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Kite Eyewear launches bespoke 3D service

KiteOne enables consumers to customise hinges, branding and printed messaging on their frames

13 Sep 2018 by Andrew McClean

Kite Eyewear has announced the launch of a bespoke eyewear solution that will enable the eyewear company to micro-manufacture bespoke frames to specific head and face measurements.

KiteOne uses 3D scanning technology and 3D printing to create a customisable experience that includes a selection of frame colours and detailing to suit the consumer’s personal style.

The service will launch at DesignJunction, the exhibition for contemporary interior design, on 20–23 September at London’s South Bank.

Co-founder and CEO of Kite Eyewear, Amar Radia, said: “This technology platform signals a move towards a more modern, adaptable way of buying eyewear; a personalised service which is built around the individual, their life, and their personal style.”

KiteOne takes a 3D scan of the patient’s head and face, recording sub-millimetre measurements including the distance between pupils, the dimensions of their nose and head, as well as the position of their ears.

An image of the patient is then developed, enabling Kite to digitally render the choice of frame to the dimensions of the 3D image. The contours of the frame can be adjusted, as well as customising hinges, branding and printed messaging.

The digital file is then sent to Kite’s workshop to be printed and finished before being hand assembled in-store by a Kite technician. The patient will receive the frames within three weeks.

The platform has been developed in collaboration with Benjamin Hubert from Layer design studio and is combined with Zeiss lenses. 

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