Fashion Updates | Technologies

Smart eyewear gets a 3D makeover

Published: May 31, 2023
Author: Fashion Value Chain

Vuzix, a well-known provider of smart glasses and augmented reality (AR) technology, has partnered with Materialise, a leader in 3D printing, to hasten the development and manufacturing of smart eyewear.

The partnership seeks to hasten the creation of novel enterprise applications and give other brands the ability to market practical, stylish, and cost-effective smart eyewear to consumers. It is anticipated that manufacturing cycles will shrink from 18 months to just 3 months on average.

The company Vuzix is an expert in optical parts and smart glasses that integrate augmented reality
(AR) to seamlessly merge the digital and physical worlds. Vuzix obtains access to the full potential of
this technology to provide an interesting range of products by cooperating with Materialise, a
seasoned participant in 3D printing. clever glasses.

In numerous industries, augmented reality has shown to increase user performance by giving hands-
free access to digital information while maintaining complete awareness of the actual surroundings.
Medical experts use smart glasses during operations to obtain remote expertise, and manufacturers
and shipping organisations use AR features to increase productivity and lower error rates. The use of
3D printing in the manufacture of smart eyewear can drastically shorten design cycles and enable
quicker reaction to technology improvements.

Consumers’ poor adoption of smart eyewear is attributed to the absence of compelling apps and
chic, reasonably priced designs. By coming up with creative and eye-catching designs, Vuzix and
Materialise hope to overcome these difficulties and meet the needs of businesses looking to market
smart eyewear to customers.

Thrilling uses for smart eyeglasses among consumers includegiving push alerts and navigation, showing speed and heart rate for athletes, facilitating speech-to-text translation, and improving
augmented reality gaming. Many businesses in the technology, fashion, entertainment, and sports
industries lack the manufacturing know-how necessary to quickly bring these applications to reality.
With innovative designs, quick prototyping services, and quick and flexible small-scale production,
the partnership between Vuzix and Materialise provides third-party OEM firms with a versatile
platform for making smart eyewear.

The largest producer of 3D-printed eyewear, Materialise runs one of the largest 3D printing plants in
the world. As a result of its distinctive design skills, quick, flexible production process, and practically
limitless design options, 3D printing is becoming more and more popular among eyewear producers.
Additionally, 3D printing speeds up the process of going from basic idea to market. providing push
alerts and navigation, monitoring speed and heart rate for athletes, enabling speech-to-text
translation, and boosting augmented reality gaming. Many businesses in the technology, fashion,
entertainment, and sports industries lack the manufacturing know-how necessary to quickly bring
these applications to reality. With innovative designs, quick prototyping services, and quick and
flexible small-scale production, the partnership between Vuzix and Materialise provides third-party
OEM firms with a versatile platform for making smart eyewear.

The largest producer of 3D-printed eyewear, Materialise runs one of the largest 3D printing plants in
the world. As a result of its distinctive design skills, quick, flexible production process, and practically

limitless design options, 3D printing is becoming more and more popular among eyewear producers.
Additionally, 3D printing speeds up the process of going from basic idea to market. to finished product in less than three months, compared to the industry’s typical 18-month cycle. Materialise’s CEO, Fried Vancraen, said in a statement that the speed and flexibility of their dedicated 3D printing factory for eyewear, provides brands with a competitive advantage by reducing time-to-market and meeting aesthetic requirements.

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