Materialise NV is taking its collaboration with Bruges-based eyewear specialist Hoet Design Studio to the next level for the 3D-printed Cabrio collection. The new Cabrio models follow Materialise and Hoet’s recent success at the Silmo optical fair in Paris.
Having launched the 3D-printed Cabrio collection earlier this year, Materialise and Hoet Design Studio, aim to add to the collection with new models every six months to showcase the added value of 3D Printing for eyewear manufacturing.
The new Cabrio frames feature further technological innovations and new finishing options, evolving the collection into a high-end luxury range of accessories. Materialise’s 3-maticSTL software is used to add advanced textures to the side-grills, which can be personalized with gold and silver accessories. In keeping with the philosophy behind the existing 3D-printed Cabrio collection, the new models continue to combine performance, comfort, and aesthetics for a design that is both classic in its elegance and cutting-edge in its production.
“With this evolution into a long-term collaboration, Materialise and Hoet aim to realize the fullest potential of 3D Printing for eyewear, bringing Additive Manufacturing to this dynamic sector not simply because eyewear can be 3D printed but because 3D Printing can make better eyewear,” says Alireza Parandian, Materialise. Combined with Hoet’s keen understanding of eyewear design and forward-looking vision, the partnership with Materialise for the 3D-printed Cabrio collection marks itself as strongly innovation-driven.