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When Daihatsu meets Stratasys, customized cars happen!

  • Nimish Sany
  • 22 June , 2016

When Japan’s one of the oldest, read experienced, light and mid-sized car manufacturer Daihatsu team up with Stratasys, we know something’s surely boiling! And so it seems. Together, the companies have made it possible for the consumers to choose any design they want for their car’s texture and 3D print it onto the cars. That’s a first.  Scroll down to find some cool facts about the feat.

Daihatsu’s two-door convertible Copen is the first ever car to let users choose the aesthetics of a car and 3D print it.

customized daihatsu copen

"What would have taken two to three months to develop can now be produced in two weeks," says Osamu Fujishita, Chief Engineer, Product Planning Division, Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.

The 3D printed surface texture designs are referred to as “effect skins”; and they’re a part of Daihatsu’s plan to expanding the market to customized plastic bodied cars for consumers.

customized daihatsu copen

Until now, customers have only been allowed to choose their designs from an array of existing designs. But Daihatsu seems to have taken the step further.

Stratasys Fortus 3D printers were used for 3D printing the effect skins. According to Kota Nezu, Snug Design, Tokyo- one of the main designers involved in the project, Stratasys was chosen because “they were simply the best.”

The colors used in effect skins are Fortus colors and material was Stratasys ASA 3D printing plastic, a thermoplastic that is lightweight and durable which the designers remarked as minimizing the wall thickness and maintaining high design flexibility while production.

Kota Nezu affirms, “I think effect skins would have been absolutely impossible using traditional methods of production. “

While this extremely customizable car will make a sure player out in the Japanese market, Daihatsu seems to be taking it slow. "We believe on-demand production [with 3D printing] offers definite benefits to supply chain efficiencies and allows easy access for customers,” says Mr. Fujishita 

Images: 3ders.org

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Nimish Sany: I bleed my thoughts on paper. And if I cant find a paper, blogs serve the purpose just fine.

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