There’s no denying that the Steam Deck is one of the most anticipated consoles yet for both hardcore console gamers and gamers who do more than just gaming, like modding. Valve has always been a modding-friendly company and has always appreciated modders’ work.
The giant has released CAD files for modders, accessory manufacturers, and anyone who wants to 3D print a Steam Deck to know how the console feels to hold.
In a release post, Valve said: “Today we’re making 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.”
If you want to 3D print Steam Deck or just glance at the model’s looks, you can download the model files using this Gitlab link. In the Gitlab repository, Valve has also cleared up a point regarding opening up the Steam Deck and how it affects Warranty.
Will I lose Warranty if I open Steam Deck?
The Readme.md file on Gitlab says the following: “As mentioned in our “Take a look inside Steam Deck” video, you have every right to open up your Steam Deck and do what you want with it. That said, we highly recommend that you leave it to professionals. Any damage you do will not be covered by your Warranty – but more importantly, you might break your Steam Deck or even get hurt! Be careful, and have fun.”
For a company like Valve to openly support self-repair and modding is incredible and unlike most companies, and we hope they continue to do the same for the upcoming Steam Deck iterations.