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From looks to sound and feel, Werk One was designed as a cost is no object flagship product. A modular 75% exploded profile keyboard kit with hybrid gasket mount array and AEK-styled classic side profile curve.

In a world of minimalism, Werk One is our tribute to the sophistication of art deco and 70’s futurism.

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The One comes in six different variants and three different price tiers:

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Technical Specifications

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One-piece bead blasted dark grey anodized aluminium enclosure (SERA) or bead blasted dark polycarbonate enclusure (CHERNOBOG)

One-piece sand blasted, 5 axis CNC sculpted custom patina coated brass enclosure

Two-piece sand blasted custom patina coated brass accents

Gasket array mount with fully isolated self-aligning fr4 „leafspring“ plate

No visible screws

M01-75% PCB by ebastler, QMK compatible and fully programmable with VIA, powerful STM32F411 MCU for future module support

D-01 Daughterboard by ebastler with full ESD protection with additional low pass filter on power supply with USB -C interface

Molded silicone feet

Note: keycaps on renders and photographs are for demonstration only and are not included.

Note: Since every custom colour requires a newly mixed anodization bath, we can’t guarantee that the renders and photography colours will match the final product 100%. Each edition was colourmatched prior to the pre-order at least once, still a slight variance may occur.

Quality Control: Our aim is to ensure flawless coating on visible surfaces of the enclosures. Machining marks and small anodization blemishes on the inside body are not considered a flaw.

BHS Variant note: Each Black Hole sun bottom body coating is created by the artist Wally Patina individually. While following the colour theme presented here, no unit will look the same and patterns may differ greatly. Please keep this in mind before placing the order.

The inner body of the BHS variant and inner badge modules parts are NOT patina treated. On Chernobog variant, the surfaces that are exposed by translucent polycarbonate are patina coated.

LAYOUTS

Before choosing between solderable and solderless hotswap PCB take a note of the possible layouts. Solderable PCB offers wide arrange of different layouts and ISO support. Hotswap PCB has a fixed layout and is limited to ANSI support only.


Depending on your choice a fixed or variable layout plate will be paired.

Typing angle :

8 degree

Front height :

1,82cm

CHOOSE WISELY

Edition Pale Peach Space Cherry Sera Solaris Moloko
Top Clear Polycarbonate Sliver Aluminium Dark Grey Aluminium Ultramarine Blue Aluminium Moloko Creme Aluminium
Bottom/
Accents
Peach Aluminium Deep Red Aluminium Brass Brass Copper
Plate Peach Aluminium Deep Red Aluminium FR4 FR4 FR4

About Black Hole Sun

Black Hole Sun Special Edition is the only variant of Werk One where you can choose between the top body enclosures: The Chernobog, translucent dark polycarbonate and Sera, aircraft grade aluminium top enclosure. The bottom body is a solid 5-axis CNC milled brass piece, patina-coated in collaboration with the artist Wally Patina.


Due to the high amount of manual labor only 20 BHS units will be produced. The patina technique used for this variant to create the vivid dreamy flame patterns on the brass honors the name "Black Hole Sun“ by applying the chemicals using exceedingly high temperatures. The translucent Chernobog top cover allows the light to enter through, adding a layer of soft diffusion to the visible patina-coated interior.

About Werk One

Design Process

Werk One was born from passion and curiosity. As a business, we took the risk and the freedom to experiment for over 2 years in our search of how more adventurous shapes and materials influence the sound and feel of a modern highend custom keyboard. With function and design paramount, our aim was to generate something that we would consider truly remarkable. So we dared to explore. In many ways the One was a testing platform for us, to see what’s possible by pushing the limitations of larger scale 5-axis CNC machining production runs, introducing complex curvatures of inside and outside elements of the design. This was a beautiful journey with many lessons, which will certainly be utilized in our future products. With countless revisions, four prototyping rounds, and cycling through several manufacturing partners to achieve certain coatings, colours and the high standard of quality control we have been aiming for, we are ready to present you the Werk One. A design that represents what our future holds for werk.technica.

Architecture of the hybrid gasket array

VERTICAL GASKETS

Custom molded soft silicone

HYBRID GASKET ARRAY

Symmetrically placed on each side of the “leafspring“ plate, our three different gasket types are arranged into a gasket array that surrounds the switch plate vertically and horizontally. This allows us to combine a soft yet not too bouncy typing experience with high vibration absorption.

PORON HORIZONTAL GASKETS

- white noise cancel insulation sponge poron

- black high return rate poron

RESONANCE CHAMBER INNER DESIGN

With 1,82cm front height and less than 4 cm rear height, Werk One is a thin keyboard for a mx switch custom design. To avoid the sound profile being too muted and "dead" our idea was to implement a technique that most of us are familiar with from musical instruments. The curved inner body not only compliments the outer enclosure design, but acts as a resonance chamber evening out and reflecting the sound. The benefit is a full and clacky sound profile that doesnt rely on dampening and foam or any other modification.

Typing Demo

M01-75% PCB by ebastler

In order to realize not only a unique look, but also to perfect the integration with the design language of the keyboard itself, the PCB was co-engineered in close collaboration with our PCB designer ebastler. Just like the enclosure itself, it went through multiple iterations, further refining and adapting to the design language of the Werk One. The end result features a blazingly fast state-of-the-art ARM microcontroller with connectivity and power to spare for future modularity, as well as advanced ESD protection and noise-filtering on a daughterboard purpose-designed for the Werk One. From a visual point of view, the PCB relies on simple lines, bent and arranged in an art deco way, and presented in copper on black.

Future Support and Modularity

Werk One represents what the future for werk.technica holds. We designed the Werk One with future modularity support in mind. We want to give you the option to customise your keyboard even further and replace the default badge module with various modular options. First in line are OLED and dial modules that are planned to be interchangeable among werk.technica keyboard designs. M01-75% PCB and Werk One top enclosure will support new modules that are currently in prototyping and are scheduled for 2023 release. Additionally, the default badge module is open source, so anyone can experiment with their own badge designs and alter the design of the top body to one’s own preference.

BHS Werk One Kit includes:

• Packaging: custom packaging or high-strength suitcase with foam inserts, depending on the series one run pre-order numbers

• One-piece bead blasted dark gungrey anodized aluminium enclosure (SERA) or bead blasted dark polycarbonate enclosure (CHERNOBOG)

• One-piece sand blasted, 5 axis CNC sculpted and patina treated brass enclosure

• Two piece sand blasted patina treated brass enclosure

• M01-75% PCB and D-01 Daughterboard by ebastler

• FR4 „leafspring“ plate

• Set of molded silicone vertical and horizontal poron gaskets

• Set of molded silicone feet

• Set of torx screws

• signed QC authenticity certificate

Technical Specifications

Front Height:

1,82cm

Rear Height:

3,875cm

Typing Angle

Mounting Style:

"Leafspring" plate mounted on a gasket array

PCB:

QMK and VIA compatible, powerful STM32F411 MCU, modularity support

Casing:

6063 Aluminium, Polycarbonate, Brass, Copper

A little something

As a thank you to our community for your patience and support, each Werk One kit includes a randomly chosen little art-print. The artworks are the result of a collaboration between Zaum and the talented artist Dennis Kreker during the lengthy Werk One development process.