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Glasses for everyone !

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Glasses for everyone ! by watsdesign May 26, 2011

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I broke my frame, and my friend Tony offered me to help design a new one (he was an eyewear designer for some years).

That's not perfect yet, but it's already cool :)

http://watsdesign.blogspot.com/2011/05/glasses-for-everyone-in-progress.html

Ultimately I wish we could make a parametric design, maybe with a cool interface like magic-box:
http://magic-box.org/tool/?url=http://magic-box.org/designs/presentation/glasses.mbt&state=viewer

And thus allowing almost everyone to make their own glasses in a fablab (a lasercutter is certainly better for this job).
In the same philosophy of these two other project:
http://www.thethirdteacher.com/ourvoice/march-12-2010-%E2%80%93-do-it-yourself-eye-exam/2010/03/12
http://fuseproject.com/category-6-product-45

But with more diy-open-source-freedom :)

[edit 04 aug 2011:] Just discovered http://www.oyoglasses.com/ maybe they will allow mass-cutomization of 3d-printed glasses

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Atm the frame will only fit one shape of lenses, so you must adapt it if you want to use it (unless you just want to wear a frame:p)

The first stl is quite tiny, the second a little bit thicker, and "lunettes manu" are those that I actually wear :D

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I´m going to modify these for a broken pair of mine and I want to reuse the glasses in this new frame, but I got a few small questions: How do you fix the glasses inside, so that they are not going to fall out and has anybody tried to wear them for (at least) several days? I would like to know how they are for everyday life, e.g. when its cold outside or really hot during summer - i would build them with ABS and any new infos for this would be great.

The glasses are supposed to be clipped but in the end I just glued them discretely. I was wearing them everyday for almost a year, I broke them twice but easily repaired, until a last accident I didn't spent the time to repair them again. I had to heat the frame with a lighter to really adapt the shape for the lenses and bend the branches ; they were also little too thick between the head and ear and tended to slip but still wearable :)

The best way to attach the lenses is by making a groove in the edge of the lens and holding it with a tensioned nylon string. (this is how regular semi-rimless frames mount the lenses). All that's required is a ridge in the frame to go into the groove and a pair of holes at each sided of each lens to anchor the nylon to.

I am so going to modify these.. But ive got months before I get my printer.

The stems can be beefed up, considerably; with electronics and cameras and usb attachments.. I'll let you know.

I finally repaired my reprap, switched to skeinforge and made them in black ^^

Thanks !

I have only blue translucent and green PLA, but indeed a more solid color would be better. I will try with black in some weeks :)

they would look better in ABS or maybe a more "solid" PLA? the design is cool but the finish of the printed object looks "so so" i think, no offence :)

If you were a beautiful woman and wore these, I might look at your face/glasses instead of your TnA. ;)

These look really slick.

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