Design Your Own Optical Lenses

3D Printed Lenses: Configuration Made Easy

3D Printed Lenses

Luxexcel’s 3D printing technology allows to prototype and manufacture transparent lenses. Trinckle 3D’s software enables cloud-based and easy-as-pie customization of 3D models. By combining these two technologies, it is now possible to order custom-made, perfect-fit 3d printed lenses in a few seconds.

3D printing professional optical lenses? Is that possible? Yes, it is. Here’s an example you can find in a store near you: SEIKO Optical Europe teamed up with Materialise to offers sports enthusiasts the ability to choose eyewear that features functionality and customizability beyond that of regular frames – just made possible with the 3D printing professionals from Materialise. So configuring and 3D printing optical materials is now possible for consumers.

Configure Your Lenses, Have Them 3D Printed

With a configurator, you don’t have to dig into CAD youself (image: )
With this configurator from trinckle 3D, you don’t have to dig into CAD yourself (image: Luxexcel)

But what if you need custom professional lenses for your business? Again, 3D printing can help. Berlin based company Luxexcel is specialised on 3D printing transparent optics. Compared to classical methods, manufacturing optics with 3D printing has huge advantages. Cost are lower, prototypes are available sooner. Even in small series production it pays off. While that‘s great, one question remains: How do you get a 3D design for 3D printing? Until now, you needed to create a design file using CAD software (if you’re capable doing that) or hire a professional 3D designer (if you got the money).

To make things easier for their customers, Luxexcel partnered with trinckle 3D. They now launch two online 3D printed lens creators, which are running on trinckle 3D software technology. Customers can easily create their own lens design, which fits the requirements of their specific use case.

After entering the relevant parameters (i.e. focal length, lens diameter), they can have a look at the resulting model preview right away. The application then generates a 3D printable model file, which will be manufactured at Luxexcel.

Peter Paul Cornelissen, Head of Marketing & Online Business Development thinks that “lowering the bar to make use of optimized optics for its application, and taking away the limitations of standard stock products will be a game changer for many designers that use optics in their products.”

Berlin-based technology company Trinckle 3D introduced its customizing cloud engine earlier this year. The software solution enables mass customization of 3D printable products. “Luxexcel is a great partner and a perfect use case for our software, because the automated creation of custom-made lens models is an obvious and essential add-on to their cutting-edge production technology”, says trinckle 3D’s CEO, Florian Reichle.