MakerBot and Nokia Let You Print Phone Cases
MakerBot and Nokia have teamed up for a new 3D printing file that lets people make their own cell phone case.
Not pleased with all the smartphone cases on the market? Well, now you can create your own.
MakerBot, a Brooklyn-based company that specializes in 3D printing, has teamed up with Nokia to produce a free-of-charge 3D printing file, one that will allow users to create their own custom phone case for Nokia Lumia smartphones.
Titled the 3DK (short for 3D-printing Development Kit), this program comes with a 3D template and case specs that resemble two more popular models in Nokia's Lumia phone line-up – the 820 and the newly announced 520. And with the help of MakerBot's own Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, would-be makers can have their custom phone case set to go in just about an hour's time.
“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,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. Users can print in Nokia blue, translucent white, or in any of the other plastic colors available. The design has an oversized Nokia logo on the back.
The announcement was made this morning in conjunction with this year's Mobile World Congress, which is taking place today (Feb 25) through Feb. 28th in Barcelona. Both companies will be on hand to demonstrate the case-making process.