We say that necessity is the mother of all inventions. Nothing can be truer about the birth of SpeX Eyewear which was born out of a little personal accident. When the only prescription eyewear of Chris Nieves, one of the manufacturers, inadvertently fell to the ground and instantly broke, a bright idea flashed before his mind – why couldn’t he just make a pair of durable yet stylish glasses on his own with a 3D printer?
While talking to friends and family Chris realized that eyewear issues and problems are quite common. They are quite expensive to start with and not customizable at all. On the top of this the usual prescription glasses that we buy in the market are easy to break; especially the hinges split with the slightest undue exertion on them or any accidental impact. From this stemmed the brilliant idea of a crowdfunded start-up that’ll manufacture affordable, fashionable, customizable and durable eyewear for the community – the SpeX Eyewear! For the actual manufacturing of this unique product Chris Nieves and his talented team of experts are in collaboration with other small but equally creative businesses in the USA. “Basically since the techniques are not known in the USA we are partnering with only small businesses that actually give back to their communities to bring the eyewear to life”, explains Chris. “We are making the technology and expanding it to bring it to our backers. We have had to use 3D printing technologies, the latest in 3D designing software, and the most advanced testing software, in order to make our dreams a reality.”
SpeX Eyewear is a completely “no screw product” – devoid of all the bolts, nuts and screws. Instead of easily breakable hinges, it uses infinity hinges which make customization of the eyewear much easier and more versatile. The eyewear is made of Aerospace quality Eurathane which makes it strong and durable yet extremely lightweight. All of the models of the SpeX Eyewear have interchangeable pieces so that you can put together any style or colour combination to match your dress and accessories. “There are 225 combinations that we are making available, in order to bring out uniqueness in people. We want them to be able to coordinate their mood to their eyewear and give them the freedom to look how they want and when they want”, Chris informed us. The designs are ergonomically satisfying and manufacturers are determined to make this the ‘community eyewear’ that is affordable to everyone.
The producers acknowledge that the collaboration with other manufacturing businesses can cause a slight delay in shipping as they may have to refine the manufacturing process on the fly. However, the Kickstarter campaign seems to have a great future. Until now, almost all prescription glasses sold in the US market are manufactured overseas and the manufacturing techniques in the USA are quite primitive compared to other nations. SpeX Eyewear seeks to rectify the situation and bring affordable quality eyewear to the USA. Chris Nieves is totally justified when he says that this “makes us pioneers for a Made in America trait”.
SpeX's Kickstarter Campaign