Nokia releases 3D printing instructions for Nokia Lumia 820 shell

One of the selling points for Nokia's Lumia 820 smartphones is that
their shells are available in a wide range of colors. The company is
now expanding the customization potential of these phones by making 3D
printing instructions available.

3D printing seems ideal for customizing gear, but companies haven't
exactly raced to embrace the option, perhaps believing that their
brand recognition will suffer if customer-designed accouterments
become common. As a result, the dimensions and design of even a case
back are usually treated as confidential and proprietary. In
counterpoint to this attitude, Nokia has just released a 3D-printing
Development Kit (3DK) that provides users with the files and
information they need to print a custom Lumia 820 back cover. The 3DK
can be found on the Nokia developers site. Possible modifications
suggested include incorporating belt clips, bicycle clips or winding
posts for headphones into the design.

As 3D printing becomes more affordable, self-customization of all
varieties of user gear will accelerate rapidly.

Nokia has made a modest start, but has announced its intent to support
more use of 3D printing technologies. "In the future, I envision
wildly more modular and
customizable phones," Nokia Community &
Developer Marketing Manager John Kneeland wrote in a blog post.
"Perhaps in addition to our own beautifully-designed phones, we could
sell some kind of phone template, and entrepreneurs the world over
could build a local business on building phones precisely tailored to
the needs of his or her local community. You want a waterproof,
glow-in-the-dark phone with a bottle-opener and a solar charger?
Someone can build it for you—or you can print it yourself!

Courtesy: Nokia &

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