Nokia is turning its Lumia phones into a bit of an arts-and-crafts project. Now you can print your own cases for them.
In a blog post published Friday, John Kneeland, a community manager at Nokia, said the company was releasing a set of files for people to create their own cases with a 3-D printer. The tool kit, available as a free download, will include 3-D templates, case specifications and recommendations for materials and best practices.
Mr. Kneeland said he believed phones would be more customizable in the future. Perhaps Nokia could offer entrepreneurs a phone template so they could build phones tailored to the needs of their communities, he said.
“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,” he wrote.
Of course, if you’d ever want to use Nokia’s tool kit to design a case, you’d need access to a 3-D printer and some knowledge of how to manipulate 3-D virtual objects. But the release of the software kit fits with Microsoft’s marketing message for Windows Phone 8, the software featured on the Lumias. It has been trying to market the Windows Phone software as more “personal,” allowing people to customize their home screens with different tiles.