presentation by Guido Groet, Chief Strategy Officer, Luxexcel
Luxexcel has developed a unique technology to 3D print prescription lenses. This technology is currently being used to create traditional prescription lenses offering efficiency and eco friendliness. The next major breakthrough of 3D printing of lenses will be in Smart Prescription lenses for consumers where many major mobile device companies use the technology to create smart glasses where the smart devices are encapsulated in a prescription lens to make the complete Smart Glasses comparable to regular Prescription Eyewear.
What drives you?
Innovation, bring new technology to the world while revolutionising the way things are done traditionally.
Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
The worlds of healthcare and technology sometimes live in paralel universes, now this new technology of 3D printing brings them together, the industries of consumer electronics and medical devices will have to understand each other’s worlds. This is a very remarkable business case.
What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Today 60% of the world needs vision correction and this is rapidly growing to 90%, at the same time the next big step in mobile computing is thought to be Smart Eyewear. These two major industries will have to come up with a solution and 3D printing seems to be the only way to make this happen.
What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
We will all be wearing smart glasses in 10 years. Similar to the way most people use prescription vision correction and smart phones today.
What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Inertia, the trend is happening today, it requires time to come to full blossom.
Why use your prescription glasses to look at your phone if they can become one and the same?
As the Chief Strategy Officer, Guido Groet assists high-tech companies to leverage Luxexcel’s patented 3D printing technology to make better products while addressing the vision correction needs of their customers. Guido has an extensive background in technology and is passionate, and has been instrumental, in bringing new technologies to market.
Guido has worked for many years in both Europe and the USA for ASML, a world leader in semiconductor equipment. At ASML, Guido held VP positions in Business Development, M&A and Strategy Development. He also took the lead in business relationships with the company’s optics partner, Zeiss, in Germany. Guido has also been COO and subsequently CEO of a venture capital financed company focused on developing disruptive high-tech manufacturing technologies.
Luxexcel is the only technology provider globally that enables customers to 3D print prescription lenses. As a pioneer, we have a unique understanding of 3D printing technology and prescription eyewear market. Our in-depth knowledge and expertise help lens designers and manufacturers to create better products. Our customers expand their offerings with eyewear which corrects vision as well as includes smart-tech features. We do this with our unique patented 3D printing technology that embeds waveguides, electronics, sensors, and films inside the lens and print prescription power on or around it. The smart tech is fully encased in our unique lens material as we print. Luxexcel lenses are durable and thin and look like conventional eyewear. We offer a complete 3D printing volume manufacturing solution, which includes a printer, materials, and software, for both traditional, as well as for smart eyewear.
Guido Groet will be speaking at the 2021 edition of the conference.