So this is the AKB - OGR, the following is an early draft from James regarding some information on the AKB-OGR itself from its conception through to its final form which will be going into Interest Check soon on GeekHack and Reddit. The gallery above showcases the original render of the board and its following prototype, for more information feel free to read the excerpt below.
I’ve long been a fan of older Cherry boards (particularly many boards from the G80 and G81 ranges), and since I started doing CAD work I had been looking for an excuse to design something inspired by some of these classics, but with modern technology and design trends.
For this design , I’ve taken inspiration from not one, or two, but three boards. As is evident when you look at this design, the primary influence is the Cherry/NCR G81-3077, which is a well-loved classic in its own right. Since I first learned about this board I loved the two-tone design and the trademark slanted nose, and wanted to create something along similar lines myself. I even went to the extent of designing an AKB (Alchemist Keyboards) logo in a similar style to the original NCR badge. To try and add an extra spin on the NCR theme, I darkened the colours somewhat to create a subtly unique look.
I’ve also taken inspiration from the Cherry G80-0777/1 with the accented piece around the keycaps. I just love how it adds an extra subtle layer of detail, and with how the mounting system on this board is designed it made sense to me.
Lastly, and to a much lesser extent, I looked at the NEC APC-H25 and liked the idea of the cable coming out the side of the board, rather than straight out from the back (this is also common in Apple keyboards of the era). I’ve played on this idea a little by having an extruded area at the back of the board with a side exit for the cable to give a unique take on the design.
So in terms of assembly and mounting this board uses a 3-stage gasket mount, with gaskets on both sides of the plate, as well as a central layer to sit around the mount points of the plate itself. In theory, this will fully isolate the mount points of the plate itself and hopefully dampen any reverberation created when typing.
Throughout the process of this design, I’ve fallen in love with the idea of owning and using this board; I know the word “endgame” gets thrown around a lot, but to have something that’s ideally designed to my own specifications (and also inspired by some of my own favourite classic keyboards) sounds pretty much perfect.
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