Valve Releases Steam Deck CAD Files, Allowing Anyone to 3D Print New Shells

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In a somewhat surprising but highly appreciative move, Valve has shared official CAD files for the Steam Deck, allowing DIY enthusiasts, accessory manufacturers, and modders to easily 3D print their own shell designs for the heavily anticipated handheld.

Prospective Steam Deck owners with 3D printers can find the files on GitLab, which includes an STP model, STL model, and drawings (DWG) for reference. While Valve has noted that Steam Deck users “have every right” to open up and tweak their systems, the company also warned that any resulting damage isn’t covered by the warranty.

Valve releasing CAD files for the Steam Deck is surprising because that isn’t something Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony is ever to likely do with their consoles or accessories. That seems especially true for the latter, which has had a propensity of sending legal threats to third-party makers for accessories such as cover plates.

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Steam Deck CAD files now available (Valve)

  • Hello! Good news for all the tinkerers, modders, accessory manufacturers, or folks who just want to 3D print a Steam Deck to see how it feels.
  • Today we’re making the CAD files for the external shell (surface topology) of Steam Deck available for download under a Creative Commons license. This includes an STP model, STL model, and drawings (DWG) for reference. You can find the files here.
  • We’re looking forward to seeing what the community creates!

Valve releases Steam Deck CAD files so we can 3D print new shells ourselves (Eurogamer)

  • It’s an interesting commercial decision and one that contrasts sharply with Sony’s approach, which has cracked down on third-party vendors selling replacement covers for its PS5 console so we can only buy its officially-licensed ones.
  • By voluntarily giving the CAD files away, it looks as though Valve isn’t as concerned with such competition and has publicly stated: “we’re looking forward to seeing what the community creates!”
Tsing Mui
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