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How to Print Your Own Lumia 820 Removable Shell (3D Printing)

January 18, 2013 2 Comments


The Nokia Lumia 820’s removable shell is a pretty cool feature as you can change colors and add wireless charging in a snap. Something even cooler is happening however as the both fans of the Lumia 820 and 3D printing have joined forces to print their own removable shells.

In an interview with John Kneeland, a Nokia Community & Developer Marketing Manager, we found out that it is not only possible to make your own shells but Nokia has uploaded everything you need to make it yourself (except the actual 3D printer). All the information can be found here, here and here.

John also stated:

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.

I view this as the spiritual successor to the great granddaddy of customizable phones, the Nokia 5110 and its rainbow collection of removable faceplates. To think, it’s been 15 years since the 5110 launched! I still remember using and loving its American cousin, the 5120.

I love the fact that Nokia has not only accepted folks making their own cases but embraced the community and helped progress the movement.


You can read the interview here.


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