Shark PCB Group Buy

Thank you for expressing interest in the Shark PCB - a new entry into the 40% ortholinear world that is also Open-Sourced. Why this size/layout? It is my personal favorite type of board to type on, and there is a strong need to chum the water.
The Shark project is brought to fruition by Gondolindrim, or Alvaro if you want to get personal. He designed the PCB with the original intent of selling to the Brazilian/South American market since importing from the United States was a hassle. Alvaro and myself were connected through Discord, when I was looking for someone to help me design a PCB with this layout. We've been bouncing ideas off each other since a little before Christmas, trying to get this thing right, with the primary goal of offering the community something great.
How The Group Buy Will Work:
My goal is to be as transparent as possible. So I will say that the prices you see are based on production of 75 units. The smaller the production, the higher the cost to both you and me. That is why it is very important that we reach 75 orders. If we do not reach this number, everyone will be refunded.
-75 PCB's
-75 Basic Kits (Switch Plate and Base Plate sold together)
-75 The Short One Aluminum Cases
-75 The Tall One Aluminum Cases
-75 Aluminum Switch Plates for Short Case
-75 Aluminum Switch Plates for Tall Case
Technical Info and Features:
  • ARM Cortex M4-based STM32F303 processor.
  • QMK firmware compatible (will be shipped with default firmware pre-flashed).
  • USB Type C.
  • RGB Under-glow through intelligent integrated controller WS2812B LEDs.
  • Full-Grid, One 2U or double 2U space-bar layouts supported.
  • 19mm center to center key spacing.
  • Rotary encoder locations at bottom left/right of PCB. Single use only.
  • Push button reset.
  • Over-current and over-voltage input protection through a fuse and schottky diode.
  • Electrical Static Discharge (ESD) protection through a discharge net.
  • Able to be mounted into other cases not sold by Shark.
  • Additional information and licensing available on the GitHub page.

Switch Plates:

  • Designed to be used with either "The Short One" or "The Tall One" aluminum cases.
  • 6061 Aluminum, CNC smooth surface, anodized in Gray, Black, Purple or Cyan.
  • Short One plate will fit other 19mm 40% ortho cases not sold by Shark.

Basic Kit:

  • FR4 Switch Plate(19mm spacing) and Base Plate, sandwich style, in blue. Will come with stand-offs(5) and screws(10).

The Short One Aluminum Case:

  • Attractive design that allows the switch plate to sit flush with the top surface of the case. Unique mounting design that utilizes all holes of the PCB/switch plate(10). This adds a great deal of rigidity.
  • Will come with M2 screws(10).

The Tall One Aluminum Case (Available Soon):

  • Weighs about 1.5 pounds.
  • Switch plate recessed into the case.
  • Same mounting system as The Short One case.
  • Available in Gray, Black, Purple and Cyan.
  • Will come with M2 screws(10).
  • Pre-order now. You will be charged the shipping cost but nothing more.
  • PCB - $45.
  • Basic Kit (MX Switch Plate/Base Plate) - $12
  • The Short One Aluminum Case - $60
  • The Tall One Aluminum Case - $100 - Available Soon
  • Aluminum Switch Plate - $15
  • USPS First Class Shipping - $5 (cost based on single PCB/Basic Kit)
  • Worldwide Shipping Cost - $15 (cost based on single PCB/Basic Kit)
  • Shipping is based on weight and will increase when multiple products ordered.

Estimated Production and Quality Check Times After 100 Orders Placed (these times run concurrent):

  • PCB production and assembly - 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Basic Kit (switch plates and base plate) - 2 weeks.
  • The Short One Aluminum Case - 20-25 working days.
  • The Tall One Aluminum Case - 20-25 working days.
  • Aluminum Switch Plates - 10-15 working days.
  • QC of PCB's and firmware flashing - About a week.

If Errors Occur in Assembly:

While I cannot guarantee all PCB's will be delivered to me without issue, I will do my best to rectify whatever situation might arise. If components are faulty or not soldered properly, I will contact the assembler for repair/replacement. Last resort will be to refund the customer if a repair/replacement timeline is longer than someone is willing to wait.

TL;DR Version:
  • Hit 75 of all items listed above.
  • Invoice customers.
  • QC and flash the PCB's.
  • Ship.
  • Everyone have fun.

Previous Threads Related to the Project (outdated but good to have):

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