HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Page 1/2  >  >>
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Other kinds of 3D-printed optics
Ann R. Thryft   9/3/2013 12:32:20 PM
NO RATINGS
I think it will be interesting to see what other kinds of optics can be 3D printed on plastic using this method.

78RPM
User Rank
Gold
Is 1440 good? Opinons?
78RPM   9/3/2013 11:28:05 PM
NO RATINGS
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?

Jerald Cogswell

AnandY
User Rank
Gold
Re : 3-D printing eyeglasses
AnandY   9/4/2013 2:30:12 AM
NO RATINGS
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.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Is 1440 good? Opinons?
Elizabeth M   9/4/2013 7:48:25 AM
NO RATINGS
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!

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
User Rank
Blogger
Great potential for derivative optics apps
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   9/4/2013 9:30:42 AM
NO RATINGS
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.

AREV
User Rank
Gold
Re: Is 1440 good? Opinons?
AREV   9/4/2013 10:53:18 AM
NO RATINGS
I look forward to designer work glasses that fit, are light and are offer correted lenses front and sides.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Is 1440 good? Opinons?
Ann R. Thryft   9/4/2013 12:27:15 PM
NO RATINGS
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
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Is 1440 good? Opinons?
Ann R. Thryft   9/4/2013 12:31:34 PM
NO RATINGS
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
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Great potential for derivative optics apps
Ann R. Thryft   9/4/2013 12:33:28 PM
NO RATINGS
Jim, isn't this amazing? I like your comparison with the early SLAs. I agree: this looks like a next major step.




William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Printed lenses
William K.   9/4/2013 2:47:34 PM
NO RATINGS
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.

Page 1/2  >  >>


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Released on September 19, 2014, this 5.5 inch screen iPhone is the larger version of the iPhone 6, whose teardown follows tomorrow.
A Design News course on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) should help engineers who are considering the technology for their upcoming designs.
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
CTC releases EtherCAT Master module for high-performance control of networked servos, stepping motors, and I/O devices.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
9/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Sep 22 - 26, MCU Software Development – A Step-by-Step Guide (Using a Real Eval Board)
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service