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The Japanese car manufacturer allows owners to personalize the exterior of their vehicles at the click of a button

Japan’s oldest car manufacturer,  Daihatsu, has turned to 3D-printing to offer mass-customization when it comes to automobile modifications. Last week, the automaker announced that Daihatsu Copen owners will have the opportunity to personalize the compact convertible with 3D-printed car parts.

Daihatsu teamed up with 3D-printing company Stratasys to create ‘Effect Skins,’ which are plastic panels that can be easily affixed to the car’s bumpers and fenders. The initial templates are created in collaboration with Znug Design and owners can tweak the design in terms of color, texture and pattern.

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