Nokia intros 3D printer kit, create custom shell for Lumia 820

Rick

TS Evangelist
It looks as though Nokia hopes to take the idea of customer personalization to an entirely new level. Today the phone-maker published what is being called a 3D-Printing Development Kit, empowering anyone with access to right kind of 3D printer to...

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Greg S

TS Evangelist
Not many of you would likely know this, but a professional 3d printer takes roughly 8 hours to make a small model. It adds plastic in increments of 1/10,000 of an inch, so it takes a really really long time to make things. Besides that, it's about $40k for a nice professional grade 3d printer that is capable of using plastic that is fairly durable. Making one phone case would likely take around 10-12 hours using high quality plastic.
 

spectrenad

TS Enthusiast
Not many of you would likely know this, but a professional 3d printer takes roughly 8 hours to make a small model. It adds plastic in increments of 1/10,000 of an inch, so it takes a really really long time to make things. Besides that, it's about $40k for a nice professional grade 3d printer that is capable of using plastic that is fairly durable. Making one phone case would likely take around 10-12 hours using high quality plastic.
True. Still, I like the idea. It's innovative, and you can't dream of a better way to personalize your phone.
 

Greg S

TS Evangelist
True. Still, I like the idea. It's innovative, and you can't dream of a better way to personalize your phone.
Fair point, but I don't see why I couldn't just pay $10 and get a custom case already. There are plenty of companies willing to put whatever design you want on a case, and they can have the case shipped to you in a day, which is pretty much just as fast as printing the case yourself.
 

Tygerstrike

TS Enthusiast
The idea in and of itself is very inticing. To be able to print out anything you can get a design for. Maybe in 30years everyone will have a 3D printer. At that point if you broke a spatula you wouldnt need to run to the store, just print one out. A nice idea but I fear the human creature will find ways to use this technology to make more then your average soup ladel.