THE HOT THREE: Top 3D print creations of the week (12th February)

3. Ultra stylish lenses for your ultra stylish 3D printed glasses

Eyewear KitEyewear Kit is a new Dutch company that specialise in creating lenses to suit 3D printed frames for the tech-loving spec-wearer. With everything from fashionable clear lenses  to transitional lenses that shift colour depending on the sunlight to fully functional lenses to suit your prescription, Eyewear Kit offers all the choice and flexibility you would expect from a firm looking to corner the maker market.

There are square lenses, oblong lenses, aviator lenses, coloured lenses, gradient lenses and everything in between. All you have to do is hit the Eyewear Kit website, pick your ideal lenses and they will be shipped off post haste.

Frames 3D printed

Costs begin at €29 for a set of clear lenses, going all the way up to €149 for the polarised version. For those looking for a selection, a test kit can be snapped up for €79. Want a few frames to go with your lenses? Eyewear Kit also offer three designer glasses from Dutch designer Michiel Cornelisson: the Wire, the Hatch and the Prince-nez.

 

2. The energy efficient 3D printed car that will race at the Shell Eco Marathon

Now in its 30th year, the Shell Eco Marathon will hit Rotterdam between 15th and 18th May this year. A motor race with a difference, the winner is the car that can travel the furthest on the smallest amount of energy. Of the 19 teams involved, our favourites are undoubtedly the Euroregiorunners, a gang of students from Hogeschool Zuyd in Heerlen, The Netherlands, who are 3D printing their vehicle on ten Ultimaker desktop devices.

Eco marathon

The benefits of 3D printing the dashboard, steering wheel and exterior parts of the chasse for this battery powered machine are numerous. As well as being cost effective, the printers can support ultra lightweight materials to ensure the automobile goes further with less.

Check out the video above to see more about the making of this ultra-green machine. The narration is in Dutch, but it should still give you a pretty good idea of how the car was put together.

 

1. Hannah Soukup’s startling 3D printed neck piece

Hanna Soukup 3D printedHannah Soukup takes the top spot this week for her gorgeous piece of neck wear that uses the fluidity and uniqueness of 3D printing techniques to render an item that is both stylish, classical and futuristic.

Soukup calls herself “a multidisciplinary student of the arts, exploring the integration of materials and fashion through a combination of traditional and innovative craftsmanship”, and a quick visit to her website will show you what she means. Her designs are unconventional and striking, at once beautiful and confrontational, warm and challenging.

Designed as a collaboration between Soukup and the architect Ludovico Lombardi, the piece from the Insides collection reflects upon mental conditions and emotional states. Printed by Materialise, it made the catwalk at the Suprima Design Competition Fashion Show 2013, which took place in New York last year.

Hannah Soukup

We’ll leave the final word on the creation to the designer herself:

I aspire to create fashion that is more than fashion – fashion that uses technology but is not ‘techy’ – fashion that is grounded in historical techniques and craftsmanship, combined with technological innovations, to create new experiences to wear.

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