Mark Zukerberg– led Meta has acquired the Netherlands-based 3D smart glass maker Luxexcel, This move will help the Metaverse project to get faster for Meta in 2023.
Meta, a leading provider of augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing technology, announced that it acquires 3d smart glass maker, a 3D printed smart glass manufacturer.
In a statement, Meta said, “We’re excited that the Luxexcel team has joined us, deepening the existing partnership between the two companies.” Luxexcel’s prescription lenses made using 3D printing can be used in AR glasses, and in 2021 the company joined forces with WaveOptics to supply the displays for Snap’s Spectacles.
The acquisition comes as Meta plans to discontinue its two undisclosed wristwatch projects and its video calling smart display, known as the “Portal,” as the company lays off 11,000 workers. However, Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has announced that the company will be releasing a high-end virtual reality headset that will provide high-resolution mixed reality, allowing users to integrate virtual objects into the physical environment around them.
3D-printed maker Luxexcel:
Founded in 2009,Luxexcel is a company that specializes in 3D printing technology for the production of optical components, such as lenses and prisms. The company developed a proprietary process for 3D printing these components directly onto glass using a specialized resin material. This allows for the creation of custom, high-quality optical components with complex shapes and features that would be difficult or impossible to achieve through traditional manufacturing methods. Luxexcel’s 3D printing technology has a wide range of potential applications, including in the fields of optics, automotive, and aerospace.
The acquisition will bring together Meta’s expertise in AR and 3D printing with Luxexcel’s innovative smart glass technology, opening up new possibilities for the development of next-generation products and applications.