Custom 3D printed cases from Sculpteo meets the need for a speedy new case

Whenever Apple introduces a new device, with a new form factor, it's a struggle for case makers to retool their manufacturing line and deliver products in a timely manner. Apple's notorious secrecy doesn't help, and the fact that early adopters, like myself, don't want to wait a long time compounds the issue.

So the perfect solution may be from Sculpteo. They've offered a custom, made to order case solution for a while, and I've written about the in the past. But now, they can deliver an iPhone 5 case, made to the user's specifications including engraved names or imagery. In fact, engraved is a misnomer... The entire case is created through the magic of 3D printing, so the custom elements are just part of the design.

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The app that is used to design your case is pretty cool. You can see it rendered in 3D, in assorted colors and rotated from most angles.

I've placed my order and I hope to receive my case soon. I'll post a recap when it arrives. If you haven't ordered your iPhone 5 yet, you might actually be able to get a custom iPhone 5 case from Sculpteo before you actually get your iPhone 5!

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.