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KAT profile keycaps series/KAT高度系列键帽

by Finder 2018.6.19
进度更新:
KAM模具最新进度:(2018年8月6日)
1.模具已经全部加工完成;
2.抛光已经全部完成;
3.第一次试模完成,发现若干小问题;
4.针对发现的问题,进行第一次修模。 


Keyreative® All Touch


Keyreative® 首款自主研发全新高度机械键盘键帽
Keyreative’s First self developed new profile mechanical keyboard keycaps

键设局 简介
Keyreative Introduction


    《键设局》成立于2013年12月,是位于中国大陆一家专注于机械键盘键帽加工的工作室,技术方面有平面设计、外观设计(3D)、结构设计以及键帽加工相关的治具、机电一体化设计等;工艺方面,专注并擅长于染色、镭雕、热升华等工艺,并同时拥有CNC、树脂等加工手段。
Keyreative, established in December 2013, is a studio focuses on mechanical keyboard keycaps. It’s known for its graphic design, 3D modeling, structural design and keycap production related mold and machinery whole package design business. The studio is experienced with dye sublimation, laser etching and keycap dyeing as well as CNC and resin caps.
    设计并推出过禅师、妄想家、偏执狂、EVA、JOKER等几十种经典键帽方案及产品,拥有近三万套的热升华键帽加工(及代工)经验,有非常成熟的工作流程及品检标准,并在不断的研发新规格、新方案、新工艺。
So far  Keyreative  has successfully designed and manufactured some well know keycap sets on Chinese market, Gradient, EVA, Joker, just to name a few. With experience of manufacturing over 30,000 keycap sets, Keyreative has developed its own manufacture standard with restrict quality assurance. Yet,  Keyreative  is still developing new profile, new solution and new processes...

2016年11月,我们决定开发一款新型高度的PBT键帽。

一、人体工学
通过分析了cherry高度、SA高度、DSA高度,前后重复建模十余次最后决定KAT高度键帽使用类cherry键帽倾斜分布,并增加了R5高度,改变了每一行的倾斜角度,整体高度也有所增加。(图1.1-1.2)
 
Ergonomics
After analysing Cherry, SA, DSA profiles, and proposing dozens of new profiles, KeyCreative finally came up with the new MiniSA (KAT) profile. It’s adapted the slope design from Cherry but increased row height, especially for R5 and changed the slope degree for each row. (Pic 1.1&1.2)
 
图1.1 :粉色:Cherry高度;蓝色:SA高度;黑色:KAT高度
Pic 1.1 : Pink: Cherry profile; Blue: SA profile, Black: KAT profile

 
 
图1.2 :粉色:Cherry高度;蓝色:SA高度;黑色:KAT高度
Pic1.2 :Pink: Cherry profile; Blue: SA profile, Black: KAT profile

 


通过数次3D打印最终确定的效果:
3D Printed Sampling:
 
1.      F区键帽为距离手指最远的一行,目前去触发F区键帽,特殊的倾斜角度,手指会有被“迎合”的感觉,有效缩短了触发时手指需要移动(按压)的距离,尤其是对需要频繁使用F区的游戏,会提高手指的效率、延缓疲劳时间。(图2)
1.Function row (ESC row): as the farthest row from the home row, KeyCreative applies an inclined design to provide a welcoming feeling to fingers. It allows faster triggering, which is significant for gamers as it improve efficiency and reduces stresses to fingers. (Pic 2)
 
 
图2 :F区倾斜角度对比
Pic2:Function Row Comparison


2.      CTRL键是使用频率非常高的按键,但它特殊的位置也会导致不是特别容易被按压,我们调研到大部分用户主要两种按压方式:a.用小拇指的指尖按压;b.用小拇指最下方的手掌按压:(图3)
2. Ctrl key: is the highly frequently used key on board. However, it’s relatively harder to reach due the keyboard layout. From the survey, we learnt that most users use either ①little finger or ②the top part of the palm for the key. (Pic 3).

图3 :我们特地做了角度调整,以方便更精确的触发按键,一定程度上也降低误触的几率:(图4)
Pic 3 :  KAT profile allows more precious triggering and lower chance of misuse. (Pic 4)
 
针对CRTL列不同的按压方式作出的角度调整
Adjustment for Ctrl for both triggering methods

图4,Pic 4


3.      相比SA键帽,约束了不同列键帽之间的间隙,键帽之间的关系更加统一,减少用户适应KAT高度键帽的时间:(图5)
3. Unified spacing between rows: Different from Cherry and SA profile, KAT keeps same distance among the rows. This allows user to adapt to the new profile easier and start to enjoy faster. (Pic 5)
 
图5:粉色:Cherry高度;蓝色:SA高度;黑色:KAT高度
和Cherry键帽一样,相比SA键帽,整列间隙几乎相同。
 Pic 5 :Pink: Cherry profile; Blue: SA profile, Black: KAT profile
Unified spacing, similar as Cherry profile



二.键帽结构及外观
Keycap Structure
 
1.      加厚的键帽内壁,极限1.65mm。得益于键帽接近90°的立面,我们可以将内壁设计的厚达1.65mm(图6.1),我们委托工厂制作的实验模具也可以很好的达到该厚度,(图6.2),量产大货键帽厚度应该为:1.65mm ±0.1 .
1.Thanks to the near vertical design, the thickness is increased to maximum at 1.658mm. (Pic 6.1) Judging from the sampling we made, it’s achievable. The thickness for final product will be 1.65 ±0.1 mm.

图6.1
Pic 6.1

图6.2
Pic 6.2

2.      特殊的球形外观。不得不说,收到SA高度键帽的影响,我们的键帽外观也决定设计为球形。从猫爪上获得灵感(图7.1),四个锥型的棱角末端线条更加锋利(图7.2)
2.Adapting the high profile from SA caps, added inspiration from sharp cat claws (Pic 7.1), KAT uses sharper edges on the sides. (Pic 7.2)

图7.1
Pic 7.1
图7.2
Pic 7.2

3.      键帽四个壁底部角度87°,这是最大可注塑角度,结合1.65mm的厚度获得特殊的敲击声音(图8)
3.87 degrees on the bottom part of the cap is used, combing with the 1.65mm thickness, it gives a unique chattering sound while typing. (Pic 8)
87-degree sides for the unique chattering sound
图8
Pic 8

4.      打破“PBT表面只能是粗糙”的说法,表面做了放电表面处理,手感无限接近ABS键帽(图9)(PBT表面粗糙更多是厂家为了提高良品率,粗糙的表面更不容易观察到划痕,同样我们细腻的表面会降低良品率,成本会有所增加)
4.Special treatment used to allow smooth surface on PBT keycaps. The “rough” surface on PBT keycaps is designed to hide scratches occur during manufacturing. The special treatment allows smooth surface on caps but lowers first pass yield and increases cost.
 
图9
Pic 9

5.      还有更多的微调,例如:键帽正刻的四个R角角度,既清晰可见又不会刮手;键帽正刻特殊的球形兼顾手感和做热升华工艺等等,让用户自己去发掘体验。
5. More micro adjustment, e.g. clear but not sharp fillet corners, high profile keycap with dye sub processes. More experiences to be discovered by users.
 

 
 
 
 
整套键帽设计于2016年12月开始,于2017年5月交付工厂开模制作,将于2018年7月-8月量产。包含了6.25X、7X等空格,IOS回车,阶梯CAPSLOCK等键位,可以兼容大部分键盘!
The design of the KAT profiled initially started in Dec 2016, submitted for modeling and sample manufacturing in May 2017, and proposed to start mass production in Aug 2018. The set includes 6.25x and 7x spacebar, IOS enter, stepped CapsLock and more for variety layouts.
 
最终我们将使用全球最顶级的热升华工艺(我们为数个顶级品牌代工热升华)工艺印刷表面的字符。
We will use the best dye sub process available for the legends, as we already did for some well know brands.
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经年
2018.6.19
#1
火钳刘明
  • Finder
    2018.6.19
    沙发认证
  • ☆STAR☆
    2018.6.19
    #2
    哇。。中英文发表
    晴朗
    2018.6.19
    #3
    留名
    Sorry
    2018.6.19
    #4
    话不多说
    等一辆车
    _(:з」∠)_
    Summer丨
    2018.6.19
    #5
    痛失地板
    很好看

    2018.6.19
    #7
    啊,老赵
    司马特爱玩
    2018.6.19
    #8
    最早啥时候能看到实物啊?
  • Finder
    2018.6.19
    现在已经有实物了
    http://www.zfrontier.com/post/detail/7624
  • 看到了
  • OYASUMI💤
    2018.6.19
    #9
    所以KAT的名字也是源于猫cat嘛?是不是要来套动物配色然后有猫咪个性键?~
    (日常羡慕有猫 2/1)
    帝国滑稽团参上
    2018.6.19
    #10
    我看到了错字,老赵你上下文的
  • Finder
    2018.6.19
    1年前的翻译,感谢大佬订正
  • 教徒
    2018.6.19
    #11
    只有纯白?还有啥时候开卖
    炒蛋菌
    2018.6.19
    #12
    牛逼
    翎上
    2018.6.19
    #13
    这么有实力的吗
    LeoC4
    2018.6.19
    #14
    牛逼牛逼,十分期待
    SmileBoy
    2018.6.19
    #15
    坐等第一套键帽
    一时天称
    2018.6.19
    #16
    所以不给猫剪个指甲么
  • Finder
    2018.6.19
    剪完了剪完了
  • Joseph Choi
    2018.6.19
    #17
    看过眾多鍵帽高度, 感覺這次最接近我的夢幻高度
    必須支持
  • Finder
    2018.6.19
    希望是你的dreamkeycaps
  • 嗯~嗯~啊~
    2018.6.19
    #18
    别说了,就说什么时候开团。还有别说只有纯白。。。

  • Finder
    2018.6.19
    纯白色只是打样啦……
  • 期待ing,坐等开团
  • Call Me G
    2018.6.19
    #19
    我投刘老板一票,大猪 FAT高度球帽,简直形象
  • Finder
    2018.6.19
    好气哦,KAT!!
  • 这两个都算是样品真的很惊艳。要是颜色的饱和度能像GMK一样饱满一点就超棒了。
  • 闹得遭不住
    2018.6.19
    #20
    用心做产品,赞
  • Finder
    2018.6.19
    用心掏空玩家的钱包
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