Iris Split Keyboard

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laser_ninja Tented Iris Cases

2021 note - still not updated but info, prices and pics are in this imgur album.

2020 note - this page has not been updated in a while, i'll get around to that soon.

At the end of 2017, Eric of Aeboards asked me for a simple iris case. What followed was a few months of designing and testing a new tenting system to mod onto the iris case files provided by (original seller of the iris keyboard.

I ran a small local GB from the australian keyboard discord server in May 2018 which went fairly smoothly. From this I learned from some mistakes made and iterated to the 2nd version which was sold in a worldwide sale. This ran smoothly except for a few extras ordered after the sale, which took a few months more to arrive due to the shipping carrier chose and proximity to christmas.

The next iteration: Version 3

The next version will have an improved tenting system that is even easier to adjust while keeping the same minimalist aesthetic.

However, this won't be available until some time in 2020, after I purchase my own laser cutter. There are things I need to sort out before producing the cases again. Good news is that once everything is sorted, I can apply my tenting system to any split keyboard and even regular boards.

Can't wait until 2020?

Unfortunatly I can't help you out with one offs and I don't take commissions right now. However, the regular iris case files are available from keebio (check the iris pcb product page for links).

Iris 3.0 PCBs are available and feature all components soldered on, so you just need to solder your own switches in. Much simpler!





Kingk22, Matte Black with Snow middle.


JohnWest, Matte Black with Snow bottom plate.

Important note for buyers of my iris cases! (2018)

It has come to my attention that the right side of the case can be too tight due to the promicro port.

This can be solved by removing the plastic spacer so that the promicro sits closer to the PCB.

You can follow a guide here on accomplishing this:

Without the plastic spacer, the promicro might be too close to the switch pins. Trim down the switch pins as much as possible and apply insulating tape if it looks like it will touch and create a short.

FAQ (for users)

Why are the instructions in it's own bag?

This is to keep it as flat as possible and protect the sheet + stickers. If it was packaged with the iris case, the instructions and/or stickers would be creased and bent as the whole thing is wrapped.

I could fold it twice (instead of once) but I want to minimise the number of fold lines on the instruction sheet so it looks nicer (and it could still get creased on the corners, iris is not a rectangle).

Why is there so much packaging? (the zip lock/self seal bags)

Some parts need to be kept separate such as the aluminium standoffs and thumbscrew feet. If not, the anodisation can get scratched off.

The screws and M2 standoffs are separate because it was easier to pack, this will be consolidated in the future.

I've also left branding/markings/labels off most of the bags so that they can be reused. They are thicker and should last longer ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).

Why is there no tracking or insurance? (international deliveries)

It would be extremely expensive. Tracked, insured and with signature on delivery would cost at least $48 AUD to the US (where I have charged $20).

I will cover any losses or damage personally. For the future and larger sales/GBs, I will investigate getting better rates from DHL, TNT etc.

How come hi-pro layers are not an option?

It honestly did not occur to me and I had already started the sale when someone first brought it up. It will be an option in the future.

Will it be sold again? When?

Yes, but not until early 2019. I have many projects in the works and want to at least wait for the next version of Iris PCBs to come out.

These PCBs are still in development but it will be fully assembled. This raises the cost but reduces the build time significantly.

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