Notes | October 25, 2019

neubau –  path to sustainability

neubau’s eco-friendly production will involve 3D printing technology

words Editorial Staff

In 2020, Austrian eyewear manufacturer neubau eyewear will be redefining the production of its sustainable models and therefore achieving another milestone on its path to sustainability: in the future, the label will be using a method that produces glasses from a 100% bio-based material – natural3D – that will be exclusively used with 3D printing technology. The base of natural3D is an oil extracted from the seeds of the castor oil plant, which neubau eyewear has been using under the name of naturalPX since 2017.

NaturalPX consists of 65% castor oil and is used for injection-molded polymer spectacles to produce particularly light and flexible frames. And now with natural3D, for the first time it is also possible to use an entirely natural material in the 3D printer. To begin with, four optical frames and three sunglasses models made from the 100% bio-based material – including the Special Edition 2020 – are in the pipeline for next April. A malleable titanium needle will be integrated into the 3D-printed models to comfortably adapt the temple arms to the wearer.