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I wonder if anyone has had any problems with the alluminum oxidizing?

or if its an alluminum base with similar colored paint on top ala apple keyboards.

The cases aren't raw aluminum. Some, like the Treble cases, are powder coated. Others, like the Hammer cases, are anodized. Some are hard anodized, some soft anodized, some color anodized, some clear anodized. And, I'm sure you know, but anodizing is adding a thicker oxide layer. So in order for the case to corrode, that oxide layer would have to be damaged.
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Attack on titan keycaps need to be made a thing!

Metallic/Zinc keycap with Investigation Corp/Scouting Legion emblem?
That or a little chibi titan face biggrin.gif
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The cases aren't raw aluminum. Some, like the Treble cases, are powder coated. Others, like the Hammer cases, are anodized. Some are hard anodized, some soft anodized, some color anodized, some clear anodized. And, I'm sure you know, but anodizing is adding a thicker oxide layer. So in order for the case to corrode, that oxide layer would have to be damaged.
I looked up the type of aluminum which is 6061-T651, the exact same as the brocap actually and 6061 is supposed to not corrode even when it has no coating on it.
Wiki says "6061 is more easily worked and remains resistant to corrosion even when the surface is abraded"

On a side note, my troll brother just got me a mouse to match my keyboard. doh.gif

 
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ahhh HPE man you got a good one, your keyboards look so nice and smooth,
ooer....

and jixr, well oxidization might happen if it gets damp , but otherwise if you keep them clean, with any computer case cleaner stuff they should be fine smile.gif

Plus you don't need them to last more than 6 months before the new cap bug strikes again smile.gif
    
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ahhh HPE man you got a good one, your keyboards look so nice and smooth,
ooer....

and jixr, well oxidization might happen if it gets damp , but otherwise if you keep them clean, with any computer case cleaner stuff they should be fine smile.gif

Plus you don't need them to last more than 6 months before the new cap bug strikes again smile.gif

Well it isn't just a cap, its a whole keyboard housing, I am going to try to read up on how to prevent it though since where I live, a bike left out for a month turns into a pile of rust :/
 
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6061 is an aircraft grade aluminum, so yes, like you said, it tends to be more durable and structurally sound.
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6061 is an aircraft grade aluminum, so yes, like you said, it tends to be more durable and structurally sound.

6061 is normal aluminum. It's the default you would use in CNC machining.

I'm sure the housing will be anodized, otherwise I would look into getting it anodized. You can anodize in clear, or you can have color added... red, blue, and black are the most common.
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I was just currious, I know the allum cases are out of my price range. I didn't know how they were finished. but thats neat to find out
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6061 is normal aluminum. It's the default you would use in CNC machining.

I'm sure the housing will be anodized, otherwise I would look into getting it anodized. You can anodize in clear, or you can have color added... red, blue, and black are the most common.

There are lower grades that you can use in milling (and some do, especially for stuff like this where it's "not critical"), but yes, 6061 is a normal machining grade. It also happens to be one of the lower grades you can use in aircraft.
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There are lower grades that you can use in milling (and some do, especially for stuff like this where it's "not critical"), but yes, 6061 is a normal machining grade. It also happens to be one of the lower grades you can use in aircraft.

Just thought I'd point out that it's actually the default for milling something like that out of aluminum, since saying "aircraft grade" makes it sound like it's something fancy tongue.gif.

I work in a machine shop and we use 6061 for everything but a few thin plates. I've thought about making a case for my keyboard but sounds like a lot of work lol.
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