Dutch technology development firm LUXeXceL Group announced June 20 it had produced the world’s first fully 3-D-printed functional eyewear (with both lenses and frames produced through the 3-D printing process) and presented them as a gift to Dutch King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxim. LUXeXcel emphasized the eyeglasses shown here represent a first proof of concept for the laser printing of eyewear. Company officials note the product is not ready for market, and it does not yet have a business model in place; however, they consider the process ”very promising.”
By Dominick M. Maino, O.D., and Geoffrey W. Goodfellow, O.D.
It was the year 2020. Our patient previously completed an at-home self-refraction (she emailed us the results), so we had some preliminary information on what the power of her glasses might be. After verifying this, we completed a full comprehensive eye and vision examination moments later. At the end of this evaluation, the patient than asked, “Doctor, can you print my new glasses now?”
Science fact or science fiction?
Printing in 3-D is a manufacturing technique resulting in the creation of a real-world object by placing material in layers using an additive methodology.
Over the last year, 3-D printing has been frequently in the news with stories about printing working guns (3-D-printed guns may face regulations” on CNET news [http://tinyurl.com/CNET3Dprint] and the “Dawn of a Revolution, How 3D Printing will Change the World Dawn of a Revolution” feature on CNN [http://tinyurl.com/ CNN3Dprint] and several YouTube videos [http://tinyurl.com/YouTube3Dprint]).
New York University even offers a course on 3-D printing (http://tinyurl.com/ NYU3Dprintcourse). Read the rest of this entry ?