Unlike other companies that are opposed to third-party casing/shell designs, Valve has released the CAD files of the Steam Deck’s surface topology as a sign of its support to the modding community. It was released so modders can 3D-print their own shell designs to further customize the handheld console.
Meanwhile, the CAD files are available on GitHub for anyone who is interested.
“This repository contains CAD files for the external shell (surface topology) of Steam Deck, under a Creative Commons license. This includes an STP model, STL model, and drawings (DWG) for reference. We’re looking forward to seeing what the community creates! 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 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.”
Valve Steam Deck Team
Additionally, Valve said that the CAD files are for “tinkerers, modders, accessory manufacturers or folks who just want to 3D print a Steam deck to see how it feels”.
This statement is in sync with the portable console’s open nature that allows gamers to mod its Linux-based software for running games and apps that are not available on Steam.