I’ve owned a couple of Nokia handsets a long long time ago, back to the days when the cellphone meant Nokia. And I remember changing back covers often just for fun. That was my Nokia experience. So when I learned that Nokia has released today the schematics for the Nokia Lumia 820’s back panel, I felt nostalgic. But obviously things have changed. In a time where 3D printing is cool, fabricating and prototyping has never been easier. So, in releasing the mechanical designs, Nokia is assuming that you already have a 3D printer in the house such as the MakerBot Replicator 2.

You can download the schematics here. In an interview with Nokia Conversations, Nokia’s Community & Developer Marketing Manager, John Kneeland, says that Nokia’s 3D printing community project is a simple concept with exciting potential. “Our Lumia 820 has a removable shell that users can replace with Nokia-made shells in different colors, special ruggedized shells with extra shock and dust protection, and shells that add wireless charging capabilities found in the high-end Lumia 920,” Kneeland adds.

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