New design: Classic Mini cup holder

One of the biggest issues I faced with my Austin Mini is not the exploding heater valve, nor the ignition coil falling off, nor the blown out head gasket, but the lack of a decent cup holder. These kind of major issues can be solved by 3D printing. Which I did 馃榾

The cup holder can be placed without any screws into the ashtray space (some force required). This is still a work in progress because some areas are a little too thin and the glass transition temperature (the temperature at which the material goes into a rubbery state) of PLA is 60 to 65掳C according to Wikipedia. This means that the holder will not be able hold my beverage on a hot summer day…

I still have to test this design by putting two full cans of soda into the holder and going for a ride on a bumpy road for a while. Eventually this design will be a little tougher and made out of ABS before the next summer!

P.S. Here is a photo of the holder actually holding drinks

Cup holder holding drinks
Cup holder holding drinks

Like this article?

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkdin
Share on Pinterest


  1. Calvin

    Did you ever refine this? Also could I get the model?

    1. J贸n

      It has been a long time since I last looked at this design. I just checked and I still have it! I haven’t refined it and it’s a bit fragile, but it worked. If you send me a message through the about page I can share the stl file with you. I share the STEP and Fusion files with my Patreon supporters.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *