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Fuel3D begins public trials of 3D mirror scanner for eyewear sector

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.FutureFuture

“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 2018, the Sfered solution was demonstrated alongside monoqool

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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