Nokia is jumping on the technology industry’s 3D printing craze bandwagon becoming the first major phone company to make available a 3D-printing development kit (3DK) for its Lumia 820 phone.
Called the Nokia 3D printing community project, the 3DK includes files and documents for 3D templates, case specs, recommended materials and best practices. The vendor is making available: the mechanical drawings of Nokia Lumia 820 back panel for 3D printing (all parts), mechanical drawings of the Nokia Lumia 820 back shell for 3D printing (STP), and mechanical drawings of the Nokia Lumia 820 back shell for 3D printing (shell separated).
This effort follows on the already available broad range of Nokia-made removable shells for the Lumia device, such as shells in a range of colors, special ruggedized shells with extra shock and dust protection and shells that add wireless charging capabilities found in high-end Lumia 920 and the midrange 820 devices, according to the company.
In an online interview with John Kneeland, a Nokia Community & Developer Marketing Manager, Kneeland explained that this first step exemplifies the potential for 3D printing and suggested that in the future the technology might lend itself to “wildly more modular and customizable phones.”
3D printing grabbed headlines at CES 2013 and over the past year with the first consumer 3D printer from 3D Systems, 3D printable gun plans, 3D Print Service from Staples and biomedical engineer pioneers working on printing living tissue.