Nokia Releases 3D Printing Templates for Lumia 820 Shells; Allows You To Print Your Own Custom Shell

| January 18, 2013 | 22 Replies

3-D printing is pretty cool; and Nokia have just made it even cooler by releasing the template, specs and materials for any 3D printer user to print his own Lumia 820 shell/case. Effectively anyone with access to a 3D printer can make their own Lumia 820 shell in their favorite color, material; along with whatever else their minds think of.

Nokia’s 3D printing community project is a simple concept with exciting potential. Our Lumia 820 has a removable shell that users can replace with Nokia-made shells in different colors, special ruggedized shells with extra shock and dust protection, and shells that add wireless charging capabilities found in the high-end Lumia 920 to the mid-range 820. Those are fantastic cases, and a great option for the vast majority of Nokia’s Lumia 820 customers. But in addition to that, we are going to release 3D templates, case specs, recommended materials and best practices—everything someone versed in 3D printing needs to print their own custom Lumia 820 case. We refer to these files and documents collectively as a 3D-printing Development Kit, or 3DK for short.


The links to the files needed are here, here and here. (embed: )

In doing this, Nokia has become the first major phone company to begin embracing the 3D printing community and its incredible potential, and continue to be the leading phone company in this exciting field.





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  • v.s.i

    Wow!! This has the potential to be *really* big. If they manage to come up with interesting first-party designs and showcase several third-party ones periodically (bingo! marketing), there’s a great niche to be exploited here – which should remain Nokia exclusive, seeing as though other manufacturers rush to build as thin a phone as possible.
    Keep the innovations coming! 😀

  • Sonny

    Wasnt there something like this for the n8 rangr back then?

    I remember nokiarsa telling me they will have machines in shops where you can print stuff on your mainly the n8

    • DesR85

      Never knew Nokia did something like this for the N8. If I recall at the time when it was released in Malaysia 2 or 3 years ago, nothing like this was ever announced or done.

  • Viipottaja

    Brilliant! Indeed, the 820 cover being a bit thicker than most probably lends itself to this kind of stuff – then again, I guess you could make thicker ones for other brands too. Anyway, good thinking Nokia, nice little novelty initiative!

  • Luisito

    Glup… US $ 25.000 or more for a decent 3D printer… Anyone would rent their own printer???…

    Good for those lucky ones that has acces to one of those machines…

    • mirco

      You can order 3D prints via internet… no need to own one.

    • 3D printing can also be done on the cheap, albeit for smaller objects. Makerbot being one of them, starts at just under $3,000, which is pretty cheap if it is a quality device.

      But there is also another one that goes for under a grand. Don’t know which one it was, but it did look kind of wonky. Have been looking at getting one for a while now. Just don’t have enough projects for it. And only 820 covers will probably not be enough to sustain a healthy business.

      • Luisito

        Yeah to both of you, but those sub 25 grand 3D printer are mostly for cheap prototyping, I have read most info I coudl get about cheap 3D printing and alwasys get:
        a.- high quality pieces with fine details, but fragile as hell, or.
        b.- very durable pieces, but not so fine with the details…

        Of course it’s a good movement from Nokia to bring some good mojo to their Lumia series… One of these days I will try to buil a RepRap to see how the hing goes on…

        • Luisito

          damn you foreing keyboard, damn you… make me made more mistakes than usual… 😛

  • niall4eg reminds me of these bad boys. they were very popular back in the day, would be a great achievement for Nokia if the custom 820 plates got to this level of recognition


    well done nokia, just give it away.
    screw the tiny royalty payments from after market phone cases.

    there is so much more to be gained from happy consumers than a few dollars/cents from case manufactures.

    • JGrove303

      I’m pretty sure it doesn’t matter. These cheap Taiwanese copycats are going to pump out plates anyways. This I’m sure would be more to the advantage of those making wood or Kevlar composite plates

  • Dan

    Good to see more big names on the 3D printing bandwagon.

  • Bloob

    Nice geeky cool thing from Nokia. Good job! 🙂

  • stylinred

    thats awesome

  • John Kneeland @ Nokia

    Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to hear you like what we have been working on. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

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