Meta Platforms had three patents in 3D printing during Q1 2024. Meta Platforms Inc filed a patent for a lens assembly for a head-mounted device, including a frame and a lens assembly with a power layer set to predetermined power levels. Another patent describes polymers made from multifunctional monomers in a one-pot system, along with tunable 3D printed materials with a wide range of material properties. GlobalData’s report on Meta Platforms gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Meta Platforms grant share with 3D printing as a theme is 633% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Optically powered lens assembly for head-mounted devices (Patent ID: US20240094533A1)

The patent filed by Meta Platforms Inc. describes an apparatus, system, and method for a lens assembly for a head-mounted device, such as augmented reality glasses. The lens assembly includes a lens bulk, an edge thickness with a predetermined value compatible with the frame, and a power layer that can be set to various predetermined power levels while maintaining the edge thickness within the specified range. The power layer defines a course power level for the lens assembly, typically ranging from -6.00 D to +6.00 D, and can include structures like Fresnel or gradient index (GRIN) to achieve the desired optical power levels.

The claims detail the specific configurations and features of the head-mounted device and augmented reality glasses, including the materials used for the lens bulk, the addition of a display layer for user experience information, and the manufacturing method for adjusting the fine power level of the lens assembly. The method involves determining the course power level with the power layer, adjusting the fine power level by adding or removing material while maintaining the edge thickness, and aligning the optical center of the lens assembly with the user's pupil. Overall, the patent focuses on creating a lens assembly that can provide a range of optical powers while ensuring compatibility with the frame and user requirements.

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