3D printing: Bespoke lens breakthrough

Vision Expo East debuted some innovative lens creation technology from Luxexcel. Mike Hale reports 

Even at the large international tradeshows like Vision Expo East, where the best and brightest of the global optical industry congregate, genuine innovation is a relatively rare find. This is perhaps all the more true of the lens sector which is more incremental in its developments than most. So it is no surprise that the unveiling of an entirely new way of making lenses in New York last month caused quite a stir.

At the show Luxexcel introduced its platform of industrial grade 3D printers, lens design software and workflow integration tools which allows for the production of 3D printed ophthalmic quality lenses. The lenses produced are fully compliant with industry standards and are compatible with the normal subsequent laboratory processes including coating and edging.

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