In the previous article, we discussed “How to choose a comfortable pair of glasses?”. In this article, let’s talk about “What are the disadvantages of titanium frames?”.
Titanium alloys have low thermal elasticity
The thermal conductivity of titanium is about 1/4 of nickel, 1/5 of iron, 1/14 of aluminum, and the thermal conductivity of different titanium alloys is about 50% lower than that of titanium.
The elastic modulus of titanium alloy is about 1/2 that of steel, so its rigidity is poor and is easy to deform, and it is not suitable to make slender rods and thin wall parts. When cutting, the spring back of the processing surface is very large, about 2 ~ 3 times of stainless steel, resulting in severe friction, adhesion, and bonding wear of the knife surface.
Other problems with titanium frames
For the same volume of frames, alloy frames are twice as likely to break as pure titanium frames, and for the same weight, alloy frames break more easily than pure titanium frames.Therefore, some sellers have to add a lot of copper in alloy material and impure titanium material to increase the toughness of the frame, so that the alloy frame is easy to rust, and long-term wear will be eroded because of the salt in sweat.
Disadvantages of pure titanium frames
The material is soft, the glasses can not be made more delicate, only the lines are thicker, in order to ensure stability and strength.Usually, when you are not wearing a pure titanium glasses frame, it is better to put them in the case of glasses, to avoid pressure deformation.
Disadvantages of titanium glasses
Titanium and titanium glasses cost a lot to produce, requirements in buckling, stamping, cutting, and welding are very high, not easy to welding and electroplating.So the price is more expensive, only for high-end glasses frames.
Is titanium alloy necessarily worse than pure titanium?
In the common case, the introduction of a titanium frame will have a detailed material label, what titanium and what material is it made of, such as titanium nickel alloy, titanium aluminum vanadium alloy, and so on.
The composition of titanium alloy determines the quality and price of the frames.A good titanium frame is not necessarily worse or cheaper than pure titanium.It is difficult to ensure the quality of titanium alloy which is very cheap in the retail market.In addition, titanium alloy is not to reduce the cost, but to improve the performance of the material.Usually, the memory frame on the market is made of titanium alloy.
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