How It’s Made: The Nokia N9

In a manner once thought to be unheard of in mass-produced consumer electronics (until Apple’s MacBook Pro wowed us with it’s machined aluminum unibody), Nokia’s N9 housing is machined from a single piece of plastic (anyone out there happen to know what flavor they’re using?). The proud parents share a video of it’s latest offspring being born:

I dig the hand finishing after the housing is machined… nice. Despite the fact that you can’t get one these in the US, you have to appreciate Finnish craftsmanship.

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2 Responses to “How It’s Made: The Nokia N9”


  1. 1 Damon November 8, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Ok, I’m stumped as to what flavor (as you put it) plastic this is. Surely it has got to be one of the more common ones. If someone wants to send me a piece of it I can have it analyzed. :-))

    • 2 markbreneman November 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      Its some type of polycarbonate according to all the press, but heres the thing i can’t understand, it would seem as if there must be undercuts in the housing(black in the video, blue in the image above), but they seem to be using a standard CNC.


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