Feeds

Nokia lets Lumia 820 owners 3D print their own case

The birth of BYOP?

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Nokia has posted the templates 3D printer users need to make their own shell or case for its Lumia 820 smartphone.

The mobe is already designed to swap some of its plastic parts, with the rear plate available as inert plastic or one of Nokia's inductive charging gadgets.

Three different batches of files are offered to DIY mobe-case makers.

Nokia says the decision to release the files is motivated by its belief that “a rich, vibrant ecosystem isn’t just a matter of apps and services; it’s also hardware—physical things that enhance and personalize your experience with your phone.”

Dozens of Chinese factories figured out the same thing quite a while ago, and 3D printers still sell in low volumes and require expensive “media” that make a DIY case or shell rather more work and expense than can be had with off-the-shelf alternatives.

3D printer owners would almost certainly respond that the fun of rolling their own outweighs any savings. Given the Lumia sales aren't setting the world on fire, Nokia's motivation for releasing the printing plans could be similar. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register
Bentley found in a hedge gets WW2 lump insertion
What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight
You fought hard and you saved and earned. But all of it's going to burn...
Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids
Stylish Googlephones for not-so-deep pockets
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
prev story

Whitepapers

Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.