Thursday, August 29, 2013

3D Printed Sunglasses *Updated*

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!













*Update* 















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!

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