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).

B-stock Stainless Steel Plates: These plates are scratched up, but could be repolished to give a better appearance. The quality varies, but each plate does have some degree of scratches. As seen in the image.

Interest check for acrylic cases: Initial production run for more acrylic plates is underway, please let us know what colors you are interested in for upcoming runs: Iris Acrylic Case interest check.

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
      • 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
      • Bare aluminum side may have various scratches on it, not guaranteed to be pristine on that side
    • Exterior screw design
    • 1.5mm thick
    • Kailh Low-Profile version
      • Only supports 1u keys
      • 1.2mm thick instead of 1.5mm
      • Comes with 11mm standoffs instead of 12mm ones
      • Can also be used for MX switches
  • 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
    • 3mm thick
    • Top and bottom layers
    • Same design as the stainless steel plates
    • NOTE: For the black and clear plates, the stab notch is not large enough, so it’s not compatible with 2u stabs without modifying the plate

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, 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 12mm thick middle layer is used to encase the area between the top and bottom plates. 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 1/2" carriage bolts to tent the board.

    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.