Traditionally there has been a tendency to segregate research and industry when it comes to 3D Printing, based largely on the premise that finding out ‘what’s possible’ will always be at odds with identifying ‘what’s cost-effective’. The premise is flawed. Why? Because you can answer both questions by focusing on what enables practical progress right here, right now.
Hoet Design Studio’s Cabrio G, a collection of sunglasses for design lovers, comes from a unique inspiration: luxury cars. The prototype of Cabrio G was unveiled at the Brussels Expo 2016, in the company of the Rolls-Royce and McLaren cars that had inspired it. Now that the newest Cabrio collection has just hit stores, take a look at what happens when inspired design meets innovative manufacturing.
Earlier this year, Materialise and eyewear specialist Hoet Design Studio launched the 3D-printed Cabrio collection. Since then, Materialise and Hoet joined hands again for a collaboration with SEIKO for the SEIKO Xchanger collection of sports eyewear – which won the Silmo d’Or award last month. Having set the bar up high, Materialise and Hoet are back with all-new frames, featuring all-new innovations including the world’s first 3D-printed adjustable temple system, to expand the 3D-printed Cabrio collection. Bieke Hoet, owner of the Hoet Design Studio, had a chat with us about where all this is heading for the eyewear world. (To learn more about how this collection is 3D-printed in Materialise’s certified manufacturing services, check out our case study here.)
Last week, I got the opportunity to attend the Crowd Sourcing Week in Brussels: a series of seminars and workshops about all kinds of initiatives that crowdsource ideas and resources. Over the course of several talks, a recurrent pattern emerged: a successful collaboration needs to be more than the sum of its parts. At Materialise, we apply a similar standard to ‘co-creation’: an approach that aims to unlock the potential for 3D Printing with our partners. What comes out of it? Some of the greatest stories from our additive manufacturing team, ranging from award-winning eyewear to robot-enabling gripper fingers. Here’s what the process actually looks like.
When the SEIKO Xchanger collection of 3D-printed sports eyewear was introduced at the Silmo optical fair in Paris this month, it won the prestigious Silmo d’Or Award for sports equipment. With this collaboration between SEIKO Optical Europe, Materialise, and Hoet Design Studio, 3D Printing is making its presence known in the eyewear industry. Here’s what this award-winning collection offers the sportively-inclined amongst us. Combining performance, comfort and personalization, so you never have to exchange these elements for each other: instead, the Xchanger lets you keep all these and exchange frame components instead to best fit your style and sport.