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It was great to meet you at Vision Expo East 2019. During the event, attendees got the opportunity to try out 3D printed lenses. The 2019 edition of Vision Expo East was a highlight for Luxexcel. 3 years ago we introduced the technology for 3D printed lenses, 2 years ago we announced our partnership with IFB Solutions and this year’s edition of Vision Expo we are excited to be able to show we have reached the milestone of the commercial phase, shipping lenses daily to patients at IFB, the certification from Colts lab… and the 5000 lenses printed by Luxexcel printers worldwide.

Some highlights Vision Expo East 2019

3D printed lenses: commercial phase
The Luxexcel 3D printing technology has advanced from the pilot phase to printing commercial lenses. In the past 12 months, 5000 lenses have been printed on several VisionPlatforms in the USA and Europe. This enables us to bring the technology to a level where commercial lenses are shipped to customers every day.

IFB Solutions, our partner lab 3D prints lenses everyday. The Luxexcel VisionPlatform prints lenses at IFB's facility and the lenses are shipped to their customers on a daily basis. 

Try out 3D printed lenses
Vision Expo attendees got the opportunity to try out 3D printed lenses.



One year of partnership
Together with our partner IFB we hosted a birthday party to provide local schoolchildren in the Winston-Salem community with a free pair of eyeglasses. The eyeglasses featured lenses made with the Luxexcel 3D printer. For several of the children, this is their first pair of glasses which will help them in the classroom.

3D printing of lenses: eco-friendly solution
In the traditional way of lens manufacturing, there is a lot of material which is cut away. This results in waste which can’t be re-used. With 3D printing, you build a lens and start with a bottle of ink, instead of grinding away material. This significantly reduces the material waste of your lens. 

Additional certifications of compliance 3D printed lenses
Colts Laboratories conducted several tests on 3D printed lenses. Several tests were conducted ISO, ANSI and Dropball and Luxexcel 3D printed lenses are compliant. The full report can be reviewed on our website.

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3D printed lenses by Luxexcel have been independently tested by COLTS Laboratories and are found to be compliant with the ophthalmic industry standard quality tests.

The following tests were conducted:

  • ISO 8980-1:2004 Focal Power
  • UV Transmittance-SQ
  • Yellowness Index-SQ
  • ISO 8980-3 Transmittance
  • EN 166:2001 Minimum Robustness
  • FDA Dropball 50 Inches

Various 3D printed lenses of assorted powers, were recently submitted to COLTS Laboratories for testing. All lenses have passed.  COLTS issued certificates for each of the tests performed. The certificates are now available on the Luxexcel website.

Over the past 12 months, 5000 lenses have been printed on VisionPlatforms™ installed in the USA and Europe. 3D printing technology has advanced from the pilot phase to printing commercial lenses, which are shipped to customers every day.

In the past year, Luxexcel focused on the industrialization of the VisionPlatform™ in collaboration with key manufacturers in the ophthalmic field. The Luxexcel VisionPlatform™ consists of industrial grade 3D printers, ophthalmic lens materials optimized for 3D printing, lens-design software and workflow integration tools which enable customers to manufacture 3D printed ophthalmic quality lenses.

With these certifications, Luxexcel technology is confident it is now poised for the commercial market and ready to take the next step in the future of lens manufacturing

Results of the tests may be found here 

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EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS – Luxexcel, developer of 3D lens print technology and IFB Solutions a North Carolina based nonprofit, celebrate one year of partnership. To mark the anniversary, nearly 20 local schoolchildren received a free pair of eyeglasses and a comprehensive eye exam. The eyeglasses featured lenses made with IFB’s 3D printer developed by Luxexcel. The 3D printer at IFB Solutions is the world’s first commercial 3D printer of ophthalmic lenses.

For several of the children, this is their first pair of eyeglasses. According to Prevent Blindness America, one in four school-age children has vision problems that, if left untreated, can affect learning ability, personality, and adjustment in school. Providing eyeglasses to the school children is something both IFB Solutions and Luxexcel hope will help them in the classroom. “One of our biggest challenges in public education is meeting all the needs of children. Their medical, health and physical needs happen beyond the classroom, but those needs are critically important to a child’s educational success. That’s why we are so grateful to have community partners like IFB Solutions and Luxexcel. Their gift of eyeglasses gives these students the gift of vision, something we could never do alone. At school and at home, vision is a vital part of a child’s overall well-being,” said Michael Pesce, WS/FCS Director of Social Work.

IFB Solutions and Luxexcel have been partners in bringing 3D printing to the optical industry. IFB Solutions uses the technology to help service its optical contracts with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. IFB’s optical lab, staffed primarily by individuals who are blind, averages nearly 1,200 pairs of eyeglasses per day with the majority going to military veterans and their families.

Danny Kelly – Chief Operating Officer, IFB Solutions: “What better way to celebrate our partnership with Luxexcel than to help children in the classroom. We are not only joining forces to bring innovation to the optical industry, but we’re also introducing the next generation to new technology that will help them succeed. It’s a win-win for all of us.”

Over the past 12 months, 5000 lenses have been printed on several VisionPlatforms™ installed in the USA and Europe, to bring the technology to a level where commercial lenses are being shipped to customers every day.

Guido Groet- Chief Commercial Officer, Luxexcel: “The cool technology of 3D printing is for everyone, especially for the next generation. It is great to enable the children to succeed in the classroom by providing eyeglasses together with IFB Solutions. A great way to improve lives and to celebrate our innovative partnership”.


About Luxexcel
Luxexcel is the only company in the world with technology which can 3D print custom ophthalmic lenses. The company has optimized its 3D printing technology for prescription lenses allowing the creation of customized ophthalmic products and to provide a prescription for smart eyeglasses. Luxexcel technology eliminates operational inefficiencies and provides an eco-friendly solution to eyewear.

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To mark the first year of partnership, IFB Solutions and Luxexcel provided 17 local schoolchildren a free pair of eyeglasses. The eyeglasses featured lenses made with IFB’s 3D printer developed by Luxexcel. It is the world’s first commercial 3D printer of ophthalmic lenses.

Prior to receiving their eyeglasses, most of the children were seen at IFB’s optical center to determine their current vision and select the frame of their choice.

For several of the children, this will be their first pair of eyeglasses and something both IFB and Luxexcel hope will help them in the classroom. According to Prevent Blindness America, one in four school-age children have vision problems that, if left untreated, can affect learning ability and adjustment in school.

“The children will now be able to see what is happening on the board and have greater clarity when they are reading,” said Dan Kelly, Chief Operating Officer for IFB Solutions. “Plus, they will have bragging rights that their lenses were printed with this very cool 3D technology.”



IFB Solutions and Luxexcel have been partners in bringing 3D printing to the optical industry. Luxexcel optimized the 3D printing technology for the ophthalmic market with IFB coming on board in late 2017 to install the first commercial 3D printer in its optical lab. IFB Solutions uses the technology to help service its optical contracts with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. IFB’s optical lab, staffed primarily by individuals who are blind, averages nearly 1,200 pairs of eyeglasses per day with the majority going to military veterans and their families.

Learn more about 3D printed lenses in our F.A.Q. section

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3D printing has changed many industries. Typically, the impact is biggest where the product touches people because that requires customization which is exactly what ophthalmics is all about.


Our technology works by building lenses from tiny droplets of ink. The benefit of the technology and 3D print technology in general, is to be able to create unique designs, when needed, with little waste. There are obvious operational advantages but even more exciting are the new products that become possible.

Benefits of 3D printed lenses 1. Simplicity: by simply printing the lens a long supply chain is reduced to one printer, no inventories, no polishing and grinding, no sourcing semi-finished lenses from all over the world.
2. Design freedom: new lens designs by removing limits in the traditional technology, but also integrating smart technology into prescription lenses
3. Eco friendly: 3D printing removes the significant waste which is usually associated with lens manufacturing. Reduced carbon footprint, energy, waste water, plastic waste, transport and toxic materials.

Learn more about 3D printed prescription lenses in our F.A.Q.


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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.

Luxexcel - IFB Solutions first ophthalmic 3D printer partnership - YouTube

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.

Learn more about 3D printed prescription lenses in our F.A.Q.

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In the traditional way of lens manufacturing, there is a lot of cutting away of material, which results in waste which can't be re-used. With 3D printing you start with a bottle of ink and you add material to build a lens. This significantly reduces the material waste of your lens. 

Luxexcel 3D printed lenses - environment - YouTube

The Luxexcel VisionPlatform™ is fundamentally different from traditional ophthalmic lens fabrication methods, which begin with semifinished lens blanks then grind and polish the lens, producing a lot of waste material as a result.

The eyewear industry requires custom products with quick turnaround times. The traditional ophthalmic industry has addressed these requirements by manufacturing semi-finished lenses in low-cost countries. The lenses are shipped for final processing to meet the customer's specific requirements.

This method requires complexity in manufacturing and large inventories, which would be unnecessary if products were created only as needed, and exactly as needed.

Luxexcel technology offers a much simpler solution by integrating a 3D print platform into an ophthalmic lab which only requires printing material to generate the required lens on the spot.

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Luxexcel VisionMaster enables users to fully customize the lens and even create lenses that do not exist today.

By working with VisionMaster you can experiment on how to further enhance your product portfolio with custom 3D printed lenses. 


Luxexcel VisionMaster™ 3D printed lens design
The VisionMaster™ software allows the user to enter the custom parameters of the lens required. A dedicated area in the software allows you to customize the lens and thinker around to create lenses that not even exist today.

After the custom lens design is created, the lens file will be sent to a selected ophthalmic lab which has a 3D print platform installed on site. 

Luxexcel printing - YouTube

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Faster than you might expect. 

The Luxexcel VisionPlatform™ is fundamentally different from traditional ophthalmic lens fabrication methods, which begin with semifinished lens blanks then grind and polish the lens, producing a lot of waste material as a result.

Conventional ophthalmic lens production involves multiple machining steps in which material is subtracted from a lens blank through grinding, polishing, and edging. For years this technology has been used in the ophthalmic industry. The results are good quality lenses but at the expense of high inventory, complex finishing and a significant waste of material. The alternative to this method, additive manufacturing through 3D printing. The Luxexcel technology for 3D printed lenses prints two pairs of lenses in one hour. 

The lenses require no polishing after printing, they can be coated and processed using standard ophthalmic lab procedures. 

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Eindhoven (the Netherlands), February 19th, 2019 - Luxexcel, the pioneer in 3D printed ophthalmic lenses, announces that its proprietary 3D printing technology has advanced from the pilot phase to printing commercial lenses.

Over the past 12 months, 5000 lenses have been printed on several VisionPlatforms™ installed in USA and Europe, enabling the company to bring the technology to a level where commercial lenses are being shipped to customers every day.

Fabio Esposito, CEO of Luxexcel: “By achieving this level of maturity we are ready to further grow the incredible potential of this technology and develop unique lenses both in ophthalmic and in smart eyewear. 3D printing is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between traditional lenses and the future of eyewear which resides in smart functionalities.” 

Luxexcel VisionPlatform™: Commercial lens printing

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.  

Guido Groet, Chief Commercial Officer of Luxexcel: “We have developed this solution to bring 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. The Luxexcel VisionPlatform™ brings a unique solution to the world of eyewear and enables the addition of prescription to smart eyewear.”

Follow this link to see the technology at work and hear IFB Solution’s Twenty/200 optical lab, the first wholesale optical lab utilizing Luxexcel 3D print technology to deliver commercial lenses.

About Luxexcel

Luxexcel is the only company in the world with technology which can 3D print custom ophthalmic lenses. The company has optimized its 3D printing technology for prescription lenses allowing the ability to create customized ophthalmic products and to provide a prescription for smart eyeglasses. Along with eliminating operational inefficiencies and providing an eco-friendly solution.
Additional information may be found at www.luxexcel.com

Link to video page
https://www.luxexcel.com/video-gallery
Link to image gallery
https://www.luxexcel.com/ophthalmic-inspiration/image-gallery
Link to F.A.Q.
https://info.luxexcel.com/video-faq

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