Nokia (NOK -1.7%) is getting on board the 3D printing bandwagon: the company is releasing a...

Nokia (NOK -1.7%) is getting on board the 3D printing bandwagon: the company is releasing a development kit (Nokia calls it a 3DK) that allows users to create custom shells for the Lumia 820. One could see the concept eventually extended to a variety of other hardware accessories.

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  • akoshi
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    cool =)
    18 Jan 2013, 12:11 PM Reply Like
  • turtledividend
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    WoW $$$$
    19 Jan 2013, 05:58 PM Reply Like
  • Ashraf Eassa
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    Innovation...this is what it looks like.
    18 Jan 2013, 12:13 PM Reply Like
  • Sal Marvasti
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    Cool, glad I have not yet sold my shares
    18 Jan 2013, 12:14 PM Reply Like
  • mugwomp
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    Ditto for both NOK and DDD.
    19 Jan 2013, 02:18 AM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    That is pretty kewl
    18 Jan 2013, 12:18 PM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    Nice move by Nokia


    I was suggesting that Apple do the same to capitalize on the huge market out there for peripheral devices, to help the hackers develop new open source hardware solutions:



    Long MSFT !
    18 Jan 2013, 12:22 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    I hope they patented this inside and out. This I call innovation...
    18 Jan 2013, 12:32 PM Reply Like
  • Island_Dweller
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    Literally no downside to a move like this. As smart phones grow, customers will want to differentiate themselves from having just another smart phone.
    18 Jan 2013, 12:34 PM Reply Like
  • LumiaMan
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    this is nuts custom shells, insane, nok stores able to make ur shell on the spot, or license it out, another revenue stream!!jkaboom !!boyha cramer NOKisIN
    18 Jan 2013, 12:48 PM Reply Like
  • sourdo
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    3d printing is amazing, I saw a video about this, made gears, shafts, and it all worked and turned. I think it was a rear differential for a car or something. Pretty cool stuff...
    18 Jan 2013, 01:27 PM Reply Like
  • slcUTAH
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    3D printing is neat stuff. This could bring a lot of extra dollars for Nokia. A little innovation never hurt$.


    18 Jan 2013, 02:52 PM Reply Like
  • css1971
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    Now that's totally cool.


    Just need a 3D printer now... Gonna be the gadget to have next year.
    18 Jan 2013, 05:00 PM Reply Like
  • godalmightee13
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    css' you think they will be available by then as in affordable ??
    18 Jan 2013, 05:26 PM Reply Like
  • css1971
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    I was just thinking about how much Nokia rocks as an engine for innovation in the mobile space.


    With Nokia you get:
    Wireless charging,
    Pureview in both it's forms,
    Augmented reality,
    and now 3D printing support.


    with Apple you get...


    an extra row of icons.
    18 Jan 2013, 05:27 PM Reply Like
  • sami1971
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    As cool as it may sound, is this much more than just CAD blueprints?



    "The 3D-printing Development Kit, or 3DK, offers 3D templates, case specs, recommended materials and best practices for coming up with custom cases for the Windows Phone 8 handset. "
    18 Jan 2013, 05:58 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    Good catch
    18 Jan 2013, 07:14 PM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    Oh I agree -- it's quite cool, but I don't see any lasting competitive advantage in this move, maybe not even much money.
    18 Jan 2013, 08:01 PM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    Hi sami


    It's very different than CAD blueprints.
    With CAD blue prints someone design engineer still needs to program the CNC or whatever other kind of controller is used to manufacture the widget (by 'cutting'.)


    From Wikipedia
    "Additive manufacturing or 3D printing[1] is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using additive processes, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material.[2] 3D printing is considered distinct from traditional machining techniques (subtractive processes) which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting and drilling."


    So essentially, someone like OtterBox could use the SDK to quickly create cases for the Windows Phones..


    As Tricky points out, probably not a lot of money in it, but Nokia is an innovative machine! And who knows, I assume this same SDK can be used to create virtually anything that lends itself to this type of manufacturing .. the cases were/are probably just 'samples'.


    Disclaimer: The above is mostly speculation on my part.
    18 Jan 2013, 08:25 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    Very exciting, just imagine all the possibilities:


    Makerbot company already modified and supporting the 3DK:
    19 Jan 2013, 01:18 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    Front page of Reddit, Nokia innovating:


    I am just so stoked about this... :)
    19 Jan 2013, 01:21 PM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    We use various rapid prototyping technologies as part of the design development process and if Nokia releases all necessary items that ensure that low skilled consumers can really express themselves and obtain fairly durable results, this is surely the first proper marketing buzz Nokia came up with in what feels ages. On the other hand, having individuals customise iconic products to a high degree could also dilute the brand message. People creating Nazi shells or other very unwelcome things. But surely, many fun ideas will come out of this, so I'm positive on this. In terms of a brand's design coherence, this is a bold move by Nokia.
    19 Jan 2013, 01:45 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    This is what we are talking about here, a whole new level of customization (and differentiator in Elop's words) for Nokia phones:


    “In the future, I envision wildly more modular and customizable phones,” Kneeland says. “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.”


    Also on Forbes:


    All in all, great move from Nokia, in the short term a lot of good publicity for Nokia. I can not wait to see how this plays out in the long term.
    19 Jan 2013, 06:09 PM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    Like I said, I agree that this is a bit of marketing buzz Nokia desperately needs. But, from our consumer research, one should note that people are intrinsically lazy, which is why Apple style large medium small product category device placements do work so well.
    19 Jan 2013, 08:01 PM Reply Like
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