Prosthetic Eyes

Manchester Metropolitan University teamed up with Fripp Design and Research to create 3D printed prosthetic eyes. Thanks to 3D printing technology, 150 prosthetic eyes can be produced every hour, reducing original costs by 97%. Because they have to be painted by hand and moulded in acrylic, the original process used to take between 4 to 8 hours just to create one. To capture the natural look of the irises and blood vessels, the eyes are printed from powder in full colour and then encased in resin. Each eye can be created to closely match the patient’s eye hue. Made in batches, the standard cost is £100 per eye. You will have to fork out £3,000, however, if you have your eye on the handmade version.