Blac – the original carbon frame
Blac is a novel innovative eyewear brand. Revolutionary designer eyewear made from carbon fiber reinforced with titanium. A lightweight frame yet very strong. Blac is the world’s first adjustable carbon fiber frame, with the patent to prove it. Designed and handmade exclusively by our own production team in the Bellinger House in Risskov, Denmark.
Blac – the fabulous story
Begins with designer Claus Bellinger and his fascination of McLaren’s carbon-composite MP4-1 body, which rocked the Formula 1 world at Silverstone in 1981. The MP4-1 was the first full carbon Formula 1 body, designed as a moulding, rather than the traditional series of flat aluminium panels mechanically fixed together. The reward for challenging conventional thinking was a gigantic leap in strength and sturdiness that would revolutionize racing car design. The characteristics of the carbon fiber and fibreglass composite are its unique woven surface, an unusual lightness combined with great strength.
Blac – a pioneering marathon
Years in the making, the development of Blac is that of a true pioneering marathon. Never before had composite materials such as carbon fiber been applied in eyewear productions on a full frame, where the requirement was for it to be adjustable, so hands-on experience was gained from teaming up with an expert in carbon fiber knee joints and athletics sprint prostheses. A hard-earned, labour-intensive, voyage of exploration through trial and error land that has resulted in cutting edge carbon fiber manufacturing know-how.
Blac is handmade in Denmark
by our own specialized production team located in the Bellinger House in Risskov, Denmark. With the worlds’ first adjustable carbon temple – and with a patent to prove it, the top secret, novel production process allows for each Blac frame to get special attention and craftsmanship, ensuring a unique design of each frame. All frames are custom made by hand for each individual customer with hinges, screws and end tips tailored for our Blac frames. All carbon fiber and fibreglass frames in the Blac line are manufactured using the raw material directly in the process. No lacquer is attached providing each frame with a unique raw surface of the woven carbon fiber and fibreglass fabric.
We are proud to have developed the world’s first adjustable carbon frame and now we can prove it. The United States of America have given us a patent (US 7,988,282 B2) for our Blac frames. One of the key features about Blac is the adjustable temples! This is also why we have been given a patent for the idea of implanting a metal core inside a carbon fiber lamination. In our case we use a titanium core, but the patent is for all metal. By doing so we add a new unique feature to the carbon fiber material. With no metal core inside carbon fiber would be completely stiff and if bended return to the original shape. But with the titanium core implanted we add the possibility to change and adjust.
Blac+ – additional coolness
Blac+ is super cool and lightweight carbon fiber eyewear – now with the added extra – a new cutting edge front. Blac+ is a 3D lasered polyamide front – combined with our carbon fiber temples and held together with our own custom made titanium hinges. Blac+ is the ultimate in eyewear, using an SLS technology that creates an extremely lightweight and strong front with a unique raw texture that adds a new layer of coolness to Blac. Blac+ is a series of Blac frames with the unique 3D lasered front – cool, masculine frames – extremely comfortable to wear and makes you look super cool.
Blac+ the unique qualities of the material…
The 3D SLS technology was originally made for making durable functional prototypes, which we have used for Blac since the beginning. With the development of a new exclusive polyamide material that finally meets our high requirements; we now have a unique possibility to make Blac+. Strength, lightness, stiffness, excellent long term behaviour and various finishing possibilities provide endless opportunities for making unique eyewear. Another advantage to 3D SLS is that we can produce very few of the same model giving us the possibility to create unique and daring shapes. In limited editions …
Blac+ also handmade in Denmark The Blac+ process begins with designing and drawing our Blac eyewear in 3D. Then we proceed to SLS. Selective Laser Sintering uses a laser to melt the polyamide powdered material in 3 dimensions. As the laser contacts the powder bed, it raises the material to its sintering temperature repeating the process one thin layer (0,12 mm.) at a time. After the laser process is finished the fronts are peeled from the leftover powder that is reused to make sure that nothing is wasted. Then the frames are tumbled and afterwards they are thoroughly polished by hand in our own production. The coloring is done into the material – and then we assemble it into a raw looking Blac frame – with the additional coolness. All our Blac+ frames are of course 100% handmade in Denmark – as with all our Blac.