Hoet Design Studio’s 3D Cabrio Collection

Hoet Design Studio’s eyewear, says the studio, is born out of the desire to create a timeless design that is both classic and modern. What better way to do that than to take the ageless art of eyewear design and manufacturing into the dynamic, forward-looking world of 3D Printing? With this philosophy, Materialise and Hoet Design Studio have entered into a collaboration for the Cabrio collection.


The 3D-printed Cabrio collection, launched in Milan at MIDO2015, presents the added value of 3D Printing in the eyewear scene. The collection aims to achieve aesthetic ideals while also considering physiological compatibility and performance requirements. 3D Printing offers design freedom beyond the capability of conventional manufacturing, and allows the Cabrio collection to feature small, complex geometries as well as a cellulose-like porous structure which results in an organic look and feel. Behind this collection is a symbiotic process of co-creation, and Materialise’s contribution to luxury consumer-grade product manufacturing.

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Collaborative Creation

This is a project which takes co-creation to its heart, by building on the core competencies of both partners. Hoet brought the philosophy behind this design and its extensive expertise on the eyewear market. To Hoet, eyewear in the Cabrio collection are not mere accessories but an artistic expression for the wearer. Spectacles don’t just change the way you see the world: they also change the way the world sees you. For Materialise, producing the frames, the goal is to find the ideal balance between the interaction of material properties, process parameters and technical design parameters. With this, Materialise hopes to achieve the best performance in appearance and functionality of the end product.

Certified Manufacturing 

Following the design stage, the production process presented initial challenges to overcome before manufacturing could begin. The key requirements of repeatability and consistency, absolutely crucial to manufacturing series, call for different considerations in 3D Printing and specialized automation and control software. Therefore, we put our software program Materialise Streamics to the task of tracking and tracing every manufacturing step that each set of eyewear frames must undergo.

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Finishing Processes

Eyeglasses may have been worn for centuries, but 3D Printing brings them firmly into the 21st

Looking Ahead

This collaboration with Hoet catapults Materialise into the role of a manufacturer for luxury consumer grade products, and opens up a whole new world of manufacturing and finishing processes on the very edge of 3D Printing technology. As always, the team at Materialise is consistently striving to broaden the portfolio to meet diverse needs, and to understand the audience’s developing expectations from a high-end company like Hoet.

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