In what is likely going to be a more commonplace business strategy for some hardware developers, Valve, creators of the popular Steam gaming platform, have released the mechanical CAD geometry for their popular $49.99 Steam Controller.

Under Creative Commons licensing, the geometry for all of the externally visible parts is free to download in a variety of CAD file formats for users to mod the controller or create custom accessories. Included in the ZIP are files in the most common CAD formats as well as STL files for users to 3D print their own custom housings.  

Says Valve:

“The archive contains several eDrawings viewer files: from Creo Express and native modeling to neutral exchange and 3D print files – for compatibility with a wide variety of your design tools.”


Earlier this year, master modder Ben Heck recently took the controller for a spin and took on the challenge of “designing a controller that would convince PC gamers to switch to console gaming.”:

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Whether or not you use the platform – or even play video games for that matter – it’s hard to argue that this is a pretty cool move on Valve’s part.

Those interested can download the files here.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.