September 2020 Update
Hello friend, I apologise for the lack of updates. I will be posting major updates on instagram as well as snippets of what i'm up to or into on my insta story, appreciate the follow - instagram.com/laser_ninja_kb.
I've updated my contact page to also be an about page. Please direct all enquires to discord. If i've missed your message, feel free to bump it, I won't mind.
The lasercave is being upgraded to handle production and order fulfilment better. Space is limited so working out a more efficient floorplan/layout was important, my materials and supplies were all over the place before.
Regarding product releases - I will be selling some products on Keyboard Treehouse, a community focused store created by AEboards. I'll be listing smaller items initially.
I've sourced and tested an excellent new material to use as rubber feet (where the keyboard rests). The previous rubber pads I used were good, but I wanted to fine tune the properties, in particular the hardness and to get a custom size made. What I had now is perfect - good grip, high hardness to withstand very heavy boards without budging and slightly larger to give it better overall adhesion. These are aspects I pay close attention to because I want to design the best stand possible (within reason).
Hardware will also be changed from M3 to M4 - this will make it easier to grip the square nuts, which I found to be a bit finnicky. They're easy to drop and simply moving up one metric size makes it so much easier to handle, improving the assembly experience.
Unfortunately, it will likely be exclusively sold with the upcoming Constellation custom keyboard by AEboards. More details to come.
13th October update: Finally got my order of premium frosted acrylic and will be pumping out as many as I can by the weekend. I'll be dropping my stock off at the Keyboard Treehouse HQ to be sold with the Constellation public release. If you bought a constellation earlier in the F&F round, sorry that I didn't get this out in time.
Tented Iris Case (for V4 PCBs)
There has been a lot of interest in my tented case design and I have an updated version of my 2018 first release. New and improved hardware has also been sourced, which arrived recently.
I'll be making a list of all the people who have contacted me and offer the case first to those who have waited the longest. Get in contact if you're interested in a case.
1st October update: Forgot to order screws for the tenting system and china is away for autumn festival. If i'm lucky, I can submit delivery once I receive them at my proxy. This is the last piece of hardware I need before I start taking orders. I've also got some 10mm black, white and frosted acrylic coming in so i'll be able to do those for mid layers.
A big photo album is being prepared so that all the options are thoroughly shown. Thank you for your patience.
13th October update: Compiling acrylic colour options and photos. High profile design also completed. I'll be making a big chart of renders to show off colour combos because it can be hard to visualise.
Link to the Iris on keeb.io: https://keeb.io/products/iris-keyboard-split-ergonomic-keyboard
Switch Modding Plates
Frosted acrylic seen in photos is unavailable for the time being, so I will be offering gloss clear at a small discount. These are made to order with info on the Switch Testers page. Message me on discord to order.
An improved model will be listed on Keyboard Treehouse when I restock frosted acrylic. This has a new feature - the ability to clamp lube tubs to the plate so they don't move around. It supports different sized tubs as well. A simple solution that I hope you'll appreciate.
I haven't announced this or even talked about it anywhere. For the past month+ I have been developing my own switch film.
My films have a distinct shape to identify them and good compressibility. Other films may be too thin or too thick, leading to loose films or making it difficult/impossible to close the switch. The thickness of my material should be a good middle ground to support most if not all switches.
Hong Hobbies has been an immense help during the testing phase. He is a fellow enthusiast who provides a switch modding service and has a lot of experience with the switch films on the market. Expect to see my films offered through Hong Hobbies soon. Release on treehouse will be around mid september.
Fellow aussie enthusiast Idyllic has a great video on switch films, check it out - https://youtu.be/RiecBEnHYPA
13th October update: I have decided to remove the LED hole from the design. A small stock with LED holes will be available at a higher price to those who wish to solder in through-hole LEDs. Production is ongoing and will launch soon™.
May 2020 Update
Keyboard stands are finally finished - just waiting for supplies to produce packaging inhouse. If you really want a stand, you can contact me directly to purchase via discord. I also have a second colour available, frosted clear - a luxurious feeling frosted/matte finish acrylic that will resist fingerprints and dust.
June 7th edit: keyboard stands are no longer available for direct purchase, please wait for the public release.
Switch testers are available in the form of switch plates or advanced testers that I have left in stock. I'm designing a new version using some new materials.
Switch modding plates are also available in whichever size you require. I'll figure out which 2-3 sizes are most ideal to keep in stock. Thinking 24, 48 and a larger one around 70-80.
Artisan cases will also be coming.
Lastly the iris case is avilable with some caveats. Tenting hardware (legs) are in limited stock. I have updated the design slightly so if you want a case, contact me. I am producing them on request as well.
What's cooking for 2020
I've got plenty of stuff planned for the year. The simple keyboard stand has been sporadically sold through meetups and a small stock at Daily Clack, as well as for friends and sale on discord.
I'm gearing up to produce them at quantity, with proper packaging and an ecosystem of accessories.
These will provide extra functionality and with forward-compatibility in mind, these stands will last beyond the life of any keyboard it will hold.
Many of you have waited a long time and I apologise for the long delay. 2019 was not my year.
Acrylic cases are also in the queue. Since I started, many more acrylic case designers and sellers have popped up to meet market demand.
I hope to get back to producing cases as soon as possible.
I'll have an updated tented iris design, a 65%, an unnamed board for Aeboards, my own hibernating breadstick and that's just to start.
Some products available from Daily Clack
Some of my keyboard stands and switch tester/modding plates can be purchased from Daily Clack, Australia's best and only mechanical keyboard enthusiast store.
They ship worldwide and carry many other keyboard things like stabs, keycaps, lube, desk mats, switches and PCBs. They also proxy for various GBs (group buys) so aussies can save on shipping.