In the previous article, we discussed “What are the benefits of using titanium glasses?”. In this article, let’s talk about “Why are titanium glasses so expensive?”.
How much do you know about the material of the glasses frame? For the first time with buying glasses, you may be surprised at the price of glasses frames. So why is the price difference of glasses so huge, and why the price of titanium frames is so high?
Pure titanium spectacle frame
Pure titanium is α-phase titanium containing a certain amount of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, silicon, iron, and other element impurities. Titanium is an indispensable material for modern aerospace science, marine science, and nuclear power generation, and other cutting-edge science industries. Titanium is 48% lighter than ordinary metals, has strong toughness, acid and alkali resistance, corrosion resistance, high stability, high strength, good elasticity, and other advantages. It is in line with ergonomics. Titanium is non-toxic to the human body and does not have any radiation.(https://www.koalaeye.com/blogs/our-stories)
TR90 spectacle frame
TR90 is a composite super-elastic resin material first invented by Koreans and used in the manufacture of glasses. Its characteristics are lightweight, excellent flexibility, and slightly lighter than pure titanium. After this material is being made into a finished product, it is non-adjustable. The application is basically injection molding. Koreans are the first to apply to glasses production, which has been popular for a few years, and then popular in the Japanese market. Now it is basically mass-produced in China. The high-end high-quality TR90 spectacle frames are produced in Shenzhen, and the low-end low-quality ones are in Wenzhou because they are much cheaper.
Tungsten Carbon Steel Spectacle Frame
Tungsten-carbon steel is an upgraded version of TR90. Its characteristics are basically lighter, softer, and higher in hardness than the original TR90. It is said to be the material softer than water, lighter than paper, and harder than steel. Tungsten-carbon materials are also called yellow materials in the glasses industry, and the terms of tungsten-carbon plastic are only for consumers because consumers do not know what they mean.
In terms of raw materials, titanium is the most expensive material, and the value of raw materials determines the final retail price of the glasses. The cost of tungsten carbon is slightly higher than the price of TR90 by about 20%, which is about the same as the value of low-end alloy glasses. The cost and value of pure titanium are 3 to 4 times that of TR90 and low-end alloy glasses, so the basic price difference between a pair of brand new pure titanium glasses and TR90 glasses is very large.
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