Luxexcel 3D printed prescription lenses feature in Vuzix Corp's Blade AR smartglasses

Luxexcel has partnered with Vuzix Corp, a supplier of smartglasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies, to provide the company with 3D printed prescription lenses.

The lenses are inserted into the Vuzix Blade AR smartglasses, set to be showcased at CES in Las Vegas next week. Blade has been designed for both enterprise and ‘prosumer’ users, and allows the user to leave their phone in their pocket as it connects and presents location-aware content through the smartglasses. Vuzix has cited retail and enterprise workers as potential beneficiaries of the product, which would enable them to scan barcodes, receive instructions, take pictures, and use two-way video streaming.

Wanting to make the smartglasses accessible to a wider audience, Vuzix sought the expertise of Luxexcel to additively manufacture prescription lenses for the Blade smartglasses. Using its VisionEngine 3D printer, Luxexcel 3D prints lenses by jetting a UV-curable resin onto the build plate, then curing by UV-light. The resin is deposited in several passes during the process, droplets flowing and merging when they hit the surface, creating the lens shape and features. Luxexcel can print four lenses within an hour, each of which will be immediately ready for coating without grinding or polishing.

The companies have partnered to take advantage of 3D printing’s design freedom capabilities and ability to embed smart functions into ophthalmic lenses. Luxexcel is confident 3D printed lenses represent the next revolution in eye correction, and can be of widespread use to the smart eyewear market.

“60% of the US population needs eye correction,” commented Hans Streng, CEO of Luxexcel. “Without custom prescription inserts, those people will not be able to fully enjoy the most advanced new augmented reality products. Luxexcel is thrilled to partner with Vuzix as the early adopter of 3D printed ophthalmic lens inserts. We see great synergy between the amazing innovations of Vuzix and the technology of Luxexcel.”

Paul Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix, added: “We are delighted that with the 3D printed prescription lenses provided by Luxexcel, a much broader audience can enjoy our unique new product, the Vuzix Blade.

“Vuzix Blade we believe arguably represents the most compact and sleek AR-enabled smartglasses available today. It enables a broad range of information display and computing in a pair of glasses that people would actually enjoy wearing either at work or at leisure.”

Vuzix Blade will showcase the Vuzix Blade AR smartglasses at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Central Hall Booth #17147, from January 9th to January 12th.

Dovewill Automatic Auto Bed Leveling Sensor Feature 3D Touch Parts Kit for 3D Printer


– 3D-touch is a fully automatic universal 3D printer hot bed leveling probe (fully automatic leveling probe).
– 3dtouch does not use any light nor is it near (inductive / capacitive) sensors.
– 3dtouch Hall Effect Control provides high accuracy. Therefore, the bed material is free to choose.
– Build size can be set larger than other existing automated bed level sensors.
– Simple, compact, high precision, good compatibility, compatible with all bed materials.


– Material: Polymer
– Product details Size: 26mm * 36.3mm
– Scope of application: 3D printer

Package Includes:

1x 3D-Touch module
1x 2Pin mother to mother DuPont line
1x 3Pin mother to mother DuPont line
1x connection cable
1x wrench
2 Piece of M2.5 screw
2 Piece of nut

Product Features

  • 3D-touch is a fully automatic universal 3D printer hot bed leveling probe (fully automatic leveling probe).
  • 3dtouch does not use any light nor is it near (inductive / capacitive) sensors.
  • 3dtouch Hall Effect Control provides high accuracy. Therefore, the bed material is free to choose.
  • Build size can be set larger than other existing automated bed level sensors.
  • Simple, compact, high precision, good compatibility, compatible with all bed materials.

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Shapeways' New CustomMaker Feature a Possible Game Changer for Shop Owners

CustomMaker ShapewaysCustomization is central to unlocking the promise of 3D printing technology, and now Shapeways says they’re rolling out an “incredibly powerful tool to make products more personal and meaningful to a shopper.”

With CustomMaker, the challenge of customizing models by hand now goes from time-consuming and technically oriented to, well, not those things.

No more will the process of adding text and images to a model ‘involve a lot of time and technique.’

Screen-Shot-2015-07-13-at-3.57.37-PM-521x500Shapeways says they tackled the issue head on with the CustomMaker tool by allowing designers to make their models customizable for shoppers in just a few easy steps. They made it happen by dealing with the wide variances involved such as curved surfaces, an image’s photo properties such as its white balance and how those may affect how a 2D image is ultimately converted into a successful 3D effect.

They say this groundbreaking tool blends artistic controls from shop owners with freedom for shoppers to personalize a purchase. It’s a scalable, powerful customization platform for 3D printing, and it’s free. If that’s not enough, it’s simple to use and requires no additional skills or software.

Shapeways says the magic is possible via their ShapeJS platform, the engine for CustomMaker that lets designers create the customizable experiences that they want for their customers.

personalizeDesigners can select an existing model – or upload a new one – and then set parameters such as specific areas of the model which can be customized with text and/or image data. The results of those choices are instantly reviewable via a real-time viewer embedded on the Model page.

They say the process ensures that artistic control remains with the designer by determining which models are enabled for customization.

CustomMaker means a shopper can now simply select a product which takes advantage of the platform such as a piece of jewelry or a smartphone case, type in text or upload an image and then see – in real-time no less – how their custom version of the product will look.

As of today, CustomMaker is available to all 30,000 shop owners on Shapeways.

It’s also the first time the company has launched a new “pilot feature” to the public, and while the feature is in pilot, Shapeways is calling on designers and shoppers to readily share feedback via the Shapeways forums to ultimately improve the functionality.

cmodsintroYou can see a tutorial on using Shapeways CustomMaker here.  Will you convert any of the models in your Shapeways Store for use with the new CustomMaker functionality? Let us know in the CustomMaker forum thread on

1000 MPH Record Attempting Bloodhound Car to Feature 3D Printed Titanium Steering Wheel

Speed, some people have an addiction to it, while others like British driver Andy Green are infatuated with it. So much so that he currently holds the all time land speed record for driving a vehicle. How fast you may ask? Only a measley 763 miles per hour. Andy originally broke the record almost 17 years ago in 1997. Since then he has broken his own record again, just a month later in October of 1997.

Andy Green

Andy Green

Andy still isn’t satisfied. He has set out on a course to try and achieve a new world record of 1000 miles per hour, traveled in a vehicle on land. Andy will be setting out on this record attempt in 2015 and 2016 in the South African Desert, thanks to a project known as Bloodhound. The mission statement for the Bloodhound project reads as follows:

“Create a unique, high-technology project, focused around a 1000 mph World Land Speed Record attempt. Share this Engineering Adventure with a global audience and inspire the next generation by bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life in the most exciting way possible.”

The 3D Printed Titanium Steering Wheel

The 3D Printed Titanium Steering Wheel

The vehicle is expected to be able to accelerate from 0 to 1,000 mph within just 55 seconds, a speed which will exceed that of a speeding bullet fired from a Magnum 357. It will weigh approximately 17,165 pounds, and is 44 feet in length.

In order to drive at such incredible and dangerous speeds, where one small issue with the vehicle’s design could mean the difference between life and death for the driver, Andy and his team at Bloodhound are working with some of the most sophisticated manufacturing technologies on the market today. The Cockpit of the Bloodhound is tailored specificially towards driver Andy Green.


The steering wheel has been 3D printed out of a powdered titanium, custom fitted to the hands of Green. Any slight slip of his hands could end disasterously, therefore 3D printing was the perfect method of customization.  It is also a zero waste steering wheel, just like most other 3D printed parts which have been created with laser sintering technology. The wheel has the control buttons for the parachutes, the air brakes and also the rocket, with the two trigger switches built in.  It likely is the single most important part of the vehicle.

Below you will find a video with driver Andy Green discussing the various details of the tiny, yet extremely efficient cockpit of what he hopes will be a record breaking vehicle. Do you think Andy and his team at Bloodhound can succeed in surpassing the current land speed record by a staggering 237 miles per hour? Let us know in the Bloodhound forum thread at