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CNC Aluminum Case for Cooler Master TKL boards (round 1)

CNC Aluminum Case for Cooler Master TKL boards (round 1)

$200.00

The ultimate case for your Cooler Master mechanical keyboard.

After six months, nine prototypes, and thirteen pages of feedback, input, and support from my fellow GeekHack.org members, I'm delighted to offer a Group Buy of custom CNC aluminum cases for Cooler Master TKL keyboards. These cases allow you to replace the stock injection-molded ABS plastic case on these keyboards with a hefty, beautiful, and branding-free custom aluminum housing. 

This is a Group Buy, ending November 21st at midnight PST. Your case will be made to order, shipping approx. 6-8 weeks after the close of the group buy. Earlier orders will be fulfilled first, so order early and often. ;)

These cases are custom designed to fit only the following Cooler Master "tenkeyless" models:

 

    Finishes

    The cases can be purchased anodized in one of two colors, Tactical Black and Warm Gray.

    Because anodizing can't produce the color white, a white powder coated version is also an option.



    Note: on the final production powder-coated cases, powder coat will only be on the visible exterior surfaces. I've learned that this helps maintain tight tolerances between mating surfaces in the assembly.

    Riser feet option

    The case is made to be used flat, which many believe to be a more ergonomically-sound orientation. However, if you prefer to use your keyboard with a slope to the keys, select the riser feet add-on ($15 extra) and the keyboard will be provided with screw-in feet that raise the keyboard's angle to approximately that of the stock CoolerMaster case.

    How they're made 

    These cases are being made in the high-tech hub of China: Shenzhen, the "Silicon Valley of hardware." They are made by a company I have worked with on numerous projects in the past, so I can vouch that they know their trade very well. The cases will be CNC machined in enormous vertical mills that ensure high rigidity, which is very important to a good final finish. They are then meticulously bead blasted by hand to ensure an attractive uniform finish and then either anodized or powder coated by hand according to the finish you choose. They are made with a combination of very high-tech production methods and some very skilled hand work as well.

     

    How the group buy works

    tl;dr: Expected ship date by the end of January, at latest. I'll provide regular updates no matter what.

    This is a group buy. That means a bunch of enthusiasts are pooling orders together to make something happen that would be impossible otherwise. I'm acting as designer, vendor, and logistics support, but we're all sharing a bit of risk and uncertainty in terms of when the final cases will arrive at our doorsteps.

    When you place your order, your card will be charged immediately and this will reserve your keyboard and your place in the fulfillment line.  

    I expect the timeline to look like this

    Manufacturing: around a month from group buy end, depending on order volume

    Courier Shipping to USA: about 1 week

    Customs clearance: unknown, but typically 1 week or less

    Bundling with hardware packets, quality control check, and shipping to participants: 2-4 weeks, shipping in sequence orders were received. I'll be doing this all by hand here in California.

     

    Shipping

    US orders will ship insured via private ground courier (UPS/FedEx).

    International orders ship via USPS Priority Mail International or DHL, whichever is less expensive—both are tracked, insured, and fast. Because this is a heavy item, it's expensive to ship internationally, but that is sadly out of my control. I'm actually including an approximately $10-20 shipping price break for international buyers to help ease the pain of these costs.

     

    Things you have to say, because some people are crazy 

    This group buy is for the a case only. Keyboard plate, PCB, and keycaps not included (the ones shown in the photos are for illustration purposes only). Since this is a made-to-order item, sales are final.

    This is an after-market modification that requires invalidating your warranty to install; you do this at your own risk. (However, guidance will be provided to participants on how you can install the case.)