THIS IS A PREORDER ITEM. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY!
The Ploopy Adept Trackball is currently in a preorder. That means that there will be a delay before you receive your item. We’re committed to shipping the first preorders within six weeks of the Adept’s launch date (September 28th), and no later than ten weeks after launch. That means that if you put in an order on the day the Adept is launched, it’ll ship out on the way to you within ten weeks of that day.
So far, we have held preorders for our six previous products, and we have successfully shipped all units prior to the promised deadline every single time.
The Ploopy Adept Print-It-Yourself Kit includes all of the hardware necessary to build the trackball. You will have to 3D-print your own plastic parts, and then build the trackball before it can be used.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Adept case files have been optimised for printing on Prusa i3 machines. We believe that any machine capable of accurately operating at a 0.3mm layer height can successfully print the case files; however, the design has not been tested on any other type of printer. Because we don’t have the ability to diagnose every problem on every printer, we cannot provide technical support of any kind for problems related to printing the case files. If you purchase a Print-It-Yourself Kit, you acknowledge that printing the case is your sole responsibility, and that problems arising from printing the case is not our responsibility. In other words: only pick this option if you know what you’re doing.
Included with every Adept Trackball Print-It-Yourself Kit:
- 3x Roller Bearing Dowels
- Adept PCB
- PMW3360 sensor
- PMW3360 optic
- 4x Small Screws
- 3x MR63ZZ Roller Bearings
- 4x Friction Pads
- 1x 1.75″ Ball
You can find full assembly instructions on our Github wiki.
To complete the assembly, you’ll need:
- Case files that you’ve printed (available on Github here)
- A Phillips head screwdriver (#1 or similar size)
- A soldering iron
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE ABOVE, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE ASSEMBLY PROCESS.
Ball colours are available! If you want a more exotic colour for your Adept Trackball, now you can have one! We’ve got multiple colours to choose from:
- Classic Red
- Bumblebee Yellow
- Salmon Pink
- Jade Green
- Emerald Blue
- Licorice Black
- Eggshell White
- Dung Beetle Brown
The Ploopy Adept Trackball ships with QMK preloaded. Currently, we’re shipping with version 0.22.4.
The Adept Trackball supports VIA out of the box for easy button remapping! Use the VIA online web-app here to quickly and easily reconfigure your button setup to just what you prefer.
Want to load new firmware onto your Ploopy Trackball? Loading new firmware is fast and easy, and doesn’t require anything except your computer. Check out our guide here. It includes a full set of instructions on loading new firmware. You can load new firmware with tools like QMK Toolbox or the QMK Configurator.
Because this trackball has roller bearings, it’s noticeably louder that other trackballs. It makes a sort of scratchy grinding noise when the ball is moved. It’s a noise that you will notice during use. Please keep this in mind before ordering.
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