M60-A SEQ2 PCBs / KOYU Extras / 16th August Launch

M60-A SEQ2 PCBs

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The M60-A (Hotswap) PCB’s and M60-Ax (Solderless) PCB’s have arrived in our warehouse and are being packed in preparation for the enclosure arrivals. The M60-A SEQ2 enclosures are in the final stages of production and will be ready in the next month or so for final packaging and shipment! Orders of the individual PCB’s will be sent out this month.

KOYU Extras

The KOYU extra’s will be shipped this week. For those that missed out, the KOYU will be returning in a new revision within 2 months.

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Our latest product will be launching alongside the RAMA WORKS® x MIGHTYKILLERS® Film Canisters. We’re very excited to show what it is!

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U80-A Colour Samples / KOYU Arrival / RW Merch / Collab Caps / LP Caps

U80-A Colour Samples

Here are some colour examples of what we are offering with the U80-A Pre-Order. As seen on the U80 and our previous offerings.

PORT as seen on the U80-A

U80-A PORT

U80-A PORT

U80-A PORT w/ MILK Artisan Keycap

U80-A PORT w/ MILK Artisan Keycap

MILK as seen on the M60-A SEQ2

M60-A SEQ2 MILK

M60-A SEQ2 MILK

KURO as seen on the KOYU

KOYU KURO

KOYU KURO

LAKE as seen on the U80-A

U80-A LAKE

U80-A LAKE

MOON as seen on the M60-A

M60-A MOON

M60-A MOON

M60-A MOON

M60-A MOON

U80-A Typing & Assembly video

We made a video showing what the stock U80-A sounds like with the optional switches which are included with the Starter Kit, the Gateron Silent Ink Switches. Also shown is how the the U80-A is assembled.

KOYU Arrival

The KOYU’s are landing in Melbourne and should arrive in our warehouse this week or next. We will package and ship these out as soon as possible!

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RW Merch - Team Cap

Our team caps are in production and will be available through our webstore next month - these come packaged individually with their own RW Dust Bag. Alongside the caps, we’ll be releasing our Team T-Shirts and XO Sweaters. These caps will come in KURO and MILK variants.

Subtle RW Logo Mark Embroidered

Subtle RW Logo Mark Embroidered

Underside Branding

Underside Branding

Rama Works Logo Mark branded buckle

Rama Works Logo Mark branded buckle

Sandwiched brim design with lasercut XO underside and embroidering across

Sandwiched brim design with lasercut XO underside and embroidering across

Collaboration Keycaps

We’ve been shipping out our latest batch of Collab caps to our vendors with our GMK/EPBT Keyset collaborations. We hope to see them on some keyboards soon!

EPBT Kuro Shiro - KURO PVD with White Enamel Fill - Brass

EPBT Kuro Shiro - KURO PVD with White Enamel Fill - Brass

GMK Bento - GOLD PVD - Brass

GMK Bento - GOLD PVD - Brass

GMK Bento - Anodised with White Enamel Fill - Aluminium

GMK Bento - Anodised with White Enamel Fill - Aluminium

GMK Minimal - KURO PVD with White Enamel Fill - Brass

GMK Minimal - KURO PVD with White Enamel Fill - Brass

Low Profile Keycaps

Our first tool samples have arrived and we are happy with the initial results - however, we will be making some adjustments to improve the overall look and function of the keycaps. We will also be increasing the finish of the underside of the cap to diffuse more light and other mechanical adjustments.

These keycaps will be available for pre-order until July 10th through our webstore: https://rama.link/gridcaps

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KOYU Shipping Timeline / M60-A Production / U80-A Buying Guide / RW LP A GRID SET

KOYU Shipping Timeline

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The KOYU’s are en-route to our warehouse and we anticipate them to land at our warehouse in early July, we’ll then be packing and shipping the KOYU’s in batches and anticipate them to be shipped through mid-to-late July.

If you are holding out for an extra unit, please sign-up to the waiting list here:
https://rama.link/koyulist

M60-A SEQ 2 Production

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The Aluminium enclosures for the M60-A SEQ2 have all finished machining and are onto polishing and surface treatment now. The Brass & Aluminium backweights are still in machining and we expect them to be completed soon. We anticipate that the M60-A SEQ2 units will be completed by August.

Did you know each M60-A takes 10 hours to machine? This is just the top and bottom enclosure, not including the back piece. It’s then further polished, cleaned and anodised (or PVD coated)!

U80-A Buying Guide

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Confused about what to order or what you will need to build a complete RW U80-A keyboard? We’ve created a guide to try and help out and show where you can purchase some of the components to make the keyboard your own! We also have a few other guides on how to adjust and make the typing experience for your keyboard unique.

RW LP A - GRID SET - PRODUCTION

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Our first tool samples are set to arrive in the next few days for the GRID keycaps we have created, suited for ortholinear boards. We have also extended the pre-order for the M6-C / Inventory 2 & GRID caps to finish alongside the U80-A pre-order on July 10th, 2019.

KOYU Production / M60-A SEQ2 Production / RW LP Keycaps / U80-A

KOYU Production Updates

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All Aluminium variants of the KOYU have been completed and are now going through final inspection and packaging.

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KOYU TANK EDITIONS

Raw brass is very susceptible to scratches and resulted in a high-scratch rate during the PVD plating. It’s a challenging process when dealing with a mirror-finish as it’s unforgiving, making the surface untouchable while mounting the fixtures. All units which do not pass are then re-finished and then sent for re-plating, we’re doing this at a rate of several a day and should be complete this week. See below the beautiful mirror-polished, raw brass KOYU.

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Here is how the KOYU TANK looks after being PVD plated. It is inconceivably heavy, I hope all that were lucky enough to secure one make some stability upgrades to their desks!

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TANK upgrades!

We’ve added an oil coating to the base of the TANK editions. Bead-blasted PVD is incredibly absorbent to any oils, making it a fingerprint magnet. We’ve added an oil finish to the brass base to make it less-porous and not attract fingerprints which results in a much cleaner finish. It also made the colour darker than normal which matches more nicely with the top enclosure.

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Extras

We will have extras of the KOYU available around JULY. This will include TANK editions. Time/Date for the extras will be posted to our social media and mailing list: https://rama.link/mail

M60-A Production updates

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The M60-A SEQ2’s are well into the machining process, there are a significant number of units to go through with many machining operations. This is the longest process in the production chain.

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RW LP Keycaps

We’ve begun production on the mould for our new Low-Profile keycaps. We’ve made these available in 9 different colour options and in a set of 60x1U + 2x2U so that they can be used on various ortholinear boards. They will be moulded from Polycarbonate for its exceptional optical clarity when creating our ICED variation of the cap (PC allows up to 90% of light transmission). The keycap has a polished finish on the outer surfaces for a retro look/feel, and the inside of the cap has a frosted finish to help disperse light when used with LEDs and the ICED cap. The first tool samples should be ready by Mid-June. You can pre-order them now at: https://rama.link/rwlp

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U80-A

The U80-A will be launching before the end of May. We have already started prototyping and commenced production on parts of the assembly. Our custom fasteners & spacers for the countersunk screws in the plate and MUTE mount have been produced in mass and received in our warehouse. The custom feet have also been produced in mass. The MUTE mount and U80-A enclosure prototype are in production and should be received in JUNE. The prototype PCB’s have also arrived and are being evaluated.

The U80-A will launch on the 31st of May at 8.00 PM (EST) at $420 USD

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M60-A / M6-B / TH 88 Caps / New collabs / Heavy Industry / KOYU

M60-A

All M60-A enclosures have been completed and will be shipped by sea-freight to our Melbourne Warehouse. A little delay has occured due to the Mid-Autumn festival/National holiday but they will be returning in the next few days to promptly pack and prepare the shipping container for shipment. Sea-Freight will take around 2-3 weeks to arrive to our bays in Melbourne, Australia. We will then package and ship in batches of colour and country and aim to complete this over the course of a week with the help of a few hired hands.

A freshly anodised M60-A Dusk

A freshly anodised M60-A Dusk

Meanwhile our team down under (Wilba, Kate & Rama) have been programming, testing and packing the PCB’s whilst we wait for the freight shipment of the M60-A enclosures to arrive. We appreciate the patience of everyone who participated in the pre-orders and we’re excited to see these unboxed and assembled in their own unique combinations.

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M60-A Manufacturing shots

During our visit to our manufacturers we where lucky enough to see some of the M60-A’s undergo the anodising process. Here are some photos of the enclosures receiving their perfect colour. The jigs are all custom made to hold the enclosures in such a way to hide the anode mark. Anodising is all about timing and craftsmanship by extremely skilled workers. Seeing the process in person really makes you appreciate the beauty of chemical reactions much more. First the M60-A goes through a number of cleaning baths to remove any contaminates which may be present on the surface, it then is placed immediately into an ultrasonic bath for a matter of minutes and directly placed into multiple colour tanks where it quickly starts to show its colour.

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M6-B

M6-B is well into production. We will be receiving the XO caps from Signature Plastics shortly, the PCB’s will be complete in 2-3 weeks and the enclosures after that. We have ordered many extras to stock on our site for those who missed out.


Pas that, the new XO pins have arrived! This time we laser-cut them out of mirrored stainless steel. These are much tougher and cleaner than the first iteration.

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TypeHype 88 Edition Keycap

Our limited edition Type Hype caps are starting to arrive to our international customers, very happy with how our first enamel filled keycap came out. A lucky 2 orders will also be receiving an unreleased yellow-enamel filled variant, we hope to see it on a board somewhere!

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New Collabs

Introducing our latest keycap release with the latest GMK set, GMK Chocolatier. We are offering the Blue PVD coated X/O caps in Cherry Profile and a ‘Golden Ticket’ in Gold PVD! These are available through various vendors who are offering the keyset.

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Heavy Industry

We finally launched the Heavy Industry keyset to be paired with our latest offerings, the KOYU and M60 keyboards. Check it out through the link below! It is also suited for other products on the market and can be accented with the yellow or more subtle without.

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https://rama.works/pbt-heavy-industry/

KOYU

New renders have been uploaded to their respective KOYU pages to show the colours of the board in its various colours.

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In other news!

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M60-A Cables / KOYU Announcement / BOX Royal / Wear

M60-A Cables

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The new USB A > C cables have arrived, 1.5m long in black braided with metal ends, laser etched.

Three of the six colours have been all anodized as of last week and we anticipate all colours to be finished properly. We will be arriving to our manufacturer next week for a final QC of all the boards before they’re shipped to home base!  Please note that we’ll be away from the office until the 11th of September and slower to reply to all support inquiries, but will do our best to answer as promptly as we can.

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KOYU Announcement

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We are incredibly excited to announce our latest offering, the KOYU 65% Keyboard.   It’s an inspiration and evolution of our previous offerings, but entirely new in its own way - we’ve taken all the great aspects of the M60-A and integrated it into the KOYU. 

Integrated 4.5MM plate, In-Switch RGB, hotsockets, fixed layout, optional internal weight (same weight as M60-A / interchangeable). Launching mid-September.

BOX Royal Switches - Re-tooled

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The replacement BOX Royal Re-tooled switches have arrived and we are promptly having them packed, along with the GMK Stabilisers. 

Wear

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