Focus | September 9, 2016

There’s something about 3D

The 3D printing technology grows unrelentingly. These three brands make this technology their own mark

words  Carolina Saporiti

Eyewear has been identified as the ideal product to enter the final-use consumer 3D printed products market. Since eyeglasses go on our face customization is particularly significant and this technique can significantly reduce the costs for personalized manufacturing. 3D printing cut down lead times, reduce costs, and introduce innovative materials for eyewear. 3D printing services have further simplified access to industrial grade printers for average consumers and enabled them to design custom frames for themselves. Today we choose three different brands which use 3D printing technology to make eyeglasses and sunglasses, two from German and one from Italy.



Prolet, the Hamburg label, debuts this september with 3D printed glasses collection. It starts with the brand name: PROLET – German for peasant – is a statement. A little loud, a little rude, definitely different. Uniqueness is important for PROLET Eyewear, its collection does not fit the mainstream style on purpose. The glasses designs range from modest to eye-catching looks and the company itself describes the collection as bold and unobtrusive at the same time. The nifty frames are made using cutting edge 3D printing technology. A precise laser melts nylon powder into a solid part. The arisen frames are very strong and light. After the printing process they are smoothed, colored and assembled by hand. Due to the 3D printing technology all glasses can be individualized regarding facial contours. This makes every frame convenient and one of a kind.


PROJEKT SAMSEN is a young creative studio from Berlin, founded in 2015. It develop products for everyday use that provide a connec­tion between new technologies and timeless aesthetics and value consciousness. Its first product is 001 – 3D printed eyewear. It is built layer by layer of nylon powder, with a newly developed, screwless hinge. After two years of product development an one-piece monoframe was designed without a conventional hinge. An innovative hinge is print­ed between the front and temples of the frame, without interrupting the material and without additional components. The developed flexible band forms a material taper and gives the tem­ples the flexibility for folding the frame. To close your glasses we invented a snap lock, which allows you to stow 001 as every other normal pair of glasses. The unique point about 001 is that it is 50% lighter than conventional eyewear. In addition, the frame is flexible and ergonomic enough to accommodate various head widths, without leaving bruises on head or ears. Ultimately, 001 is more durable than traditional spectacles because of an one-piece hinge. After the first collection of five different frames with six different colours, PROJEKT SAMSEN launched the second collection this summer. It contains four new models and three additional colours.


Cambiami is the new line of sunglasses, made by .bijouets with 3d printing technology. It is the result of a desire for an accessory that could be modified and customized, one capable of adapting to the daily mood of each person. Cambiami is a line of glasses with tinted lenses (Carl Zeiss), a basic frame and interchangeable accessories. This makes it possible to create your own glasses, choosing the color of the frame, the arms and the form of the embellishments. The trimmings available are inspired by Italian beauty and they can be used to personalize your sunglasses giving your creativity free rein to produce something truly unique. All accessories are inspired by specific Italian beauties. Burano, Burano II is a series of decorations inspired by the embroidery and lace homonymous Venetian island; Rosae pays tribute to the Roman spring and its explosion of colors; Ratio is born from the union of a circle and a square as a tribute to Italian rationalist architecture and Depero which is inspired by the figure of the artist and multifaceted whole Futurist movement, with new geometric shapes recalls the idea of speed, progress and innovation.