Utilizing 3D Printing to Design Stunning Eyewear

Based mostly within the vibrant metropolis of Montevideo, Uruguay, our April 2019 Hackers of the Month are creating a brand new mannequin of manufacturing, model, and sustainability for eyewear with their start-up firm, MVD Frames.

Andres Roppa and Alberto Menestrina are each long-time product engineers who come from an industrial engineering background. Their first publicity to 3D printing was round 2002 when a university journey took them to the wind tunnel at an engineering facility that was evaluating the facade efficiency for a future constructing; the size mannequin was created utilizing stereolithography.

A number of years later in 2011, they each began collaborating in design contests for 3D printing sponsored by Shapeways and Materialise, in addition to others. Additionally presently, Alberto was working full-time at a product design studio that centered on electrical units and used fast prototyping every day. As a result of there have been no industrial grade printers in Uruguay on the time, the design information needed to be despatched to Brazil for printing!

In a considerably completely different timeline for many of us, they had been in a position to lower their tooth on SLS (selective laser sintering) additive manufacturing processes however then moved on to smaller scale FDM (shaped deposition modeling) processes to create their extremely fashionable MVD frames.

The place did the inspiration come for the MVD Frames enterprise mannequin? Andres explains, “We’re rethinking how one can make eyewear, and why we should always make it within the first place. We develop merchandise which have extra that means for the consumer… when it comes to the consumer and never the trade, transferring away from mass manufacturing and consumption.”

The result’s nothing in need of wonderful. Utilizing primarily handbook sharpening methods, Andres and Alberto create beautiful eyewear at a fraction of the price of high-end designer labels. The explanation behind this hands-on method speaks volumes, Our mission revolves across the thought of mixing digital with pure, so we’re utilizing hemp and espresso crammed PLA amongst different composite filaments from 3DFuel and different manufacturers to repeatedly check new choices. We need to display how these supplies may be mixed with our design method to realize high-end high quality merchandise that may meet powerful necessities.”

Using 3D printing has allowed them to develop and fabricate fashions shortly to validate their product concepts. The flip round time in having the ability to troubleshoot and reprint flawed designs has tremendously lowered their improvement time in creating new concepts and merchandise.

“Our eyewear is born out of the digital period, however with a hand-crafted contact that makes every body distinctive. So, we mixed new applied sciences, like 3D printing, with pure supplies and handbook processes to create an modern manufacturing methodology.”

“We design high-quality frames inside a multisize idea, with the consumer in thoughts, making a stronger and longer lasting bond. Our collections adapt and evolve organically with out leftovers, as a result of that’s how nature does it, and that’s the way it must be.”

Why did they select eyewear? “Eyewear is the proper product to enhance with 3D printing. Take customization, as an illustration; small scale manufacturing, assembly particular consumer wants, and many others. For now, we’re concentrating on consolation and match whereas utilizing extra sustainable supplies. However some enhancements will not be that seen as a result of they’re associated to processes occurring backstage. For example, our lens supplier could be very excited to seek out that many points which might be associated to lens becoming and different lenses/body processes may be solved shortly and in accordance with their wants. There are inherent issues with typical injected and acetate frames, that we are able to keep away from due to the fabric and know-how.”

What’s it about 3D printing that makes this design so intriguing? “In addition to the eyewear itself, which we design by benefiting from the inherent advantages of additive manufacturing, we’re consistently utilizing the know-how to resolve particular day by day points on different processes we want. We print custom-made templates for laser engraving eyewear components as an illustration, amongst different fast options to assist in meeting. These options are easy, nothing fancy, however they’re so fast and low price, which is right for us at this level.”

We hope to make extra comfy, higher becoming eyewear for the consumer. We deal with making every design and assortment a bit extra superior when it comes to benefiting from additive manufacturing. This method has additionally helped different eyewear startups for which we have now developed designs with particular necessities. Aside from eyewear, we did some design and printing for human and animal orthosis and technical aids. This was a aspect mission that Alberto was main with one other group.”

One other advantage of utilizing 3D printing of their manufacturing is the collaboration issue. It has allowed them to attach with world purchasers on a number of initiatives. It has opened a brand new method of working, making enterprise alternatives out there to them that might have been unattainable to implement 10-15 years in the past.

As is clear of their design and manufacturing course of, they hope to see 3D printing dramatically scale back the environmental impression of manufacturing, and never simply one other medium to create much more ineffective plastic devices – they usually consistently critique themselves on this metric as effectively!

For now, Andres and Alberto want to increase their eyewear designs by collaborating with different manufacturers, whereas taking the time to ensure that persons are educated within the design, conceptualization and accountable use if 3D printing know-how. A measure of their success appears to lie of their notion that the human aspect of 3D printing is what must be upgraded as a result of the know-how is already getting cheaper and simpler to make use of extraordinarily shortly.

We stay up for seeing much more designs and the world domination of the 3D printed eyewear market by Andres and Alberto! For extra of what MVD is as much as, you may go to their web site right here: