Mini goes 3D printing for custom interior

Mini Yours Custom 3D Printed Part

The new MINI Yours Customised range allows owners to design and replace everything from their car's dashboard panels to door sills, indicator inlays and even puddle lights.

British automotive company MINI has announced it will be launching a new customization service to its clients in 2018. To prevent that from being an issue, Mini promises that if the owner saves the original part, the custom pieces can be swapped out again when it's time to sell your auto. The personalized parts can be designed using a new Online Customiser designed just for the new options. Using a laser etching technique, meanwhile, the illuminated sill plates can present text in the owner's handwriting, basic graphics and even star constellations. Buyers can choose the scale for the finishes and patterns as well. And, you can have a different one for the driver's and passenger's side.

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Mini expects that a lot of owners who try the customization program will opt to have the name they've given their auto, or their own name, etched into the custom pieces and LED projectors.

Given the cost and complexity of 3D printing, Mini teamed up with computing giant Hewlett Packard to refine the process. The side scuttles of the vehicle can be designed with different colors surface finishes, and patterns in any sequence. More specifically, once a part has been ordered through MINI's web-based customizer, a digital file of the model will be sent to the "appropriate" production facility to be made. Unfortunately for those who are interested, Mini hasn't yet released US pricing or announced when the program will start. "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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