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Flexible and on-demand manufacturing of customised spectacles by close-to-optician production clusters

Objective

Optician2020 will develop distributed manufacturing assets in mini-factories clustered in urban areas combining short series manufacturing technologies and ICT tools for design, process automation and on-line real time delivery management of personalised spectacles, a fashionable product combining health prescription, functional performance and aesthetical requirements. The key enabling technologies to be deployed are:
- additive manufacturing, for polymeric and metallic frames
- advanced coating technologies, for short series lens coating
- automated procedures, for personalisable frames catalogue design
- scanning devices, for end-user anthropometric data capture
ICT tools will be used to improve the efficiency, adaptability and sustainability of the production systems and their integration within the proximity mini-factory business model. It requires continuous change of processes related to the management of distributed manufacturing assets and to the personalised manufacturing of spectacles in which the consumer can select frame materials and also finishings both in frame and lenses.
Optician2020 will demonstrate the feasibility of this business model based on close-to-optician mini-factories by showing:
- The spectacles personalisation flexibility, developing a catalogue of at least 12 models in spectacles for 450 users.
- The mini-factories flexibility and re-configurability with an agile procedure for adding new local manufacturing facilities to the open virtual network.
- The time-to-market reduction up to 65% and production cost reduction of 40% with respect to conventional methods.
The exploitation will start one year after the completion of Optician2020. A maximum initial impact of 25.000 spectacles can be obtained with two initial clusters of networked minifactories working efficiently for a group of 12 opticians in each cluster. It is expected to expanding the number of mini-factories with 10 more EU-based clusters.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/manufacturing engineering/additive manufacturing
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF(RTD)
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

FUNDACIO EURECAT
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joan Guasch (Mr.)

Participants (11)

FUNDACIO PRIVADA ASCAMM

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 897 312
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma , Parc Tecnologic Del Valles 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joan Guasch (Mr.)
INDO LENS GROUP S.L

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 75 922,50
Address
Av.alcalde Barnils 72
08174 Sant Cugat Del Vallés
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Isabel Jiménez (Ms.)
SATISLOH PHOTONICS AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 509 780
Address
Neugasse 10
8810 Horgen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Roth (Dr.)
KNOWLEDGE INTEGRATION LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 265 572
Address
Paradise Street 35
S3 8PZ Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Neil Smith (Mr.)
OPTICA PITA LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 88 336
Address
Rua Augusto Cardoso 64
2900 255 Setubal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sonia Carla Marques (Ms.)
ALCOM PROIZVODNJA IN TRGOVINA DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 165 600
Address
Partizanska Cesta 26
4000 Kranj
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dejan Aljančič (Mr.)
MELOTTE NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 377 020
Address
Industrieweg 2019
3520 Zonhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mario Fleurinck (Mr.)
LENSWORLD SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 224 960
Address
Rue De La Promenade 5
1630 Bulle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silvio Fleury (Mr.)
3T RPD LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 388 260
Address
Wofford Way, Fulton Court, New Greenham Park
RG19 6HD Newbury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mark Beard (Dr.)
INSTITUTO DE BIOMECANICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 317 809
Address
Camino De Vera Edificio 9C Universidad Politecnica De Valencia
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mª Jesús Solera (Ms.)
INDO OPTICAL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 304 427,50
Address
Alcalde Barnils 72
08190 Sant Cugat Del Valles Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Isabel Jimenez Calaf (Ms.)