Mobile Devices

March 01, 2013

MakerBot and Nokia Team Up on 3D Printed Smartphone Covers

MakerBot and Nokia have forged a partnership that will bring people a new way to make 3D printing fun and enjoyable. The companies have forged a partnership in order to help 3D printing fans make themselves 3D smartphone covers. If you have yourself a 3D printer, you can now make yourself a completely customizable smartphone cover. MakerBot and Nokia have come up with a new kind of downloadable 3D printing file.

This file will allow people to make their own case for their Nokia Lumia smartphones. If you have the right kind of equipment, such as the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, then you will be able to make the smartphone cover in just about an hour.

Along with the basic template, the two companies have put together the specs and printing shell covers for two of the newest Nokia Lumia phones. The two companies recently showed off what they have come up with, as well as what might be in the cards for the very near future, at the Mobile World Conference that ended yesterday.

Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot talked about just how the two companies were able to join forces. "Nokia provided the Lumia 820 specs, and MakerBot optimized them for printing the case on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. It's a really cool

shell that fits great," Pettis said.

"You can print in Nokia PLA blue, translucent white, or in any of the other numerous PLA colors. The design has a cool imprint and an oversized Nokia logo on the back."

Nokia is the first of the major phone makers who has put out 3D templates that are customizable like this. If 3D printers and 3D printing gets a little more popular, there is a chance that they won’t be the only major smartphone maker to have these kinds of templates for long.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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