Materialise and Safilo 3D-print spectacles

The Italian eyewear company Safilo has collaborated with Materialise to launch a new collection of spectacle frames, the Oxydo Capsule Collection 2017.

Materialise has teamed up with Safilo to 3D-print these glasses, part of the new Oxydo Collection.

Quite a few companies have turned to additive manufacturing for spectacle frames because it’s possible to create very lightweight frames that are more comfortable to wear.

The new Oxydo Collection is said to combine the classic shapes of round and cat-eye styles with ultra-modern silhouettes, which is much easier to create with 3D Printing. Francis Bitonti, the New York-based artist who collaborated with Oxydo on the design, explained: “We focused on leveraging the capabilities of 3D Printing to produce very fine ornamentation while keeping a very minimal silhouette. We were interested in how the next generation of ornamentation might look.”

Materialise has produced the 3D-printed structures that surround each of the frames. They’re manufactured in Polyamide 12 and then finished off with Materialise’s Luxura post-production treatment. Alireza Parandian, head of wearables projects at Materialise, commented: “The eyewear industry and additive manufacturing have built a symbiotic relationship, where each helps the other raise its standards and challenge expectations constantly. I’m looking forward to where this partnership leads next.”

Safilo has previously used Stratasys J750 3D printer to create prototypes of its frame design so using 3D printing for the  manufacturing process is the next logical step.

Safilo, which claims to be the world’s second-largest producer of eyewear, works for a number of well-known brands including Hugo Boss, Max Mara and Jimmy Choo as well as producing its own Carrera and Polaroid branded spectacles.


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