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  1. Dennis Panlilio

    Dennis Panlilio Oakley Expert Premium Member

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    3D Printing has advanced significantly over the past years and has influenced the design process and the ease of manufacturing parts for industrial applications. With this in mind...Oakley can actually revive the manufacturing of X-Metal frames without having to revert to their old manufacturing process of creating the frames. They can actually just do this now in a small room and create even better frames with significantly more complex designs and strength at affordable manufacturing costs. With this technology and the Oakley DNA...I can forsee even crazier and more organic designs. I for one hope they use the new technology to revive the X-Metal line. Check out the videos below. The 3D Printer is from 3D Systems and uses Direct Metal Printing technology. This machine is designed specifically to create parts with titanium alloy.

    UPDATED: Added the X-Metal: Purpose Beyond Reason video to show how the X-Metals were manufactured by Oakley.





    X-Metal: Purpose Beyond Reason
     
    Last edited: 1/16/16
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  2. RoTors

    RoTors Oakley Expert Premium Member

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    Hmmmm...

    This would be a DIY thread, with X-Metal pics if I hit that Powerball
     
  3. thisguy

    thisguy Oakley Expert

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    Very cool technology. I hope Oakley will make good use of this, if they do, and create some awesome pieces!
     
  4. supersharp

    supersharp X-Metal Connoisseur Premium Member

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    It looks cool, but I have to wonder how much material is wasted. That's not cost effective.
     
  5. jdd32

    jdd32 X Metal Workshop

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    Sintering and cnc machining can technically also provide the means to achieve awesome ti frames. Even if Oakley wanted to continue with casting xmetals outside of US that would have been possible. I feel the barriers are bound by business decisions of consolidation more so than technological barriers. It's a fundamental objective of business mergers and acquisitions
     
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  6. Nortika

    Nortika Oakley Expert Premium Member

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    That's pretty neat, I doubt Oakley will bring back the true x-metal line. Thanks for sharing
     
  7. Dennis Panlilio

    Dennis Panlilio Oakley Expert Premium Member

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    Material is not wasted because all unsintered metallic powder can be reused. It is very cost effective :)
     
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  8. KillerCollector

    KillerCollector Oakley Expert Premium Member

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    Is there any reason a 3D printer couldn't make new stems?
     
  9. jdd32

    jdd32 X Metal Workshop

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    Copyright infringement?
     
  10. KillerCollector

    KillerCollector Oakley Expert Premium Member

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    Hmmm, I don't know. Take the straight stems on a 0.3. Ive seen that type of stem on other sunglasses.