Stratasys introduces VeroFlex Rapid Prototyping Eyewear Solution

Eyeglass frames produced using the VeroFlex Rapid Prototyping Eyewear Solution

USA-based Stratasys has introduced the VeroFlex Rapid Prototyping Eyewear Solution, the objective of which is to help manufacturers significantly improve their time-to-market and cost-efficiency.

The solution comprises Stratasys’s:

  • J750 3D printer, which uses PolyJet technology to produce full-color, multi-material prototype models; and
  • VeroFlex material, a new, rigid photopolymer which has been specially formulated for the rapid prototyping of eyewear.

A new eyeglass-frame can take around 18 months to develop and produce using traditional development methods. The VeroFlex Rapid Prototyping Eyewear Solution is said to be capable of shortening this timeframe to two months or less.

Veroflex affords a ratio of stiffness and flexibility that makes it suitable for a range of eyewear prototyping requirements. It can be used for initial concept iterations, complex multi-color and -texture models and precise functional models for performance testing.

The material also possesses excellent durability that, together with its flexibility, means it can stand up to eyewear functional performance tests, such as drop, lens-mounting, stress and wearability tests.

Veroflex is available in six colors, namely cyan, magenta, yellow, white, black and clear. Furthermore, it is possible to mix color, solid, opaque and transparent shades as well as simulate textures—such as wood grains, bone, carbon-fiber, leather, stitching and wood-grains—and photo-realistic images.

Mike Vasquez is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of 3Degrees, a digital manufacturing consultancy. Commenting on the launch of Stratasys's VeroFlex Rapid Prototyping Eyewear Solution, he said: ‘The eyewear market continues to expand, driven by new technologies, demand for customization and growing addressable markets. Stratasys’s prototyping solutions for frames and eyewear accessories—which can cut time-to-market by upwards of 80 percent—will be an attractive solution that is able to deliver immediate value for users looking to make parts with a high degree of mechanical function and appearance.’

Stratasys is showcasing the VeroFlex Rapid Prototyping Eyewear Solution at TCT Show, in Birmingham, UK, on September 26-28, 2017.