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[A.M.K.] A weapon of keyboard mass destruction.
[A.M.K.] A weapon of keyboard mass destruction.
76 backers pledged €4,365 to help bring this project to life.

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All Metal KeyCap [A.M.K.]

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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

Here is the extra "Surprise" for all the backers.  

Checkout THIS update for more info! 

Welcome to the [A.M.K.] story!

We designed the [A.M.K.] from scratch with one goal in mind, bringing a new feel of use to the mechanical keyboard users. A more solid and robust experience that will elevate your keyboard to a entirely new level!

[A.M.K.] design.
[A.M.K.] design.

The idea for a metal keycap came up after some plastic keys got destroyed when moving house. Keys got off the keyboard and got crushed, So i needed to replace them. I already had acces to a CNC milling machine, so we try'd to create some in aluminium, and the concept was born! 

Programming the machining of the [A.M.K.]
Programming the machining of the [A.M.K.]

The [A.M.K.] was designed to be compatible with all "CherryMX" mechanical keyboard. They are approximately the same height as regualar CherryMX keys, so they will fit right in next to them, and you don't have to change out your entire keycap set.

Copper and Blue anodize with engraving on CherryMX keyboard
Copper and Blue anodize with engraving on CherryMX keyboard

Each [A.M.K.] gets machined from a solid piece of high grade aluminium, Brass or Copper. Lots of quality control on the tools and machine is required to create a good fit on the CherryMX stem. A long process of machining and finishing is required to get the perfect fit and finish, but we think it is worth it. 

First side of machining
First side of machining

Every [A.M.K.] gets the "Salvun" engraving in the bottom, so when you get your keys, you know that they are not knockoffs! 

Machining in progress. Bottoms are finished.
Machining in progress. Bottoms are finished.

After all the finishing the [A.M.K.] will go in the machine again for one last time. The final letter or custom logo engraving is done. Then they get a last clean and are ready to get packaged and shipped. A laser engraver would be more appropriate for this step. But at the moment a small endmill allows the basic things.

[A.M.K.] getting ready to be engraved
[A.M.K.] getting ready to be engraved

Customize your keyboard! 

Of course there is more than "just" aluminium. At the moment Copper and Brass are another option. Even more exotic matrials will be added as a stretch-goal.

Solid Copper A.M.K. (7.5 Gram)
Solid Copper A.M.K. (7.5 Gram)
Solid Brass A.M.K. (7 Gram)
Solid Brass A.M.K. (7 Gram)
Solid Aluminium A.M.K. (3.5 Gram)
Solid Aluminium A.M.K. (3.5 Gram)

Alongside material, you can also customize and personalize your [A.M.K.] with picking from different finish and patterns. For aluminium, a wide range of anodizing colors is available. The anodizing also adds a high strength oxide layer to your KeyCap to make it even more durable! 

Anodized Aluminium Caps
Anodized Aluminium Caps

There is some choice in the basic look of your [A.M.K.] as well. Some different finishing processes give a big difference in look at the end, and can really change up how the final product comes out! 

"Soft Touch" A strip subtle pattern. (Tumble finish)
"Soft Touch" A strip subtle pattern. (Tumble finish)
"Smoothe" Machined smoothe. (Tumble finish)
"Smoothe" Machined smoothe. (Tumble finish)
"Flow" High Polish finish (Only on Copper or Brass)
"Flow" High Polish finish (Only on Copper or Brass)

Here is the extra "Surprise" for all the backers.

For everyone who backed or will back a "Single" [A.M.K.].

As a bonus for showing your support, i will add a extra special [A.M.K.] to every single KeyCap order. A single brass "Salvun" branded key will be added to your shipment for free. We think, if you back us for one [A.M.K.], why not get 2!

Salvun [A.M.K.]
Salvun [A.M.K.]

For everyone who backed or will back a "4 Set" [A.M.K.]. 

 With the high shipping cost, it is not more then natural that you get Premium shipping! So your [A.M.K.] will be shipped in a black anodized aluminium weapons case. This will ensure you "Weapon of Keyboard Mass Destruction" will not have ANY shipping damage!

[A.M.K.] Weapon box
[A.M.K.] Weapon box
[A.M.K.] Weapon box
[A.M.K.] Weapon box

Why I need your support ? 

Because [A.M.K.] is awesome of course !!

Ok also because by backing this project you will allow me to continue the development. I will be able to use even more Exotic metals and materials.

Even better, it will allow me to create other keys, like space-bar, return and so on. Eventually moving in to a entire metal  keyboard. 

Stretch goals? 

--2K stretch goal-- 
SA and DSA key profiles.
If we can reach 2K i will add the option for new [A.M.K.] profiles. I will design more then the current design. A DSA and SA version will be created.

--3K stretch goal--
Other keys like backspace and return can be created and prototyped and brought to the market. Some more work is needed to get the weight down of these bigger keys to make them functional. But this is a realistic goal! 

--5K stretch goal-- 
Engraving any logo, font, or pattern. Achieving this goal will allow me to add a good laser engraving machine to the arsenal. A laser is more versatile than engraving with the CNC and will allow to provide the option to engrave ANY font or logo in the keys. 

--8K stretch goal--
Secret super fancy material
Ok you will just have to take my word for this one. But if  this gets reached i will start using the ultimate metal for the keycaps. Something that no one has ever used in the Mechanical keyboard community. Lets just say, i think it is better then gold!

Copper Soft Touch [A.M.K.]! Photo by @Jah_blub
Copper Soft Touch [A.M.K.]! Photo by @Jah_blub

To stay up to date on a almost daily basis, Join the community on instagram!

@Salvun instagram!
@Salvun instagram!

Risks and challenges

There is no major risk , the process is well known , the only possible difficulty could be the shipping date if the campaign is more successful than expected

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  1. Reward no longer available

    Pledge €15 or more About US$ 17

    EarlyBird Single Aluminium KeyCap

    Single Aluminium KeyCap with your choice of anodizing and and letter engring or blank!

    Select from:
    - Red
    - Black
    - Blue
    - Green
    - Gold
    - Blank anodizing (No collor added)
    - Withered Aluminium(Acid wash)

    Includes:
    • 1 Aluminium [A.M.K.].
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    Pledge €16 or more About US$ 18

    Single Aluminium KeyCap

    Single Aluminium KeyCap with your choice of anodizing and and letter engring or blank!

    Select from:
    - Red
    - Black
    - Blue
    - Green
    - Gold
    - Blank anodizing (No collor added)
    - Withered Aluminium(Acid wash)

    Includes:
    • 1 Aluminium [A.M.K.].
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    Pledge €18 or more About US$ 20

    Single Copper KeyCap

    Single Solid Copper KeyCap with your choice of finishing and and letter engring or blank!

    (Add 15 Euro for High gloss (Flow) finish, Engravin is free!)
    Select from:
    - Tumble polish with coating, to allow patina.
    - Tumble polish not coated, to allow patina.
    - High gloss (Flow) with coating, to allow patina.
    - High gloss (Flow) not coated, to allow patina.

    Includes:
    • 1 Copper [A.M.K.].
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    Single Brass KeyCap

    Single Solid Brass KeyCap with your choice of finishing and and letter engring or blank!

    (Add 15 Euro for High gloss (Flow) finish, Engraving is free!)
    Select from:
    - Tumble polish with coating, to PREVENT patina.
    - Tumble polish not coated, to ALLOW patina.
    - High gloss (Flow) with coating, to PREVENT patina.
    - High gloss (Flow) not coated, to ALLOW patina.

    Includes:
    • 1 Brass [A.M.K.]
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    Pledge €20 or more About US$ 22

    Single Copper KeyCap

    Single Solid Copper KeyCap with your choice of finishing and and letter engring or blank!

    (Add 15 Euro for High gloss (Flow) finish, Engraving is free!)
    Select from:
    - Tumble polish with coating, to PREVENT patina.
    - Tumble polish not coated, to ALLOW patina.
    - High gloss (Flow) with coating, to PREVENT patina.
    - High gloss (Flow) not coated, to ALLOW patina.

    Includes:
    • 1 Copper [A.M.K.].
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    Pledge €20 or more About US$ 22

    Single Brass KeyCap

    Single Solid Brass KeyCap with your choice of finishing and and letter engring or blank!

    (Add 15 Euro for High gloss (Flow) finish, Engraving is free!)
    Select from:
    - Tumble polish with coating, to PREVENT patina.
    - Tumble polish not coated, to ALLOW patina.
    - High gloss (Flow) with coating, to PREVENT patina.
    - High gloss (Flow) not coated, to ALLOW patina.

    Includes:
    • 1 Brass [A.M.K.]
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    Pledge €58 or more About US$ 65

    EarlyBird Aluminium 4 key set

    Support and gain a Aluminium 4 key set. with anodizing and and letter engring or blank your choice! (4 Keys)

    Select from:
    - Red
    - Black
    - Blue
    - Green
    - Gold
    - Blank anodizing (No collor added)
    - Withered Aluminium(Acid wash)

    Includes:
    • 1 Set of 4 Aluminium [A.M.K.].
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    Pledge €62 or more About US$ 70

    Aluminium 4 key set

    Support and gain a Aluminium 4 key set with anodizing of your choice! (4 Keys)

    Select from:
    - Red
    - Black
    - Blue
    - Green
    - Gold
    - Blank anodizing (No collor added)
    - Withered Aluminium(Acid wash)

    Includes:
    • 1 Set of 4 Aluminium [A.M.K.].
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    Pledge €76 or more About US$ 85

    Copper 4 key set

    Solid Copper 4 key set with your choice of finishing and and letter engring or blank! (4 Keys)

    (Add 50 Euro for High gloss (Flow) finish, Engraving is free!)
    Select from:
    - Tumble polish with coating, to PREVENT patina.
    - Tumble polish not coated, to ALLOW patina.
    - High gloss (Flow) with coating, to PREVENT patina.
    - High gloss (Flow) not coated, to ALLOW patina.

    Includes:
    • 1 Set of 4 Copper [A.M.K.].
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    Pledge €76 or more About US$ 85

    Brass 4 key set

    Solid Brass 4 key set with your choice of finishing and and letter engring or blank! (4 Keys)

    (Add 50 Euro for High gloss (Flow) finish, Engraving is free!)
    Select from:
    - Tumble polish with coating, to PREVENT patina.
    - Tumble polish not coated, to ALLOW patina.
    - High gloss (Flow) with coating, to PREVENT patina.
    - High gloss (Flow) not coated, to ALLOW patina.

    Includes:
    • 1 Set of 4 Brass [A.M.K.].
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