Lucite is a high quality transparent synthetic resin (a type of plexiglass) developed by DuPont in the early 1900s. Because of its strength, toughness and transparency properties, this resin is mainly used for windows, interior design and furniture design. The products it creates have good resistance to UV light, wind and water.
Due to its excellent properties, several 3D printing companies have experimented with Lucite to print furniture. After relentless efforts, it is now possible to use Lucite to print furniture, lighting fixtures, bathroom fixtures, kitchen and household appliances and many other decorative home furnishings. Not only does it have a very good aesthetic effect, but it is also scratch-resistant.
In addition to printing furniture, Lucite can also be used to print medical items such as artificial teeth, hearing aids, prostheses and glasses.
As technology advances, more and more transparent resin materials are now available that are suitable for 3D printing. It can also be used in a wider range of applications, such as replacing some glassware and parts for optical instruments. Although Plexiglas is still a niche market in 3D printing, the current trend shows that its applications are expanding. Perhaps one day in the future, frames and lenses can be printed on site at eye shops.