Jan 30, 2018

GlassesUSA, a major online retailer of prescription eyewear, announces the launch of 3D printable glasses. The files, which were designed by renown digital sculptor, Janne Kyttanen, can be 3D printed at home. Consumers will also be able to personalize their frames to reflect their individuality and style.

"For the past 10 years, we have been disrupting the way consumers purchase their glasses and have incorporated new technologies to make the purchasing experience better. The addition of 3D printable frames marks a new milestone in our history, creating previously unachievable possibilities in customization," said Daniel Rothman, CEO of GlassesUSA. "We are proud to be leading the way in educating consumers on how to purchase glasses online and letting them take control of their eyewear needs."

There are three templates available to choose from – Phoenix, Mermaid and Dragon – all based on the brand's best-selling frames, and each one featuring a different style: wayfarer, rectangular and round, to fit various face shapes. Consumers can customize the frame shape as they like; choose colors; add text to the temples such as name, phone number, or inspirational words for ultimate personalization. The 3D frame files are compatible with STL and OBJ formats.

"My mission is to share my work freely to empower others to create. The 3D community is always looking for new projects and as so many of us wear glasses. This is a great opportunity for creating and printing something both useful and artistic," says Janne Kyttanen, digital sculptor and 3D artist.

When it came time to 3D print the first test models, GlassesUSA used the Sinterit Lisa 3D printer, which is based on selective laser sintering (SLS) technology. Unlike FDM 3D printing, SLS printers use a laser system that sinters polymer-based powders to build up objects. This method, which is generally more expensive than FDM printing, can achieve higher precision parts.

To commemorate the launch of 3D printed glasses, GlassesUSA is giving consumers an opportunity to design their own frames for a chance to win a $300 gift card to GlassesUSA. Participants must upload their design to Instagram, tag the brand, and use #GlassesUSA3D to enter the contest by Feb. 28, 2018. Two winners will be selected by Janne Kyttanen and announced by Mar. 1, 2018.



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