London based designer Ron Arad has created a “Springs” collection of 3D printed sunglasses for pq eyewear, a brand that launched in 2012. We’ve previously seen these glasses at an exhibition at London’s Fashion Space Gallery, but now the complete collection has been officially launched in Milan.
The frames are made from a single piece 3D printed in a nylon powder using selective laser sintering (SLS) and the arms bend by having “gills” in the 3D model that allow the arms to be flexible and hinge inwards but not open outwards. Without using metal hinges the arms stay at the perfect width for your head and with the perfect pressure so they stay in place.
“The brand wanted to advertise the fact that it’s printed but I said let’s not go on about it. But it’s printed. It’s the first pair of glasses that I know about that is one piece of material; it’s monolithic. It’s polyamide.”, Ron Arad explained to dozeen.com.
Each style in the range is named after a Tube station on the London Underground’s Northern line, including Kentish Town, Golders Green and Old Street. Each frame is available in a selection of colors and with tinted lenses in various shades.
Ron Arad is no stranger to 3D printing as he has been working with the technology since 1999 when he was rapid-prototyping vases, lights and jewelry. He has seen the technology progress to a point where it can be used for manufacturing high quality products.
pq are no stranger to producing products using cutting edge technology and materials as they already produce the Corbs eyewear range that is produced from solid and laminated acetate.
Fashion designers seem to be embracing the exciting possibilities that 3D printing promises to offer with such projects as Dita Von Tesse’s dress, bracelets shaped by sound and even clothes that are downloaded from the designer and printed at home.