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Ann R. Thryft
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Other kinds of 3D-printed optics
Ann R. Thryft   9/3/2013 12:32:20 PM
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I think it will be interesting to see what other kinds of optics can be 3D printed on plastic using this method.

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Is 1440 good? Opinons?
78RPM   9/3/2013 11:28:05 PM
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This level of "smooth"ness is remarkable. What resolution would we have to attain for a wearable contact lens? Wouldn't it be cool if your optometrist could give you a standard grapic of your eye curvature, together with the lens diopter and you could just go home and print your own contact lens?

Apple claims a "retinal" display.  What kind of 3D printing resolution would be required for contact lenses?  Any optometrists out there who could weigh in?

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Re : 3-D printing eyeglasses
AnandY   9/4/2013 2:30:12 AM
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While LUXeXceL may have gone to all that length to satisfy the whims of a King and Queen, the potential for what they have shown to be possible is extensive. Pretty soon they might even render lens makers irrelevant; except maybe to only act as the sources of raw materials. Imagine having your specs replace without having to visit an eye specialist. On the downside, it will be a while before this really tricles down to the masses who really need the technology.

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Re: Is 1440 good? Opinons?
Elizabeth M   9/4/2013 7:48:25 AM
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3D printing is becoming applicable to many things but this to me represents an entirely new direction and is really promising. The potential for contact lenses is especially interesting, given that I have been wearing contacts for nearly 30 years and I would love to be able to print them myself...it would save me lots of money and hassle!

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Great potential for derivative optics apps
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   9/4/2013 9:30:42 AM
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Ann- wow, pretty impressive.  1440 DPI and it fluidly flows to create optical quality surfaces.  Its hard to imagine the complete elimination of the grinding/polishing steps for optics.  The translucency you described with color capabilities reminds me of the very first amber crystal SLAs form the late 80's. The door is just cracked open a tiny bit on these capabilities.

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Re: Is 1440 good? Opinons?
AREV   9/4/2013 10:53:18 AM
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I look forward to designer work glasses that fit, are light and are offer correted lenses front and sides.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Is 1440 good? Opinons?
Ann R. Thryft   9/4/2013 12:27:15 PM
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78RPM, I agree. And those are very good questions. BTW, 1440 is on the high side for 3D printing, but not the highest.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Is 1440 good? Opinons?
Ann R. Thryft   9/4/2013 12:31:34 PM
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Elizabeth, the idea of using this technology for the online order-on-demand type of glasses and contacts would make a lot of sense. It would be another example of what's called "mass customization" in 3D printing, often used of one-off items like custom-fitted hearing aids and dental models/appliances.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Great potential for derivative optics apps
Ann R. Thryft   9/4/2013 12:33:28 PM
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Jim, isn't this amazing? I like your comparison with the early SLAs. I agree: this looks like a next major step.




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Printed lenses
William K.   9/4/2013 2:47:34 PM
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After what I had seen in the line of 3D manufacturing I am amazed that s suface as demanding as an optical lense can be produced. I can immagine illumination grade lenses, but for glasses that is amazing.

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