This Startup Is Trying To Make Custom Eyewear Accessible To All

This Startup Is Trying To Make Custom Eyewear Accessible To All
Fitness & Sport

Skelmet uses 3D scanning and printing to offer sport sunglasses molded to the shape of your head

Leo Lutero
  • 19 september 2017

Skelmet offers sporting eyewear fits to the shape of your head. Every piece is custom made using 3D scanning and printing technology. Both prescription and non-graded lenses are available from the brand, and prices aren’t too far off from other high-end, mass-produced options.

Its flagship products start at $499 for prescription lenses and $279 for the basic lenses. To order a pair, the customer’s head must first be 3D scanned. Skelmet has created an app that allows the use of mobile phones for this process. Another probably more reliable option is to drop by a partner store and have trained staff do the scanning.

Skelmet’s technology relies on a proprietary algorithm that turns the scan into the eyewear frame design. This means every frame is made to the exact dimensions of the client. The manufacturing, as reported by the Boston Globe, takes place in New Jersey. The method used is selective laser sintering, where a powder bed is blasted by laser, melting them together to form the frame. The material used is a polyamide-12 nylon-plastic material. The Falcon 1, with the lens installed, weighs an impressively light 20 grams.

Customization is big in sportswear and equipment but it has only really been widely available to elite athletes. Brands like Nike have custom options like for shoes, but the extent has always been cosmetic. Skelmet is betting on large volume businesses using bespoke technology, but the startup is already facing issues with meeting demand. In a footnote on their website, the company notes that orders for Falcon 1 are challenging its supply chain. With the backlog, new orders will only be processed starting October 1.

Skelmet, a two-year-old startup, first wanted to create custom helmets, but seeing an opportunity in performance eyewear and speedier production timelines, it shifted its focus.

Skelmet

Skelmet offers sporting eyewear fits to the shape of your head. Every piece is custom made using 3D scanning and printing technology. Both prescription and non-graded lenses are available from the brand, and prices aren’t too far off from other high-end, mass-produced options.

+3d printing
+apparel
+consumer goods
+customization
+Design
+eyewear
+Fashion
+fitness / sport
+mobile
+nike
+retail
+sport & fitness
+sportswear
+technology
+USA

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