One of the great companies related to the world of glasses as it is SafiloLiterally the second largest eyewear manufacturer in existence today, they just announced their intention to include 3D printing on their assembly lines. Specifically, as they have published in through a press release, they have just made the purchase of a Stratasys J750 with which they hope to produce spectacle frames up to 60% faster than using traditional methods.
As D has commentedaniel tomasin, Product Samples Coordinator for Safilo, thanks to the adoption of 3D printing, the glasses prototype process has literally been transformed since it has been achieved reduce the time to design and prototype frames from 15 hours to just 3 hours. To achieve this improvement in time, now the company is beginning to use a CNC machine and manual finishing.
Safilo introduces 3D printing in its line of design and prototyping of frames for glasses.
In the words of Daniel Tomasin:
With our 3D printer we can design and develop prototypes in a matter of hours. Using the long tray of 3D printing, we can manufacture multiple frame variations in the same print job which helps us reduce our product development costs while driving further creative development.
For its part, for David larosso, Associate Director of Creative Design at Safilo for brands such as Carrera, Givenchy and Havanianas:
Thanks to the Stratasys J3 750D Printer's ability to combine an almost endless range of striking colors with different levels of transparency, we can manufacture a large number of completely different frames. This allows us to perfect multiple designs in less time, allowing us to launch the latest fashion lenses on time and maintain our competitive advantage.
Stratasys 3D printing is fantastic as frames that outperform hand-made ones, particularly since we no longer have to worry about paint fading as the color is integrated into the 3D printed frame.