3D Printing + Cork = Glasses Made Just for YOU
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3D Printing + Cork = Glasses Made Just for YOU

If you’re a glasses-wearer (of the optical or sun variety), you know that no matter how stylish, high-quality or trendy your frames are, sometimes they start to droop down your nose leaving you peering down through them like an old lady. And sometimes they just don’t fit quite right.

The solution is in customizable (i.e. “bespoke”) frames that are personalized to the dimensions of your face. Swiss industrial designer Adrian Goegl has made a brilliant discovery in revolutionizing the world of bespoke eyewear with his project Oak & Dust. His secret weapons are 3-D printing and cork. Yes, cork.

Goegl actually used to be an optician himself, so he knows the pains of poorly-designed glasses all too well. To ensure that you’re getting glasses that perfectly fit your face, he proposes in-store 3-D printing and scanning.

How crazy would it be to walk into an optical store, get your face measured and get your glasses made by a 3-D printer right then and there? It’s the future, people.

3-D printing was very much a driving force behind Goegl’s entire concept. It’s the only way to meet demand for super-personalized, made-to-order frames. We’ve already seen 3-D printing accomplish some amazing things in the world of fashion, but this is certainly one of the most practical benefits yet. 

All the parameters of your frames are tailored to you. And it’s not just the bridge of your nose. It’s the length of your temple, the lens size, the rim thickness and more! Though to be honest, one of the most intriguing parts about this whole project is the cork. We’ve used cork in a ton of DIY projects, but we’ve never thought about it as a source of comfort in eyewear.

Turns out, cork is the ideal material for the bridge of glasses. It’s natural and lightweight, so it won’t leave an indentation on your skin. But more importantly, its texture allows it to hold tight to your nose. No more drooping. Even the cases are made of 3-D-printed cork to the exact dimensions of your frames. The rest of the glasses are made from plastic.

So far with this revolutionary project, Goegl has stayed focused on the production and usability of the frames, and not so much the shape of them. We hope to see some stylish, retail specs coming out of Oak & Dust before too long so we can buy our own!

(h/t Design Boom)

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