The Framework laptop is transformed into a tablet by a modder

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 09 Aug, 2022

The Framework laptop's best feature is that you can upgrade its entire core to keep it current. The fact that you can mix and match the ports allows you to end up with a configuration that fits your needs perfectly, but the fact that it is possible to upgrade the core opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

Once the core has been upgraded, the old mainboard can be repurposed for use elsewhere as soon as you upgrade the core. 

There are many ways to make use of the older Framework Mainboard, and some people have made funky all-in-one systems as well as straightforward desktop PCs. The ability to build your tablet has been added to the list of options. 

Originally, Framework laptops did not have touchscreen displays, so the first step is to find a touchscreen display that can turn your tablet dreams into reality.

Amazon sells a 12.3-inch touchscreen display for $199, which is what the filament has used in its build. 

In this case, we suggest repurposing the screen from an old tablet, which will not only help you save a bit of money but also prevent such hardware from ending up in a landfill.

You will need to connect the Framework mainboard to this screen, and the easiest way to do that is via a USB Type-C port. A feature like that isn't available on most existing tablets. That's why it makes sense to go with a 12.3-inch display.

There are more details about this build on the Instructables pages, including how to 3D print the chassis. To be fair, the result is pretty chunky, but it's potentially much more powerful than your average tablet and still supports the Framework's expansion cards.

As well as being able to run any OS you like, you can treat yourself to some touchscreen window action if you like.

It's a great project, especially if you're passionate about 3D printing. Framework laptops are attractive not just for their modular nature and ability to support complete core upgrades, but also for the fact that old mainboards can be recycled. It certainly works for me to build a tablet from old parts.

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