Wednesday, February 27, 2013

3D Printing Now Reality

Lester and Perry from the novel Makers would be pleased to know that 3D printing is now a reality. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia introduced 3D printers that allow customers to fully customize a phone case. Talk about the ultimate accessory!

According to Tom Hall from Nokia conversations, "Your design can be simple or an intricate pattern, or you could use unicorns and rainbows - it's entirely up to you!"

To show off this incredible, new technology, Nokia has two MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printers set up at their station in Barcelona at MWC!

Blogger Hayden Manders compares this create-your-own accessory idea to Nike's customizable shoes.

"The project is kind of like the NIKEiD of phone accessories," she writes. "Like Nike, the MakerBot x Nokia partnership provides users with a selection of colors and patterns from which to choose. The turnaround time is minimal."

Currently, cases can be designed for two phones: the Nokia Lumia 820 and the Nokia Lumia 520 (which was just recently announced.)

Global News Writer writer Jenifer Howard makes a good point when it comes to the technology that Nokia is bringing to the table.

"Nokia is the first major phone company to release 3D templates for its hardwares that can be printed on a 3D printer. It not only allows Nokia Lumia owners to personalize their phones, but brings Nokia into a whole new spectrum of innovation in the mobile phone category."

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