Nokia 3D Printing Innovation, Make Your Own Phone Some Time Soon?

Nokia’s release of specs for 3D printing of the
Lumia phone-shell comes with a promise of more.
The phone maker envisages a time when phones
will be considerably more customizable – throwing
down a challenge to Apple and Samsung to move
beyond the current design and production
The move was announced yesterday on the
company’s developer blog. Apart from the boon to
3D printing it brings mobile telephony to an
interesting fork in the road. After all, what the
phone maker is really saying is – we don’t want to
make and distribute the phones, we want someone
local to do that.
So it is a marker for future local production as well
and a pivot point for business ecosystems. To date
most ecosystems have been software based but
clearly there is an appetite t create hardware
ecosystems too.
That systemic innovation take Nokia into Apple
territory, and suggests Apple is once again slow to
make a second major move. Apple revolutionized
corporate structures with its massive developer
ecosystem, a topic covered here in The Elastic
Here is Nokia’s explanation.
“In the future, I envision wildly more modular
and customisable phones,” he continued.
“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. 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! ”
Here’s Wired’s take on it:
It’s the largest affirmation of 3-D printing by a
major corporation thus far, bringing the world of
on-demand product generation and
customization one step closer to the desktops
of consumers worldwide


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