3D printing is the next revolution in technology according to many, and people are already printing all kinds of interesting things. Now, Nokia has become the first cellphone manufacturer to announce a public development kit that will allow people to print their own casing for their Lumia 820 smartphone.
The Nokia Lumia 820 is a mid-range Windows Phone 8 handset currently available on AT&T. It comes in a variety of back casing colors including red, white, cyan, yellow, and black. But what if you want to use your own color? Now you can with a 3D printer.
Nokia announced on their blog the Lumia 820 3D printing community project. The kit is basically a 3D autocad file that you use to print the casing if you have a 3D printer or have access to one at a local shop. The kit also includes instructions that will help guide you to use the best type of material for printing.
The file can be downloaded here. You must register to become a Nokia member before you can download it. Anyone can download it and print out the standard template or they can also modify the file to add interesting designs to it. People can add designs such as their name initials, unique patterns, or anything they can come up with. This is potentially a very exciting innovation.