Yes, lenses can be 3D printed! What you need is a high end Luxexcel printer with optical quality print materials and special lens design software. The technology has been developed by Luxexcel and is currently used on a number of printer installations in Europe and the USA. It is really exciting to see a lens being printed right there in front of you without need of the usual inventory of semi finished lenses and grinders and polishers.
The Luxexcel VisionPlatform™ consists of industrial grade 3D printers, lens-design software and workflow integration tools which enable customers to manufacture 3D printed ophthalmic quality lenses which meet industry standards including all ANSI, ISO & FDA requirements.
This solution brings the eyewear market an amazing capability: 3D printed lenses. In the past 12 months, Luxexcel focused on the industrialization of the VisionPlatform™ in collaboration with key manufacturers in the ophthalmic field.