Design and Build Blog

We are very proud to be designing and making objects for you in Brooklyn NY. In today’s world the designer and fabricator are too often separated by thousands of miles. We strongly believe that this separation diminishes both the quality and design of the object. At EXOvault we design and produce in the same building, the fabricator and the designer are the same person. Feedback between production and design creates a unique and better product.

Computer models and rapid prototypes are great tools, but they are no substitute for hands on knowledge of production and the machines involved. This understanding and interaction can not be duplicated via the internet and conference calls. This understanding of materials and process helps us design and produce a superior product.

This model of manufacturing has it’s drawbacks. Labor in Brooklyn is not inexpensive but it is high quality. This means our product is not as cheap as a product made in China. We firmly believe in a living wage and the quality of life of every EXOvault employee is important to us. We believe that the extra cost is worth it to us as a company and to you as our clients.

We are creating this blog to communicate to you a better understanding of what makes EXOvault special and prove design and manufacturing can be alive and vibrant and better in Brooklyn.

The following is a short video showing the production of our new case for our Kingsland glasses:

Machined from solid 

There are many methods to forming metal into a final shape.  We have chosen the method of milling from solid 6061 aluminum using a cnc machine in our shop in Brooklyn.   All other metal eyeglass frames on the market are cast or bent.

Machining from solid is much stronger than casting, also allowing for a wider range of shapes.  Machining  is a time consuming and expensive process but we strongly believe it creates a superior product.  On the majority of the surface of our Kingsland frames you will see a tight pattern of lines. Each line is the mark of a small tool following the surface of the frame and the finished surface is a combination of those tightly spaced cut paths — over 500,000 on each pair of glasses frames.  We believe that truth in process and materials is beautiful, so  we have chosen not to remove the cut marks. They are a unique and authentic mark of the milling process.

Another great aspect of aluminum is that it is highly recyclable.  73% of aluminum ever produced is still in use.  All the material we cut away is recycled and recycled aluminum requires 5% the energy of mined aluminum.