Nokia releases 3D printing guide for 820 back covers

 

The Lumia 920 may have received most of the praise this holiday season as a flagship Windows Phone 8 device but its younger cousin the Lumia 820 can still hold its own.

One of the selling points of the mid-range Nokia Lumia 820 are its interchangeable back covers that come in a multitude of colors and some even bring additional features such as shock and dust protection or wireless charging.

Until now these cases were supplied by Nokia and users could buy them from the shop but this might change in the near future. Nokia has just announced that they are launching what they are calling the 3DK. The 3D-printing Development Kit includes the schematics needed to 3D print your own Lumia 820 back cover. So now any 3D printing enthusiast can customize and create their very own, very unique, 820 back plate. For those of you interested you can find the links to the schematics here.

Nokia has made this move because they believe that 3D printing has the potential “to utterly transform our lives” and they see a great future for the technology. Of course this won’t get any mainstream traction as 3D printing isn’t that popular yet, but it is a good way to engage some customers and show off that you're a modern hip and cool company. And who knows, we might actually see some really awesomely designed 820 back covers really soon. We'll keep our fingers crossed.

Let us know below if you're into the whole 3D printing scene and be sure to drop us a pic in case you actually do print your own cover.

Source: Nokia Conversations Via: EngadgetImage via Nokia

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Just for media exposure this is golden.. And there will be numerous companies now starting to offer (high quality) custom printed Lumia 820 covers; even more exposure..

Smart move from a smart company

Or spell it, apparently.

Have you looked at Apple accessories lately, aftermarket or otherwise? Seems to me like most of it is plastic. Besides, I'd rather have a protective case made of plastic--which won't dent permanently when you drop it...which is the point of a protective case.

I think this may be something for small companies who can offer cover printing services. An individual cannot afford a 3d printer.

eiffel_g said,
I think this may be something for small companies who can offer cover printing services. An individual cannot afford a 3d printer.

True, but copy services probably felt the same way in the late 80s/early 90s.

I want to say that prices always come down, but I'm not so sure in this case. 3D printing could be to regular printing what blu-ray was to DVDs--the next generation, but doomed to be overtaken by a whole new paradigm. While digital video's new paradigm was streaming, I'm not sure what could be coming to the printing world.

It's just that...there's nothing interesting about buying a printer today. Of any kind. We use them irregularly, hate the whole never-ending cost of ink/toner (even an unused printer today can run out of ink thanks to regular cleaning cycles), and a 3D printer comes with all of the same baggage--with the additional pain of not supporting a classic paper-printing mode. It'd be a whole new device used even less frequently than a standard printer.

3D printing would be like DSLR/etc cameras. There would be some people using them professionally, and other self-styled 'creative' types assaulting social networks with their crappy output because ERMERGERD NEW TOY.

Nashy said,
That is the least greedy thing any mobile phone company has ever done.

You're right. I was about to say one bought me a burrito once, but I think this outclasses that.

yes consumer 3d printer would not produce a durable back cover and then there's the buttons to consider also this seems more for big production runs on big industry machines (or a room full of people in China)

Slammers said,
yes consumer 3d printer would not produce a durable back cover and then there's the buttons to consider also this seems more for big production runs on big industry machines (or a room full of people in China)

obviously you don't know much about the latest development in 3d printers. and china. for that matter. heck (and facepalm). or even how the cover is or can be produced.

Albert said,

obviously you don't know much about the latest development in 3d printers. and china. for that matter. heck (and facepalm). or even how the cover is or can be produced.

obviously neither do you

only problem with 3D printing is most of the polymers and plastics they use right now are cheap prototyping quality... if you want the good quality plastic and strong you need a very expensive printing machine or injection formed items

It has to start somewhere.

ie I could print nice hook to hold my keys in a cupboard perfectly good for that.

Plus the more its used the better and cheaper it will become.