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Just like Valve did with the Steam Controller, they've gone and released the CAD files for the Index VR system under a Creative Commons license.

It's really nice to see Valve continue to do more out in the open, as releases like this will allow dedicated tinkerers to make all sorts of changes and adjustments to suit their needs. It would also allow accessory makers to easily design around it all, however if you do wish to sell anything you will need to speak to Valve first.

The release includes details on the headset, controllers and the base station. On top of that, they've included some documentation on best practices like what not to cover up, types of surfaces to avoid and more. Also included are some examples, like a "Booster" grip for the controller that could be useful for people with longer thumbs.

It will be interesting to see what kinds of things people do, like with the Steam Controller someone made an impressive Portal inspired casing although that's mostly paintwork not full-on modding, it still looks slick!

You can find the Index VR set on GitHub.

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Ehvis 3 July 2019 at 10:48 am UTC
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Had a quick look at the cad files. The parts in there are only those shown in the picture, so it's not a complete model of the whole thing. Still useful to create your own foam pieces or to design something for the space with the USB connector in the front.
Patola 3 July 2019 at 10:59 am UTC
That's amazing. I already consulted their CAD files for the Steam Controller to create the piece they did not include, the trigger/bumper mechanism, the only bad thing is that it will take a long while for me to get my hands on an Index here in Brazil... :-(

I am curious though, how many of you guys have a 3D Printer so that this would be actually useful? Considering that in general us Linuxers are more "maker" than other groups.


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Arten 3 July 2019 at 11:00 am UTC
Headcrab mod. The first think that came to my mind.
Patola 3 July 2019 at 11:00 am UTC
EhvisHad a quick look at the cad files. The parts in there are only those shown in the picture, so it's not a complete model of the whole thing. Still useful to create your own foam pieces or to design something for the space with the USB connector in the front.
Just like the steam controller then. But foam pieces? Come on! Get a 3D printer, man! It's cheap and accessible today.
gustavoyaraujo 3 July 2019 at 12:08 pm UTC
Patola
EhvisHad a quick look at the cad files. The parts in there are only those shown in the picture, so it's not a complete model of the whole thing. Still useful to create your own foam pieces or to design something for the space with the USB connector in the front.
Just like the steam controller then. But foam pieces? Come on! Get a 3D printer, man! It's cheap and accessible today.

Where Can I find a cheap 3D printer here in Brazil?


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Eike 3 July 2019 at 12:10 pm UTC
gustavoyaraujoWhere Can I find a cheap 3D printer here in Brazil?

Doesn't China ship them over the ocean?
gustavoyaraujo 3 July 2019 at 12:32 pm UTC
Eike
gustavoyaraujoWhere Can I find a cheap 3D printer here in Brazil?

Doesn't China ship them over the ocean?

Yes, but takes 2 or 3 months to arrive here and We have to pay a very high tax
x_wing 3 July 2019 at 12:38 pm UTC
PatolaThat's amazing. I already consulted their CAD files for the Steam Controller to create the piece they did not include, the trigger/bumper mechanism, the only bad thing is that it will take a long while for me to get my hands on an Index here in Brazil... :-(

I am curious though, how many of you guys have a 3D Printer so that this would be actually useful? Considering that in general us Linuxers are more "maker" than other groups.

We have one in my job but I doubt that they will allow me to use it (I probably should learn how to use it too ).
Patola 3 July 2019 at 12:48 pm UTC
gustavoyaraujo
Patola
EhvisHad a quick look at the cad files. The parts in there are only those shown in the picture, so it's not a complete model of the whole thing. Still useful to create your own foam pieces or to design something for the space with the USB connector in the front.
Just like the steam controller then. But foam pieces? Come on! Get a 3D printer, man! It's cheap and accessible today.

Where Can I find a cheap 3D printer here in Brazil?

Mercadolivre, Sethi3D, GTMax3D, Voolt and many other online shops, there are several good brands. And don't forget to read my book.
flesk 4 July 2019 at 6:05 am UTC
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PatolaMercadolivre, Sethi3D, GTMax3D, Voolt and many other online shops, there are several good brands. And don't forget to read my book.

Are there any 3D printers that work better than others on Linux?


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