Luxexcel Meets ISO Standards for 3D Printed Optical Lenses

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May 26, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: May 26 on

Luxexcel has received approval from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for their innovative 3D printed optical lenses. Headquartered in Belgium, Luxexcel produced 3D printed optical lenses using their Printoptical technology. The resulting lenses do not require polishing and reduce the amount of waste products associated with traditional lens manufacturing.

According to Luxexcel, “around 80{3439116cd164096d7c99127d16a85000da62e2e99202cf6ad60af76b895b40d2} of used materials is wasted in the cutting (grinding) process.” Addressing this, the company regards themselves as “the only company in the world which can 3D print ophthalmic lenses.” Having the ability to 3D print lenses on-demand eliminates the need for opticians to carry large stocks and could reduce lead times drastically.

A core value proposition of 3D printing is its ability to create individual custom parts, this makes fabrication of optical lenses an intriguing prospect. The ability to create bespoke medical devices, tailored to an individual’s specific anatomy is one reason 3D printing such significant application in the medical industry. An example of this would be the use of 3D printing to create custom dental implants. Luxexcel are applying 3D printing to the ophthalmic industry.