The new eyewear collection by fmhofmann is the first in the industry to combine a Titanium 3D-printed hinge with 3D-printed PA frames, a unique combination not seen before. To scale this new summit of all-printed eyewear, Berlin-based designer Fabián Hofmann collaborated with 3D printing experts Materialise.
Scandinavian minimalism never had trouble looking good. And now thanks to Ørgreen and Yuniku, it can help you see better too. Last October, Copenhagen-based designer eyewear brand Ørgreen joined the Yuniku customization platform co-created by Materialise and HOYA Vision Care. This weekend, at MIDO in Milan Ørgreen will showcase their Ørgreen+Yuniku collection through a unique art installation by Gamfratesi Design Studio that gave their minimalist style an abstract twist.
2017 has been an exciting year for the 3D printing industry, with plenty of new players appearing on the scene, as well as countless new collaborations and innovations. In such a dynamic industry, we would love to be able to simply peer into a crystal ball to see what the future will bring. Unfortunately, we don’t have a crystal ball at Materialise, but we do have many industry experts and visionaries and we’ve asked them to share their predictions for the 3D printing industry in 2018. We’ve bundled their input for you in a list of five trends we anticipate for 2018.
Italian eyewear powerhouse Safilo is the force behind globally renowned names in eyewear, with a portfolio encompassing Dior, Fendi, Elie Saab and more. This year, Safilo partnered with us to bring 3D Printing to the avant-garde OXYDO SS 2017 collection, creating an all-new interpretation of the Italian fashion aesthetic.
Hoya Vision Care’s Felix España and Materialise’s Alireza Parandian will soon be taking to the stage as co-keynote speakers at the Materialise World Summit, ready to share their unique insights on what it takes to lead a digital transformation.
This weekend at Mido, an international optics and eyewear trade show in Milan, onlookers were able to discover something unique: or should we say Yuniku? Following last year’s announcement of Yuniku, the world’s first vision-centric 3D-tailored eyewear, Hoet Design Studio and Aoyama Optical France have jumped on board, adding two new collections of 3D-printed eyewear to the platform: Cabrio and We DDD respectively.
“Innovation is my mission statement,” says Bieke Hoet, owner of the Hoet Design Studio. And you can see it in her latest collection of 3D-printed eyewear frames: Hoet Cabrio SX, launched at Silmo 2016. Designed in collaboration with the Belgian indie pop duo SX, this striking new collection features a radically new approach to eyewear design. Out with pinched angles and unflattering edges, in with organic design and fluid lines. Meet Cabrio SX, the newest work of art in the long-running partnership between Hoet Design Studio and Materialise.
The Trophée PME Bougeons-Nous was created six years ago to reward local small and medium enterprises in France for their innovation, enthusiasm and energy. Last week Aoyama Optical France, one of our key partners in eyewear, took home the Export prize due to the high percentage of 3D-printed glasses they export outside of France. Their collaboration with Materialise has been part of a larger initiative to bring back eyewear manufacturing to Europe.
Dixie Dansercoer’s job is one that most people can only dream of: he is a polar explorer, and after conducting several record-breaking expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic, he now guides small groups of intrepid travelers around the Polar Regions. Eyewear is all-important in the harsh environments Dixie frequents, but due to his high nose bridge, conventional sunglasses often left a fatal gap between his face and the frame of the sunglasses. Materialise and SEIKO Optical, together with Hoet Design Studio, recently partnered up to create the award-winning Xchanger sports eyewear: a completely customizable, 3D-printed range of sunglasses, which was the perfect solution to Dixie’s problems in finding eyewear to fit his needs. We took the opportunity to speak to him about his experiences with the Xchanger sunglasses during one of his rare visits to his home in Belgium.