In the future, Nokia will encourage users to print their own phone cases for the Lumia 820 by offering 3D Printing Development Kits. In addition to the Lumia 820′s range of removable shells that come in different colors, that are ruggedized, or have wireless charging capabilities, users will now be able to create custom shells as part of Nokia’s 3D printing community project.
In a conversation on the official Nokia blog, Community & Developer Marketing Manager John Kneeland said the project includes the release of a 3D Printing Development Kit with templates, case specs, recommended materials, and best practices. This makes Nokia the first major phone company to begin embracing the 3D printing community. Kneeland also commented:
In the future, I envision wildly more modular and customizable phones. 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!