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Crystal Eyecare now offers 3D Printing services with some design assistance.

3D-Printing is an additive process. This means you build objects out of a material versus other methods such as CAM which results in a block/sheet of material being milled or routed out. Both systems make use of files of CAD files like the*.stl file extension. While this jargon may seem like a lot, the basics are simple: Design an object in a program (similar to sketching or drawing) like Fusion 360 or TinkerCad. That program generates a file that is then used to create the object. There are a variety of 3D-Printers available. Crystal Eyecare has a Form 2 from FormLabs. It is an SLA printer. SLA printers use a laser to cure a layer of material at a time.

So the next question is, what can 3D Printing do for you? Well all you have to do is get a file and leave the rest to us. People all over the world sell designs of all types of objects imaginable. For anyone who knows Al, our resident optician, he has a fascination with oloids; mathematical toys that have a peculiar roll but satisfying roll. Getting files is pretty easy. Etsy would be a great start for designs on vases, figurines and other objects that  are of interest to you. The applications are virtually endless.

3D-Printing can help:

  • Make parts that no longer exist.
  • Create unique objects such as jewelry, toys, figurines, really just about anything.
  • Make replacement parts or improvements to an already existing part.

Crystal Eyecare can:

If you have an idea and some specifications, Crystal Eyecare uses Fusion 360 and Autodesk MeshMixer for design.

  • 14.5 × 14.5 × 17.5 cm Build Volume
  • 100, 50, and 25 micron layer thickness
  • do consider these design-specs