James Taylor-Short, the first UK optician to adopt in-store 3D printing, will take part in a live panel debate on the impact of 3D printing at 100% Optical 2014.
James is at the fore-front of the 3D printed glasses service in the UK. His practice, Bill & Taylor Opticians, offers a bespoke consultation service with the use of an in-house 3D printer. Designing in 3D allows patients the opportunity to see the frame on the computer screen before they are printed on the spot.
James Taylor-Short began by designing and making Surfboards when he was at college and worked as a surfing instructor/surfboard shaper throughout uni finally starting his own surf-school in 2002. Having done this for a while, and working at a multiple Opticians in Devon, he chose the route of becoming Dispensing Optician and Qualified in 2008. Since then James has started an opticians (A&J Opticians) in Torrington with his business partner Anita Brady before taking over the Bill & Taylor practice in Barnstaple.
His passion for bespoke eyewear and innovation has resulted in the investment of a 3D printer to further his design capabilities. He says "Designing in a 3D format is challenging but gives the patient the opportunity to see the frame on the computer screen and then in a matter of moments see the glasses begin to appear before their very eyes... We started printing bespoke glasses from July and have had some amazing interest...Who knows if it will bring us huge amounts of custom but it has definitely out us on the map!"
All of his glasses can be made to measure through Bill&Taylor Opticians bespoke consultation service. All his glasses are made in Devon by him and he has also recieved requests to print designs available online. "Whilst the 3D printing service is not for everyone, those who chose them...love them!" James has also designed a range of glasses made from old Skateboard Decks and a range of laser cut wooden eyewear.