Tom Boonen in world’s first sustainable 3D-printed glasses collaboration

Former world champion becomes poster boy for new eco-friendly eyewear made from castor beans

Odette Lunettes x Tom Boonen 3D printed glasses
(Image credit: Materialise)

3D printing is starting to make in impact in cycling - sometimes quite literally, as the notorious Australian Olympic handlebar failure proved - but here’s something 3D printed that former world champion and four-time Paris-Roubaix winner Tom Boonen seems perfectly confident to use and endorse and not just because they (hopefully) won’t snap.

Materialise, Europe’s largest 3D printing company, which hit the headlines briefly in 2015 when it 3D-printed Paula Radcliffe’s insoles for her final London Marathon, collaborated with Belgian eyewear brand Odette Lunettes and Boonen, 41, to create the world’s first sustainable 3D-printed range of ‘athleisure’ glasses.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.