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Materials, Colors, and Finishes

An awe-inspiring variety of materials, colors, and finishes invite you to create frames that tell their own unique story. From refined polyamide in every color imaginable to classically elegant metals, we help you find the perfect combination to personify your brand and set yourself apart in a competitive landscape.  

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Polyamide — a classic of modern elegance  

Beyond the form, fit, and function of your frames, you want your customers to be captivated by their beauty and to desire them intensely. Our range of polyamide materials radiates elegance and desirability while still meeting the industry’s strict technical demands.  

Polyamide 12 (PA 12) is both strong and dimensionally stable, yet flexible and lightweight enough for all-day comfort. Whether your design requires intricate structures, bold shapes, or delicate lines, PA 12 is the ideal material.  

Polyamide 11 (PA 11) is a bio-based material that delivers superior strength, flexibility, and resilience while retaining lightness. Renewably sourced from castor beans, it’s perfect for today’s sustainability-conscious eyewear brands.  

Our broad palette of colors and finishing choices transforms the look and feel of these polyamide materials to make your concept a reality, whether you want a classic high-end finish, a lustrous gleam, or a shimmering, iridescent pearl. 

Black 3D-pritnted eyeglasses with a mesh design component

Metals — luxury personified 

For designers looking to play with strength and lightness, creating a luxurious capsule collection, or push the boundaries of integrated functionality, our metals collection will inspire you.  

Strong, sleek, and alluring, hypoallergenic stainless steel is the perfect choice for aesthetically advanced eyewear designs that require intricate details.  

Titanium emits that captivating, premium aura consumers covet while still being light and exceptionally robust.  

Nyluna, an innovative sparkling blend of aluminum and PA 12, brings a new dimension. It’s the perfect choice for brands looking for something extra from their materials.  

Our metal-specific finishes range from matte, through brushed and satin, to a mirror-like shine. Bold or subtle, ornate or subdued — choose the finish that fits your vision. 

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Inspiring colors

Color is central to eyewear design, which is why you’ll find near-limitless options at Materialise. Our standard color palette features over 50 inviting shades, and if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, we’ll create it thanks to our Pantone matching service. We also offer painting of frames in multiple colors, as well as endless bespoke options for your own unique tint. 

Fabulous effects

To achieve the exceptional end result you’ve been dreaming of, we can guide you in selecting the perfect finishing touches. Create a vintage look, engrave custom text or images on individual frames, or opt for bespoke precision texturing that gives a leather-like look and feel. And if you have an idea we’ve never tried before, we’ll work together to make it happen.

3D-printed eyewear frames lying on top of a eyewear design drawing
3D-printed eyewear frames lying on top of paper with drawings of eyewear temple designs
Gray-scale image of a female model with slicked-back hair looking to the side, wearing nude-colored BAARS x Gogosha eyewear
Jeans blue 3D-printed glasses in the Luxura finish

Materialise Luxura

When you’re looking for a high-end finish with silk-like smoothness, in-depth color permeation, and exceptional performance, the Materialise Luxura finish is the ideal choice. Created for today’s digital artisans, Luxura combines leading-edge automated techniques with atelier-style craftsmanship for a finish that exceeds even the most demanding customer expectations.

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Older female model wearing 3D-printed glasses and posing with her hand on her face
Younger female model smiling softly while wearing 3D-printed glasses

Lookbook

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when the look and feel of eyewear frames are a key purchase driver for your customers. From the sleek to the outré, 3D printing empowers designers to infuse their brand’s DNA in every frame. Through the lookbook, explore the collections that forward-looking eyewear brands and designers have produced with us.

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