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Nokia To Release Lumia Case Design Files For 3D Printers

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the making-diy-easier dept.

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another random user sends this news from the BBC: "Nokia is releasing design files that will let owners use 3D printers to make their own cases for its Lumia phones. Files containing mechanical drawings, case measurements and recommended materials have already been released by the phone maker. Those using the files will be able to create a custom-designed case for the flagship Lumia 820 handset. The project makes Nokia one of the first big electronics firms to seriously back 3D printing."

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Might it have rounded corners? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42625599)

Apple fanbois not amused.

Awesome (5, Insightful)

backslashdot (95548) | about a year ago | (#42625611)

A seriously awesome move by Nokia. True innovators of the smartphone industry.

Re:Awesome (-1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#42625715)

Because no one else could measure the device?

I don't think getting killed by MS is innovating.

Re:Awesome (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42625771)

Annnnnd this is why I stopped giving a shit about Slashdot right here.

Oh, a phone manufacturer does something cool, original, and out-of-character for what has become an "Intellectual property" knife fight to the death and scraping every last cent from the customer that they can? Cool... wait, it runs Windows Phone?

THIS IS A FUCKING TRAVESTY OMG WHINE BITCH COMPLAIN MOAN

I'm going to go back to other sites now, where the commenters are at least just stupid instead of stupid and pointlessly misanthropic.

Re:Awesome (-1, Troll)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#42625813)

No, because we watched a real innovator get killed by swallowing a poison pill. That is why people bitch and complain.

Re:Awesome (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42625851)

Because Nokia was doing SO FANTASTIC BEFORE, right?

Oh, wait...

Re:Awesome (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42626475)

Slashdefinitions:
real innovator: uses Linux
poison pill: any non-Linux OS
killed: lower profits* than what Slashdot dreamt they would make if they had embraced a Linux-only philosophy

*(note that for companies that do take a Linux-only philosophy, profit is irrelevant, and lack of profit is often blamed on customer idiocy or a M$ conspiracy)

Re:Awesome (0)

davydagger (2566757) | about a year ago | (#42627049)

your right.

nokia made a fuckton of money selling windows phones, in fact everyone wants a windows phone, and they are doing well.

windows rt has a giant app store that competes with iOS and android.

Fact: No one ever wants to use windows, peroid. No one ever thought it was cool. They wanted a computer, and it came with the computer, and they thought they had no other choice.

Re:Awesome (1)

simcop2387 (703011) | about a year ago | (#42627437)

The only time this wasn't true was around the release of windows 95. Nobody knew how bad it would be and it had new features compared to 3.1 that were worth wanting at the time.

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42627199)

You have got it all backwards. We are not as much pro-Linux as anti-Microsoft (and by "we" I mean your criticism target, not everyone on Slashdot.)

And now about your "profit" comment: if you disregard profit of Microsoft for a second, every one touched by it is pretty much out of profit.

- Curring all product lines at a megacort such as Nokia and "put all eggs" in Microsoft basket is like begging for a disaster. There is no profit.

- Driving BEOS out of business by leveraging monopoly was not so profitable for BEOS (but it was for Microsoft)

So Linux is the only bastion of Microsoft opposition today, and guess what, MS is collecting $5 from every Android device ever maid. It's profit all around!

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42628285)

Probably time to get over BeOS

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42626603)

Yes, they did fairly well. That Symbian was already failing is mostly a lie. Yes it was not perfect and be replaced in the long run (with Meego or Android), but - no - Nokia was not doing badly:

http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&client=ubuntu&hs=2Fw&sa=N&tbo=d&channel=fs&biw=1014&bih=776&tbm=isch&tbnid=2TcBZzaG8skdHM:&imgrefurl=http://www.asymco.com/2011/01/28/samsung-was-the-fastest-growing-major-smartphone-vendor/&docid=sVjeKY4prXFNKM&imgurl=http://www.asymco.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Screen-shot-2011-01-28-at-1-28-7.02.02-PM.png&w=418&h=310&ei=mYP5ULvFGOWUigLlr4GYCg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=484&vpy=128&dur=768&hovh=193&hovw=261&tx=119&ty=100&sig=113279304904499917781&page=1&tbnh=141&tbnw=197&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0,i:91

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42627327)

Nokia is doing SO FANTASTIC NOW, right?

Oh, wait....

Re:Awesome (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42625849)

Cool your jets, buddy.
The guy has a point.
This case thing is interesting, but it's lipstick on a pig. Why would I want to create a cool new custom 3D printed case for a phone I'd never want to use in the first place?

Re:Awesome (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42625883)

Cool your jets, buddy. The guy has a point. This case thing is interesting, but it's lipstick on a pig. Why would I want to create a cool new custom 3D printed case for a phone I'd never want to use in the first place?

Fine, the device doesn't interest you, but the concept still might.

Complaining that it's not innovation because now they're 'tainted by evil microsoft' is just two-minutes-hate time.

Re:Awesome (1, Informative)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#42625995)

No one is saying that.

The complaint is that they killed off Meego to get a couple bucks in a deal that is now killing them. It does not matter if MS or Google or Apple gave them the money, what matters is Nokia is dying from this deal.

Re:Awesome (2)

21mhz (443080) | about a year ago | (#42626087)

The complaint is that they killed off Meego to get a couple bucks in a deal that is now killing them. It does not matter if MS or Google or Apple gave them the money, what matters is Nokia is dying from this deal.

Why, they seem to have been doing relatively well, judging by the last quarter. And because you have a perverse love for MeeGo (sorry, I'm a survivor) means providing 3D models is a lame move?

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42626385)

Why, they seem to have been doing relatively well, judging by the last quarter.

True, according to a quick Google search they now own about 80% of the market... ...for Windows phones.

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42625873)

Don't tell me that you don't find it at least a bit paradoxical that Nokia now uses an ultra-closed, not very customizable device OS in the form of Windows Phone, but at the same time lets users change the actual looks of the device itself by opening up detailed design specs.

Re:Awesome (-1, Troll)

X.25 (255792) | about a year ago | (#42625923)

Annnnnd this is why I stopped giving a shit about Slashdot right here.

Oh, a phone manufacturer does something cool, original, and out-of-character for what has become an "Intellectual property" knife fight to the death and scraping every last cent from the customer that they can? Cool... wait, it runs Windows Phone?

THIS IS A FUCKING TRAVESTY OMG WHINE BITCH COMPLAIN MOAN

I'm going to go back to other sites now, where the commenters are at least just stupid instead of stupid and pointlessly misanthropic.

You are incredibly stupid if you think this is why people whine about Nokia.

You really should go to other sites, with stupid commenters. You seem to fit right in.

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42625975)

Does this really negate the fact that $company does something geeky cool but is automatically derided due to $history.

different AC but some view point on the fall of slashdot commentary.

Re:Awesome (4, Insightful)

davydagger (2566757) | about a year ago | (#42627029)

"Annnnnd this is why I stopped giving a shit about Slashdot right here."

because your not looking at the bigger picture.

nokia, as much as 4 years ago, released a wonderful GNU/Linux/X11 phone, the n900, and was hot developing a replacement n950, and n9 phones, which would take linux phones to the next level.

unlocked bootloader, easy to root as installing an app, debian based maemo OS, that was closed to debian than ubuntu, and ran unmolested debian binaries, and shipped with both Qt and GTK libraries which would run existing Qt and GTK apps. Its desktop was open source, and found its way back into debian and other distro repos.

anything that ran on your linux desktop could run, although from a UI/UX standpoint, it was better if you "hildonized", or re-wrote the GUI for a small touch screen, for easiest usage.

Now, after taking microsoftie Steve Elop on board, he shit canned this wonderful project to announce an all windows line up from nokia.

None of us want to run windows phone. windows phones by mandate are locked down, with encryption, so even if you were a windows fanboi looking to take advantage of using a windows phone, like the linux geeks use linux phones, tought shit.

So schematics for a phone casing is nice, but its not unlocked electronics. Its not usefull. Its also in the shadow of a company on the rocks from previously poor decision making that took the products we wanted to buy, and wrecked their company.

On top of this, after a large marketing campaign, much to do, windows phone, along with nokia fails misrably, and they are possibly looking at going out of business. So I don't see many real geeks apt to care.

Re:Awesome (3, Insightful)

21mhz (443080) | about a year ago | (#42627917)

nokia, as much as 4 years ago, released a wonderful GNU/Linux/X11 phone, the n900, and was hot developing a replacement n950, and n9 phones, which would take linux phones to the next level.

unlocked bootloader, easy to root as installing an app, debian based maemo OS, that was closed to debian than ubuntu, and ran unmolested debian binaries, and shipped with both Qt and GTK libraries which would run existing Qt and GTK apps. Its desktop was open source, and found its way back into debian and other distro repos.

anything that ran on your linux desktop could run, although from a UI/UX standpoint, it was better if you "hildonized", or re-wrote the GUI for a small touch screen, for easiest usage.

Now, after taking microsoftie Steve Elop on board, he shit canned this wonderful project to announce an all windows line up from nokia.

Except it was more like a death march than a "wonderful project", and it was hopelessly late in what really matters: providing a viable smartphone platform. Running Debian binaries is cool, but it does not by itself bring in revenue.

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42628195)

"Except it was more like a death march than a "wonderful project", and it was hopelessly late in what really matters: providing a viable smartphone platform. Running Debian binaries is cool, but it does not by itself bring in revenue."

If they had released a bit earlier and put a bit more effort in marketing/getting developers, they might have had a chance. But what did Nokia gain by going WP? It had 0 things that matter, it was not compatible with previous versions and no apps. 7.0 was lacking lots of stuff compared to the others (multitasking, C&P), 7.5 was supposed to fix that or was that 7.8, no actually 8.0 will fix it (dropping 7.x).

Re:Awesome (1)

21mhz (443080) | about a year ago | (#42629063)

But what did Nokia gain by going WP?

Support of a company that knows how to create and maintain a software platform.
Believe me, it was something that Nokia sorely lacked.

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42629881)

My Nokias where non upgradable (3xxx series), but if the upgrade from WP7 to WP8 is a good example of maintaining a software platform, I'm glad I left them more than a decade ago.

Re:Awesome (1)

davydagger (2566757) | about a year ago | (#42628795)

um not really, the successor the n9 sold more than their flagship much promoted "lumia 900"

if anything the death march was their switch to windows.

But don't let your blind hatred of linux, or GNU distract you from real sales figures, or lack of public intrest.

Re:Awesome (2)

21mhz (443080) | about a year ago | (#42629023)

um not really, the successor the n9 sold more than their flagship much promoted "lumia 900"

I challenge you to provide a reliable source for this claim.

Re:Awesome (2)

Ravaldy (2621787) | about a year ago | (#42628203)

Sorry to say, your part of the less than 1% of people that care about this. Nokia doesn't want 1%, they want a viable share of the world market. Making phones unlockable is not their priority and having it on Linux doesn't sell more phones than it being MS or Black Berry OS.

I love the fact that they released blue prints for 3d printers. This is without a doubt a marketing move but I have yet to see Apple do the same thing.

Re:Awesome (1)

davydagger (2566757) | about a year ago | (#42628815)

windows phone is going to get a viable share of the market?

thats laughable. at least with linux, SOMEONE wants the phone.

no one wants windows, period.

yes, maemo/meego sold more phones than windows. FACT.

you can bash linux, open source, innovation all you want, but at the end of the day, Windows is not getting results anymore, because there is vialbe competition that is too large for them to sink via other methods.

Re:Awesome (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | about a year ago | (#42629291)

The N900 might have been this neat little device but clearly it sold poorly or Nokia wouldn't have ditched it.

Nokia made the smartest move they possibly could have. Adopt Android as an also-ran and try to compete with the multitude of other phone makers out there, lead by Samsung. Stick with some niche OS that was slipping into obsolescence. Or take a gamble on a maturing OS that actually offers some innovation. Yes, they've partnered with Microsoft, and I realize that inspires a lot of rage here. However, how is it fundamentally any different than working with Google or Apple? Given all the stories run on here over the years it should be achingly obvious that, to one degree or another, they're all different sides of the same coin.

Say what you will, but Windows Phone is flat out the best integrated, most innovative mobile OS on the market right now. The current huge downside to the platform is the pathetic support by Microsoft on the app front. There's decent stuff available, but not nearly enough. And for all the attention given to Windows 8, Microsoft has been uncomfortably silent on Windows Phone. It's a particularly concerning since I think WP offers a much more consistent and painless experience than Windows 8, but the desktop OS is where Microsoft seems to be investing all it's effort right now.

That said, all indications are that Nokia smartphones have been selling incredibly well so I'd say they made the right decision.

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42627343)

In psychology, we call what you are doing "projection".

You project your hatred of your own wrongdoings onto others.
And bury the link under a mountain of ignorance.

I'll show it to you, even though you don't like seeing it:

Microsoft is a convicted criminal. It was convicted many, many times. Its "Embrace, Extend and Extinguish" policy is well-known. Just like the fact that they got away from being quartered by... get this... "paying" the court with giving "free" Windows/Office licenses to schools! For additional copies that cost them absolutely zero work to make. To hook little children!
And the fact that they started their anti-competitive practices the very day their probation officer went away.

If MS were a human, it would be a Charles Manson with a large scar across his face, prison tattoos all over his body, who somehow manages to stay out of prison by working off his surprisingly mild punishment of having to do community service, by putting up a cardboard cutout of himself and fooling people into thinking he worked all that time...
And he has already murdered again, after he just got out of prison.

And you're surprised we don't trust that guy and don't want him inside our houses or selling us stuff?
You should start a religion! Because your reality distortion bubble is stronger than that of Ayatollah Chomeini!

Re:Awesome (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#42627977)

Oh, a phone manufacturer does something cool, original, and out-of-character for what has become an "Intellectual property" knife fight to the death and scraping every last cent from the customer that they can? Cool... wait, it runs Windows Phone?

I think more people here would prefer to have a more open piece of software on the inside rather than the ability to swap shiny cases.

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42628557)

Care to share other website that might be interesting? Growing tired of Slashdot too (basically too much whining).

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42625839)

I really hope Samsung jumps on this bandwagon. Because that would practically make this the new expected standard. And Apple would be forced to do it too.

Also, any 3D printer company with shops will be all over it!

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42626259)

And Google, Motorola, and Asus, too. Nokia's move might just spur some great changes.

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42626377)

Why would Apple be forced to do it?

Samsung and Nokia both use normal USB connectors.

Apple use £30 Super Apple Connectors of Love And Happyness.

Re:Awesome (1)

Applekid (993327) | about a year ago | (#42627369)

So Apple's specifications wouldn't be in mm, but instead some crazy weird and practically unintelligible unit.

Inches it is.

Re:Awesome (0)

alcmaeon (684971) | about a year ago | (#42625875)

Agreed, Nokia has just stolen the geek cred from Android and this is just one example of why Windows Phone 8 will eventually kill Android, if Google doesn't kill it first.

Re:Awesome (2)

c (8461) | about a year ago | (#42626069)

A seriously awesome move by Nokia. True innovators of the smartphone industry.

It's actually kind of a cool move for a corporation to actually recognize that some people are into making their own accessories or replacement parts.

Unfortunately for Nokia, the intersection between the kinds of people who do 3D printing of their own phone accessories and the kinds of people who buy Lumia's seems quite small.. well, compare this [thingiverse.com] to this [thingiverse.com] or this [thingiverse.com]. Maybe this announcement will help, but I have my doubts. I could Google doing something similar with their Nexus gear, though.

Re:Awesome (1)

ericloewe (2129490) | about a year ago | (#42626155)

What nexus devices have removable covers? The Nexus 7 doesn't, dunno about the others though.

Re:Awesome (1)

c (8461) | about a year ago | (#42626427)

What nexus devices have removable covers? The Nexus 7 doesn't, dunno about the others though.

By "something similar", I was thinking device specifications and shape definitions so people could print their own perfectly-fitting cases, holsters, bumpers, docks, car mounts, wallets, etc. People already do this stuff, but having detailed specs would eliminate a lot of guess-work.

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42626619)

Apparently you don't know about the nexus 7 either because it does have a removable cover.

Re:Awesome (1)

Applekid (993327) | about a year ago | (#42627405)

Nexus One and Nexus S had removable back panels for the battery.

If you're going to be awfully generous to the definition of "consumer removable cover", Nexus 7 might qualify because it's possible with a spudger or being super careful with a knife, compared to some other device's insistence on using adhesive, which may or may not soften with applied heat.

Re:Awesome (1)

phayes (202222) | about a year ago | (#42626293)

Meh, I don't see having a 3D model as being revolutionary.

Given the poor physical adaptation of materials available for 3D printers & the fact that use of sintered metals would likely diminish the phones reception, anything you could 3D print would be less robust/functional than the original.

OK, it may be neat, but useful?

Re:Awesome (2)

davydagger (2566757) | about a year ago | (#42627123)

"It's actually kind of a cool move for a corporation to actually recognize that some people are into making their own accessories or replacement parts."

its a gimmick, for a company on the verge of going under.

want something real like the ability to run 3rd party apps, or an unlocked bootloader.

Re:Awesome (1)

c (8461) | about a year ago | (#42627485)

its a gimmick,

Yes, but a cool gimmick and one I'd like to see more companies offer.

for a company on the verge of going under.

No argument there.

want something real like the ability to run 3rd party apps, or an unlocked bootloader.

Yeah, it's not going to convince me to buy anything from Nokia either.

Re:Awesome (1)

davydagger (2566757) | about a year ago | (#42626909)

desperate move by a company with shrinking market share, in serious trouble with otherwise unselling phones.

case design is great, but what about an unlocked bootloader or porting meego to this thing.

Its not like you didn't spend millions developing meego.

make a phone geeks want to actually use, then we'll worry about the case later.

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42627071)

A seriously awesome move by Nokia. True innovators of the smartphone industry.

Astroturfers of Slashdot Unite!!! Seriously, Mr backslash, you are a true innovator of astroturfing.

...and no, I don't need to back this claim up -- it is obvious to anyone with half a brain. I will noth even bother to downmod you.

die nokia die (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42625633)

#$%^ you nokia and your windows phones!

Knock-off makers dream come true? (-1, Troll)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about a year ago | (#42625653)

Now they can print out a genuine Nokia case and pack inside whatever cheap Huawei phone they want to.

Excuse me, [my best impression of Jon Stewart listening to his ear phone]

I am told, Nokia is a cheap knock off of Huawei.

Desperate (1, Interesting)

paugq (443696) | about a year ago | (#42625673)

Nokia must be really desperate to try this in order to grow a community for the Lumias. Accessories such as cases are one of the most profitable businesses.

Re:Desperate (4, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#42625695)

Nokia must be really desperate to try this in order to grow a community for the Lumias. Accessories such as cases are one of the most profitable businesses.

The phone manufacturers already sell relatively few of the cases for phones and the ones they do sell come at a substantial premium over everyone else's not because they are better (though they are better than most of the knockoffs, some of the knockoffs out there are great) but because they are offered in a shiny package with the manufacturer's name on it. So they get a little goodwill for free (they own the design and they've already paid for it) and they also ensure that more of the knockoff cases for their phone will be decent, which will help improve the perception of their phone in the hands of the masses.

Re:Desperate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42627783)

I worked closely with a 3d CMM company in the past. Their toolbox included laser scanners, laser trackers, CMM arms, every kind of reverse engineering tool you can imagine. According to them, as soon as a new high-profile phone comes out (such as an Iphone), dozens of manufacturers would send them a phone by Fedex overnight. They would scan it and send the data back to the manufacturer for case and other accessory design and manufacture.
 
Every manufacturer of phone accessories does this, or should be doing this. Most of the knockoff cases today for a high-profile device should be designed for the exact shape of the device. The problem then becomes a matter of precision plastic injection and tolerencing. Some companies do better with this than others. Nokia releasing the phone physical dimension 3d file isn't going to change much on the commercial side. It only opens up opportunities for hobbyists who have a 3d printer but no 3d scanner.

Re:Desperate (1)

gbjbaanb (229885) | about a year ago | (#42626659)

na, they say that the market for 3D printing will be driven by items that are uneconomical to manufacture due to small print runs.. and the Lumia phone is certainly the ideal target for that :)

Lame! (1)

Dan East (318230) | about a year ago | (#42625675)

Nokia SUCKS! (sometimes I am known to say the exact opposite of what I mean)

Re:Lame! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42625797)

Nokia SUCKS! (sometimes I am known to say the exact opposite of what I mean)

Awesome! And than? Spit or swallow?

Unless they go back to Linux, who cares? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42625685)

Nokia is dead. The MS Elop virus has killed it.

Jolla is the actual Nokia.

Nobody cares about MS Nokia anymore.

Re:Unless they go back to Linux, who cares? (2)

q.kontinuum (676242) | about a year ago | (#42625871)

Nokia is dead. ....

Huh? Did I misss something? Who produced my phone then?

Jolla is the actual Nokia.

Ah, ok. Now it makes sense. You mean Jolla is dead. Sad, but I'm afraid true. Anyhow, hopefully Tizen will life.

Re:Unless they go back to Linux, who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42627303)

I have a tablet produced by Palm and a sword produced by a 17th century master. Both dead. The only person who "will live forever" is Lenin (you can check out his mummified body at Kremlin), pity he did not produce anything, mostly destroyed things.

Re:Unless they go back to Linux, who cares? (1)

q.kontinuum (676242) | about a year ago | (#42628289)

Well, I would say that the ongoing production of Lumia 920 is evidence that Nokia is still alive, but since they are sold faster than produced, the lacking availability in stores might be used as an argument against my claims ;-)

Ok, before anyone cries astroturfing: Yes, I work for Nokia, I mentioned it earlier in other posts.

"...for the flagship Lumia 820 handset..." (3, Interesting)

Elite Override (2602939) | about a year ago | (#42625735)

I'd rather say the 920 is their flagship, having better features and all that.

Re:"...for the flagship Lumia 820 handset..." (2)

tehlinux (896034) | about a year ago | (#42625915)

But only available on one carrier (in the US).

Re:"...for the flagship Lumia 820 handset..." (3, Insightful)

Elite Override (2602939) | about a year ago | (#42626049)

I'll probably get downvoted for this, but the US is not the only country in the world. If its the flagship everywhere else, we should consider it THE flagship. I'm curious, does the carrier exclusivity expire in the US? Or will the 920 only ever be available from one carrier? This kind of practice has always seemed to me like it should be illegal...or severely limited.

Re:"...for the flagship Lumia 820 handset..." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42626525)

I'm curious, does the carrier exclusivity expire in the US?

Yes, I don't remember if it's March or May, but the 6-month exclusivity is coming to an end soon.

As a subtle irony, the any-carrier model of the 920 also has a fancier camera than the early adopters got. Not a significant difference, but another benefit to being somewhat patient. (The significant benefit is that someone else had to face all the early bugs, it should be fairly stable by now)

Someone at Nokia is paying attention (2)

Guano_Jim (157555) | about a year ago | (#42625833)

Thingiverse recently updated its service to include a "Customizer" app, where users could drop in a bunch of OpenSCAD code and get a customized version of any object already on Thingiverse. The 3D model, anyway. You'd need a 3d printer or a Shapeways account to actually get the physical object.

Within minutes Thingiverse's new "thing" stream was flooded with uncountable variations of iPhone cases.

Good thinking! (5, Funny)

Jason Earl (1894) | about a year ago | (#42625863)

Nokia has sold so few Lumias that the market size for people with 3D printers seems big.

Re:Good thinking! (1)

Ceriel Nosforit (682174) | about a year ago | (#42629271)

Then again, the market cap of people with 3D printers is a different story.

Just imagine what you could do with a patterned back shell and a very accurate accelerometer!

Apple already does this (0)

blargfellow (948805) | about a year ago | (#42625887)

Apple releases dimensioned drawings for it's portable devices so that accessory manufacturers can create functional products without taking their own tedious measurements. Shapeways, a 3D printing company, ran a contest [shapeways.com] to make iPhone 5 accessories.

just a few years behind (5, Insightful)

ssam (2723487) | about a year ago | (#42626003)

Openmoko opened the CAD models of their case (ok, not the coolest case in the world :-) ). People have also modified the design for 3d printing http://blog.slyon.de/3d-printed-gta04-case/ [slyon.de] . There is also a wooden case https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_jRI7InTpE [youtube.com]

Re:just a few years behind (2)

tgd (2822) | about a year ago | (#42626779)

Openmoko opened the CAD models of their case (ok, not the coolest case in the world :-) ). People have also modified the design for 3d printing http://blog.slyon.de/3d-printed-gta04-case/ [slyon.de] . There is also a wooden case https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_jRI7InTpE [youtube.com]

Not quite the same thing... Nokia's design isn't for a phone case, its for a replacement back panel. The summary on the article is wrong.

Re:just a few years behind (1)

ssam (2723487) | about a year ago | (#42627247)

which is what i mean for the openmoko. The casing of the phone, without which you would have a bare motherboard and screen.

If only they'd open the phone to a decent OS... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42626105)

Its not the cases that are the problem - its the fact it runs windows phone.

Re:If only they'd open the phone to a decent OS... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42626187)

Would you consider the Windows Phone OS if the OS was fully open source?

So does this actually benefit anyone, or is it PR? (1)

swb (14022) | about a year ago | (#42626209)

I would wager that most people using Win Phone 8 are ordinary consumers and maybe a few corporate types, neither of which seems like the kind likely to print their own phone case. They would likely buy one at the cell phone store or from Amazon, et al.

The people with the know-how and access to the equipment don't seem like the kinds of people who own a Windows phone, and even if they did and wanted a custom case, they are also skilled enough or have access to the equipment to come up with their own designs.

The only people this seems to benefit are people....who make cases for a living, and something tells me that they already have the specs for the cases or the scanners and other tech to rapidly create a case design simply by having a phone they can scan/measure.

Re:So does this actually benefit anyone, or is it (3, Informative)

bazorg (911295) | about a year ago | (#42626407)

There's a shop I walk past everyday where I could go and print something in 3D , a phone case would be perfectly harmless thing and cheap enough to just to try it out. At some point I imagine there will be more printers, both at home and in shops.

Re:So does this actually benefit anyone, or is it (0)

swb (14022) | about a year ago | (#42627759)

That makes perfect sense for a reasonable chunk of Android and even some iPhone users, but the userbase for Windows Mobile 8 phones is really small, and I doubt the people with the technical sophistication to download a model and print it at even a walk-in 3D place are Windows Mobile 8 users.

Sure, there are some die-hard Windows devs or people with a lot of money who might do this, but it's a vanishingly small group of people.

Re:So does this actually benefit anyone, or is it (1)

21mhz (443080) | about a year ago | (#42627993)

That makes perfect sense for a reasonable chunk of Android and even some iPhone users, but the userbase for Windows Mobile 8 phones is really small, and I doubt the people with the technical sophistication to download a model and print it at even a walk-in 3D place are Windows Mobile 8 users.

True, we all breathe through our mouths and haven't been known to download stuff off the intarwebs.

If they were smart (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42626269)

They'd buy into the 3D Printing Game - Stratasys, Ideally.
When I visited Finland, I learned they got their start making tires and galoshes - so this wouldn't be as big of a jump.

Could not care less. (1, Insightful)

Tanuki64 (989726) | about a year ago | (#42626417)

Even if I had a 3D printer. The cases of most phones are good enough for me. I have not modded my pc either.

But Nokia, want to do something really revolutionary? Give users the power to install their own systems. Lumia with android? Lumia with maemo? Meego? I would buy it at once. Lumia with Windoze? Keep it. Don't want it even for free.

DIY (2)

fermion (181285) | about a year ago | (#42626621)

Just wanted to mention that while this is interesting, make custom cases for anything is not that difficult. All that is requires is a good caliper, and the ability to use it, as well as a copy of Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks, and the like. These programs can acquired for low cost of free through student licensing. There is a learning curve, but if someone wanted to do this, it is not a big deal. Basic reverse engineering. We don't have to wait for the company to release the drawing.

Shapeways, which is the 3D printing company i have heard mentioned, seems to accept native SolidWorks and Inventor files. For this phone, I estimated the volume based on listed dimensions and estimated that it would cost about $60 to print. I think if you had you own printer it would costs less than $20 in materials. Some places seem to charge based on material and time in printing. That is the thing with 3D printers. They are slow the way inkjet printers were when they first came out. I recall printing a small chess piece when I had access to one and it took a few hours.

One nice thing about using a service is that they presumable will clean up the object prior to shipping. Sometimes the object does not come out of the printer in usable form, and there can be some loss in the clean up process.

Re:DIY (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42627577)

All that is requires is a good caliper, and the ability to use it, as well as a copy of Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks, and the like. These programs can acquired for low cost of free through student licensing.

What if you're not a student? I mean legit, not pirated.

Re:DIY (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42627719)

My impression is that they are pretty loose on acquisition of the software. On the Autodesk site the downloads is free. What both prohibit is any commercial use, even including educational institutions that charge to train. So, I suppose, if you were to sell your designs or products printed fromt those designs there might be trouble. Otherwise if one can download I suppose it is legit.

Sadness (1, Insightful)

Patch86 (1465427) | about a year ago | (#42626765)

Articles like this make me sad. They remind me that Nokia is still that great, innovative company that they've always been, knocking out great hardware and accomodating every niche.

And yet they insist on loading their devices with the still-born Windows Phone.

What an utter waste of a great company.

Cool. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42626801)

I still don't want a Lumia, and this won't make me want one... but I think it is a cool thing that they did. Hopefully other manufacturers will follow suit.

I really hope they succeed (2)

Hevel-Varik (2700923) | about a year ago | (#42626809)

I've always liked Nokia. Just bought the wife a Nokia X2, which is apparently a good seller in areas of the world where they cannot afford hand held computers and need suffice, therefore, with phones. I need a keyboard on my phone, and paid full price for the BB 9900. I love the phone, because of the keyboard--I don't use any apps outside of the browser (opera) and email client--and find navigating the user interface better than I did when I tried out Android on the Nexus S I got this phone to replace. Well, I do love the phone but this will be the very last time I pay 700 hundred dollars for one. Playing with my wife's X2 and with the Nokia desktop app, which is pretty polished, I'm thinking that when it comes time to replace my BB, I might just buy the $60 X2 and spend the balance on tablet computer. As long as Nokia is viable, I know I will be able to pick up an inexpensive feature phone that only does what it does but does what it does well. I've trusted Nokia quality for years, and would be very, very sad to them fall off the map. That they are thinking out of the box to please purchaser, doesn't surprise me in the least.

Download site? (1)

TejWC (758299) | about a year ago | (#42626911)

Does anybody know where the website is to download the CAD/CAM files? Also, do they offer the Lumina 800 so it can work on my MeeGo N9?

Very cool! (1)

elabs (2539572) | about a year ago | (#42627143)

I've been dying to get a 3D printer for quite a while. Maybe this will be the final push I needed. I just wish they would release the designs for the 920.

Here's what we need to know about 3D printing (3, Insightful)

GPS Pilot (3683) | about a year ago | (#42627665)

Could somebody who actually knows something about 3D printing comment on the suitability of this material for a phone case? How rigid and/or brittle is the material that comes out of a 3D printer? Is it actually going to offer substantial protection to a phone? Is it durable; will it become scratched, warped, or discolored sooner than more conventional materials?

Great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42628363)

Now we just need graphics drivers, the OS source, datasheets and schematics and it might actually be as useful as it ought to be.

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