3D printed eyewear


Chris Anderson, well known essayist and director from 2001 to 2012 of Wired magazine, called 3D printing as the spark of the third industrial revolution.

The topic is hotly debated, but certainly something is changing: is demonstrated by the work of the U.S. company Red Eye On Demand, which has made for Kor EcoLogic the first 3D printed car.

It is called Urbee2 and is a three-wheeled vehicle designed for two persons, whose existence suggests the possibility of applying the three-dimensional printing to large-scale production.

Changing the subject, we fly to Amsterdam where the Dutch study DUS Architects has joined the project for the construction of the first 3D printed house. The goal? They plans to build a full-size canal house in Amsterdam using a purpose-built printer called the KamerMaker .

Two exciting initiatives that, at the sime time, are important learning and testing laboratories that allow us to imagine incredible scenarios for the future of 3D printing. Returning to the present, we can instead appreciate the application of three-dimensional printing in various fields, first of all - of course - the eyewear industry.

So, we come across in the work of designer Ron Arad, who presented his collection designed for the brand PQ Eyewear of which he is cofounder. The frames of his glasses are made entirely of nylon powder and were summarized in Milan with selective laser technology (SLS).

The temples are presented as a natural extension of the front frame, priority for Arad was in fact get glasses consist of a single component or, to quote his words, "monolithic".

We conclude by leaving you to the video  made by Dezeen   in which Arad, a pioneer in the field of 3D printing, recounts how his way of interacting with this technology has changed since 1999.