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FastGrind is the proven leader for "in-office" lens production. Since the first installation over 20 years ago, FastGrind has outlasted 9 casting/molding systems. FastGrind has hundreds of satisfied customers in over 50 countries around the world, is used by the U.S. Miltary, and is approved by EyeMed as an "in-house" lab.

You can define the lens thickness for each frame size. Profitability is greater with FastGrind because more lens styles and a wider prescription range can be dispensed. Above a +2.00 power, thickness is not a problem with FastGrind, you can grind to a knife edge on any power. With casting, your lenses get thicker as the power increases and the frame size decreases.

The following is a feature comparison with Casting/Molding companies in general. Some features may vary by company.
Features
Casting/Molding vs. FastGrind
  Casting / Molding FastGrind
SPHERE POWER + 2.00 to - 4.25 + 7.00 to - 9.00
CYLINDER 2.00 3.00
PROCESSING TIME 30 Minutes 12 Minutes
TIME FROM START TO READY FOR EDGING 60 Minutes 12 Minutes
OPERATOR DEFINES FINISHED LENS THICKNESS No Yes
NEW LENS TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE WHEN INTRODUCED BY LEADING MANUFACTURER No Yes
CHEMICALS AND RESIN REQUIRED Yes No
TIME PROVEN TECHNOLOGY No Yes (20 Years)


Cost
Casting/Molding vs. FastGrind
  Casting / Molding FastGrind Savings Per Pair
PROGRESSIVE $38.68 - $45.50 $14.98 $30.52 - 3 pairs for the price of 1
PROGRESSIVE AR $64.18 - $75.50 $24.98 $50.52 - 3 pairs for the price of 1
PROGRESSIVE POLARIZED $84.58 - $99.50 $49.98 $49.52 - 2 pairs for the price of 1
PROGRESSIVE PHOTOCHROMIC $77.78 - $91.50 $44.98 $46.52 - 2 pairs for the price of 1
PROGRESSIVE PHOTOCHROMIC AR $103.28 - $121.50 $54.98 $66.52 - 2.2 pairs for the price of 1
SINGLE VISION $10.62 - $12.50 $6.98 $5.52 - 2 pairs for the price of 1
SINGLE VISION PHOTOCHROMIC $35.28 - $39.50 $26.98 $12.52 - 1.5 pairs for the price of 1
SINGLE VISION PHOTOCHROMIC AR $60.78 - $71.50 $34.98 $36.52 - 2 pairs for the price of 1
FT 28 Not Available $7.98  
FT 28 PHOTOCHROMIC Not Available $38.98  
7 X 28 Not Available $15.60  


Cost of Operation Comparison
2 Progressives/Day
    Casting/Molding FastGrind
1 Clear PAL $45.50 $14.98
1 AR PAL $75.50 $24.98
  Cost/Day $121.00 $39.96
  Days/Month x22 x22
  Monthly Lens Cost $2,662.00 $879.12
  Monthly System Cost $66.00* $480.00*
  Total Monthly Cost: $2,728.00 $1,359.12
Additional Monthly Profit with FastGrind = $1,368.00
*60 month amortization

Cost of Operation Comparison
6 Progressives/Day
    Casting/Molding FastGrind
1 Clear PAL $38.68 $14.98
1 AR PAL $64.18 $24.98
Cost/Day $308.58 $118.98
Days/Month x22 x22
  Monthly Lens Cost $6,788.76 $2,617.56
  Monthly System Cost $66.00* $480.00*
  Total Monthly Cost: $6,852.76 $3,097.56
Additional Monthly Profit with FastGrind = $3,756.00
*60 month amortization