Mini Experiments With 3D Printing to Customize Car Parts

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Mini has become known for its many different options for buyers to personalise their cars, but this idea is set to reach a whole new level as the company has announced plans to offer uniquely personalised 3D-printed parts on its new cars. The service goes live in March 2018 and can be retro-fitted to older MINI models, too.

So far, the 3D-printed pieces are limited to inlays integrated into the front fenders and interior trim pieces - specifically, the trim on the passenger side of the dashboard.

And once the custom fittings have been selected online, they will be sent to a MINI factory where they will be produced using innovative manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing and laser lettering. There are also illuminated door trims which can be customised to feature a name, message or even the owners signature.

Mini Experiments With 3D Printing to Customize Car Parts
Mini Experiments With 3D Printing to Customize Car Parts

Parts can be delivered in just a few weeks and Mini claims that the trim pieces can be changed out easily, either by the customer themselves or through an authorized Mini dealer. The parts can be replaced as often as the owner wants. Customers can choose from five different colours plus numerous patterns and finishes, as well as text or even outlines of cityscapes. 3D printing will also be used to offer customized interior trims.

All the Mini Yours Customised products are built at a production facility in Germany.

Mini says that door sills and indicator panels can all be individually customised, meaning that driver and passengers can have their names on the outside or interior of the vehicle. "Individualisation has always been highly valued by the worldwide MINI community as evident by the exceptionally large and diverse range of existing special equipment and original MINI accessories".

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