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.
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.
A lot of work was done in creating a complete package, below is the PCB designed by our Hardware Engineer, Wilba.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Aluminium and PVD Brass Tray's are all packed and ready for shipping - expect order fulfilment emails to come through soon!
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.
Early CAD EXPERIMENTS
Final prototype > injection moulding > material exploration/testing > packaging > distribution
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!
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.
Oasis XO (Along with the beautiful GMK set) is now live and available from our friends at:
Last thing... just in, an early prototype.
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.
Here are some behind-the-scenes photos:
Here's another great GMK set we're thrilled to collaborate on, GMK Metaverse, we'll be releasing a line of both raw polished and anodized collectible aluminium caps!
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!
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!
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:
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.
We have started to pack the Inventory 2's, all that needs to be added to the package is the XO card.
Inventory 2 will be available from stock a few weeks after the original orders fulfill and arrive safely to our customers!
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:
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)
NovelKeys Box Royals
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?)
EDIT: Here's a more color accurate photo:
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.
Will post pictures of the other packaging when it arrives!