With our announcement of the cool new Nokia Lumia 520 this morning, we wanted to share with you some exciting related news: the Lumia 520 has a removable back, and we’re adding the model of the back to our 3D Developer Kit (3DK).
The zip file is now available on our 3D printing wiki page as a zip file containing two STP files: one for the shell and one for the buttons.
We want to give a special thank you to our friends at Makerbot for helping us to tweak the models to be 3D printer friendly. (There’s also a nice write-up at Windows Phone Central about the 3D printing demos we’re doing with Makerbot at our Mobile World Congress booth. Check it out!)
We’ve been very impressed with what we’ve seen so far in the 3D printing arena, especially with the now-concluded challenge on IdeasProject. We can’t wait to see what great ideas you come up with next!
Well, it seems like just a few days ago that we released the Lumia 3DK, letting makers on the cutting edge experiment with our 3D models for the Nokia Lumia 820 back shell, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the result. The reaction has been fantastic, and we’re already seeing some interesting designs showing up on Thingiverse and IdeasProject.
To help those printing at home, the nice folks at Makerbot optimized the model for their Replicator 2 and posted it on Thingiverse, along with some great pictures of the printing process.
We’ve also gotten great responses from 3D printing services i.materialize, Sculpteo, and Shapeways. The latest blog from i.materialise shows us a nice range of designs to get the creative juices flowing, and shows off materials you might not have imagined for a phone case. Velvet, anybody?
Finally, the IdeasProject team has started the 3D Printing Challenge. Share your ideas for Nokia Lumia cases for a chance to win a trip to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona!
It’s been a lot of fun watching all the makers at work. Be sure to check out our wiki, contribute to it where you can, and keep those ideas coming!
In what we believe to be a phone manufacturer first, we are providing the mechanical drawings for the Lumia 820’s back shell so you can modify and enhance the design then print it out on a 3D printer.