Another side hobby of mine is the custom knife world. Plenty of stone-wash, bead-blasted and anodized finishes in Titanium and Aluminum. I would like to see a darker finish offered for the DIY and Pre-Built models. Apple does this by offering it’s “space grey” color. It goes a long way to hide dings, scratches and daily nicks.
I don’t think the framework team is going to be doing custom finishes to the laptop since the priority might be on making the laptop available worldwide and add more components available (expansion cards and such). But if you want custom skins, dbrand already provides lots of choices and they claim to be also scrach-proof.
I will leave this quote here, as it is related:
@Moffintops, Haven’t seen that before. That’s a great argument for not anodizing. Also, anodizing serves no real practical use, unlike a skin or case (to protect against scratches, drops, etc.).
maybe not right now. Consider it’s a small startup with only a single model under production.
But, I believe you can totally end up with three piece of aluminum with nothing on them so you can electrocoat or anodize them (or at least, spray paint). I’m not sure how the logo is attached but probably will come out after some persuading with a plastic spudger.
At least, you can sleep on the fact that you can change them with just Philips screws (Ahem).
Hmm. Apple Dictionary refuse to beliebe “spudger” is a word. Interesting…
However, I do think that while the aluminum need to hold true for the bottom chassis and top cover, the palmrest can be made of other finishes/color for more customization. Carbon fiber, anyone?
In this same vein, I wonder if it would be possible to make a completely new piece on the consumer end. Have models been released, or would that fall under copyright? In any case, it would likely end up costing more than just buying a replacement, as raw aluminum at the sizes needed is not exactly cheap. Still, it might be interesting to try.
I think the plan is to release footprint model (rather than the actual thing) of the motherboard. Whether it will include other parts (e.g. hinge, display), Framework did not mention.
I don’t think making a 3D model of a opaque box (basically) with some holes and dimensions public will … it’s their decision.
Well, if we have the footprint of every single piece, there allow some interesting designs.
e.g. instead of a closure with place for 4 expansion, we can shrink it down to 11 inch and fit a smaller display. Or like Framework imagined people to do, 3D print a plastic box and put the motherboard (and cooling) inside to be used as a desktop.
Fans can also make the panels out of different material and finish (thick sheet of carbon fiber? plastic?) and different shapes.
Right now, looks like Framework is not publishing them, but, I do not think it will harm if you do the measurements yourself, especially of the motherboard.
Yeah that’s about what I figured. There’s another post of someone who wants to make a case out of wood that I think could be interesting to see. It would be nice to have cad designs of the parts, but I’m sure people will find a way to do things anyways.
I have a 2020 M1 MBA along with my new FW laptop. There are a plethora of options for Macs but very slim to none for the FW. I have real stone skins on the MBA so I don’t have to be too gentle with it. The stone has a dark slate like appearance and the natural roughness of real stone. No luck finding anything like that for the FW which is a shame, it’s my perfect unicorn upgradeable forever machine. The vinyl stickers are not an option for me, not putting that on my real aluminum FW. As a stopgap, I had a real leather portfolio case made to fit from Etsy for about $50+ It looks nice, but I have to be careful about the ventilation on the bottom. The M1 Mac has no such issue…