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 (compatible with stainless steel, acrylic, and PCB w/exterior screws plates only).

Status (as of 1/26/2018): 

  • More PCB plates have been ordered, but instead of FR-4 material, it will be aluminum. Scheduled to be available 2/8/2018.
  • Stainless steel plates are all sold out, no more plates are left over from the first pre-order run. A second run of pre-orders will be setup in the next few weeks with an estimated production time of 4-6 weeks
  • Acrylic middles are currently out of stock, more clear ones will be ordered in both regular and tented options
  • Release of the 3D printed mid with the Ergodox tenting kit support is TBD

Top/Bottom Plates

Plates for the Iris are offered in these variants:

  • FR-4 PCB material
    • These plates are made from 1.6mm PCB material (FR-4)
    • 2 variants:
      • Plates w/interior screws - screws are hidden
      • New!: Plates w/exterior screws - same design as the stainless steel plates
    • The flex is comparable to 3mm acrylic
  • Aluminum PCB material
    • Stiffer than the FR-4 PCB material
    • Black on one side, bare aluminum on the other side
    • Exterior screw design
    • 1.5mm thick
  • Stainless Steel
    • 16 gauge (1.56mm) 304 stainless steel with a #4 finish
    • Note that the backside of each plate may have scratches on it, but they are hidden when the board is assembled
    • Screws and standoffs are along the outside border of the plates
  • Acrylic
    • Top and bottom layers
    • Same design as the stainless steel plates
    • Note: Does not support 2u stabilizer. The cutout may look like it support the 2u stabilizer, but the design is incorrect for 3mm plates, so the stabilizers will not fit. These plates can be used in an all 1u configuration or with a 2u key w/o stabilizer.

The plates come with the following:

  • 2 Switch plates
  • 2 Bottom plates
  • For the PCB plates w/interior screws:
    • 20 M2 6mm screws
    • 10 M2 12mm standoffs
  • For the stainless steel, acrylic, and PCB plates w/exterior screws:
    • 40 M2 6mm screws
    • 20 M2 12mm standoffs (steel and PCB plates) or 10mm standoffs for acrylic 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. Compatible with the stainless steel or acrylic plates and the design posted on GitHub.

    Note: This is not compatible with the PCB plates with the 5 interior screws, but is compatible with the PCB plates that have exterior screws.