Here’s How to Get Started 3D Printing Your Own Car Accessories

3D printing is a big deal. It enables the average person to quickly whip up a fix for something around the house, a cool toy, some functional equipment for hobbies, or even rapidly prototype a new product for a business. You can see why it could easily become the next big appliance for homes and garages.

One area it’s bound to have a huge impact on is the car world. Over the past few weeks, my coworker Rob and I have been experimenting with 3D-printed accessories for the new Ford Maverick pickup with good results. I printed a heated/cooled cupholder. My partner Rob printed a dash cubby-mounted phone charger. (You all liked the charger most of all.) The implications of the stuff we designed go further than the parts themselves, though. 

The point of our whole print-off wasn’t just so we could print some fun accessories. It was to explore the automotive potential of this now-commonplace technology in a vehicle built for makers. After having lived the life for roughly two weeks, we can confidently offer some tips for beginners looking to get into the hobby.

Starters

Before you embark on purchasing a 3D printer of any kind, even a very cheap one, you should really try to think about what you want to do with it. There are different types of printers, filaments, and resins beyond your wildest dreams—it can be overwhelming. When I started printing in high school, I didn’t have nearly as many options as hobbyists do today, and even trying to keep track of all the advancements today has been a lot for me. 

Another thing is that, while the hobby doesn’t technically require computer-aided design skills, such proficiency is really necessary to design parts for your own use. When I got my first printer, I had no CAD skills. But I figured out pretty quickly that if I wanted to make stuff that would be useful to me personally, I needed to learn. 

Luckily, there are a lot of options in terms of programs to use in order to design your own parts. Fusion360 is free for hobbyists and probably the most popular, but there is even web-based CAD software like TinkerCAD or OnShape that can provide the sorts of tools necessary to make custom odds and ends. I personally use Solidworks, which you either have to pay for or find some other way of obtaining. Keep in mind most CAD programs have free periods or student editions, so you can play around until you find one you like.

Be wary that many of these tools have rather steep learning curves. While TinkerCAD might be an easy way to jumpstart your 3D-printing journey, you’ll quickly find its limitations and end up venturing into Fusion360 or another piece of software. Don’t get overwhelmed, though, because plenty of great resources exist to learn 3D-modeling basics on YouTube, in Facebook groups, and elsewhere.

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Once you have some proficiency in a CAD program,

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Prime Day may be over, but the savings continue on these car accessories

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Feeling a bit of regret for not taking advantage of that great deal you saw on Prime Day? Don’t worry, there are still a bunch of residual deals to be had! If you’re looking to save on things like dash cams, jump starters, tire inflators, vacs and wax then check out this list below with some of the best post-Prime Day deals we could find.

The Byakov dash cam records videos in 1080p resolution and features night vision and WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) technology. Like most others, this cam has a G-sensor and automatically starts recording if your car is hit, even in a parking lot. It also has a 170° wide viewing area, a small form-factor, and loop recording. Users say the picture quality is “much higher” than expected for such an affordable cam. Last but not least, the cam comes with a two-year product replacement warranty. Like the sound of the Byakov? Check it out right here.


After buying a car, many of us get home and immediately take off the license plate frames that had the dealership name on them. After all, you likely just paid them tens of thousands of dollars and they still want free advertising? No thanks. These silicone frames won’t scratch your car like the metal ones, are rust-proof and fit all American and Canadian plates. Stop advertising for the car dealership for free.


There are no doubt countless Subarus, Jeeps and Broncos looking a bit worse for wear after climbing trailheads all summer, and it can be daunting to stock up on car cleaning supplies at full price. If you’re starting from scratch, a gallon of the Swift Wipe Sprayable Waterless Car Wash solution is currently 28% off and you can still pick up a Torq Foam Blaster for 16% off too. If you already have the basics, though, it’s never a bad time to stock up on some discounted microfiber towels, which you can find right here for 16% off.


Despite how weird this stuff looks, it’s Amazon’s #1 best seller in “Detailing Tools.” We’ve used it and love it for its unmatched ability to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your car, like the air vents or cup holders. Because this putty-like substance doesn’t leave a residue behind, you won’t have to mop up with paper towels after dabbing it into your vents or the cracks in your center console. It can also be used to remove dirt and dust from delicate tech gadgets like your laptop or keyboard. A great addition to your car detailing kit, or just to have around the house, especially for just under $10.


The Chortau dual dash cam is equipped with a 1080p front camera and a waterproof back camera. The front cam captures video with a 170° wide-angle lens while the rear cam features a 130° lens. It also features loop-recording and

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Tom’s Guide Awards 2022: The best EVs, automotive accessories and mobility products this year

The automotive industry has been undergoing some radical changes the past few years. That’s been incredibly apparent over the past year, with an explosion of new cars and technology. Long gone are the days when Tesla was the only real contender, and the prospect of buying an electric car is more enticing (and feasible) than ever before.

Not to mention the fact there’s never been a better time to pick up an electric bike or scooter. With so many incredible options to choose from, there’s no need to travel everywhere on four wheels. And, if you’re still rocking an older car, there’s plenty of fantastic new tech to spruce it all up. Frankly, there’s no shortage of Automotive and Mobility products for us to celebrate in this year’s Tom’s Guide Awards.

And check out all the winners of the Tom’s Guide Awards 2022.

Best electric car

Best electric car: Kia EV6

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The Kia EV6 is the best electric car, hands-down. With a solid mix of stylish design, good performance, long range, hi-tech features and a starting price of just $41,400, the Kia EV6 has pretty much everything you could ask for. The Kia EV6 offers anything from 232 to 310 miles of range, but the real winner is the 350 kW ultra fast rapid charging — which can recharge from 10 to 80% in just 18 minutes. Top that off with a 114 miles per hour top speed, a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds, and swanky features like an augmented reality heads-up display, there’s something for everyone to love about the car. Especially once you look past the sleek and sporty design, and see just how comfortable and roomy the interior really is.

Best electric SUV

Best electric SUV: Tesla Model Y

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The electric SUV market is pretty intense, but as is often the case where EVs are concerned the Tesla Model Y comes out on top. The Tesla Model X may beat it in the size department, but the Model Y still offers a lot of space for a much lower price tag — not to mention all the trademark features that make Tesla cars so popular in the first place. 

The Model Y offers 30 cubic feet of trunk space, or 66 if the seats are folded down, alongside a four cubic foot frunk. Needless to say there’s a lot of space to exploit, and just for your stuff. Throw in all the other features, like a 3.5 second 0-60 time, the Autopilot driver assistance system, up to 330 miles of range per charge, and access to the 250 kW Tesla Supercharger network and it’s easy to see why the Model Y is so popular.

Best in-car gadget

Best in-car gadget: Motorola MA1

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Generally speaking wireless connections don’t hold a candle to hard wired connections. The trick is making wireless perform well enough that people don’t notice. Therein lies the true power of the Motorola

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With Key Gamers Al Taif Auto Equipment, Car Mart, Delta Moreover, Al Mushrif Car Accessories, Fawaz Al-Khateeb, Directed Automobile, Major Star & Additional

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Dublin, June 28, 2022 (Globe NEWSWIRE) — The “UAE Automobile Extras Market, By Location (Interior Accessories, Exterior Add-ons), By Auto Variety (Hatchback, Sedan, SUV/MPV), By Demand Class (OEM, Alternative), By Income Channel (On the net, Offline), By Location, Opposition Forecast & Possibilities, 2017-2028” report has been extra to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s providing.

The UAE auto accessories marketplace is projected to mature at a considerable amount for the duration of the forecast period. The current market advancement can be attributed to the raising need and manufacturing of autonomous and linked passenger autos. Other than, the developing recognition of electric powered and autonomous autos and continuous technological progress in passenger motor vehicle equipment are anticipated to generate a better demand from customers for UAE vehicle extras marketplace.

Substantial desire for installing infotainment units and rising manufacturing and product sales of passenger cars and trucks owing to rapid urbanization, enhanced life style, and significant for each capita money of customers are also predicted to propel the UAE motor vehicle components market place. The mounting desire of consumers in improving the aesthetic attraction of autos and the booming automotive business in the country are some of the things generating worthwhile development prospects.

Continuous breakthroughs in technology are attracting clients to make investments in motor vehicle accessories for increased comfort and safety. Extra industry players are investing in bettering the good quality of resources employed in the producing system to strengthen gross sales. The introduction of highly developed units this kind of as new lighting programs, dynamic window shows, biometric entry to cars and trucks, and higher installation of infotainment devices are accelerating the demand from customers for the UAE auto equipment current market all through the forecast time period.

In addition, the rising availability of large-velocity web penetration and fast deployment of 5G know-how are variables propelling the growth of the UAE car add-ons marketplace. Aside from, authentic machines brands are advancing the infotainment units to make them appropriate with connected and autonomous autos.

Aim of the Study:

  • To evaluate and forecast marketplace dimension of the UAE car extras industry, in phrases of worth.

  • To determine, classify and forecast the UAE auto components industry on the foundation of location, car form, demand class, sales channel, region, and competition forecast.

  • To establish tailwinds and headwinds for the UAE auto accessories industry.

  • To take a look at competitive developments these types of as expansions, new merchandise launches, offer contracts, and mergers & acquisitions in the UAE motor vehicle equipment market place.

  • To consider competitor pricing, common market place providing selling prices and traits in the UAE vehicle add-ons industry.

  • To strategically profile the major players associated in the UAE motor vehicle components in industry.

The examine is beneficial in delivering responses to several crucial issues that are essential for market stakeholders, this kind of as luxury vehicle manufacturers, distributors, dealers and plan makers, which industry segments should really be focused around the coming years (subsequent 5 several years) in buy to strategize investments and

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14 Best-Selling Car Accessories on Amazon of 2022

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The 500+ Club helps take the guesswork out of shopping on Amazon. The product experts at Good Housekeeping have vetted the below products to ensure they’re worth your money. Each one boasts at least 500 reviews and a minimum 4-star rating from real, verified reviewers, so you can trust that you’re purchasing products that actually work, according to users and experts.


Sometimes it can feel like we spend more time in our cars than in our actual homes — which is why it’s so important to make sure your car is as comfortable as possible. From keeping your vehicle an organized, garbage-free zone to making sure it’s easy to safely navigate to your destination while simultaneously sipping your morning cup of joe, making your ride as smooth as possible should be a top priority. That’s why the product review pros at Good Housekeeping have vetted the best car accessories Amazon has to offer, starting at just $6.

On this list, you’ll find Amazon’s best-selling car gadgets — some with as many as 200,000 rave reviews — including popular items featured on Shark Tank and clever auto accessories that have gone viral on TikTok. From nugget sauce holders to portable electric blankets for chilly mornings, here are the coolest car accessories to add to your next Amazon order.

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Most Popular Car Trash Can on Amazon

Car Trash Can With Lid

  • Reviews: 21.5K
  • Star rating: 4.6 stars

Keep your car garbage-free with this $13 trash can featuring a built-in lid and side storage pockets. Hang it from the back of your front passenger seat headrest for easy access — just don’t forget to dump it once it gets full!

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Most Popular Car Seat Gap Filler on Amazon

Car Seat Gap Filler (Set of 2)

  • Reviews: 46.1K
  • Star rating: 4.6 stars

Dropping items in the cracks of your car seats is a total headache. To prevent things from ending up in Carnia (a.k.a. Car Narnia, the dark space under your seats that you can never seem to reach), try these neoprene fillers designed to stop items from falling into seat gaps. According to the brand, its seat gap fillers fit perfectly around your seatbelt and the squishy yet stretchy material works in all types of cars.

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Most Popular Extended Car Charger on Amazon

X5 Car Charger

  • Reviews: 2.1K
  • Star rating: 4.5 stars

You can pass the charger to the backseat with ease thanks to RapidX’s X5 car charger featuring a five-foot long cord. Making car charging from areas other than the front seat much easier, the model also has five USB ports, can be used with Android or iPhones and is available in six different color options.

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Most Popular Car Vacuum on Amazon

Car Vacuum Cleaner

  • Reviews: 23.2K
  • Star rating: 4.1

It’s time to finally get rid of those snack crumbs your kids have left all over your back seat. This popular car vacuum cleaner features an extension tube for getting

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Interior Car Accessories Market Dynamic Business Strategy Covers by Raising Growth CAGR of 5.6% by 2028 | Pioneer Corporation, Star Automotive Accessories, Garmin Ltd., H.I. Motors, Pecca Group Berhad, Covercraft Industries

Interior car accessories are automotive accessories that are used to improve the interior appearance of the vehicle. Car seat cover, sound insulation, car pillow, door panels, interior trims, cockpit modules, steering wheel covers, headliners, stereos, speakers, security features, a navigation system, car mats, etc. are some of the interior car accessories.

The global Interior Car Accessories Market was accounted for US$ 202,938.9 Mn in terms of value and 803,8563.5 Thousand Units in 2019 and is expected to grow at CAGR of 5.6% for the period 2020-2027.

As the report proceeds further, it covers the analysis of key market participants paired with development plans and policies, production techniques, and price structure of the Interior Car Accessories Market. The report also identifies the other essential elements such as product overview, supply chain relationship, raw material supply and demand statistics, expected developments, and profit and consumption ratio.  
The key features of the Interior Car Accessories Market report 2022-2027 are the organization, extensive amount of analysis and data from previous and current years as well as forecast data for the next five years. Most of the reports are made up of tables, charts and figures that give our clients a clear picture of the Interior Car Accessories Market. The structure of Interior Car Accessories Market by identifying its various segments and sub-segments to help understand the report.

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𝗞𝗲𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗲𝘀: Momo Srl, Pioneer Corporation, Star Automotive Accessories, Garmin Ltd., H.I. Motors, Pecca Group Berhad, U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., Covercraft Industries, LLC, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Lloyd Mats, CAR MATE MFG. CO., Ltd., and Classic Soft Trim.

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Key Drivers

Strong growth in automotive industry due to increasing sale of vehicles is a prime factor propelling growth of the interior car accessories market. According to the India Brand Equity Foundation, in FY21, passenger vehicles sales reached 27.11 lakhs units, two-wheelers reached 151.19 lakhs units, commercial vehicles sales reached 5.69 lakhs units and for three-wheelers it was 2.16 lakhs units. In 2019-20, the total passenger vehicles sales reached ~2.8 million, while ~2.7 million units were sold in FY21.

Rising popularity of multimedia car accessories is again fostering growth of the market. For instance, in October 2021, Harman

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