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Rasti Computer

Penk Chen's Rasti is a retro-futuristic laptop inspired by the iconic GRiD Compass – with his custom mechanical keyboard and keycap set.

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Published February 2, 2024
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If you've seen last week's Rasti post about a custom keyboard and keycap set by Penk Chen, now you know what those were designed for.

Penk's Rasti Computer is a retro-futuristic laptop inspired by the iconic GRiD Compass and powered by Framework components.

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It features a 10.4-inch (1600x720) touchscreen, 3D printed enclosure, with the already mentioned custom mechanical keyboard and keycap set tailor-made for this project.

Blending 80s nostalgia with today's technology, Rasti is not just a statement piece that looks good — it's practical too – Penk.

The enclosure, designed for easy printing on a 30x30 cm FDM print bed, captures the essence of the GRiD Compass, originally made of magnesium. After sanding and priming, the surface was finished with Tamiya metallic black paint (TS-40), and a touch of silver dry brushing added the beat-up metal look.

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The Choc-spacing (18mm x 17mm) keycap set addresses the limited options for Choc v1 switch modifiers. Designed for SLA resin printing, this set includes sizes ranging from 1U to 2.25U, and a 4.75U spacebar that is compatible with the 6.25U stabilizer. The keyboard has its own Github repo.

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Resources

Editable STEP file and 3D printable STL files for the case are available in the case directory:

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Published on Fri 2nd Feb 2024. Featured in KBD #153 (source).


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