Luxexcel, a Netherlands-based innovation company, has signed an agreement for a second U.S. installation of its 3D-printing platform for the manufacture of ophthalmic lenses. Quest Vision Care Specialty Lab in Largo, FL, will be the site of the next Luxexcel VisionPlatform for ophthalmic specialty lenses. It is expected to operational in January.
Quest Vision Care Specialty lab is a market leader for specialty lab work for wholesale optical labs in the United States and operates in 17 other countries in the world. The Luxexcel VisionPlatform consists of industrial-grade optical 3D printers, lens-design software, and workflow integration tools. This turnkey technology solution enables an ophthalmic lab to manufacture unique ophthalmic lenses by means of additive manufacturing.
As EB previously reported, Luxexcel’s first 3D platform installation was unveiled Nov. 13 at the IFB Solutions optical lab in Winston-Salem, N.C. Click here to see photos from that event.
Guido Groet, chief commercial officer of Luxexcel states: “We are excited to make this next step with Quest Vision Care Specialty Lab. With Quest we have found a partner that will maximize the benefits of our Luxexcel VisionPlatform by printing custom Rx lenses for non-mainstream applications. Quest will help make our 3D-printing technology available to a broader range of labs and end-customers."
Michael Walach, president and founder of Quest Vision Care Specialty Lab, added: “Quest Vision Care Specialty Lab, is known as the lab in the industry for specialty lenses. The flexibility the Luxexcel VisionPlatform offers, empowers us to provide completely customized ophthalmic specialty lenses made to the measure. The Luxexcel equipment can simply address patient needs for vocational, lifestyle, or special prescription requirements which cannot be produced with existing production technologies like corrective lenses for meridional aniseikonia, channel prisms, prism segs, quatrofocals and many other special vocational and corrective Rx lenses with unusual or extreme requirements This absolutely unique 3D-printing technology empowers our lens designers to create totally new and sui generis solutions. In short, we are thrilled to announce our position as early adopters to this new technology!”
The Luxexcel technology combines hardware, consumables and design-software, in one 3D printing solution, called the Luxexcel VisionPlatform. Ophthalmic labs receive the complete platform, which includes a printer (VisionEngine), resins (VisionClear), support and software solutions (VisionMaster) in return for a click fee payment. Lenses produced with the VisionPlatform are ISO Focal Power compliant and compatible with today’s industry coatings and customary processes like edging and framing.
Pictured here is Luxexcel's VisionPlatform