Recently Stangfever International enrolled Simply 3D, a small company providing end-to-end 3D scanning and 3D printing services, to perform a conversion on a left-hand-driven 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat to right-hand
Converting a car for right-hand driving can be quite a complex task, one which unfortunately does not merely involve switching parts to the other side!
For one, there are a lot of parts involved: for this specific project, Simply 3D’s Brad Jack worked on 15 different parts, including the dashboard, AC system, glovebox and centre console. While some can be “mirrored” then fitted in a relatively straightforward manner, others need further adaptation.
And while there is a demand for such work to be performed, the case-by-case and model-by-model needs will never justify such parts to be mass manufactured in the automotive industry, so the components for right-hand driving will likely never be readily available.
What makes Jack so enthusiastic about Creaform portable 3D scanners is that it made it possible to “create an entire new market” for the tuning industry, one that “didn’t exist before… for custom and aftermarket automotive parts”.
The project therefore was conducted as a “proof-of-concept” for Stangfever, one that could bring a digital solution to a very labour-intensive industry.
The project aimed at achieving 3 things: (1) reducing the production lead time, (2) reducing production costs, and (3) improving overall quality.
Needless to say, the finished Aussie-ready Challenger easily ticked all three boxes revealing an interesting new market opportunity.
The Simply 3D mandate was to scan, reverse engineer and print all the components needed to convert the car. Jack used a Creaform portable 3D scanner to perform the scanning task, which he described as “a great product”. Thanks to its ease of use and speed, the portable 3D scanner pulled everything together, since “this project was not possible without the scanner, mainly because I couldn’t have processed the plethora of parts that I received in either a timely or cost-effective manner,” he explained.