Nokia releases files for 3D printing
mobile phone cases


Nokia releases 3D print files

News: mobile phone maker Nokia has released open-source files that will let Lumia 820 smartphone users 3D print their own customised case.

Nokia has published mechanical drawings for the phone's back panel and shell that will allow users with access to a 3D printer to customise and print their own case.

John Kneeland, community and developing marketing manager at Nokia, explained the move in a blog post: "We are going to release 3D templates, case specs, recommended materials and best practices – everything someone versed in 3D printing needs to print their own custom Lumia 820 case," he wrote. "In doing this, Nokia has become the first major phone company to begin embracing the 3D printing community and its incredible potential."

Nokia releases 3D print files

"In the future, I envision wildly more modular and customisable phones," he continued. "Perhaps in addition to our own beautifully designed phones, we could sell some kind of phone template and entrepreneurs the world over could build a local business on building phones precisely tailored to the needs of his or her local community. You want a waterproof, glow-in-the-dark phone with a bottle-opener and a solar charger? Someone can build it for you — or you can print it yourself!


Nokia's move adds to a growing database of 3D templates available to ordinary users from websites like Thingiverse, run by 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot, which provides digital designs for a variety of everyday objects such as toys and jewellery.

Dezeen has been following the rise of 3D printing with reports on 3D-printed electronic devices that use a new type of plastic to conduct electricity and the introduction of 3D printing on the frontline in Afghanistan.

We also met with MakerBot CEO Bre Prettis, who told us that 3D printing would bring the factory back into the home – see all news about 3D printing.

  • Actually pretty awesome to make your own phone case or print it. Sadly I don”t have a 3D printer yet. Hope soon 3D printers will be cheap enough to have one for my own.

  • Frederik

    Nokia is back and I like it!

  • This is really a great update by Nokia and I hope this will help the company to compete its competitors in the market.

  • samailloute

    Bientôt un constructeur de voiture qui libère sa carrosserie?

  • Art

    Where can I get it printed out?

  • This is a fantastic step from Nokia.There are still some difficulties, because this requires quite a precise 3D printer. Most of the non-professional 3D printers will not be suitable for this kind of job.