Subscribe to the Keyboard University newsletter for updates of new articles and content. To those that prefer a less stiff typing experience, half plates eliminate the section that alphas would normally clip in to, to allow for flexibility around the alpha cluster. The Candybar Premium keyboard offers three options for plate materials: aluminum (pictured here in four colors), carbon fiber, and polycarbonate. Because these plates are much thicker, switches do not clip to the plate like their 1.5mm counterparts, but hold to the whole bottom portion of the switch instead. Presented by TheKey.Company & friends. With the constant innovation going on the hobby, plate production adds another level of customization alongside mounting styles, formats, switch choice, modifications, and more. $20.00 KBD75V1 V2 Brass Plate. Plates come in all sizes and layouts, but most importantly they can be made with an expansive range of materials. Mechanical Keyboard Plates. Some of the most common layouts in the mechanical keyboard community are ANSI, ISO, WKL, Tsangan and HHKB, and these layout options are limited by the PCB and plate compatibility. With the exception of acrylic and POM (1.6mm), almost all plate materials are generally made at a thickness of 1.5mm. Early custom keyboards such as the DK Saver, OTD 356L, and Duck Orion v1 only offered materials such as polycarbonate, aluminum, and steel but as of recent, we have seen a major growth in types of materials used. The typing feel however is also dependent on the mounting method and the case design itself. Aluminum is often considered the middle ground, providing a touch of flexibility, while maintaining a slightly higher pitched, and more prominent bottom out sound. Exploded view of the SP-111, showing the layers of a keyboard: the top case, brass plate, PCB, and bottom case. Many custom keyboards use mounting methods that involve the plate (i.e. Current plate materials available: Aluminum and Stainless Steel. $42.00 Carbon fiber DZ60RGB Hot swap plate… Justin "Subluxe" is an active member of the Vancouver Mechanical Keyboard community and one of the co-organizers of the Vancouver Mech Meetup. Current plate materials available: Aluminum and Stainless Steel. Plates made with more dense materials such as brass or stainless steel create higher pitched sounds, whereas less dense material such as FR4 are lower in pitch. Unlike other major components of a mechanical keyboard, plates are not found in every keyboard but are the most unique in terms of materials and design. Acrylic plates are generally made at the maximum tolerance for MX style switches (5mm) to combat the fragility of the material, however 5mm plates have also started to appear in other common plate materials. Besides the cutouts for switches, some custom keyboards may have additional cuts to the plate. Using a plate ensures that the switches in a keyboard are properly aligned, and also helps alleviate the stress on the PCB when typing or playing PC games. As time went on other materials such as brass, carbon fiber, FR4, and POM were introduced to custom keyboards and have become increasingly popular in new interest checks. Plates. These cuts are called acoustic cuts and are meant to give a more consistent sounding bottom out. The addition of a plate creates a more rigid feel and also affects the sound signature depending on the material of the plate. top mount) and this often results in a plate being necessary to the build. Learn more about us, or get in touch. Subscribe to the Keyboard University newsletter. Normally, these cuts are usually found around the function row and number row, separating the alpha cluster from the rest. Less dense materials, such as carbon fiber, FR4, POM, and polycarbonate do not resonate, produce a lower pitched sound, and offer more flexibility, allowing for a less harsh bottom out. The removal of the alpha cluster on the plate means that the alphas will not create any reverberation through the plate, allowing for a much quieter bottom out. MechanicalKeyboards.com ©Copyright 2020 Mechanical Keyboards Inc -, DZ60 ANSI CNC Brass Plate- 2.25u Left Shift (KBDFans), DZ60 CNC Brass Plate- 2u Left Shift (KBDFans), DZ60 ANSI CNC Aluminum Plate- 2.25u Left Shift (KBDFans), DZ60 ANSI CNC Aluminum Plate- 2u Left Shift (KBDFans), Returned - Like New - Filco Majestouch Ninja HAKUA TKL Mechanical Keyboard (Cherry MX Red). Sort By: Show: NEW. Plates can also be designed in different layouts to accommodate accordingly. Submit your e-mail address to receive free updates and promotions. ... Any doubt about your keyboard file measures, materials or finishes? This concept, as well as the added material allow for a much more uniform bottom-out noise, eliminating the reverb typically found in thinner plates. Plates come in all sizes and layouts, but most importantly they can be made with an expansive range of materials. For previous examples of his work, be sure to check out his website! $19.00 Gateron pre-lubed plate mounted stabilizers. By adding additional cuts, we reduce the material in the plate, giving it added flexibility as well as a more reverb-y bottom out sound, while also creating a more consistent typing feel across the keyboard. DZ60 ANSI CNC Brass Plate- 2.25u Left Shift (KBDFans) $44.00.