3D Printing Utilized for Production of New Custom Eyewear

MAKE Eyewear is peering into the future with the launch of its new eyewear collection and Freestyle design service. The company offers unique designs and virtually unlimited customization, and is able to do so because it employs a revolutionary production method known as 3D printing.

The technology used to print three-dimensional objects has been around for a few decades now, but it has only recently attained a level of quality necessary for making end consumer products. It is still rare to find anything which is manufactured using this process, primarily because it tends to be much more expensive than traditional production methods. However, since cost is based on the amount of material consumed and not design complexity, it is reasonable to produce small products like eyewear.

Founder David Minich states, "There are some really interesting 3D printed objects out there, but many of them do not really make much sense to me as products. A basic 3D printed chair, for example, can easily cost thousands of dollars. That's a lot of money for a plastic chair." Sticking with a relatively small product that does not require a large volume of material, has allowed the company to keep prices competitive with other, non-3D printed, glasses on the market. What's more, each frame style in the online store is available in three standard sizes and can be customized further to provide an even better fit.

In addition to the frames offered in the online store, customers can design their own glasses from scratch using the "Freestyle" service. MAKE provides as much or as little assistance in the design process as a customer wants, and a frame can be designed from something as simple as a rough sketch.

For more information about MAKE Eyewear, or to order a pair of glasses, visit: www.makeeyewear.com

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