Last Updated on September 11, 2014 by Tim
3D printing is still alive and relevant; although the number of stories and startups we’ve come aware of through submissions has been dropping, the industry is still thriving. There might be a little lull right now, but the trend we think will be back on the upswing as crafters begin to find new niche industries for product builds. Kobrin is one of those companies, with 3D printed glasses with a fashion-forward stamp, the startup is accompanying technology with hand craftsmanship to define 3D printed products that are of higher quality. It’ll be companies like Kobrin that will be the identity of 3D printing in the future.
By reducing waste, being more eco-friendly and involving customers in the development process, each product can be personalized and have the fashion edge that 3D printing can offer. The difference between Kobrin and any other is their brand position of being a fashion design brand totally focused on 3D printing. Rather than the mass production solution, Kobrin details itself with design, print, refinement, assembly and packaging one product at a time.
The Kobrin sunglasses are 3D printed in ABS plastic and include polarized anti-scratch lenses accompanied with a 3D printed case with each purchase. The young Italian entrepreneurial team have started with sunglasses but they plan on advancing their product line in the future with more fashion forward 3D printed solutions.
The sunglasses are being sold for $75 on their online store, and they have the opportunity to launch more materials in the near future including wood and biodegradable plastics.