MakerBot announces an exciting new MakerBot-Ready App with Fraemes.
3D printing of mobile phone cases is certainly nothing new. Just like the coloured octopus prints and novelty bottle openers that go alongside them, printed cases are probably one the first items you would come across on any 3D printing marketplace. However, MakerBot has taken a slightly different approach and simplified the process to allow anyone with access to their own 3D printer the ability to print themselves a quirky little phone case insert without the need for tricky design skills.
Introduced as the second product to come out of the MakerBot Developer Program, which launched back in June to give developers the resources to integrate their designs within the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, Dreamforge has developed a new MakerBot Ready App Fraemes that makes it easy for anyone to print interchangeable phone covers.
It’s a simple idea, makers with access to a MakerBot account simply log in and select a design from the Fraemes website. There are various options available with pop culture icons, landscapes, patterns and text being just a few of the designs customers can choose from. These styles can then be customised with shapes and texts and then printed directly from the customers own MakerBot machine.
Fraames’ graphics engineer, Sakunthala Panditharatne, said, “When we worked on creating the Fraemes technology, simplicity was our number one goal. We wanted to make it easy for designers and non designers to design and personalise in 3D.”
This new project opens the doors for hobbyists who might be curious about the technology but do not have the software knowledge to work from scratch. The inserts are a simple solution to opening up the gates for more people to get involved with 3D printing and demonstrating the customisation capabilities that come with it.
The inserts will fit iPhone 5 and 5S handsets and are designed to fit snugly into a bumper case which can be purchased from the Fraemes store for $12. Customers without access to a desktop printer can order their designs to be printed at a MakerBot store.