Optician2020 validates the sustainability of a new Industry 4.0 paradigm for personalised spectacles


The Consortium of European project Optician2020 has successfully finished the activities to demonstrate, assess the benefits and validate the sustainability of a new business model for the production and delivery of personalised spectacles adapted to the morphology of each user based on the use of 3D printing technologies and local manufacturing.

The project, coordinated by Eurecat Technology Centre has brought the Industry 4.0 concept into the optical industry, making real the 2020 ophthalmic industry paradigm, consisting of the manufacture at local mini-factories of completely personalized spectacles, based on refractive prescription, customers’ anatomical data and their aesthetical preferences. The Optician2020 project “combines advanced manufacturing technologies with a network of mini production centres, personalized design, knowledge engineering, sustainable production technology, anthropometry and ergonomics to demonstrate that the manufacture of personalized spectacles can be a local, profitable business while remain sustainable and in line with the latest fashion,” explains project coordinator, Joan Guasch.

This novel paradigm has been demonstrated by means of two mini-factory networks located in Southern Europe and Central Europe. Demonstration started in November 2015 and finished last July. During a period of 7 months, the two mini-factory clusters have generated 455 personalised spectacles that have fitted 240 real users from an optic shop in Portugal and 215 from an optic shop in Switzerland. Those real users have experienced the new purchase experience and the benefits of the personalised spectacles.

Demonstration has validated the sustainability of this novel business model in terms of personalisation flexibility, fast delivery and environmental friendly productions, bringing out important benefits for both the industrial sector and consumers.

By the use of an advanced scanner device, a catalogue of personalisable spectacles allowing a huge amount of combinations, and a user friendly co-design environment, spectacles were designed according to the user’s dimensional facial needs and their aesthetical preferences, providing a breakthrough in the frame and lens fitting accuracy, as reported by several users and opticians, with a success rate in accepting progressive lenses of more than 99%.

The demonstration has also proven that the mini-factories can deliver the personalised spectacles in a competitive time frame (less than 25 days) and foresees delivery times of less than 15 days, reducing the time-to-market of new personalised spectacles to 75% when compared to stock conventional frames.

In addition, the demonstration has shown that the manufacturing of personalized products by means of 3D printing technologies and local manufacturing can reduce the eco-cost up to a significant 50-62% in the best case when compared to traditional processes.

Feedback collected from real users corroborate that Optician 2020 has created a more appealing shopping experience, where the final product perfect fits the consumer face, achieving high levels of satisfaction, quality perception and comfort perception and solving main problems when buying convectional spectacles such as frame adjusting, annoying nose pads or pressure on ears . “Optician 2020 spectacles better suits me” and “Optician 2020 lens provide a better comfort” are common statements heard from customers during demonstration.

All these validation results underpin current industrial paradigm change towards environmental friendly, agile and point-of-need manufacturing and opens the pave the way for the application of the Optician 2020 proposed model for personalised products supply to other consumer products such as jewellery, watches, etc.

Co-financed by the European Commission under the “Factories of the Future, Public Private Partnership” initiative as part of the 7th Framework Programme, Optician2020 has 10 members from 6 European countries. The project balances active participation from large companies such as Indo Optical, Satisloh Photonics and Melotte NV; small and medium sizes companies like Knowledge Integration, Optica Pita, Alcom Optika, Lens World and 3TRPD Limited, together with research and technology centres such as the Valencia Institute of Biomechanics and Eurecat.

To request interviews and for more detailed information, contact Joan Guasch, Project Coordinator joan.guasch@eurecat.org


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Final mini-factories report for the industrial sector (D6.4)

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This deliverable presents the results of the evaluation of the performance of the mini-factories demonstration in the form of a public report for the industrial sector, focusing on explaining the benefits for the business actors of performing as mini-factory agents for the production of personalised spectacles.  The report includes an introduction to the project, the metrics defined for validation of the new proposed paradigm and the results obtained after the demonstration and validation activities carried out in the project

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Final mini factories report from the consumer view (D5.4)

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This report analyses the performance of the new proposed Optician 2020 process for the delivery of personalised spectacles from both the consumer and the optician’s point of view based on the opinion collected from all the consumers and opticians involved in the demonstration phase.  Based on this analysis, this report summarizes the benefits for both the consumers and opticians of Optician2020 fully personalised spectacles.

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Optician 2020 Final Review to be held in Barcelona on November, 17th


The final review of the Optician 2020 project will take place on the next November, 17th. The meeting will be hosted by Eurecat in their premises on Cerdanyola with the organization support of INDO.

The Optician 2020 Consortium will present the Optician 2020 ophthalmic industry paradigm for delivering personalised spectacles, the key enabling technologies developed and deployed to make it real, the industrial scalability studies conducted, the validation results obtained after demonstrating the feasibility of this new paradigm and business models based on close-to-optician mini-factories on two initial cluster of networked mini-factories, as well as all the dissemination and communication activities performed and the path to exploitation designed for reaching the market.  Furthermore, it is planned a visit to INDO premises at Sant Cugat del Vallès for a live demonstration.


Optician 2020 at the Factories of the Future Conference 2016


Optician 2020 has been presented at the FoF Pitch session of the Factories of the Future Conference 2016, held last 15th September, 2016 at Brussels.

In the Optician 2020 pitch Eurecat, as a project coordinator, presented to potential business and innovation partners the project objectives and expected impacts, the main challenges addressed, its demonstration results, as well as the market and opportunity for the Optician 2020’s business model.

Optician 2020 successfully finishes its minifactory demonstrations


Optician 2020 demonstration activities carried out to assess the benefits of the new mini-factories based business model for the production and delivery of personalised spectacles have successfully finished this July.

The Optician 2020 novel paradigm has been demonstrated by means of two mini-factory networks close to the sell point, i.e. the optician. A first mini-factory cluster was set up in Southern Europe, with an optician in Portugal. Once this cluster was operating, a second Central-European cluster, with an optician in Switzerland, was added, demonstrating the potential for effective up-scaling the concept and the management platform performance for intelligent production planning and control.

The demonstrator in Southern Europe started in November 2015 whereas the demonstrator in Central Europe started a few months later, in February 2016. Since then, both demonstrators have been running until the end of July 2016.  During a period of 7 months, the 2 clusters have generated 455 personalised spectacles that have fitted 240 users from the optic shop in Portugal and 215 from the second optic shop in Switzerland.

During the demonstration, the on-demand production chain started and finished at the optician shop. Opticians selected proper volunteers amongst their customers. Personalisation design was enabled by the scanning of the face-head anatomy and by a co-design environment allowing the user to select frame and lens design, material and coatings from a large catalogue choice of spectacles, decoration and lenses. All this data was automatically processed and ingested to an ICT platform, in charge of the creation and management of manufacturing orders.

Partners in the Consortium are now collecting all obtained results and feedback to prepare two public reports, one summarizing the benefits for the industrial sector and one focusing on the benefits from the consumer’s point of view.


Optician 2020 at the IN(3D)USTRY


Optician 2020 has been present at the In(3D)ustry event, a 3-day Premium event focused on Advanced and Additive Manufacturing, connecting top users with prominent manufacturers and service providers to share success stories and realise technological needs. Eurecat, Optician 2020 coordinator participated in the event with its own stand. Eurecat’s stand devoted a space to show and present some of the Optician 2020 spectacles produced during the demonstration stage to its visitors. Besides, the Optician 2020 project was included in the Eurecat’s designed leaflet for the occasion as a highlighted project in the area.

Optician 2020 at the Future Industry Congress



Optician 2020 has been presented at the Future Industry Congress last 14th June in Barcelona. This congress, organized by Eurecat is focused on advanced, digital and connected industry and has as main to promote the adaptation of enterprises to the latest digital innovations and the fourth industrial revolution. Within its programme, the congress included the session: “INDO HORIZONS: Optician2020 – Digital manufacturing as a vehicle for Customisation”, where Juan Carlos Dürsteler, CIO of INDO, explained the Optician 2020 paradigm and present some of its results.

Lens World hosted 6th Meeting of Optician2020 project

Bulle, Switzerland (22 March 2016). Lens World hosted the 6th meeting of Optician 2020 project. All partners met in Bulle for a 2 days meeting.

The meeting aimed at tracking the progress of the project and plan upcoming tasks.
During the meeting, partners presented an overview of results obtained of finished Work Packages and reviewed recent activities in Industrial Sustainability, as well as in Dissemination and Exploitation. A clear focus was put on the follow-up of the demonstration activities being carried out in the two mini-clusters set up by the project. Partners revised data from produced spectacles, planned future work and discuss enhancements performed and to be applied to the supply chain and related technologies that refine Optician 2020 proposal for flexible and on-demand manufacturing of customized spectacles. Lensworld also provided valuable feedback regarding real user’s acceptance of Optician 2020 spectacles.


The meeting also included a visit to Lens World, where all partners could see Lens World’s installations and enjoy a demonstration of the acquisition of user data and design process.

Optician 2020 at MIDO Eyewear fair


Optician2020 has been present at the MIDO Eyewear fair held at Milano last 27th -29th  February 2016.  MIDO is currently the most important professional event dedicated to eyewear at international level, with an attendance of 52,000 qualified visitors from all over the world. Optician 2020 has been presented by the hand of INDO, which dedicated a specific place in its booth to the project.  In the Optician 2020 space, INDO staff could explain the objectives of the project as well as disseminate its benefits and first results. There were shown several demonstration spectacle samples and the Optician2020 video was projected showing the benefits of personalization. Visitors showed a great interest in the project and its future outcomes.