Bitmap Studio

Alpine65 Build Guide

by Alex Han    Dec 2 2020

Getting Started

Thank you for Purchasing the Alpine65!

Thank you for purchasing our first ever keyboard, the Alpine65. We really appreciate your support, and hope that you enjoy this board as much as we do.

What's in the Box

Be sure to check that everything is here. If they are not, please contact us.

  • Alpine65 Top and Bottom Case, Brass Weight
  • Alpine65 PCB, Designed by Gondolindrim
  • 2 Sets of Gaskets: One Hard, One Soft
  • 1x PCB-Plate Foam, 1x Case Foam
  • A Bag of Screws
  • An Alpine Carrying Case
  • Any Extra PCBs/Plates that you ordered.

Tools required for building (Not Included)

You will need to purchase or borrow these tools, as they are not included with your purchase.

  • 70x Cherry MX Style Switches
  • Screw-In Cherry Style Stabilizers (1x 6.25u, 3x 2u)
  • Lube, Films etc, if applicable
  • Keycap Set (Cherry Stems)
  • H1.5 or M1.5 Screwdriver
  • USB-C Cable
  • Tweezers

Other Significant Remarks

Please be wary of these common mistakes

  • DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN SCREWS! Please do not use excessive force on screws, as doing so may damage the board or strip the screws. We cannot provide replacements due to mistakes like these.
  • To clean the board, we recommend using compressed air, microfiber cloth and some water. Do not use strong cleaners, including Isopropyl Alcohol and other household cleaning products, as this will damage the finish on your keyboard.
  • We highly recommend using a deskmat or other soft surface to avoid scratching the keyboard during the building process
  • Please make sure that you are using the right screwdriver bit (H1.5) to avoid stripping the screws.
  • If you have any questions, our Discord community is more than happy to help. Do not build out of gut instinct, and when in doubt, please ask!
  • For tips on how to lube switches and tune stabilizers, we recommend the following videos:

Preparations

Got Everything, Now What?

Awesome - so everything is here, and we're ready...right? WAIT! Before we proceed to building the Alpine, be sure to check for the following!

  • Check the Top and Bottom case for any major flaws that do not qualify within the grade that you purchased the board (Likely A-Stock). This includes dents, spots, streaks, stains etc. If there are any problems, stop here and contact us as soon as possible to receive a resolution. Once you have built the keyboard, it means that you accept the quality of the unit, and returns will not be accepted.
  • Check the PCB, and verify that it works. Make sure that no hotswap sockets have broken off. Then, plug in the PCB, and use tweezers to check that each key on the PCB is working by shorting the two terminals. Note that the FN key will not be detected as a key. Hold the FN Key and press a key on the numrow.
  • Make sure you check everything above again! Once you start building, the board cannot be replaced.

A quick reminder:

  • DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN SCREWS! Please do not use excessive force on screws, as doing so may damage the board or strip the screws. We cannot provide replacements due to mistakes like these.
  • To clean the board, we recommend using compressed air, microfiber cloth and some water. Do not use strong cleaners, including Isopropyl Alcohol and other household cleaning products, as this will damage the finish on your keyboard.
  • We highly recommend using a deskmat or other soft surface to avoid scratching the keyboard during the building process
  • Please make sure that you are using the right screwdriver bit (H1.5) to avoid stripping the screws.
  • If you have any questions, our Discord community is more than happy to help. Do not build out of gut instinct, and when in doubt, please ask!

Internal Assembly

Text on the Left Side, Diagram/Picture on the right. Easy Peasy.

Taking everything apart

  • Remove the 8 Screws from the bottom of the case.
  • Apply the 4 included bump-on feet to the bottom case.
  • Remove the Top Half of the case, along with the plate and any other accessories in the case and set it aside.
  • Install 6 Gaskets on the bottom of the case on the posts. Place bottom foam if desired. (Fig. 1)
  • Next, Install 6 gaskets on the top of the case in the recesses. (Fig. 2)
  • Set aside the top and bottom case.

Installing Switches and Stabilizers

  • Lube and Tune stabilizers as desired.
  • Take out the PCB. Install stabilizers into hole on the PCB. 
  • Take out the plate. Place switches in positions shown. (Fig. 3)
  • If you want to add PCB-Plate Foam, now is the time to add it.
  • Line up switches with the sockets on the PCB and press the PCB and plate together. (Fig. 4)
  • Make sure that none of the switch pins are bent and ALL switches are fully seated in the hotswap sockets as shown. Be very careful! (Fig. 5)
  • Install the rest of the switches, ensuring that the switches are fully seated on both the plate and the PCB. (Fig. 6)
  • Double Check the bottom of the PCB to see if all switches are fully seated.

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Fig. 3

Fig. 4

Fig. 5

Fig. 6

Final Assembly

We're on the home stretch!

Assembling the Case

  • Place the bottom case (with foam, if desired) on to your desk.
  • Place the Plate-PCB structure on the Bottom Case, making sure they line up (Fig. 1)
  • Slowly fit the top case on to the bottom case.
  • Flip the entire assembly around so that the top is on the desk.
  • Use the included 8 screws to seal the build. Do NOT overtighten! Tighten until the top and bottom case are flush. (Fig. 2)

Final Customizations

  • Install any keycaps of your choosing, and use a USB-C cable to connect your keyboard to the computer. (Fig. 3)
  • Test all of the keys to make sure that they work
  • Rejoice! You have completed assembly of the Alpine65 Keyboard.

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Fig. 3

Customization and Remarks

After completing, you may want to customize Alpine65 a bit more, and learn how to care for it!

Customizing Keymaps

This keyboard supports VIA. By Downloading and installing VIA Configurator. you are able to customize keymaps, RGB, commands and more. We highly reccomend you check it out!

Care for your Alpine65

Make sure you take good care of your new keyboard!

  • Dust may build up in the recesses of the brass weight. To remove, simply use a toothbrush, compressed air or blow to remove and particles or dust.
  • The brass parts of your Alpine65 are clear-coated, however if solvents or chemicals such as Alcohol or Cleaner is used on it, the coating may wear way and expose your brass to tarnishing (it's not good, trust me).
  • Should there be any problem with your PCB, we are aware that this PCB is exclusive to our keyboard. If there are any problems, please contact us to purchase or get your PCB replaced. If we ever stop making PCBs, the KiCad files will be released publicly for all to use!

Final Remarks

Thank you for purchasing Alpine65. It is our first board, and we are super excited to share it with you. We put lots of effort into this board, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Thank you for supporting us, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future! 👀

If you need help, feel free to ask in our Discord Server, or send us an email at support@bitmapstudio.xyz

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Plate Files

In case you want to make your own plates