Monoqool makes 3D printing translucent

The brand has introduced a new, more energy-efficient process, to enable the creation of semi-transparent 3D printed frames

A pair of large semi-transparent fuchsia pink sunglasses are photographed against a white backdrop. The sides are an ultra-thin metal. The lenses are a soft gradient from pink at the top of the frame, to a light blue at the base

The eyewear brand, Monoqool, has introduced a new 3D printing process through which it can create semi-transparent 3D printed frames.

The Liquid 3D Technology process combines low temperatures with ultra-fast printing, which the company suggests uses 90% less energy than conventional SLS 3D printing.

Compared to the process of creating traditional acetate frames, the company noted, the reduction in carbon footprint is even greater.

Introducing the new technology, Monoqool shared: “Until now, the materials available to make durable and long-lasting glasses have been limited to glasses with matte-coloured surfaces.”

“Translucent 3D printing has long been on the wishlist for Monoqool,” the company said. “The new technology and new materials bring new possibilities to the table.”

The new frames feature a screwless hinge system, multi-adjustable sides, and non-slip end tips and nose pads.

In an image reminiscent of a scene from science-fiction, half of a frame appears seemingly half-constructed, rising from the bottom of the frame. There is a watery appearance to it, and the background is divided into vertical lines of darkening shades of blue.
Monoqool’s new process enables semi-transparent 3D printing designs