New Sfered scanner trialed with retail opticians; 3D printed eyewear manufacturer monoqool first to integrate with virtual fitting system
Fuel3D, a leading 3D capture and imaging innovator, and eyewear technology developer Sfered, today announced a new mirror-based 3D scanning system to support the deployment and fitting of custom eyewear. The system is being demonstrated this week in collaboration with 3D printed eyewear firm, monoqool, at SILMO, the world’s biggest eyewear tradeshow.
Combining the image capture capabilities of Fuel3D’s advanced 3D scanning platform with Sfered’s custom eyewear systems, this is the first 3D scanner for the eyewear sector to be incorporated into a mirror. The 180-degree scanner is being tested in select optical retail locations in Europe over the summer period, with full retail availability of the system expected by the end of 2016.
The incorporation of the scanner into a mirror places the technology ahead of other emerging facial capture systems.
“When people look into a mirror, they relax, straighten up and focus much more naturally than if they are looking into a camera, which means that the scanner collects more accurate data for custom eyewear fitting,” said Peter Tutuarima, CEO, Sfered. “We have worked closely with the team at Fuel3D to bring this new scanning system to market and we are looking forward to demonstrating the benefits that next-generation facial scanning can bring to the custom fit process.”
Key product elements include:
- Highly accurate facial scanning that allows opticians to collect all metrics required for fitting of eyewear and production of custom fit eyewear in a single scan.
- High speed 3D capture that collects facial data in 0.1 seconds, allowing data capture of: pupillary distance; nose bridge width; facial width; and distance to ear (for glasses’ arm length data)
- Access to a wide range of frame data held in Sfered’s frames database, allowing opticians to virtually fit frames to customers for an enhanced customer experience.
- An open platform that allows frame manufacturers like monoqool to upload their catalogs for virtual fitting of frames.
Denmark’s monoqool is an innovator in eyewear design, pioneering 3D laser printed polyamid frames that are completely customized to the wearer. The company is the first to integrate its offering into the new scanning system.
“It is in our DNA to be innovative and this new scanning product can helps the whole eyewear industry to benefit from our innovation,” said Allan Petersen, CEO, monoqool. “Customized eyewear is a great tool for independent opticians and optometrists as they increasingly compete with the large chains.”
Leveraging its proprietary 3D scanning platform, Fuel3D works with organizations to develop 3D data capture solutions that help address specific market opportunities and works with third party enterprises to create new products and services. This system provides the company with further access to the lucrative eyewear sector, which is projected to reach $165bn by 2022, and will support Fuel3D’s development of a 270-degree scanning system, which was announced earlier this year and is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 SME programme.
“We are delighted to partner with Sfered on the development of this unique scanning system for the eyewear sector,” said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. “Our platform’s unparalleled speed of capture, combined with the collection of high resolution, color data makes this a perfect application for our technology.”
At SILMO, the Sfered solution is being demonstrated alongside monoqool in Hall 5 at booth E059.
SFERED INTELLIGENCE is a Dutch company founded in 2012, which developed the independent, multi brand SFERED Customization Platform. This unique online platform enables opticians to scan customers, and customize frames of different brands and materials. The platform generates directly useable production files for 3D printing, CNC milling or laser cutting. SFERED also provides different technical services and support for the manufacturer.
The SFERED Intelligence technology was patented in 2014.
For more information please visit: www.sfered.nl
monoqool is a Denmark based eyewear company. Founded in 2008 with the aim of becoming the most innovative eyewear company in the world. The company uses the newest technologies such as 3D printing. The technology provides the opportunity to make unique technical solutions and super lightweight glasses weighing from 4 grams. www.monoqool.com
Fuel3D is a leading 3D capture and imaging business with facilities in the UK and USA. Originally developed in Oxford University, its patented, market-leading technology has a broad range of applications across multiple industry sectors – from laboratory research and eyewear to forensics and healthcare. Fuel3D’s intellectual property allows companies to utilize cost-effective, fast and accurate capture of 3D data (shape and color) to improve existing practices, provide enhanced services to customers and gain advantages in their markets. The company’s 3D scanning technology captures data in under 0.1 seconds and offers a unique ability to acquire highly accurate 3D models of organic subjects. www.fuel-3d.com
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