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This page is a repository for alternate case designs for the Neo1973, intended to be designed, built and fitted by the community/the phone's owner. Many specific suggestions can be found in Wish List - Hardware#Casing and corresponding links.

Each alternate case design suggestion needs some or all of: a description, intended uses, design options, a 3D model in an open format (e.g. .stl, .blend (Blender), .obj (Wavefront), .aoi (Art of Illusion) ), rendered images of the intended design, materials, components and information regarding interfacing electronically to components within the phone.


There are numerous rapid prototyping companies that will very cheaply make small run components from various polymers, including:

ABS Protytpes - Invalid website name

Ponoko - requires EPS files (makes 2D flat cut-outs)

Rapid Object - requires STL or VRML (for extra detailed models) files

Rapid Prototyping New Zealand

Red Eye RPM - requires STL files

Other materials may require traditional manufacturing techniques including milling, forging, injection-moulding, either by the user or short-run companies such as:

eMachine Shop - Requires companies own MS Windows based drawing software

(4 axis) gantry style cnc router for hire. Click for inquiries


Cost Example

Rapid Object charge from 1.9 Euros per cm^3 of material (photosensitive polymer) used, plus postage. The case for the Neo looks to be about 1.5mm thick, so conservatively, the back of the case will be approximately:
120 x 60 x 1.5
+ 120 x 9 x 1.5 x 2 (2 sides)
= 10,800
+ 3,240

= 14,040 mm^3

~ 14 cm^3

~ 26 Euros

and the front will be (allowing for the screen hole):
(120 x 60 - 43 x 58) x 1.5
+ 120 x 9 x 1.5 x 2 (2 sides)
= 7,059
+ 3,240

= 10,299 mm^3

~ 10cm^3

~ 19 Euros


None of this can be accomplished without the dimensions of existing phones - if FIC are unable/unwilling to release precise dimensions, a user of a Neo1973 will need to measure their phone and upload the information to Neo1973 case schematics in the form of a 3D CAD model.

Some users may want combinations of the variants listed - popular/simple options such as Stylus Mount/Different speaker orientation/Extra battery/Extra storage may be combined into one model.

Design Variant Suggestions

Some of these are a copy of requests in Wish List - Hardware#Casing, some are from ideas thrown up in the community mailing list.

Many of these cannot be implemented without some design changes to the phone PCB. As mentioned in Expansion Back

Alternate Case Suggestion Format

  • 1 Rendered images
    • Images & any videos
    • Neo1973.png
  • 2 3D model
  • 3 Etching templates
  • 4 Materials
  • 5 Processes
  • 6 Interest
    • who's interested in this design