As the Framework community continue to produce new expansion cards for their laptops users are now needing a place to store all of them. Reddit user xyz1208 has come up with a simple but fantastic way to store the expansion cards in true Framework fashion by 3D printing an enclosure to do so.
Print one yourself
If you are interested in printing the expansion card enclosure for yourself, you can do so via this GitHub page. There doesn’t seem to be files that can be modified with only an STL file being available from the creator. They do seem to be open to letting people modify the file so if you want to it would be best to reach out.
It’s great to see that the community is now creating accessories for the expansion cards themselves. Members of the community have also begun to create their own expansion cards like the one found in the image above. As of the October 10th, 7 expansion cards are available from Framework:
- Display Port
- 250GB SSD
- 1TB SSD
The community at work
While these are more than enough for most customers, Framework users have already got to work creating custom expansion cards for things like the Logitech Unifying receiver (a popular suggestion on the Framework forums) and a magnetic USB charging cable, with things like an ethernet port, a SIM card slot, a USB hub, a Geek port (Raspberry Pi/Arduino), and many more being suggested weekly.
An informative video on this topic from Elevated System goes through the prototyping process, which is made even easier by Framework, which provides 3D models and reference PCBs for this exact use. In the video ES makes an expansion card for a magnetic USB-C charging cable and one for a wireless mouse receiver.
Be sure to watch the full video to learn about the process and the way Framework makes it simple task for the company’s target demographic.
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