The first 3D print platform for ophthalmic lenses will enable specialty ophthalmic lenses to be printed and delivered to patients within days.
The platform, developed by Belgium company Luxexcel, will be integrated into the optical operations of US not-for-profit organisation IFB Solutions. More than 75 per cent of IFB Solutions’ optical lab workforce is blind or visually impaired and IFB plans to have these individuals operate the Luxexcel machinery.
The platform consists of industrial grade optical 3D-printers, lens-design software and workflow integration tools that enable ophthalmic quality lenses to be produced to meet all industry standards and be compatible with today’s industry coatings and customary processes like edging and frame mounting. The technology enables lenses to be manufactured without the need for polishing and is initially focusing on difficultto- manufacture medical specialty lenses.
Guido Groet, Chief Commercial Officer of Luxexcel said, “It is our intention to overcome today’s challenges in the ophthalmic world by making lenses outside the mainstream, enabling eye glasses with new capabilities compared to the existing product offerings. The Luxexcel Vision Platform represents the next level of lens manufacturing solutions for ophthalmic labs and provides an opportunity to differentiate and develop unique ophthalmic products.”
Dan Kelly, Chief Operating Officer for IFB Solutions said 3D printing is the future of the optical industry. “With the Luxexcel platform, we can now deliver specialty lenses to our customers in a matter of days, and that’s a huge advantage for our organisation that is known for exceptional service and quality.”