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Nokia now has a 3-D printing development kit for the Lumia 820

One of the most promising technologies that has developed (and been cost reduced) over the last several years in the tech word has to be 3-D printing. 3-D printing allows manufacturers to quickly prototype products using varying materials, and Nokia is now talking about its efforts in the field with the Lumia 820 3-D printing community project.

The key to the 3-D printing community project has to do with the creation and release of the number of 3-D templates, case specifications, recommended materials, and best practices. The idea is to allow the community to 3-D print their own shell for Lumia 820 smartphone. The removable shell of the phone is one of the most interesting design features of this Windows Phone 8 device.

Nokia says that it is offering the required files and documents for 3-D printing your own shell for the smartphone as the 3-D printing Development Kit or 3DK.

Nokia Community & Developer Marketing Manager John Kneeland said of 3-D printing, "In the future, I envision wildly more modular and customizable phones. 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!"

Being able to 3-D printed custom cases for Nokia smartphones is an interesting feature. While most consumers don't have access to a 3-D printer (although Staples is looking to change this), the Nokia 3DK does open the door for 3-D printing companies to start producing all sorts of interesting accessories for the Lumia 820

Source: Nokia

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By TakinYourPoints on 1/19/2013 9:10:45 PM , Rating: 2
As for poor products, why are you calling them bad Android phones instead of just bad phones? Samsung and HTC have solid customer satisfaction, and there's no need to associate their products with those of a poor manufacturer just because they're all in the Android category.

The huge Android marketshare that people like to brag about is almost all in low end devices. If we're talking high end then it still belongs to Apple based on the fact that an old device like the 4S outsold the GS2, GS3, and GN2 combined, over half of mobile traffic and app downloads are iOS, Google still makes more money serving ads from iOS than Android, etc etc.

If people want to keep talking about huge Android marketshare then those low end devices are completely fair to talk about in context.

Yes, life is indeed about compromises and choice. That's why we love open ecosystems that lets manufacturers serve every niche. We can get AMOLED, a stylus, big screens, small screens with lower prices, unibody case, non-unibody with replaceable memory/battery, etc. No compromise is universally optimal.

I completely agree and I've brought your points up numerous times. For other people, having the compromises that come along with better apps and developer support, faster and more optimized hardware, and great vendor support are worth it.

There's no such thing as a perfect ecosystem, just pick the best one for you. Or in my case, buy a bunch of things from different ecosystems. :)

By Mint on 1/21/2013 10:35:43 AM , Rating: 2
The huge Android marketshare that people like to brag about is almost all in low end devices.
But we're not talking about that. Nobody mentioned it but you. We were talking about features, tradeoffs, etc, and for no reason you mentioned "bad Android phones".

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