Powder & Heat
Model Powder & Heat 3D printed sunglasses
Model wears 'The Flamboyant' sunglasses
A German eyewear brand is set to receive a design award for their 3D-printed range of sunglasses, named 'The Flamboyant' in 2017.
Powder & Heat create custom-made spectacles and sunglasses using state-of-the-art technologies and high quality materials. They have also sought to create products using additive manufacturing, with so far positive results.
The German Design Awards recognise projects that truly represent pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape. An expert jury, who decide which projects to reward every year, were notably impressed with the lightweight feel, and vast UV protection of Powder & Heat’s 3D-printed sunglasses. As such they have selected Powder & Heat as their winners in the ‘Excellent Product Design’ category.
Powder & Heat’s design team has taken a new approach in the production of eyewear, producing custom-made spectacles in the premium segment. Each pair of sunglasses is made up of trendy shapes, high-quality materials, a range of colour variations and sizes. Thus, every customer can create a truly individual pair of glasses, made possible by the 3D printing process. The laser sintering technology, with its positive characteristics, enables a very thin frame designed with a special T-profile. Additionally, the ergonomically formed frame perfectly protects your face and your eyes from wind and glare.
“Our designs are modelled on a computer and then made in 3D printing,” explains Georg Vollmer, the winner of the design award. “A laser melts layered polyamide from a powdered bed to any conceivable shape. This way, the individual glasses are produced layer by layer. The extremely light racks are hand-polished and dyed, and then released into the world fitted with the very best lenses.”
The German Design Award, is bestowed by the German Design Council, the expert for brand and design in Germany. Established on the initiative of the German Bundestag (the lower house of German parliament) as a foundation in 1953, it supports the industry in all matters consistently aimed at generating an added brand value through design.
As a result, the German Design Council is one of the world’s leading competence centres for communication and brand management in the field of design. The exclusive network of foundation members includes in addition to designers and design associations, in particular the owners and brand directors of numerous renowned companies.