Are titanium glasses really more expensive?
Due to its lightweight, corrosion resistance, non-allergic and memory quality, titanium is becoming a new type of glass frame material. But titanium frames are more expensive than other metal, sheet, or plastic frames. Titanium is not a rare metal. It has the fourth-largest reserves after aluminum, iron, and magnesium, and is 16 times more than the world's copper, nickel, leads, and zinc combined. Scarce resources are supposed to have higher prices. With so much titanium in store, why would titanium frames be more expensive than frames made of other materials?
The characteristics of metal material
The material of metal glasses frame chooses some kind of metal material or alloy to make mostly. Most of the copper alloys are treated as the base material and then have surface treatment processing. Then there is the recent rise of pure titanium frames and those made of memory alloy. Metal frames are usually equipped with nose pads, which are movable to accommodate a variety of nasal shapes. The end of the temple is often covered with a plastic cover, not only beautiful but also to protect the temple and skin.
The advantages of metal frames
Its advantage is that the lens is fixed firmly, not easy to fall off. But the weight of the glasses increased slightly compared to the other frames. Full-frame glasses give people a sense of calm. The frame can cover the thickness of the lens very well, suitable for people with high degrees.
Titanium is currently too expensive to refine.
It is highly demanding in buckling, stamping, cutting, and welding. The extraction of titanium, like that of aluminum before the 19th century, was quite costly and produced in limited quantities, so it was used only in extremely important fields, such as aerospace, electronics, precision instrument manufacturing, and so on.
The production process of titanium frames is complicated.
The production of titanium frames requires special processing equipment, special welding technology, and electroplating technology, which has many processing procedures and high production costs. In particular, some glasses choose the most difficult pure titanium andβtitanium. Titanium is very soft and very "sticky", and very lively at high temperatures,so the processing is very difficult.