with build quality better than old madcatz controllers…
After watching the Steam Deck 3D printing community blow up over the past few months, I’ve been constantly checking up on the 3D printing side of things. Often times it’s simply curiosity, but sometimes I’d like to print something worthwhile for my Steam Deck that I received back in May, literally 1 day before my birthday (was a crazy birthday gift, thanks Valve!).
But while we’re missing the official dock and sometimes those Chinese knockoffs take a while to get here, maybe you’d just want to print something to allow you to tinker with your newly-acquired handheld PC.
1. DeckBro v1
Have an issue where you need more storage? Look no further than the Deckbro!
A weird amalgamation of plastic shoved into a form factor that allows you to still utilize your Steam Deck in a portable manner, the Deckbro allows you to take a 2.5″ SSD and HDD with you on the go. The craziest thing about this mod is the fact that not only can you store up to 2TB with a cheaper adapter (more with better made adapters), but you can get 2Tb 2’5″ HDDs for something like $45 (or sometimes as low as $30 if you plan on drive shucking). Of course, you also have the SSD, meaning you can easily grab a 512Gb SSD for an additional $40-50 ($30 for a Silicon Power el-cheapo) for your game titles that rely on fast loading speeds.
You get 2.5Tb of storage on USB 3.0, which is plenty enough for 90% of games. All of this for the price of the plastic used to make the Deckbro and ~$120, definitely a must-have for Deck enthusiasts.
Images courtesy of neebick on Thingiverse
If you’re looking for a solid Steam Deck dock with the ability to slide a premade hub into it, then maybe neebick’s Steam Deck Dock is more up your alley. Using an Anker 7-in-1 USB Hub placed in the rear cavity, you can extend the usefulness of your Steam Deck by loads, adding many different peripherals into the mix. It’s sleek and well-designed too, meaning if your 3D printer is properly calibrated, one could easily make this dock look almost store-bought to the naked eye.
The various ports include:
2x USB 3.0 Ports
1x USB-C Input (Power)
1x SD Card Reader
1x HDMI (4K60)
1x USB-C Data
With all of those ports and a USB-to-RJ45 adapter, maybe you won’t need an official dock after all.
Maybe you don’t need all of those wires and storage gizmos. Maybe you just simply need an easy-to-produce stand. Well, loicloic has you covered with their custom-designed stand for the Steam Deck. Requiring very little in the way of material cost or time, it’s a very low risk print and lets you print something if you’re more of a beginner or if you simply wanted something to place your steam deck in without any extras.
The fan vents are also carefully cared for by not blocking them. It’s truly a very well-thought-out 3D print in my book: easy to make, quick print times, extremely little material cost, and it just looks nice.
Yes, even the mighty Steam Deck can break from time to time (though it’s a lot less likely than Nintendo Joy-Con drift to be completely fair). While there are places that will repair your favorite handheld when it does break, you could also repair it yourself using MehStrongBadMeh‘s repair jig, buying the part yourself from iFixit, and watching a quick video on Youtube.
As someone who fixed a lot of Wiis and Xbox 360s years ago, repair jigs not only save time, but also just make it much easier for you to disassemble certain parts of an electronic by acting as extra hands or a stable surface for a curved part. I’d heavily recommend printing this one ahead of time if you have the spare plastic and patience.
5. Stick Savers
Ever had to transport your Steam Deck in a bag or out and about without its faithful carrier (you fiend)? Well, stick savers are designed to help stop your thumb sticks from falling victim to other things in your bag, like a soft cashmere sweater, or your well used laserdisk of Dragon’s Lair. This helps those unassuming destructive items from pushing over the sticks and potentially causing lasting damage by adding rigidity.
This is a remix of an older design by VoltrexRB, but with tabs that make the protectors easier to remove from the sticks. You can make these in about 15 minutes or less, and there’s really no reason not to if you have your printer up and running.
Conclusion: There’s plenty for you to print!
Seriously though, we’ve only just brushed the surface of what you can 3D print for your Steam Deck. There’s so much more for you to see, and who knows, maybe you will make the next big accessory for the Steam Deck…