Designed by consumers with help from Stratasys.

A man inspecting a 3d part with texture.
Takehiro Koyama shows one of the Effect Skin designs produced on a Fortus 3D printer.

Design freedom for customer personalization.

“Using Stratasys 3D printing technology to customize and supply parts to customers and to allow self-expression within a single car is, I believe, a first.”
Osamu Fujishita, Daihatsu Motor Company
Four of the same 3d printed parts with different textures.
Effect Skin designs created using ASA thermoplastic.
Drawing inspiration from nature and fashion, Junjie and Nezu developed 15 patterns, with themes ranging from geometric to organic. Because the customer can adjust the parameters of the designs themselves, there are exponentially more styles and preferences that can be personally customized. Daihatsu 3D printed the Effect Skins in ASA thermoplastic, which is durable and enables thin, but sturdy walls. It is also available in 10 colors, allowing for even more design possibilities. The ability to quickly 3D print and test design concepts and iterations empowered Junjie to experiment with many different design algorithms and iterate numerous styles quickly.
Two designers looking over 3d printed parts.
Stratasys 3D printing allowed Sun Junjie and Kota Nezu to create multiple quick design iterations.
“Normally, there is a gap in the process in going from data created with 3D CAD to producing the object—the modeling and the actual sculpting are different areas,” Junjie said. “This project would not have been possible with traditional manufacturing or tooling methods,” Nezu said.
Stratasys partnered with Daihatsu, along with outside design partners, to create Effect Skins for cars: intricate, tactile patterns built with 3D printing.