What if Framework sold Empty Expansion Cards?

As much as I love the idea of printing an Expansion Card, I feel like it breaks the visual continuity that the first-party cards have against the metal chassis. It would be kinda neat to be able to purchase an empty Expansion Card with no electronics in it so that one could cut out the hole themselves, which would preserve the visual continuity of the frame. Idk, what do you all think?


Welcome to the forum.

Conformity has it’s place, but is it that disturbing to stand out from the crowd :slight_smile:

You could sell them but cutting a hole in one would be impossible, you could use the snack drawer as a filler

I think that what he means would be milling/filing out your own holes, which is actually feasible with the BENCH VISE

Oh this would also be super handy for when you know you only need one or two ports (or none) and want to eke out as much battery life as possible.


Maybe you can find a filament that matches the color. This one looks pretty close: Silky Silver MH Build Series PLA Filament - 2.85mm (1kg) | MatterHackers


Besides a cleaner appearance next to the existing case, this would also be very handy for those of us who don’t yet own 3D printers or have access to one through friends who own one. 3D printers are becoming more and more commonly available, but they are still not yet ubiquitous throughout the world, nor is their price yet low enough for it to be trivial for those of us on the poorer end of the spectrum to buy one specifically for such a project.

The aluminum-and-plastic version also has metal components that are slightly thinner than the fully 3D-printed version would be able to be and still be strong enough, so that gives a slight bit more space inside, which usually won’t matter, but it can make a difference for some projects which push the limits of what will fit.