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Glasses by langfordw Jul 14, 2009

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The makerbot finally printed me some glasses!

I decided to start out with some nice thick frames inspired primarily by Cory Doctorow and Bre Pettis, though I have plans for a lot more styles and shapes.

As for practicality...
I honestly wasn't expecting these to be comfortable but they actually are. They're really light and after a while I forget I'm even wearing them. I can even wear them over my normal glasses.
PLUS major geek bonus points for wearing GLASSES YOU PRINTED YOURSELF.


I subdivided the glasses into 7 parts (there's a picture below with labels on all the parts). All you need to do is print one of each. Glue a couple together and stick part of a paper clip through the hinges.

They fit my face pretty much perfectly. Let me know if people need the back pieces longer/shorter and that can definitely be done easily.

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Thanks for that!
Printed them for a friend.
The glasses look great. :-)

We used the picture of this design on our kickstarter project!


These are very awesome considering how expensive frames are. I just wish it was a little less nerdy (not that it's a bad thing). I'd consider designing something closer to oakley's. I'm still putting this on my print list so I can impress my friends lol

"Let me know if people need the back pieces longer/shorter and that can definitely be done easily."

Here's an idea: parametric temples

Simply change one scalar variable to adjust the temple arm length.

These glasses remind me of BCGs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GI_glasseshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

Hey, Will!
These glasses are amazing! I am really looking forward to print some fully functioning glasses.
Btw, is it a polycarbonate you used to make these glasses?

Best, Raymond.

I haven't really done a ton of testing with the actual "lens" material. I've only tried thin transparency sheets which worked okay but definitely not great. Thin'ish polycarb seems like it would work perfectly and hopefully I'll get a chance to test it in the near future.

Very cool. You could probably embed lenses. Start print, pause print, insert lenses, continue print.

Although the makerbot can't make the lenses, would it be possible to insert them half-way through the build process
amp; trap them?

I'm researching lens compatibility right now. Give it a week or so and I think we'll have fully functioning glasses.

If you could code in the lenses!!! Glasses for the world!

You're right. I really want to get in touch with this guy who invented and distributes very inexpensive self-adjustable water-filled lenses. http://tinyurl.com/95ljawhttp://tinyurl.com/95ljaw

The revolution is well on it's way now :)


Haha, very neat! I demo the RepRap a lot. A common question is: "can you print a pair of glasses with it". Now I can say that it prints it (excl. lenses) and that the files are already freely available and easy to customize.

About customizing them: the original CAD files are more suitable for that than the STLs...

Good idea. I zipped up the CAD files and uploaded them. Hopefully they'll benefit at least a few people. I'm in the process now of making dimensioned drawings for each part so people can replicate and tweak them with their own software.


Cut out some polycarbonate and you have safety specs . . . . CUSTOM safety specs!