I still don't completely understand the use of
If I'm running instances and doing quests to get mods, what is the point of Armormech/Synthweaving other than aesthetics?
Thanks in advance for the info!
To the best of my knowledge, when you loot gear, one of the mods (armoring, I believe) is not removable. You can customize your gear to a point, swapping the other mods in and out as you see fit. If you want to fully customize the item, you need gear that has nothing in the Armoring slot to start with (which is why crafting produces unslotted items now)
This is true with Sabers, Blasters, and Armor.