Iris Keyboard - Case/Plates

Iris Keyboard - Case/Plates

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Case for the Iris keyboard. The cases consists of two sets of parts, top/bottom plates and middle layers. The middle layers are optional and can be added in between the top and bottom plates at any time.

PCBs not included.

Screws and standoffs are included, enough to fill the holes along the perimeter of the plates. The inner holes do not need to be filled and parts are not supplied for those holes.

Info on available parts and Iris Rev. 3/4 compatibility:

All of the plates and mid layers are compatible with Rev. 3 and Rev. 4 PCBs for all configurations. Compatibility with the future Rev. 5 is still to be determined.

  • Stainless Steel Plates
  • FR4 Plates
  • Carbon Fiber Plates
  • Acrylic Plates - Clear
  • Acrylic Plates - Black
  • Acrylic Plates - Purple/Blue/Green
  • Choc-only FR4 Plates: 1.2mm thick switch plates, square cutouts to support Choc switches
  • Acrylic Middle Layers: Only compatible with Rev. 3/4, cutouts are not large enough for Rev. 2 USB and reset button
    • Comes with 9mm standoffs, since the thickness of the middle layer is slightly under 10mm - Replace the 12mm standoffs with these to prevent the middle layers from shifting around

Top/Bottom Plates

Plates for the Iris are offered in these variants:

    • FR4 material
      • Switch plates have black both sides
      • 1.6mm thick
      • Kailh Low-Profile Choc version
        • Only supports 1u keys
        • 1.2mm thick instead of 1.6mm
        • Comes with 10mm standoffs instead of 12mm ones
        • Can also be used for MX switches
    • Acrylic
      • 3mm thick
      • Top and bottom layers
      • Same design as the stainless steel plates
    • Stainless Steel
      • 16 gauge (1.56mm) 304 stainless steel with a #4 finish
      • Screws and standoffs are along the outside border of the plates
      • B-Stock version: Has various scratches and marks on them, so you will probably need to sand and polish them

    The plates come with the following:

    • 2 Switch plates
    • 2 Bottom plates
      • For the stainless steel, acrylic, and PCB plates w/exterior screws:
        • 40 M2 6mm screws
        • 20 M2 12mm standoffs (steel, PCB, and acrylic plates) or 10mm standoffs for KLP plates

        Switch plates are compatible with MX and Alps switches and support MX switch top removal. Note that for the non-1u cutouts however, the switches won't have anything on the plate to grab on to, so you need to be careful with alignment when soldering the switch.

        The design files used for the Iris will be made available here, in case you'd like to make your own pieces: Iris Case Files

        Middle layer

        This 10mm thick middle layer is used to encase the area between the top and bottom plates. Most pieces actually measure between 9.4-9.8mm, so 9mm standoffs have been included to prevent the mid pieces from rattling. Replace the 12mm standoffs that comes with the plate kits with the 9mm ones. Compatible with the stainless steel, aluminum, or acrylic plates, and the design posted on GitHub.

        For the tented middle layer, you can use M6 or 1/4" carriage bolts and nuts to tent the board. These are not included with the middle layer, since every person's needs for the degree of tenting varies. You can get these bolts and nuts at a hardware store. See installation video below: