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Talk:3D print a shell for your Nokia Phone

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Oddyssea - Thanks for the shout out

We still have a Replicator in the shop that is available 10am-6pm Daily (except Wednesdays.) We hope to see some local (or visiting) developers drop in. Thus far, our 3D printing experiment has been a dismal failure - perhaps this community can help change our experience. You can read where we are right now here:

Happy to re-evaluate if we have new data to consider.

Thanks again, and happy hacking all!

oddyssea 20:42, 18 January 2013 (EET)

Gian2477 - 3D Printing Tips


I have multiple years of research in 3D-Printing and you can see my academic website at I would like to suggest finding an SLS or SLA printer to make your case parts. The 3D Printers that use filament are Fused Deposition Modelers and their resolution, accuracy and smoothness is much less than that of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) or Steriolithography (SLA) printers. I would recommend the affordable desktop SLA printer called formlabs, found here at Otherwise, I would simply upload my digital files to and have them print it for me. Phone cases need a perfect fit and these other methods will help give you the needed accuracy and smooth texture.

gian2477 20:42, 18 January 2013 (EET)

Duann - Congratulations on being the first major manufacturer to make your files available.

Congratulations on making the first move.

I hope we get to see more files available soon from Nokia and other manufacturers. It is the perfect way to add value tou your products for your customers without incurring additional cost..

I have made the files available on Shapeways so anyone can 3D print in Nylon with our SLS 3D printers and written about it for the Shapeways blog.

Well done.

duann 23:19, 18 January 2013 (EET)

Texrat - SLA quality, etc

Gian2477 is correct: SLA and SLS do provide superior resolution compared to FDM. That said, I hope we can embrace as many processes and materials as is practical. One thing that will help is adding more detail to the wiki, explaining pros and cons of the various materials and processes (such as why metal is inadvisable). We need not add too much text either; in some cases maybe a simple link to Wikipedia articles will suffice.

And Duann: good to see you here!

Texrat 00:04, 19 January 2013 (EET)

Fpatton - More on print quality

Great point about the print quality, and certainly for the outsourced prints, you also have a greater range of material options. Let me throw in though that printing on your own printer is just plain FUN. And that's half the point for me.

Makergear has posted an experiment with 20 micron layers, so quality will improve over time for home printers.

I'm looking forward to everyone's input on the wiki and the forums!


fpatton 21:44, 22 January 2013 (EET)

Tatiana DW - i.materialise is developing specific 3D printable files for Nokia Lumia 820

First of all: thank you Nokia for embracing additive manufacturing or '3D printing' & joining the 3D printing revolution. i.materialise, part of Materialise, is intrigued by this action. That's why we have put our knowledge and engineering skills to help this file being 3D printable, customizable ánd functional. We have printed tests with various 3D printers (in various materials) and saw some points of improvements. You can read about it on our blog:

In the following days we will deliver improved files for different printers so people can print their own shell with functional buttons etc..

We'll keep you posted & keep up the good work!

Tatiana DW 00:57, 23 January 2013 (EET)

Sirkneeland - @Tatiana

Thank you Tatiana and i.materialise. I thought your comment was useful and reposted it in the forums so it can grow into a conversation

sirkneeland 01:35, 24 January 2013 (EET)

Kallisti - Totally confused newbie here...

So - the STL and STP files are ready for download and you suggest editing using Sketchup (amongst other things). However, I can't see how you're supposed to get the originals in to Sketchup? Not compatible and it's not obvious where I can find an importer?

Should I be using a different 3M modeller or is there something I'm missing here?

Kallisti 22:35, 8 February 2013 (EET)

Texrat - re Kallisti

I would suggest we move questions to the forum for better management:

But to answer your question: I'm not familiar enough with Sketchup to answer, and was not very impressed with it when I tried it. I would recommend that anyone without experience or access to a professional modeling tool (I use Solidworks and Alibre Design) start with the online service at Tinkercad supports model import and some are already reporting good results with it.

Texrat 18:51, 11 February 2013 (EET)

Fpatton - Re: Totally confused newbie here...

We're trying to get a model set up that can be modified using Autodesk's 123D (, which is a free, relatively easy to use tool. It's true that at the moment, editing the STP files requires some expertise in CAD tools, as well as the tools themselves, which can be quite costly. (Although Alibre Design Personal ( is only $200, and does allow STL export for use in 3D printers.)


fpatton 21:00, 12 February 2013 (EET)

Aakash95 - great mock up

great mock up although i wonder how heavy it is.... great instructions though!

Aakash95 04:51, 20 February 2013 (EET)

PaulReeves - Are 620 files available?

This is all good stuff - but would apprciate files for a Limia 620 shell /back cover?



PaulReeves (talk) 18:55, 4 October 2013 (EEST)

Wake286 - Download loop

why is the download link not working?

Have i missed something? each time I click on the download link I'm sent to the resources page?

Wake286 (talk) 12:07, 20 March 2014 (EET)

Fpatton - Download links update

Sorry! I've just updated the links so they should work now.


fpatton (talk) 17:54, 20 March 2014 (EET)