In the traditional way of lens manufacturing, there is a lot of cutting away of material, which results in waste which can't be re-used. With 3D printing you start with a bottle of ink and you add material to build a lens. This significantly reduces the material waste of your lens.
The Luxexcel VisionPlatform™ is fundamentally different from traditional ophthalmic lens fabrication methods, which begin with semifinished lens blanks then grind and polish the lens, producing a lot of waste material as a result.
The eyewear industry requires custom products with quick turnaround times. The traditional ophthalmic industry has addressed these requirements by manufacturing semi-finished lenses in low-cost countries. The lenses are shipped for final processing to meet the customer's specific requirements.
This method requires complexity in manufacturing and large inventories, which would be unnecessary if products were created only as needed, and exactly as needed.
Luxexcel technology offers a much simpler solution by integrating a 3D print platform into an ophthalmic lab which only requires printing material to generate the required lens on the spot.