What do you get for the car owner that has everything? Well, if it's the owner of a Tesla Model S electric vehicle, you can either get him or her a $500 cup-holder insert that sets atop the car's center console or, better yet, score him or her a 3D printer that can print one out.

Street Insider directs us to this oh-so-technologically-advanced option for anyone with a bit of extra cash on hand. Apparently, there are blueprints circulating for a cup-holder insert that can be printed on a Stratasys MakerBot printer. Those printers run anywhere between $2,200 and $2,800 a pop, but, hey, that's nothing compared to the Tesla itself, right?

The cool thing is that the 3D cup-holder inserts can be printed out in a myriad of colors for the EV driver who wants to make the ultimate fashion statement ... or faux pas. Of course, how that printed holder will handle that first spilled cup of scalding coffee after the Model S driver gets a little too frisky on a hairpin is anyone's guess. The good news? The driver can simply go home and print another one. Sure beats shelling out $500 for the factory version.


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      mbukukanyau
      • 10 Months Ago
      The fad goes on
      • 10 Months Ago
      What was wrong with the 2 drink holders in the armrest? This is an advertisement not an article showing the benefits of 3D printing.
        kca124
        • 10 Months Ago
        Hard to reach. Once a cup is in the "arm rest" it is no longer useable as an armrest.
      kca124
      • 10 Months Ago
      You have got to be joking. The Makerbot produces parts a a part quality of 20 years ago in the 3D printing industry. Looks like cr**. There are 3D printers which will produce much nicer parts, and Stratasys has them (Connex for example) But the real cost of 3D printing a part/ parts that size on the Connex is around $2,500 and it would take quite a while. Who would even consider putting this in their car for daily use???
      • 10 Months Ago
      Give me a break you pay over $70K for the car and you want to squabble about a $500 optional cup holder because you should have 4 cups of coffee for you morning commute! What a joke.
      Andre Neves
      • 10 Months Ago
      The quality of the 3D printed material will be on par with the rest of the interior. No joke, I had the chance to sit in one of these for the first time a couple of months ago and I was seriously appalled by the interior design and the fit finish of the car for what you were paying for. And that Center console screen. How can anyone think that looks good.
        m_2012
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Obvious troll post. Not a single person has ever knock the center scree, be it for its looks or function.
          bluepongo1
          • 10 Months Ago
          @m_2012
          @ m_2012 Probably a car dealer/F.U.D. spreader... His whiny retort is the same too ... blah ... blah....Messiah blah..blah ... you 30,000 happy customers disagree with my all-knowing opinion even though I've never seen a Tesla vehicle from the hole I live in... You know for folks that claim to be EV promoters some commenters sure give these folks alot of misinformation for parrots to make fools of themselves with : @ Marco "fanatics" (disagee =/= fanatics), @ Dan " too heavy" (yet in Mexico a Model S "was air-borne" .) @ Dr. Rotation screen too hard to navigate ( Don't worry most people too old to deal with the screen will never own a Tesla vehicle any way.)
          Andre Neves
          • 10 Months Ago
          @m_2012
          I should've known better than to come into Autoblog Green and insult you nerds by criticizing ever so slightly your Messiah of the auto industry . I take back what I said. The interior is beautiful and feels like you are sitting in a Bentley. And the 50 inch screen that seems to be away from your face is stunning and not distracting at all.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Poor Andre Neves Your envy is showing.
      Joeviocoe
      • 10 Months Ago
      And in REAL Tesla News... The Supercharger network now allows full "coast to coast" travel. As demonstrated by a couple this past weekend. N.Y.to L.A.
        m_2012
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        No real news here, please. Lets keep it to cup holders and erroneous recall stories.
        bluepongo1
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        O NOES !!! What will the trolls do now that they don't have an excuse to make themselves feel better about being too poor to get a Tesla vehicle ? Won't someone think of the trolls ? (9_9)
      • 10 Months Ago
      Andres, you are right. You should have known better. Your statements make you look like either an idiot or a troll (or both)
      transtechinc
      • 10 Months Ago
      Tesla-S might need more cup holders. But it needs good comfortable seats to drive this SUPER EXPENSIVE car for LONG JOURNEIES. Due to RANGE ANXIETY many present owners must not have driven this car for long drives. I do not understand the designers completely overlooked the comfort of the bucket seats front and rear. Need flush, soft comfort seats for this car. In one word the seats are worst then any cheapest car in USA. Designers and Mr. Must should look into it. I was very anxious to buy this car, after taking this car on for TEST DRIVE ( TESLA ALLOWS THE REGISTERED PROSPECTIVE BUYERS) TO THE CAR FOR FULL ONE WEEKEND DAY. I am forced to think and consider to cancel my reservation and get back my deposit. Roh Vemula East Hanover, NJ
        Marco Polo
        • 10 Months Ago
        @transtechinc
        @ transtechinc It's hard to take critics seriously when they express themselves in upper case. But, assuming that your criticism is sincere, (and not just provoking a response from enraged Tesla fans ) , I'll attempt a reply. The seats and interior in the model S, (like all electric cars) needs to be as light as possible. That doesn't mean the seats are uncomfortable, because they're not. Tesla's seating is ergonomically designed and provides both comfort and support in keeping with Tesla's image as a sports saloon, than the sort of soft, heavy, over padded, leather/hide, 'armchair' type of seating found in older US vehicles and limousines. The typical sort of luxury vehicle that provide an interior more in keep with a drawing room on an English country estate, requires a car with a massively powerful, (and thirsty ) V8 to carry all that weight. With new technology, you must expect some changes. I may take a bit of getting used to, but I'm sure you'll find those seats far more supportive than you think, once you get used to them. Good luck
        ElectricAvenue
        • 10 Months Ago
        @transtechinc
        Yeah, right, I have RANGE ANXIETY because I can only drive the car for 3 or 4 hours non-stop. I have driven the car for two hours non-stop. The seats seem comfortable to me, and the only anxiety I had was BLADDER ANXIETY.
      m_2012
      • 10 Months Ago
      SO $2800 to print something that is uglier and less useful that the $500 one that comes with the car? No thanks. Not like you can sell copies since it has the copyrighted Tesla logo.
      KenZ
      • 10 Months Ago
      Well, I hope for their sake they're getting the newest Makerbot and printing out of PC, because PLA in a hot car.... not so much. Unless you really like the Salvadore Dali look...
        KenZ
        • 10 Months Ago
        @KenZ
        Print it out of PLA... lock your car in a hot parking lot in the summer.... and you can title your car smell "The Persistence of Coffee." (Dali reference in case you didn't know)
      Marco Polo
      • 10 Months Ago
      3 D printing has the potential to be really disruptive for nations that rely on cheap labour to manufacture mass produced components. Although, the current generation of printers are crude, and the the raw material base is also crude, the technology will eventually be able to reproduce almost everything, from any material. Science Fiction becoming reality.
        kca124
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Marco Polo
        That is exactly where it will not be disruptive and the technology has been around for 1/4 century. Its time of disruptiveness is long gone. Virtually every product developer uses RP/3D Printing already. If a country has low labor rates, it can be much cheaper to curtail the 3D printing to a minimum
          Marco Polo
          • 10 Months Ago
          @kca124
          @ kca124 You're obviously not a person with any faith in the development and evolution of technology are you ? ( It must be hard for you to find a Telegraph office to send telegrams ).
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