Valve releases Steam Deck CAD files

Valve releases Steam Deck CAD files

PC giant Valve has made the computer-aided design (CAD) files for its upcoming Steam Deck hardware available for anyone.

In a post on its website, the firm said that it was releasing this information so that people can create accessories or meds. This will allow for people to make cases and so on for the tech.

"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," Valve wrote.

"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."

This is in stark contrast to Sony who threatened to take legal action against a third-party attempting to make skins for its PlayStation 5 console.

Valve unveiled Steam Deck in 2021 with a December release date. This was bumped until February of this year with the hardware apparently still on track to launch this month. 

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