How 3D printing will affect the optical industry
Seattle—During a session at Optometry’s Meeting 2015 that discussed the future of optometry and eye care, ClearVision Optical President David Friedfeld told attendees how 3D printing technology will change the optical industry.
“Why do I think 3D printing is going to impact the practice?” he asks. “Because it’s an incredible technology, and it’s going to get better and better and better.”
With 3D printing, frames can be designed and manufactured in a day, compared to the months-long process for traditional frame manufacturing. Frames can be custom made in your practice in the material, color, style, and size that best suits a patient.
“Your staff’s role will change. They will be part fashion designer, part scientist, part optician,” Friedfeld says.
3D printing won’t be just impacting the optical side of the eyecare industry. Italian researchers are working on 3D printing eyes, projected to be available by 2027.