Man 3D Prints His Own ‘Surface Duo’ Ahead Of Official Launch
As Microsoft takes forever to bring the Surface Duo to market, a restless fan who currently owns an iPad Pro 11 ″ has decided to take matters into his own hands.
A Twitter user with the name Joshua the son of Nun used the 3D printer at his home to recreate a model of Microsoft’s upcoming dual-screen PC. Of course, it will never turn on, but that’s enough to give an idea of how the device feels in the hands.
So far, Surface Duo has only appeared in leaks and social media accounts from Microsoft employees testing the device.
This is how the Surface Duo clone was created
Joshua first posted the image of his homemade Surface Duo last week when it was just a pair of blocks combined using a ribbon. Joshua later likened his creation to a Moleskine notebook.
On Wednesday, the fan offered an updated version of his 3D printed Surface Duo, to which he gave “an unintentionally crappy paint job.”
But this time, he used resin for the updated design so that he could 3D print smaller parts like the hinges. The hinges allow its Surface Duo clone to fold in three, much like the real dual-screen PC.
The replica is complete with the Microsoft logo on both panels, although out of focus, and looks quite impressive given the limited initial effort; he proudly displayed the Surface Duo model sitting next to his PC setup.
For reference, the Surface Duo clone is a bit shorter in height when placed next to the OnePlus 7 Pro.
So when will the real Surface Duo arrive?
Microsoft has been developing the dual-screen PC for years, and it introduced the Windows 10X device on stage in 2019. According to reports, Surface Duo has passed Bluetooth SIG and FCC certifications. Plus, the device is being teased by MS employees more than ever these days.
So, speaking of the release date, the Surface Duo is expected to arrive during the last week of August, according to Window Central’s Zac Bowden. He tweeted that production of the dual-screen device has started.