Nokia makes it easy to replace your Lumia hull--if you have a 3D printer, that is


Customizing your phone with a 3D-printed case is fun—it’s something you can proudly display as your own work on your phone. But a case is just a case; what about 3D-printing a new rear shell for the phone itself? With help from MakerBot, Nokia has made it easier for you to do just that with its Lumia smartphones.

The two companies put together a downloadable schematic file for those who happen to have a MakerBot Replicator 2 printer that you can use to replace the outer shell of your Lumia smartphone. The file contains the dimensions needed for the latest Nokia Lumia handsets, and the resulting shell takes about an hour to print. All you need to worry about is choosing which color you want.

The MakerBot and Nokia collaboration aims to gather members of the 3D printing community for an ongoing project. The Nokia Lumia 820 and Lumia 520 both feature detachable rear shells that you can swap out, and it’s up to the community what they 3D print to replace the original.

This basic file may seem a bit...ordinary, but hopefully the DIY community will tweak it to add different patterns, colors, materials and even completely new designs. Maybe you'll be able to stick your face on one someday. You can download the file for yourself over on Thingiverse.

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