See The Specs Restyled By 3D Printing
The 3D printed future is wanting more and more cartoonish if this crowdfunder for one-piece versatile nylon eyewear is making a prescient design name. Referred to as Mono, the designer specs appear to be they’ve been scribbled onto the mannequin’s face with a Sharpie marker.
Hong Kong based mostly architect Edmond Wong got here up with the thought for a single piece pair of specs that are printed in a single go after having hassle discovering glasses to suit himself. He says he had present expertise utilizing 3D printers for making architectural fashions so put the 2 collectively and got here up with designs for a variety of 3D printed one-piece specs — bringing an optician pal on board for related expertise.
The Mono design permits on-line consumers to be fairly assured of a very good match throughout the vary of types and with out making an attempt the glasses on in individual as a result of the designs are sized throughout three factors on every pair of glasses, every of which could be certainly one of three totally different measurement measurements. So the customer specifies S, M or L for the body width, the nostril pad, and the size of temples respectively.
There are actual millimeter measures for all these sizing specs, with the medium measurement being a mean, and small and enormous aiming to cowl the “excessive instances”. Mono’s coiled hinge design (additionally crucial for the glasses to be printable as one piece) and the versatile nylon materials used for the frames are additionally meant to assist obtain a greater match.
Wong says the nylon (high-quality Polyamaide PA 2000 to offer it its technical identify) is robust and sturdy, and capable of stand as much as UV publicity — as you’d hope, given their uncovered-to-the-parts state of affairs
However how do the versatile, one-piece specs keep on the wearer’s face? The top of the temples bend inwards and downwards barely so are designed to hug the wearer’s head, in response to Wong. The lenses are held in place inside the 3D printed nylon frames by way of grooves, as with typical glasses. However Mono is making a lot of the power to come out your lenses on demand to modify between normal glasses and tinted and shaded lens as required — i.e. in contrast to typical glasses.
Wong says Mono has been round 10 months in improvement up so far. It’s been self-funded by him thus far, though he notes that desktop 3D printer prototyping permit for considerably decreased product dev prices and decrease danger on such wackily artistic gambles.
The duo are now trying to increase round $30,000 by way of Indiegogo to cowl some much less incremental manufacturing prices, comparable to minimal lens and equipment orders, in addition to for different areas akin to patent purposes for his or her versatile, single-piece hinge design.
Early crowdfunder backers can pledge for a pair of Mono optical glasses for $ninety nine, or $199 for sun shades — because of ship by August. A combo lens bundle which consists of the frames plus a pair of optical and a pair of tinted lenses prices $one hundred thirty five.
Whether or not sporting 3D-printed cartoon specs will make you look trendy or foolish is one other matter. However additive manufacturing goes to encourage extra customized styling to creep into conference — so anticipate extra playful and/or bespoke design to be a future normal.