3D Systems becomes Motorola's hardware partner for Project Ara
Motorola announced its plans to bring the modular design approach to the smartphone industry last month, when Project Ara was unveiled. Back then, Motorola was still looking for hardware partners to help bring this project from the drawing board to reality and yesterday its partnership with 3D Systems has been announced.
According to the press release that you can check at the end of this article, 3D Systems got involved in "a multi-year development agreement with Motorola Mobility LLC, A Google Company, to create a continuous high-speed 3D printing production platform and fulfillment system in support of Motorola's Project Ara."
3D Systems is simply the best choice for this task as the company created the world's first working 3D printer over 2 decades ago. Unfortunately, there is still plenty of time until we will see the first results of Project Ara, as 3D Systems' development phase could last up to a year.
The good news is that end-users with the right gear and know-how will be able to build components at home, thus turning what is now known as Project Ara into an extremely flexible mobile platform that can be kept up to date for a long period of time without incurring high costs as it happens when dropping old devices to buy new ones.