April 1, 2014

There are currently a number of companies offering directly manufactured 3D printed eyeglass frames. Some of the companies focus on 3D Printed sunglasses, while others offer 3D Printed frames, which can be fitted with either clear or sunglass lenses, or prescription lenses at your local optometrist shop.

Sneaking Duck, an Australian online prescription glasses fashion retailer is looking to join the crowded market with made-to-order 3D-printed frames.

With the customizable, standard frame collection, you can choose from a variety of different colors, sizes and even have a message on the frame.

Mark Capps, chief executive of Sneaking Duck, explained that they had the idea when they launched the company two-and-a-half years ago. "But it's taken us that long to find someone who could deliver what we want and really make sure it's a product and not a gimmick," Capps told Financial Review.

After the design is finalized, the 3D files will be sent to New York (Shapeways?) for manufacturing. The frames are printed with nylon using Selective Laser Sintering technology. It will take around five weeks for delivery to Australia.

The frames will retail for AUD360 with standard lenses, or more for thinner lenses. And the company said it plans to offer more customisable options in future.

"Everyone has those comments about eyes being skewiff, or ears being a funny shape," Mr Capps said. "The only way to get the perfect glasses is to have them individually made for you and that's what we're moving towards."


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