|Completed sunglasses design|
I finally took on the challenge of designing and building a pair of sunglasses from scratch. It was a fairly tricky process but watching the model slowly take shape over time was rewarding in itself. The design was inspired from a quick sketch of the kind of sunglasses I imagined a Japanese samurai would wear.
|Sunglass concept art|
The frames look a bit "off" without lenses, but the build is just an experiment for now. As I up the ante in terms of the next project I design, I'm getting closer and closer to my goal of 3D printing an entire full-scale wearable helmet. It may be a little while longer before I jump into that project though. Shots of the printed sunglasses are pending!
The glasses came out well after printing. The design had to be split apart as the 1-piece design was too big for the printer's build platform (4.9" x 4.9"). The temples were attached to the frame after the fact by welding the joint connection with spare resin and a UV laser pointer. The plastic frame body could use a little more rigidity but flexible frames have good utility too. The fitment is good and reminds me of another start-up company which has taken the idea of offering 3D printed glasses which are custom-designed to be perfectly molded to your face.
I don't think I'll be trying to have lenses installed. Right now the design is just a proof-of-concept prototype. However, I may choose to do so with a future design iteration, until then...
The 3D printing revolution has arrived and the possibilities are endless!