3D Printing and Nokia Lumia 820

Original author: Joel Willans
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The other day on Habré the article devoted to Nokia Lumia 820 and 3D-printing technology was already published . We, in turn, also prepared material on this topic, namely, an interview with a person, thanks to whom this project became possible.

From time to time, technologies appear that have great potential and dramatically change our lives. It happened with the Internet, the same thing happened with the advent of mobile phones. It seems that 3D printing technology can repeat this success and join this list. To learn more about this innovative technology and how Nokia can use it in the future, we talked with John Kneeland, manager of the development and community department in Silicon Valley.


“John, what exactly is the 3D printing project for the Lumia 820, and what makes it so special?”

“The 3D printing project of our community is a simple concept with exciting perspectives. Our Lumia 820 has a removable case that can be replaced with branded cases of other colors, cases with additional protection against shock and dust, as well as cases with the ability to wirelessly charge the phone.
These cases are a wonderful addition for the vast majority of Lumia 820 customers. In addition, we are going to publish templates for 3D printing, specs, as well as recommendations on materials in case someone who understands 3D printing wants to print the case for Lumia 820 All together, we call the development kit for 3D printing, or in short - 3DK (3D-printing Development Kit).

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Nokia is the first company to meet the 3D printing community and continues to be a leading phone company in this exciting area.

I look at it as following the ideas embodied in the “grandfather” of customizable phones, Nokia 5110 with its multi-colored collection of interchangeable faceplates. I still remember how I used its version for the US market, Nokia 5120.

- How else is 3D printing used in Nokia production and what additional features do you see for mobile technologies now and in the future?

“Inside, it helps us build prototypes faster so that, as Stephen Elop said,“ increase Nokia’s clock speed. ” In the future, I will see much more modular and customizable phones. Perhaps, in addition to our own beautifully made phones, we could sell some kind of phone templates, and entrepreneurs around the world could create a local business, adapting phones to the needs of the local market. Want a waterproof, glowing in the dark, with a bottle opener and a solar cell phone? Someone can do this for you, or you yourself can do it yourself.

- Can you tell me what your everyday work consists of and how it relates to 3D printing?

- In our team for interacting with developers, we are trying to create an ecosystem around Nokia Lumia smartphones. Generally speaking, our team is divided into two sections: “depth” (big brands like Angry Birds, ESPN, Red Bull) and “reach” (independent projects, lovers and, possibly, tomorrow’s large applications). I specialize in reach applications that inspire me much more because I help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life. But a rich, vibrant ecosystem is not just a matter of applications and services; it’s also hardware — things that enhance and personalize your phone experience. Since their production requires mass production (as well as a major investment in it), the ecosystem for developing accessories has always been strictly the work of the “depth” team.

- 3D printing technology is something that many have heard about, but few people imagine how it looks in practice. How did you feel when you first saw her in action?

- When I first saw 3D printing in action, I felt that perhaps this is how people felt when they first saw a steam engine. The earliest steam engines were expensive, moody and extremely limited in their capabilities. But in these bulky mechanisms, some saw a huge potential to change everything. Any mass invention began with only a shadow of what it could become. Today we can only print cases from one or two materials, and the machines are limited in what they can produce, but this alone is already very inspiring, and there will be more in the future.

- The organizers of the 3D Print Show in London this year said that it was close to changing the world, as the Internet changed it in the 90s. Do you believe in this deception and if so, why?

In my opinion, this fraud has a real basis and 3D printing is really a very big deal. I do not think it would be an exaggeration to call this a continuation of the industrial revolution. Yes, it can take a little longer than some people think, and it can disappoint people. Now this initiative is for enthusiasts, this is what Nokia is currently aiming its work with the community.

“If you could use 3D printing to print anything, what would it be?”

- Level of Angry Birds the size of a house!

This is a very promising development of the idea of ​​customizing your own phone. Previously, it was possible to use either accessories released by the manufacturer, or, as in the Nokia 3200, change the pictures under a transparent case. Vinyl stickers appeared later. Then - “bumpers” covers, which, unfortunately, significantly increase the size of the device. Now, with the advent of 3D printing technology, you can add a number of chips not provided by the manufacturer that you need.

Here are some ideas on how you can complement the case of your phone:

• Built-in belt or loop mount;
• Points for connecting photo accessories;
• Embossed body texture to prevent slipping;
• Mount for winding the headset;
• Fastening in a car;
• Mount for a bicycle;
• Holder for the backpack;
• Slot for storing an additional SIM card or memory card.

You can learn more about the project on the developer wiki .

When the article was already ready for publication, the first photos of the finished case created on the Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer from the above files appeared.




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