We’re nearing the point where clicking “File > Print” will bust out a custom dashboard in our basements. We’re really not there yet, but Mini is close..
Owners of current-generation Cooper Hardtop two-door, four-door, and convertible models can now order custom 3D-printed trim pieces, laser-etched door sills, and LED puddle lights with their own personal designs. While the John Cooper Works GP Concept included 3D-printed door panels and instrument-cluster parts, Mini is not going that far for production models. Known as Mini Yours Customized, the faux air vents on the front fenders (called side scuttles), dashboard trim on the passenger side, illuminated door sills, and door light projectors all can be patterned, labelled, textured, and colored to taste, or any lack thereof.
Beyond all the regular Mini accessories, these parts can display the owner’s name, signature, and other favorite graphics or shapes for an as-yet-unnamed price. Mini will let owners configure their designs from pre-selected themes or go wild into the unknown, either online or at a Mini dealership. Weeks later, after a Mini-approved 3D printer opens the file and readies the plastic (for the fender and dash trim), aluminum (for the laser-etched door sills), or those little LED slide covers (for the projected puddle light images up to 20 inches in diameter), the custom parts arrive fresh from Germany ready to snap or stick onto the car. They’re easily detachable and and can be swapped for the standard parts, so long as you’re comfortable with reattaching a few wires here and there.
It’s not a total free-for-all, as Mini still has design and quality standards it’d like to maintain. The Countryman and John Cooper Works models are excluded, while Clubman owners only can order the LED door sills. Other necessities, such as a bracket for the dash trim that allows a quick, tool-free swap, are required if your Mini is to truly be this custom cool. Currently, Mini USA sells several accessory door sills for up to $345, fender vents for up to $270, and patterned dash trim for up to $350. Expect to pay a bit more for one-off parts.