Jul.30, 2013

San Francisco started up Protos Eyewear have launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise $25,000 to get the company off the ground.

Using advanced processes such as selective laser sintering, 3D scanning and parametric 3D modeling, Protos offers custom eyewear with a tailored fit based on an individual's facial measurements and dimensions. That means you will get a 3D printed frames which are tailored to fit your unique facial structure.

Protos Eyewear is a team of five who have been developing the concept and a workflow for the past two years.

It all started when we were in our studio class at California College of the Arts. While pondering ways to utilize our combined talents, Marc noticed that Doug's glasses kept slipping off the bridge of his nose. Doug had been working on algorithms to make rapidly customizable CAD designs, John had prior experience with designing eyewear, Marc was helping manage the 3D printers in the school's rapid prototyping studio, and Richart Ruddie had experience on the business and marketing side. We were later joined by James Peo, who is a world class eyewear stylist and entrepreneur.

The team has been developing a proprietary bioplastic material that is lighter than titanium and more flexible than commonly used acetate materials. In addition it looks like they are also working on software that enables them to reference photos of a person's face to identify the best frame styles.

The base-level pledge for a pair 3D printed frames is $199, but Protos hopes the funding will allow them to offer their glasses at a more affordable price.

Watch below the video explaining the fitting process:


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