It just won't do for members of the Dutch Royal Family to have to squint down their noses; that might be interpreted as an expression of distaste for the loyal subjects of the realm.
So when the Dutch Royal Highnesses, King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima, stopped off to see a demonstration of LUXeXceL's 3D printed glasses, order was restored to both the royal's vision and to the kingdom at large.
LUXeXceL, a Dutch firm focused on 3D printing prototypes and manufacturing badges for LED optics used in the lighting industry, came up with a special event when they sent out their CEO and founder, Richard van de Vrie, to meet the new Dutch Monarchs as they made their way along the route of their first introductory tour throughout The Netherlands.
LUXeXceL thought it might be a good time to demonstrate the company's new Printoptical 3D printing method, and it was, pardon the pun, a real eye-opener.
In fact, the Dutch company can now print smooth, functional lenses (and frames) for eyeglasses, and their process completes the glasses in a single print.
It was a rather stunning display of functional 3D printed prescription glasses, and a clear demonstration of how digital manufacturing on an industrial scale is bound to change, not only the way eyeglasses are being made, but perhaps how everything is made in the future.
LUXeXceL, for their proprietary Printoptical Technology, was recently given an award for creating "Most Disruptive Innovation of the year 2013" at the Benelux Deloitte Fast 50 - Rising Star competition.