3D printing has opened doors to making all sorts of custom-designed objects, including 3D printed glasses. What are they? Where can you find them? Read on to learn all about where to find your next pair of 3D printed shades.
From helping the nearsighted to keeping the sun out of our eyes, glasses have an important function in society. Increasingly, it’s not just about their function, either. People want unique glasses with fashion and style.
This is where 3D printing comes in. Rather than sticking to generic, mass-produced frames, people can custom 3D print frames for their glasses in any style imaginable. They can also make their frames fit their face comfortably, too.
Regardless of the application, 3D printing is very affordable compared to the cost of custom-making glasses through traditional manufacturing.
You can get 3D printed glasses in a few different ways. Many specialized 3D printed glasses companies will either have a catalog of 3D printed designs to choose from or will accommodate custom prints according to your specifications.
Alternatively, if you’re willing to do some CAD, you can design your own from scratch and 3D print it through a 3D printing service. Try usingto find the service that best fits your needs.
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In the following, we take a look at some of the top brands in 3D printed glasses.
This 3D printed glasses company specializes in simple but elegant glasses for day-to-day use.
Each of their pairs features screwless hinges for a lighter, sleeker design. The frames are made using SLS printing in polyamide powder, which makes them very strong but also very lightweight.
You can customize the color and dimensions of each frame to get a better fit for your face.
Based in France, Octobre71 is a small company for 3D printed glasses. There’s a few different designs to choose from, such as the modern City collection or the more chunky Moto collection.
All glasses are designed and assembled in France. The frames are actually printed by Sculpteo, who are working in collaboration with this new company.
With their unique, out-of-the-box designs, Octobre71 is definitely a cool brand to watch.
SEIKO’s line of Xchanger sports glasses is another impressive example of 3D printed eyewear. Each pair is “individually styled, highly functional, and perfectly adapted to its wearer”.
Partnering with Materialise to produce these laser-sintered frames, you can even customize the frame through their online configurator. Since sports eyewear needs to be resistant to factors like UV rays and sweat, all of the glasses are post-processed to prevent wear and tear.
In fact, Belgian explorer Dixie Dansercoer even wore his pair of Xchangers to the North Pole. How many sunglasses can say they’re done that?
Hoet is a Belgian-based eyewear design company who take 3D printing glasses to the next level. With innovative frames, they dare to experiment with new concepts and designs to make unique looks.
Their Hoet Couture line is 3D printed in rust-free, anti-allergic titanium, which is durable and surprisingly light. Some glasses even have diamonds, gold, or platinum highlights to complement each design.
If that sounds too fancy for you, don’t worry. Hoet also offers other collections that cater more to the general public.
Oxydo is another 3D printed eyewear studio making high-end creative glasses. These “wearable sculptures” aim to stretch the limits of creativity and technology to create a beautiful end product.
All of their glasses are designed and produced in Italy and are delightful examples of the eclectic designs that 3D printing can bring to life. Browse through their Fall 2017 and Spring 2017 collections to see what they have to offer.
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