By Stephen Schenck | January 18, 2013 3:32 PM
Have you ever seen a 3D printer? If you haven’t yet, chances are you will over the course of the next decade or so, as these rapid prototyping machines continue moving out of engineering schools and industrial plants and start giving everyday people the ability to quickly and easily create tangible 3D objects from plans they find on the internet. Nokia has its eyes on the 3D printing early adopters, and has just released a set of files to help anyone who’s interested get started printing some custom shells for the company’s Lumia 820.
Nokia already offers a number of color options for the Lumia 820′s swappable shell, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for what could be done with a 3D printer. You could design a shell that holds a little golf pencil for when you need to jot something down on paper (and even put in a slot to hold a few sheets of paper itself), or create a shell with an integrated clip to keep your phone from getting lost in your bag.
The company itself is already a big fan of 3D printing, using the technology to help it try out new designs when thinking up its next smartphone, so it only follows that it would try and connect with DIYers who are interested in the same sort of thing. If you had access to a 3D printer, what kind of custom 820 case would you like to create?