have arrived and we have packed all colours except for LNY Gold and Sage (we are awaiting replacement Sage units).  We will be shipping out a bulk of orders over the week. We anticipate the replacement Sage and Gold XO cards to arrive this Friday.

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Tray

The Aluminium and PVD Brass Tray's are all packed and ready for shipping - expect order fulfilment emails to come through soon!

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Stab SEQ 1

Major CAD design work and initial testing has been complete for the Rama Works Stabiliser, our goals are to enhance aesthetics, reduce rattle/sound and increase smoothness. More to come.

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Early CAD EXPERIMENTS

Prototype Testing

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What's next?

Final prototype > injection moulding > material exploration/testing > packaging > distribution

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Olivia XO + Inventory Ti XO + Oasis XO + Stab 01

First thing, the XO caps for the GMK Olivia GroupBuy are in! We will be packing them this week and shipping them to the 4 distributors next week. Can't wait to see these out to everyone who ordered one!

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The Titanium XO cards have arrived, this leaves just one final component to arrive before we can begin to ship the Inventory 2's - The Aluminium XO cards

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Oasis XO (Along with the beautiful GMK set) is now live and available from our friends at: 


Last thing... just in, an early prototype.

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M6-A 88

Happy to announce that we will be launching and selling the 88 edition of the M6-A this week, it is in stock and ready for shipping - we are just awaiting some new accounts to finalise before launching the sale, we hope this will be complete and ready this week!

This edition is limited to just 88 units.

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Here are some behind-the-scenes photos:

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RAMA x GMK Oasis

Excited to be further continuing our collaborations for this year with GMK Oasis. We will be producing our limited-edition collectible XO caps for this exciting set! 

We can't wait to get one of these sets on our M60 board!

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Tray SEQ 1

The Tray's are all in stock and we are just awaiting new packaging. We are extremely happy with how the Liquid Series trays came out, we want to do something a little more special with the packaging. Each one is hand mirror polished for over 2 hours and then PVD coated! Packaging will be finished this week and shipped to us to arrive in the following weeks. Excited to finally get them out!

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Inventory 2 SEQ 1

The Inventory 2 production has hit a series of delay's - we have had them remachined and reanodized from scratch as we where not happy with the initial batch which was manufactured in full. We are reaching a stage where we can start shipping in the following weeks. Most of the parts are in and we are just awaiting the Anodized XO cards and Titanium XO cards to arrive.

Here are some pictures of where we are at:

Packaging

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Band

The band was completely reengineered and now features a coating which prevents dust from sticking, this makes a huge difference in comparison to the Inventory 2. We have them all in stock and ready to go.

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Packaged

We have started to pack the Inventory 2's, all that needs to be added to the package is the XO card.

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LNY Edition

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Extras

Inventory 2 will be available from stock a few weeks after the original orders fulfill and arrive safely to our customers!

M60-A SEQ 2 + EPBT HEAVY INDUSTRY

Apologies all for the lack of updates/social media for the past week or so - we have been away from the office. We are now back and cannot wait to get straight back into it! 

Productive mail day here at the Rama Works Workshop. We've received a number of items which come with the M60-A. 

We are working hard here to not only deliver a product, but an experience. This delves deep into our company tagline "Experience Design". We cannot wait to show our customers what we work on in the background and some of the inclusions that come with our products.

Here's a few of them:

Custom feet

We had the mould for the feet completely remade to provide more grip. These come packaged in a pack of two and are in Kuro black.

U1 Connector cable

This is the cable which connects the U1-C daughterboard and the M60-A PCB together, we added extra sleeving to keep it together - we have the entire quantity in stock now.

PCB Anti-Static Bag

Our M60-A Anti-Static bags have arrived, these will keep the PCB's safe during handling and transport. This also comes packaged in another box (which has yet to arrive, stay tuned)

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EPBT Heavy Industry preview!

We’re proud to announce the newest collaboration in our partnership line. We have been working with enjoyPBT and are proud to create EPBT Heavy Industry, a cherry profile keycap, tailored with our signature typeface and the resilient, printed caps and stems enjoyPBT are known for. PBT creates a much softer typing acoustic when compared to ABS and is a perfect match for our M60-A keyboard. It will also come at a discount to our M60-A owners. More news to come! (Also, what’s that keyboard resting on?)

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EDIT: Here's a more color accurate photo:

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M60-A SEQ 1

M60-A base unit sample packaging has arrived, this will be accompanied by other packaging which will house the PCB, Internal Weight & Back Weight extras.

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Video:

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Will post pictures of the other packaging when it arrives!