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MNT Reform: DIY a 3D Printed Vintage Laptop
The MNT Reform is a modular, open source laptop made with 3D printed parts and inspired by classic PCs like the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64. Designed by Lukas F. Hartmann, the fun computer uses a quad-core NXP i.MX6 QuadPlus SoC, an off-the-shelf RC 7.4V LiPo battery, and LCD screen. It weighs 1.5 kg including the battery, which isn’t so bad considering how incredibly bulky it looks.
According to its designers, the MNT Reform is made using a variety of 3D printers, including Formlabs resin 3D printers, which were used to fabricate parts of the keyboard.
And this 3D printability is one of the many ways that the MNT Reform allows users to get more closely involved with their computer.
“I understand that most people want a digital appliance to get out of the way and make their lives easier,” Hartmann says. “But I know that there are some who would like to better understand and take control of their device—for reasons of security, curiosity, or the desire for personal customization and hackability.”
If you have ever wanted a portable personal computer which you can…
• Repair by yourself with parts from the hardware store or 3D printing
• Thoroughly understand on any level
• Take apart, modify and upgrade without regret
• Adapt to your tastes and use cases, staying with you for many years
…I think you could find this guide very inspiring!