The Steam Deck is due to arrive on February 25, 2022. While waiting for the fateful launch date, Valve has just announced the release of all CAD (computer-aided design) files for the console shell. Enough to allow companies and individuals to print their 3D replica of the Steam Deck.
There are only a few more days to wait before you can get your hands on the Steam Deck. Indeed, Valve’s portable hybrid console arrives on February 25, 2022. A few days before the launch, the manufacturer has just made a surprise announcement on Steam. Indeed, the company has just shared all CAD files (computer-aided design) of the Steam Deck shell on GitHub.
All the files are therefore freely accessible under a Creative Commons license. “We have great news for DIY enthusiasts, prop companies, and anyone looking to 3D print their own Steam Deck replica.” writes Valve in its publication.
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Valve releases Steam Deck CAD files without hassle
As the company clarifies, CAD files for the console are available in STP, STL, and DWG formats. Note that this is a business move that stands in stark contrast to Sony’s approach, which has notably taken a tough stance against resellers of custom PS5 cases. Indeed, the Japanese brand has threatened the Dbrand company with legal action if it does not withdraw its black shells from the market very quickly.
By voluntarily donating the CAD files, Valve proves that it is not concerned about this possible competition. Evidenced by the end of his statement: “We can’t wait to see the creations of the community!”. As a reminder, Valve recently confirmed that Fortnite will not be available on the Steam Deck. The reason ? The cheaters present on the Epic Games game. According to Tim Sweeney, the CEO assured that Valve had “not trust” in their ability to fight cheating in a “wide range of core configurations, including custom configurations”. As you will have understood, Valve will therefore have to do without a heavyweight in the video game industry.