Similar to Blanks for expansion ports? , but for purpose of creating custom extension cards. The cost to build a blank expansion cards for @Framework would be negligible (mass produced, injection molded).
The blank one can simply be the same plastic housing for USB-C expansion and the aluminum outer of the storage cards (that don’t have any opening). This way, no new tooling is required. If an opening is needed, someone can drill/cut it.
Advantage over 3D printing:
- Cheaper (can’t beat injection molding)
- Well tested for durability and fit and finish
- Perfect aluminum color and finish match
What do y’all think?
I’d actually vote for this too if it can be sold cheap enough. Maybe selling them in packs?
Please make these available. Currently considering buying a USB-A expansion card to gut but also hate the idea of buying those internals specifically for them to immediately be e-waste. Will probably 3d-print one in the short term but would really prefer to have the matching fit/finish that the factory expansion cards offer.
The closest we have to this is either the Micro SD or audio cards (depending on the type of hole you need to cut) and e-wasting the internals. It would be great to have an intentional blank canvas, it would be as simple as selling the storage cards without any internals, and without assembling the housing.