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Frames Materials 101

Frames Materials 101

On Monday I am giving a hands on presentation to a half a dozen Ophthalmic Assistant students, from the local technical college. The topic is on Frame materials, Types and Parts. What a great opportunity for me to refresh and review. 

After receiving the course itinerary I did some research and dug through our inventory for the hands on learning experience. The materials listed were:

  • Cellulose Acetate - also known as Zyl and is mostly what is in our inventory. 
  • Nylon- which is a stiff material good for sports
  • Aluminum- A highly corrosive - resistant metal but less durable than others too
  • Metal -Which includes Titanium, Stainless Steel or basic Monel, nickel and copper combination are the metals we handle most. 
  • Carbon Fiber- A very strong, flexible and expensive plastic material. 
  • Propionate- In the Zyl family that has high sensitivity to heat and can stretch out of shape.
  • And last on the list was Polyflex and I will confess I have not heard of nor could I find any information on Polyflex. When I consulted with colleges I got the same response. 

In return I would like to add two materials, that i feel are worth mentioning to the list. 
First i would like to give a big shout out to the Silhouette Company and their SPX material. It's a featherweight polyamide material that is incredibly light and flexible. I think Silhouette hasalways produced outstanding quality frames. 

The other material I find just amazing is TR-90 and we have excellent examples of this material. A huge seller is the frame named Legend from Best Image. And we recently added the Aspire line from Clearvision. I think Aspire is a great addition and gives very clean and colorful plastics a new spin. Both companies use the material and unique fashion work well. 
Class starts Monday.

Saving some Green

Saving some Green

To Warranty or Not to Warranty

To Warranty or Not to Warranty