Using Yuniku begins with a scan of the wearer to capture facial features, and a short questionnaire to determine their visual needs. Advanced software then uses facial and visual data to determine the ideal position of the lenses in relation to the eyes and shares this with Materialise, which prints a tailor-made frame based around the lenses according to the wearer’s unique facial characteristics.
The frame models suitable for the user are then displayed to allow them to select their eyewear, while a virtual image of the customer in the selected eyewear is also shown to ensure the user’s complete satisfaction with the end result.
A three-week delivery time is expected for frames.
Yuniku launches with 12 frames, designed exclusively by Hoet, that are available in nine different colours and textures, which provides users with over 200 frame options.
However, Yuniku is an open platform for frames, Hoya emphasised, meaning that other frames companies can offer their frames through Yuniku if deemed suitable for 3D printing.
“We are already speaking to some designer frame manufacturers as there is potential to have particular styles of their frames uploaded and available for 3D printing through Yuniku,” Mr Saunders said.
Furthermore, Hoya plans to release new colour and texture options for frames through Yuniku regularly, with three-monthly updates planned.