(19)
(11)EP 2 862 020 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
11.03.2020 Bulletin 2020/11

(21)Application number: 13744831.2

(22)Date of filing:  13.06.2013
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G02C 5/12(2006.01)
G02C 1/02(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/IB2013/054841
(87)International publication number:
WO 2013/186731 (19.12.2013 Gazette  2013/51)

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A NOSEPAD FOR AN EYEGLASSES NOSEPIECE AND A CONNECTING SYSTEM BETWEEN PIN AND NOSEPAD IN AN EYEGLASSES NOSEPIECE.

NASENAUFLAGETEIL FÜR EIN BRILLENNASENTEIL SOWIE VERBINDUNGSSYSTEM ZWISCHEN EINEM STIFT UND DEM NASENAUFLAGETEIL IN EINEM BRILLENNASENTEIL

PLAQUETTE POUR ARCADE NASALE DE LUNETTES ET SYSTÈME DE RACCORD ENTRE TIGE ET PLAQUETTE DANS UNE ARCADE NASALE DE LUNETTES


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 14.06.2012 IT BO20120328

(43)Date of publication of application:
22.04.2015 Bulletin 2015/17

(73)Proprietor: Luxottica S.r.l.
32021 Agordo, (Belluno) (IT)

(72)Inventor:
  • BUFFA, Federico, Gianluigi
    I-10040 San Gillio (Torino) (IT)

(74)Representative: Modiano, Micaela Nadia et al
Modiano & Partners Via Meravigli, 16
20123 Milano
20123 Milano (IT)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 0 067 373
EP-A1- 1 469 337
WO-A1-2012/011059
FR-A1- 2 521 736
GB-A- 2 132 379
US-A- 4 556 300
EP-A1- 0 067 373
EP-A1- 1 469 337
WO-A1-2012/011059
FR-A1- 2 620 832
GB-A- 2 132 379
US-A- 4 556 300
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Technical field



    [0001] This invention relates to a nosepad for an eyeglasses nosepiece and to a system for its connection to a pin of an eyeglasses nosepiece.

    Background art



    [0002] In the eyeglasses sector, the nosepiece is the structure which forms part of the frame and which rests directly on the wearer's nose.

    [0003] The nosepiece usually comprises a pair of pins which extend away from the bridge and which, at their lower ends, mount respective nosepads which are designed to come into direct contact with the wearer's nose. More specifically, the nosepads have a rear connecting portion which has a through hole made in it designed to receive the end of the respective pin.

    [0004] It is known that for eyeglass comfort one of the main requirements of nosepads is that they must be adjustable in position in order to be able to adapt to the shape of the wearer's nose.

    [0005] Known in the prior art, therefore, are solutions generally comprising hard nosepads which are movable to be adjusted to a certain extent. A solution of this kind is described in Italian patent application No.PD2003A000078, where the connection between the nosepad and the pin is obtained by tapering the through hole in which the pin is inserted, in particular from the ends of the hole towards the inside. This connecting system between nosepad and pin is also made in such a way as to limit the angular excursion of the nosepad relative to the pin.

    [0006] Further, in the aforementioned prior art, solutions are also known to comprise an insert which is embedded in the nosepad and which bears the manufacturer's logo or other text, visible from the outside because the nosepad is made of a rigid, transparent material.

    [0007] Another known requirement in the eyeglass trade is for the nosepads to be easy to fit to (and removed from) the respective mounting arms so as to facilitate substitution.

    [0008] In this perspective, the connecting portion with the hole used for connecting the nosepad to the pin is, in some prior art solutions, made of a deformable material. That way, the adjustability of the nosepad is provided by the deformability of the material the connecting portion is made of. Disadvantageously, in the solutions with rigid nosepad, removing the nosepad from the pin (as well as fitting it to the pin) has been found to be difficult mainly on account of the high rigidity of the material the nosepad is made of.

    [0009] Moreover, in solutions of this kind, it is difficult to guarantee the required nosepad adjustability because the parts making up the nosepad-pin joint must have a suitable geometry, especially for such adjustability to be reliable over time.

    [0010] In the solutions where deformable material is used for the connecting portion, on the other hand, it has been found that it is difficult to add an insert to the inside of the nosepad and in these solutions, therefore, the nosepads cannot easily and effectively be provided with inserts bearing logos or text.

    [0011] For example, documents EP0067373 and GB2132379 relate to nosepads for eyeglasses nosepieces where the connecting portion is made of an elastically deformable material.

    [0012] In these solutions, the connecting portion is distinct and separate from the pad, since the pad is moulded onto the connecting portion to incorporate a part thereof. In these solutions, the part of the connecting portion that is incorporated in the pad may be decorated.

    [0013] These solutions, however, have limitations and disadvantages. In effect, they give little freedom of choice and design in creating the decoration. Moreover, these solutions are not robust and involve the risk of the pad breaking off the connecting portion.

    [0014] That is because the decoration is made on one face of the connecting portion and the choice of the material from which to make the connecting portion is conditioned by the very fact that this portion has a connecting function.

    Disclosure of the invention



    [0015] The aim of this invention is to provide a nosepad for an eyeglasses nosepiece which overcomes the above mentioned disadvantages of the prior art.

    [0016] More specifically, the aim of this invention is to provide a nosepad for an eyeglasses nosepiece which allows the inclusion in the nosepad of an insert bearing a logo or text visible from the outside and which, at the same time, guarantees suitable ease of removing/fitting the nosepad from/to the respective pin.

    [0017] Another aim of the invention is to provide a nosepad for an eyeglasses nosepiece which achieves a good standard of reliability over time in terms of nosepad adjustability on the respective pin, especially for nosepads having advertising inserts embedded in them.

    [0018] These aims are fully achieved by the nosepad according to this invention as characterized in the appended claims.

    [0019] More specifically, the nosepad according to the invention comprises a pad which is at least partly transparent and which defines a supporting surface which can be rested directly on a wearer's nose, a connecting portion fixed to the pad and having a through hole by which it is connected to a mounting pin of a frame, and an insert which is at least partly embedded in the pad and which is visible from the outside through a transparent portion of the supporting surface of the pad.

    [0020] The nosepad according to the invention is characterized in that the connecting portion is made at least partly of a deformable material.

    [0021] More specifically, this material (which the connecting portion is made of) is deformable at least elastically. The elastic deformability confers softness on the material and allows the nosepad to be connected to and disconnected from the pin, where the pin has an enlarged free end to prevent the pad from being pulled off accidentally.

    [0022] It should be noted that the material the connecting portion is made of is at least partly deformable also plastically (that is to say, its deformability is partly elastic and partly plastic).

    [0023] The deformable material is also transparent.

    [0024] Preferably, the material (that is, the material the connecting portion is made of) is a flexible polymer material.

    [0025] More specifically, the material is preferably selected from the group comprising rubber, silicone, plasticized PVC (that is PVC with additives designed to confer deformability on the PVC) or polymer blends. Preferably, the pad and the connecting portion are made as a single piece and therefore of the same material (that is, the deformable material).

    [0026] The surface of the insert bears a graphical design and/or a text and/or an advertising logo and the insert is visible from the outside through the nosepad's supporting surface, which is transparent.

    [0027] The insert comprises a plate, bearing the graphical design and/or text and/or advertising logo, and which, on the side opposite the graphical design and/or text and/or advertising logo, has a pair of projections at least partly not coated with the deformable material.

    [0028] Preferably, the projections are made as one with the plate.

    [0029] Preferably, the plate is made of a rigid, galvanized material. This allows optimum compliance with fit tolerances between the insert and the mould used to make the nosepad.

    [0030] Another object of this invention is a connecting system between the nosepad and a pin of an eyeglasses nosepiece.

    [0031] More specifically, the connecting system comprises a mounting pin and a nosepad according to the invention, the nosepad being connected to the mounting pin by inserting the mounting pin into the through hole in the connecting portion of the nosepad.

    [0032] Preferably, the mounting pin is associated with a pair of lateral protuberances extending away from the pin in respective opposite directions perpendicularly to the pin. The lateral protuberances and the pin together define a cross configuration which lies substantially in one common plane and which is designed to limit movement of the nosepad axially along the pin and/or pivotally about the pin.

    [0033] Another object of this invention is a method for making a nosepad for an eyeglasses nosepiece, comprising the steps of preparing an insert in a mould and filling into the mould (for example by injection) a material in the liquid state (the material preferably having the properties described above) and such as to define, once solidified, a transparent and at least elastically deformable portion of the nosepad. The insert comprises a plate, which bears, on a front surface of it, a graphical design and/or a text and/or an advertising logo, and a pair of projections extending away from the plate on the side opposite the front surface.

    [0034] In the method according to the invention, the insert is positioned in the mould in such a way that between the projections there is an empty space which can be filled with the moulding material.

    [0035] The mould is defined by at least two parts, a first of which defines a bottom cavity designed to make the connecting portion of the nosepad and having, on opposite sides of the bottom cavity, a pair of protrusions.

    [0036] The insert is positioned in the mould by resting the insert on the first part of the mould in such a way that each projection of the insert rests on a respective protrusion and in such a way that the bottom cavity is laterally delimited by the projections and protrusions, at the bottom on the side of the first part of the mould, and at the top on the side of the insert plate.

    [0037] As a result, the insert can be embedded in the moulding material. More specifically, the plate is fully embedded in the material constituting the pad of the nosepad, whilst the free ends of the projections (whose function is to support the insert in the mould), since they rest on the protrusions, project from the material constituting the pad.

    [0038] Also positioned in the bottom cavity defined by the first part of the mould is a movable cylindrical core, preferably of constant cross section, designed to make the through hole in the connecting portion of the nosepad.

    [0039] With regard to the nosepiece according to the invention, it should also be noted that, preferably, the insert and the connecting portion of the nosepad are made of different materials. The connecting portion and, likewise, the nosepad, are made of a material which is transparent and soft (deformable at least elastically). The insert, on the other hand, is made of a rigid material.

    [0040] Preferably, the insert comprises a plate and, preferably, this plate is made of a rigid material.

    [0041] Preferably, the insert is embedded (incorporated) inside a part (a single piece) formed by moulding and comprising the nosepad and the connecting portion.

    [0042] With regard to the method according to the invention, it should be noted that, preferably, the step of filling (the material in the liquid state into the mould) constitutes a step of moulding in a single piece the pad (of the nosepad) and the connecting portion (of the nosepad).

    [0043] Preferably, this moulding step is performed in such a way that the insert is at least partly embedded in the pad and in such a way that it is visible from the outside through the transparent portion of the pad.

    [0044] It is stressed that comfort for the wearer of the eyeglasses is an important aspect of the invention.

    [0045] To make the nosepad comfortable, the pad is made of a soft material. Thus, the connecting portion, which is made by moulding together with the pad, is also made of a soft material.

    [0046] This material is at least partly elastic to allow the hole in the connecting portion to be widened when the pin is passed through it and then to return to its condition prior to widening to prevent the pin of the connecting portion from falling out accidentally.

    [0047] The material the pad and the connecting portion are made of, however, is soft and partly plastic in order to allow the nosepad to adapt partly (irreversibly) to the shape of the nose of the person wearing the eyeglasses.

    [0048] In light of this, the insert preferably has at least one projection configured to encircle the outside of the perforated connecting portion, elastically imparting its shape thereto.

    [0049] This has the effect of preventing the hole from losing its shape and elasticity, even after extended use and repeated insertion and extraction of the pin from the nosepad, thereby avoiding the risk of the nosepad accidentally falling off the pin.

    [0050] It should also be noted that the pad preferably has a hole on the face of it directed towards the connecting portion. This hole puts a portion of the insert embedded in the pad in communication with the outside of the nosepad.

    [0051] The purpose of the hole in the pad is to keep the insert securely in the correct position inside the mould by resting that portion of the insert on a stem projecting from the mould during injection moulding of the pad and connecting portion.

    [0052] Further, to make the fastening of the nosepad to the pin even more secure and robust, the pad defines two bulges projecting from the same side as the connecting portion. These bulges are configured to interact with the pin to limit or dampen the twisting movements of the nosepad relative to the pin (tilting about the axis of the pin). More specifically, these bulges are operatively in contact with the lateral protrusions of the pin.

    Brief description of the drawings



    [0053] These and other features of the invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description of a preferred, non-limiting example embodiment of it, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
    • Figure 1 shows an eyeglasses nosepiece according to this invention;
    • Figure 2 shows the nosepiece of Figure 1, with the nosepads removed in order to better illustrate the mounting arms of the nosepiece;
    • Figure 3 is an exploded perspective view of the nosepiece of Figure 1;
    • Figure 4 is a perspective view of a nosepad according to the invention and used on the nosepiece of Figure 1;
    • Figure 5 shows a mould used for making the nosepad of Figure 4 in a cross section through the line V-V of Figure 6;
    • Figure 6 shows the mould of Figure 5 in a cross section through the line VI-VI;
    • Figure 7 is a perspective view showing a variant embodiment of the nosepad of Figure 4;
    • Figure 8 is a different perspective view showing the nosepad of Figure 7;
    • Figure 9 shows the nosepad of Figure 7, in a side view.

    Detailed description of preferred embodiments of the invention



    [0054] In the accompanying drawings, the numeral 1 denotes in its entirety a nosepiece for eyeglasses, associated with a part of a frame (more specifically, the bridge "P" of a frame).

    [0055] As shown in Figures 1 and 2, the nosepad comprises a pair of arms 2 which extend away from the bridge "P" in a direction substantially perpendicular thereto.

    [0056] Each arm 2 has, at the free end of it opposite the bridge "P", a wide-section portion 3.

    [0057] Preferably, each arm 2 also has a pair of lateral protuberances 4 which extend in opposite directions and divide the arm 2 into an upper, supporting portion 2a and a lower, fastening portion 2b.

    [0058] The lateral protuberances 4 and the lower portion 2b of the arm are oriented in such a way as to form, together, three co-planar branches whose function is explained below.

    [0059] In the embodiment illustrated, the cross section of the arms 2 is quadrangular, and more specifically, rectangular or square. Their cross section might, however, have a different shape, for example circular.

    [0060] As shown in Figure 1, each arm 2 is associated with a nosepad 5 mounted at the lower end of the arm and, more specifically, at the lower, fastening portion 2b, which thus defines a mounting pin for the nosepad 5.

    [0061] More in detail, as shown in Figures 3 and 4, the nosepad comprises a pad 5a which is at least partly transparent and which defines a supporting surface "S" which can be rested directly on a wearer's nose, and a connecting portion 5b fixed to the pad 5a and having a through hole 6 by which it is connected to the mounting pin 2b (defined by the lower, fastening portion 2b of the arm 2).

    [0062] In the embodiment illustrated, the through hole 6 has a circular cross section. Its cross section, however, might have a different shape, for example, rectangular or square.

    [0063] Whatever the case, the cross section of the through hole 6 is preferably uniform along the full length of the hole 6.

    [0064] Preferably, the supporting surface "S", which may be flat or slightly convex, is substantially elliptical in shape, with a main direction of extension along the axis of the through hole 6.

    [0065] More specifically, the connecting portion 5b is located on the side opposite the supporting surface "S".

    [0066] Within the pad 5a there is an at least partly embedded insert 7, which is visible from the outside through a transparent portion 8 of the supporting surface "S" of the pad 5a.

    [0067] The insert 7 comprises a substantially flat plate 7a bearing, on a front surfaces of it facing the supporting surface "S", a graphical design and/or a text and/or an advertising logo.

    [0068] The plate 7a of the insert 7 is entirely embedded in the material constituting the pad 5a.

    [0069] The insert 7 also comprises a pair of projections 7b which are at least partly not embedded in the pad 5a and which are associated with the plate 7a, on the back thereof (that is to say, on the side opposite the surface bearing the graphical design and/or text and/or advertising logo).

    [0070] In other words, at least an end part of the projections 7b extends beyond the outer dimensions of the pad 5a, as shown in Figure 4.

    [0071] The two projections 7b are parallel to, and spaced from, each other in such a way that the two projections 7b are positioned on opposite sides of the connecting portion 5b. In other words, the connecting portion 5b is included between the two projections 7b of the insert 7.

    [0072] Advantageously, at least the connecting portion 5b is made of a material which is deformable at least elastically.

    [0073] Preferably, the pad 5a and the connecting portion 5b are made as one piece with the aforementioned material which is deformable (at least elastically or at least partly elastically).

    [0074] Advantageously, the at least elastically deformable material is transparent and is preferably an elastically flexible polymeric material. For example, the material is a material selected from the group comprising rubber, silicone, plasticized PVC (that is PVC with additives designed to confer deformability on the PVC) or polymer blends.

    [0075] The insert 7, on the other hand, is made of a rigid, galvanized material, preferably a plastic material. This enables precise compliance with mould tolerances, which is very difficult with inserts made of metal.

    [0076] In a connecting system (joint) between pin 2b and nosepad 5 in a nosepiece for eyeglasses, as shown in Figures 2 and 3, the nosepad 5 is connected to the mounting pin 2b by insertion of the mounting pin 2b into the through hole 6 of the connecting portion 5b.

    [0077] The coupling between the pin 2b and the hole 6 may be an interference fit (preferable solution), in which case the adjustability of the nosepad 5 is provided by the deformability of the material the connecting portion 5b is made of, or a clearance fit, in which case the adjustability of the nosepad 5 is provided by the clearance between the pin 2b and the hole 6.

    [0078] The wide-section portion 3 at the end of the arm 2 provides the means whereby the connecting portion 5b is held to the arm 2 since the connecting portion 5b remains confined between the wide-section portion and the two lateral protuberances 4 of the arm 2.

    [0079] Moreover, the pad 5a of the nosepad 5 remains with its rear surface in abutment against the two lateral protuberances 4, which thus limit the angular excursion of the nosepad 5 in rotation about the axis of the hole 6. Figures 5 and 6 show a mould 8 for making a nosepad 5 according to the invention in two cross section views along perpendicular directions.

    [0080] The mould 8 comprises a first portion (or lower half-mould) 9 and a second portion (or upper half-mould) 10.

    [0081] The first portion 9 of the mould 8 has a bottom cavity 11 designed to make the connecting portion 5b of the nosepad 5 and, viewed in transversal cross section, being substantially in the shape of a U.

    [0082] At the sides of the bottom cavity 11 there are two protrusions 12 defining supporting points for the projections 7b of the insert 7. More specifically, therefore, the distance between the protrusions 12 substantially corresponds to the distance between the projections 7b of the insert. Astride the intersection between the two parts 9, 10 of the mould 8 there is an upper cavity 13 which is designed to make the pad 5a of the nosepad 5.

    [0083] The upper cavity 13 and the bottom cavity 11 are in communication with each other and sitting operatively astride them is the insert 7.

    [0084] The insert 7, however, does not entirely separate the two cavities 11, 13 since the extension of the insert 7 in the plane defined by its plate 7a is less than the extension of the pad 5a of the nosepad 5 and the material constituting the pad 5a fully covers the plate 7a of the insert 7 (Figures 5 and 6).

    [0085] In the bottom cavity 11 there is also a movable core 15 designed to make the through hole 6 in the connecting portion 5b.

    [0086] A method for making the nosepad 5 according to the invention comprises the following steps:
    • preparing the mould 8 described above;
    • preparing an insert 7 in the mould 8;
    • filling the mould 8 (preferably by injection, or by casting) with a material having the properties described above) in the liquid state and such as to define, once cooled, a transparent and at least elastically deformable portion of the nosepad 5.


    [0087] The step of preparing the insert 7 in the mould 8 is accomplished by resting the projections 7b of the insert 7 on the protrusions 12 of the mould 8 in such a way that between the protrusions 7b there is an empty space which can be filled with the moulding material. More specifically, the empty space defines a part of the bottom cavity 11 designed to make the connecting portion 5b.

    [0088] In this situation, the bottom cavity 11 is delimited laterally by the projections 7b and the protrusions 11, at the bottom on the side of the first part 9 of the mould, and at the top on the side of the plate 7a of the insert 7.

    [0089] The step of filling the liquid material into the mould 8 thus makes the pad 5a and the connecting portion 5b as a single piece by a single technological moulding process.

    [0090] The present invention achieves the preset aims, overcoming the disadvantages of the prior art.

    [0091] Making the connecting portion from material which is deformable at least elastically facilitates fitting and removal of the nosepad to and from the respective pin.

    [0092] Moreover, making the pad and the connecting portion as a single piece from a transparent and elastically deformable material makes it possible to obtain a nosepad provided with an embedded insert and having excellent properties of adjustability on the pin and good reliability of fitting/removing the nosepad thanks to the material used.

    [0093] With regard to the variant embodiment of the nosepad illustrated in Figures 7-9, attention is drawn to the following.

    [0094] The insert 7 comprises at least one projection 7b, which is (at least partly) not covered by the deformable material. Preferably, the insert 7 comprises the plate 7a and the projection 7b extends from the plate 7a. Preferably, the insert 7 has two projections 7b which oreferably extend from the plate 7a in the same direction as that in which the connecting portion 5b protrudes (that is, the direction opposite to that in which the supporting surface S faces).

    [0095] Preferably, at least one of the projections 7b has a portion which is located on the outside of the perforated connecting portion 5b and is in contact therewith to encircle it. Thus, the projection 7b encircles the outside of the connecting portion 5b. The projection 7b defines an elastic element. In light of this, it should be noted that the projections 7b do not surround the connecting portion 5b completely but have a break in them.

    [0096] The projection 7b encircling the connecting element 5b to define an elastic element is configured to apply its elastic force to counteract expansion of the connecting portion 5b (resulting from expansion of the hole 6 therein). Also, preferably, the pad 5a defines on the face from which the connecting portion 5b protrudes two bulges 16 (made by moulding).

    [0097] The bulges 16 are a pair of bulges. The bulges 16 are located on one side of the connecting portion 5b in the proximity of a mouth of the hole 6 of the selfsame connecting portion 5b.

    [0098] Thus, the bulges 16 are positioned at a predetermined distance from the connecting portion 5b, relative to the direction defined by the axis of the hole 6 in the connecting portion 5b itself.

    [0099] Preferably, the bulges 16 are spaced from one another (along a direction perpendicular to the axis of the hole 6) by a distance greater than the diameter of the hole 6 in the connecting portion 5b. Also, preferably, the bulges 16 are positioned symmetrically about an axis of the hole 6. Operatively, when the nosepad 5 is mounted on the pin 2b, the lateral protuberances 4 rest on the bulges 16. Thus, the bulges limit the tilting movement about the axis of the hole 6 of the nosepad 5. Since the bulges 16 are made of the soft, flexible material, the tilting movement is not entirely prevented but reduced and dampened. Advantageously, this makes the nosepad and the fastening system thereof particularly robust and reliable, even after prolonged use.

    [0100] Also, preferably, the pad 5a defines a hole 17 on the face from which the connecting portion 5b protrudes. The hole 17 places a portion of a surface of the insert 7 facing the direction opposite to the supporting surface S of the pad 5a in communication with the outside of the nosepad 5.

    [0101] The purpose of the hole is to help keep the insert 7 in the correct position when it is inside the mould, during moulding. In other words, this hole is a result of the fact that the mould comprises a stem onto the end of which the insert 7 rests (the insert also being supported on the mould by the at least one projection 7b). The hole 17 corresponds to the volume occupied by the part of the stem surrounded by the injected material during moulding.


    Claims

    1. A nosepad (5) for an eyeglasses nosepiece, comprising:

    - a pad (5a) which is at least partly transparent and which defines a supporting surface (S) which can be rested directly on a wearer's nose;

    - a connecting portion (5b) fixed to the pad (5a) and having a through hole by which it is connectable to a mounting pin (2b) integral with the frame of the eyeglasses;

    - an insert (7) which is at least partly embedded in the pad (5a) and which is visible from the outside through a transparent portion of the supporting surface (S) of the pad (5a); characterized in that at least the connecting portion (5b) of the nosepad (5) is made of a material which is deformable partly plastically and partly elastically, wherein the insert comprises a plate (7a) having, on a side opposite the supporting surface of the pad, a pair of projections (7b) which are at least partly not coated with the deformable material, said pair of projections (7b) being at least partly not embedded in the pad, and being arranged on opposite sides of the connecting portion.


     
    2. The nosepad according to claim 1, wherein the pad (5a) and the connecting portion (5b) are made as one piece from the deformable material and wherein the material is transparent,
     
    3. The nosepad according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the insert (7) has a surface which bears a graphical design and/or a text and/or an advertising logo.
     
    4. The nosepad according to claim 1, wherein at least one of the projections (7b) has a portion which is located on the outside of the perforated connecting portion (5b) and is in contact therewith to encircle it.
     
    5. The nosepad according to claim 4, wherein the at least one projection(7b) encircling the connecting portion (5b) defines an elastic element configured to counteract expansion of the selfsame connecting portion (5b).
     
    6. The nosepad according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the insert (7) is made of a rigid galvanized material.
     
    7. The nosepad according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the material is soft.
     
    8. The nosepad according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the insert (7) and the connecting portion (5b) of the nosepad (5) are made of different materials.
     
    9. The nosepad according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the insert (7) is embedded in a part formed by moulding and comprising the pad (5a) and the connecting portion (5b).
     
    10. The nosepad according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the pad (5a) defines, on a face opposite to the supporting surface (S) of the pad (5a), two bulges (16) located on one side of the connecting portion (5b) in the proximity of a mouth of the hole in the selfsame connecting portion (5b).
     
    11. The nosepad according to claim 10, wherein the bulges (16) are spaced from one another by a distance greater than the diameter of the hole in the connecting portion (5b) and are symmetrical about an axis of the hole.
     
    12. The nosepad according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the pad (5a) defines a hole (17) on a face opposite to the supporting surface (S), spaced from the connecting portion (5b) in a direction defined by an axis of the hole (6) in the connecting portion (5b) itself, the hole (17) being configured to place a portion of a surface of the insert (7) facing the direction opposite to the supporting surface (S) of the pad (5a) in communication with the outside of the nosepad.
     
    13. The nosepad according to one or more of the preceding claims, wherein the mounting pin (2b) is associated with a pair of lateral protuberances (4) extending away from the pin (2b) in opposite directions, the lateral protuberances (4) and the pin (2b) together defining a cross configuration which is designed to limit movement of the nosepad (5) axially along the pin (2b) and/or pivotally about the pin (2b).
     
    14. A method for making a nosepad (5) for an eyeglasses nosepiece,
    comprising the steps of:

    - preparing a mould (8);

    - preparing an insert (7) in the mould (8);

    - filling the mould (8) with a material in the liquid state and such as to define, once solidified, a transparent and partly plastically and partly elastically deformable portion of the nosepad (5), wherein the insert comprises a plate (7a) having, on a side opposite the supporting surface of the pad, a pair of projections which are at least partly not coated with the deformable material, said pair of protrusions being at least partly not embedded in the pad, and being arranged on opposite sides of the connecting portion .


     
    15. The method according to claim 14, wherein the step of preparing an insert in the mould (8) comprises the following steps:

    - preparing an insert (7) comprising a plate (7a) bearing, on a front surface of it, a graphical design and/or a text and/or an advertising logo, and a pair of projections (7b) extending away from the plate (7a) on the side opposite the front surface;

    - placing the insert (7) in the mould (8) in such a way that between the protrusions (7b) there is an empty space (14) which can be filled with the moulding material.


     
    16. The method according to claim 15, wherein the step of preparing a mould (8) comprises at least a step of preparing a first part (9) of the mould (8) defining a bottom cavity (11) and having, on opposite sides of the bottom cavity (11), a pair of protrusions (12), and wherein the step of placing the insert (7) in the mould (8) is accomplished by resting the insert (7) on the first part (9) of the mould (8) in such a way that each projection (7b) of the insert (7) rests on the respective one of the protrusions (12) and in such a way that the bottom cavity (11) is laterally delimited by the projections (7b) and protrusions (12), at the bottom on the side of the first part (9) of the mould (8), and at the top on the side of the plate (7a) of the insert (7),
     
    17. The method according to claim 15, wherein the step of preparing a mould (8) comprises at least a step of preparing a first part (9) of the mould (8) defining a bottom cavity (11) and having at least one protrusion (12) and one stem, and wherein the step of placing the insert (7) in the mould (8) is accomplished by resting the insert (7) on the first part (9) of the mould (8) in such a way that at least one projection (7b) of the insert (7) rests on the protrusion (12) and a portion of the insert rests on the stem.
     
    18. The method according to claim 16 or 17, further comprising a step of placing a movable core (15) in the bottom cavity (11).
     
    19. The method according to any of the claims from 14 to 18, wherein the material filled into the mould is a flexible polymer material.
     
    20. The method according to any of the claims from 14 to 19, wherein the filling step constitutes a step of moulding in a single piece a pad (5a) of the nosepad (5), defining a supporting surface (S) which can be rested directly on a wearer's nose, and a connecting portion (5b) of the nosepad (5), having a through hole by which it is connectable to a mounting pin (2b) integral with the frame of the eyeglasses, the insert (7) being at least partly embedded in the pad (5a) and being visible from the outside through the transparent portion of the pad (5a).
     
    21. The method according to any of the claims from 14 to 20, wherein the material filled into the mould in the liquid state is transparent and, in the solid state,Ms soft and deformable at least elastically, and wherein the insert (7) is made of a material which is different from the material filled into the mould in the liquid state.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Ein Nasenauflageteil (5) für einen Brillennasenteil, das Folgendes umfasst:

    - ein Auflageteil (5a), das zumindest teilweise transparent ist und eine Auflagefläche (S) bestimmt, die direkt auf der Nase eines Trägers aufliegen kann;

    - ein an dem Auflageteil (5a) befestigter Verbindungsabschnitt (5b), der ein Durchgangsloch hat, über welches er mit einem Befestigungsstift (2b) verbindbar ist, der mit dem Brillenrahmen integral ist;

    - einen Einsatz (7), der zumindest teilweise in das Auflageteil (5a) eingebettet und von außen durch einen transparenten Abschnitt der Auflagefläche (S) des Auflageteils (5a) sichtbar ist;

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass mindestens der Verbindungsabschnitt (5b) des Nasenauflageteils (5) aus einem Material besteht, das teilweise plastisch und teilweise elastisch verformbar ist, wobei der Einsatz eine Platte (7a) umfasst, welche auf einer Seite gegenüber der Auflagefläche des Auflageteils ein Paar von Vorsprüngen (7b) hat, die zumindest teilweise nicht mit dem verformbaren Material beschichtet sind; wobei das Paar von Vorsprüngen (7b) zumindest teilweise nicht in das Auflageteil eingebettet und auf gegenüberliegenden Seiten des Verbindungsabschnitts angeordnet ist.
     
    2. Das Nasenauflageteil gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei das Auflageteil (5a) und der Verbindungsabschnitt (5b) einteilig aus dem verformbaren Material hergestellt sind und wobei das Material transparent ist.
     
    3. Das Nasenauflageteil gemäß Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei der Einsatz (7) eine Oberfläche hat, die ein grafisches Design und/oder einen Text und/oder ein Werbelogo trägt.
     
    4. Das Nasenauflageteil gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei mindestens einer der Vorsprünge (7b) einen Abschnitt hat, der sich auf der Außenseite des perforierten Verbindungsabschnitts (5b) befindet und in Kontakt damit steht, um ihn zu umfassen.
     
    5. Das Nasenauflageteil gemäß Anspruch 4, wobei der mindestens eine Vorsprung (7b), der den Verbindungsabschnitt (5b) umfasst, ein elastisches Element bestimmt, das ausgebildet ist, um der Expansion desselben Verbindungsabschnitts (5b) entgegenzuwirken.
     
    6. Das Nasenauflageteil gemäß einem beliebigen der obigen Ansprüche, wobei der Einsatz (7) aus einem starren verzinkten Material besteht.
     
    7. Das Nasenauflageteil gemäß einem beliebigen der obigen Ansprüche, wobei das Material weich ist.
     
    8. Das Nasenauflageteil gemäß einem beliebigen der obigen Ansprüche, wobei der Einsatz (7) und der Verbindungsabschnitt (5b) des Nasenauflageteils (5) aus verschiedenen Materialien bestehen.
     
    9. Das Nasenauflageteil gemäß einem beliebigen der obigen Ansprüche, wobei der Einsatz (7) in ein geformtes Teil eingebettet ist, das das Auflageteil (5a) und den Verbindungsabschnitt (5b) umfasst.
     
    10. Das Nasenauflageteil gemäß einem beliebigen der obigen Ansprüche, wobei das Auflageteil (5a) auf einer Seite gegenüber der Auflagefläche (S) des Auflageteils (5a) zwei Wölbungen (16) umfasst, die sich auf einer Seite des Verbindungsabschnitts (5b) in der Nähe einer Mündung des Lochs in dem Verbindungsabschnitt (5b) befinden.
     
    11. Das Nasenauflageteil gemäß Anspruch 10, wobei die Wölbungen (16) voneinander um eine Entfernung beabstandet sind, die größer ist als der Durchmesser des Lochs im Verbindungsabschnitt (5b), und mit Bezug auf eine Achse des Lochs symmetrisch sind.
     
    12. Das Nasenauflageteil gemäß einem beliebigen der obigen Ansprüche, wobei das Nasenauflageteil (5a) ein Loch (17) auf einer Seite gegenüber der Auflagefläche (S) bestimmt, beabstandet vom Verbindungsabschnitt (5b) in eine Richtung, die durch eine Achse des Lochs (6) im Verbindungsabschnitt (5b) selbst bestimmt wird, wobei das Loch (17) ausgebildet ist, um einen Abschnitt einer Oberfläche des Einsatzes (7), die der der Auflagefläche (S) des Auflageteils (5a) entgegengesetzten Richtung zugewandt ist, in Verbindung mit der Außenseite des Nasenauflageteils zu bringen.
     
    13. Das Nasenauflageteil gemäß einem oder mehreren der obigen Ansprüche, wobei der Befestigungsstift (2b) mit einem Paar seitlicher Ausstülpungen (4) verbunden ist, die sich in entgegengesetzte Richtungen vom Stift (2b) fort erstrecken; wobei die seitlichen Ausstülpungen (4) und der Stift (2b) gemeinsam eine kreuzförmige Anordnung bestimmen, die dazu dient, die Bewegung des Nasenauflageteils (5) axial entlang des Stifts (2b) und/oder drehgelenkig um den Stift (2b) zu begrenzen.
     
    14. Ein Verfahren zur Herstellung eines Nasenauflageteils (5) für ein Brillennasenteil, das folgende Schritte umfasst:

    - das Herstellen einer Form (8);

    - das Herstellen eines Einsatzes (7) in der Form (8);

    - das Füllen der Form (8) mit einem Material im flüssigen Zustand, um nach Erstarrung einen transparenten, teilweise plastisch und teilweise elastisch verformbaren Abschnitt des Nasenauflageteils (5) zu bestimmen; wobei der Einsatz eine Platte (7a) umfasst, welche auf einer Seite gegenüber der Auflagefläche des Auflageteils ein Paar von Vorsprüngen hat, die zumindest teilweise nicht mit dem verformbaren Material beschichtet sind; wobei das Paar von Vorsprüngen zumindest teilweise nicht in das Auflageteil eingebettet und auf gegenüberliegenden Seiten des Verbindungsabschnitts angeordnet ist.


     
    15. Das Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 14, wobei der Schritt des Herstellens eines Einsatzes in der Form (8) folgende Schritte umfasst:

    - das Herstellen eines Einsatzes (7), der eine Platte (7a), welche auf einer ihrer Vorderflächen ein grafisches Design und/oder einen Text und/oder ein Werbelogo trägt, und ein Paar von Vorsprüngen (7b) umfasst, die sich auf der der Vorderfläche gegenüberliegenden Seite von der Platte (7a) fort erstrecken;

    - das Positionieren des Einsatzes (7) in die Form (8), derart, dass zwischen den Vorsprüngen (7b) ein freier Raum (14) liegt, der mit dem Formmaterial gefüllt werden kann.


     
    16. Das Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 15, wobei der Schritt des Herstellens einer Form (8) mindestens einen Schritt des Herstellens eines ersten Teils (9) der Form (8) umfasst, der einen unteren Hohlraum (11) bestimmt und auf gegenüberliegenden Seiten des unteren Hohlraums (11) ein Paar von Vorsprüngen (12) hat; und wobei der Schritt des Positionierens des Einsatzes (7) in die Form (8) durchgeführt wird durch Auflegen des Einsatzes (7) auf den ersten Teil (9) der Form (8) derart, dass jeder Vorsprung (7b) des Einsatzes (7) auf dem entsprechenden der Vorsprünge (12) aufliegt, und derart, dass der untere Hohlraum (11) seitlich von den Vorsprüngen (7b) und den Vorsprüngen (12) begrenzt wird; auf dem Boden auf der Seite des ersten Teils (9) der Form (8) und auf der Oberseite auf der Seite der Platte (7a) des Einsatzes (7).
     
    17. Das Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 15, wobei der Schritt des Herstellens einer Form (8) mindestens einen Schritt des Herstellens eines ersten Teils (9) der Form (8) umfasst, der einen unteren Hohlraum (11) bestimmt und mindestens einen Vorsprung (12) und einen Schaft hat, und wobei der Schritt des Positionierens des Einsatzes (7) in die Form (8) durchgeführt wird durch Auflegen des Einsatzes (7) auf den ersten Teil (9) der Form (8) derart, dass mindestens ein Vorsprung (7b) des Einsatzes (7) auf dem Vorsprung (12) aufliegt und ein Abschnitt des Einsatzes auf dem Schaft aufliegt.
     
    18. Das Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 16 oder 17, das weiter einen Schritt des Positionierens eines beweglichen Kerns (15) in den unteren Hohlraum (11) umfasst.
     
    19. Das Verfahren gemäß einem beliebigen der Ansprüche 14 bis 18, wobei das in die Form eingefüllte Material ein flexibles Polymermaterial ist.
     
    20. Das Verfahren gemäß einem beliebigen der Ansprüche 14 bis 19, wobei der Füllschritt einen Schritt des einteiligen Formens eines Auflageteils (5a) des Nasenauflageteils (5), das eine Auflagefläche (S) bestimmt, die direkt auf der Nase eines Trägers aufliegen kann, und eines Verbindungsabschnitts (5b) des Nasenauflageteils (5) bestimmt, der ein Durchgangsloch hat, über welches er mit einem Befestigungsstift (2b) verbindbar ist, der mit dem Brillenrahmen integral ist; wobei der Einsatz (7) zumindest teilweise in das Auflageteil (5a) eingebettet und von außen durch den transparenten Abschnitt des Auflageteils (5a) sichtbar ist.
     
    21. Das Verfahren gemäß einem beliebigen der Ansprüche 14 bis 20, wobei das Material, das im flüssigen Zustand in die Form eingefüllt wird, transparent und, im festen Zustand, weich und zumindest elastisch verformbar ist; und wobei der Einsatz (7) aus einem Material besteht, das sich von dem Material unterscheidet, welches im flüssigen Zustand in die Form eingefüllt wird.
     


    Revendications

    1. Plaquette (5) pour une arcade nasale de lunettes, comportant :

    - un patin (5a) qui est au moins partiellement transparent et qui définit une surface d'appui (S) qui peut reposer directement sur le nez d'un porteur,

    - une partie de liaison (5b) fixée au patin (5a) et ayant un trou traversant par lequel elle peut être reliée à une tige de montage (2b) solidaire de la monture des lunettes,

    - un insert (7) qui est au moins partiellement incorporé dans le patin (5a) et qui est visible depuis l'extérieur à travers une partie transparente de la surface d'appui (S) du patin (5a),

    caractérisée en ce qu'au moins la partie de liaison (5b) de la plaquette (5) est constituée d'une matière qui est déformable en partie plastiquement et en partie élastiquement, dans laquelle l'insert comporte une plaque (7a) ayant, sur un côté opposé à la surface d'appui du patin, une paire de saillies (7b) qui sont au moins partiellement non revêtues de la matière déformable, ladite paire de saillies (7b) étant au moins partiellement non incorporée dans le patin, et étant agencée sur des côtés opposés de la partie de liaison.
     
    2. Plaquette selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle le patin (5a) et la partie de liaison (5b) sont fabriquées d'un seul tenant à partir de la matière déformable et dans laquelle la matière est transparente.
     
    3. Plaquette selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans laquelle l'insert (7) a une surface qui porte un dessin graphique et/ou un texte et/ou un logo publicitaire.
     
    4. Plaquette selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle au moins l'une des saillies (7b) a une partie qui est située sur l'extérieur de la partie de liaison perforée (5b) et est en contact avec celle-ci pour l'encercler.
     
    5. Plaquette selon la revendication 4, dans laquelle la au moins une saillie (7b) encerclant la partie de liaison (5b) définit un élément élastique configuré pour contrecarrer une expansion de la même partie de liaison (5b).
     
    6. Plaquette selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle l'insert (7) est constitué d'une matière galvanisée rigide.
     
    7. Plaquette selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle la matière est souple.
     
    8. Plaquette selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle l'insert (7) et la partie de liaison (5b) de la plaquette (5) sont constitués de différentes matières.
     
    9. Plaquette selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle l'insert (7) est incorporé dans une pièce formée par moulage et comportant le patin (5a) et la partie de liaison (5b).
     
    10. Plaquette selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle le patin (5a) définit, sur une face opposée à la surface d'appui (S) du patin (5a), deux bosses (16) situées sur un côté de la partie de liaison (5b) au voisinage d'une embouchure du trou dans la même partie de liaison (5b).
     
    11. Plaquette selon la revendication 10, dans laquelle les bosses (16) sont espacées l'une de l'autre d'une distance supérieure au diamètre du trou dans la partie de liaison (5b) et sont symétriques autour d'un axe du trou.
     
    12. Plaquette selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle le patin (5a) définit un trou (17) sur une face opposée à la surface d'appui (S), espacé de la partie de liaison (5b) dans une direction définie par un axe du trou (6) dans la partie de liaison (5b) elle-même, le trou (17) étant configuré pour placer une partie d'une surface de l'insert (7) en face de la direction opposée à la surface d'appui (S) du patin (5a) en communication avec l'extérieur de la plaquette.
     
    13. Plaquette selon une ou plusieurs des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle la tige de montage (2b) est associée à une paire de protubérances latérales (4) s'étendant en s'éloignant de la tige (2b) dans des directions opposées, les protubérances latérales (4) et la tige (2b) définissant ensemble une configuration en croix qui est conçue pour limiter un mouvement de la plaquette (5) axialement le long de la tige (2b) et/ou à pivotement autour de la tige (2b).
     
    14. Procédé pour fabriquer une plaquette (5) pour une arcade nasale de lunettes, comportant les étapes consistant à :

    - préparer un moule (8),

    - préparer un insert (7) dans le moule (8),

    - remplir le moule (8) avec une matière à l'état liquide et de telle manière à définir, une fois solidifiée, une partie de la plaquette (5) transparente et déformable en partie plastiquement et en partie élastiquement, dans lequel l'insert comporte une plaque (7a) ayant, sur un côté opposé à la surface d'appui du patin, une paire de saillies qui sont au moins partiellement non revêtues de la matière déformable, ladite paire de saillies étant au moins partiellement non incorporée dans le patin, et étant agencée sur des côtés opposés de la partie de liaison.


     
    15. Procédé selon la revendication 14, dans lequel l'étape de préparation d'un insert dans le moule (8) comporte les étapes suivantes consistant à :

    - préparer un insert (7) comportant une plaque (7a) portant, sur une surface avant de celle-ci, un dessin graphique et/ou un texte et/ou un logo publicitaire, et une paire de saillies (7b) s'étendant en s'éloignant de la plaque (7a) sur le côté opposé à la surface avant,

    - placer l'insert (7) dans le moule (8) de telle manière qu'entre les saillies (7b), il y ait un espace vide (14) qui peut être rempli avec la matière de moulage.


     
    16. Procédé selon la revendication 15, dans lequel l'étape de préparation d'un moule (8) comporte au moins une étape de préparation d'une première partie (9) du moule (8) définissant une cavité inférieure (11) et ayant, sur des côtés opposés de la cavité inférieure (11), une paire de protubérances (12), et dans lequel l'étape de placement de l'insert (7) dans le moule (8) est accomplie en faisant reposer l'insert (7) sur la première partie (9) du moule (8) de telle manière que chaque saillie (7b) de l'insert (7) repose sur la protubérance respective parmi celles-ci et de telle manière que la cavité inférieure (11) soit latéralement délimitée par les saillies (7b) et les protubérances (12), en bas du côté de la première partie (9) du moule (8), et en haut sur le côté de la plaque (7a) de l'insert (7).
     
    17. Procédé selon la revendication 15, dans lequel l'étape de préparation d'un moule (8) comporte au moins une étape de préparation d'une première partie (9) du moule (8) définissant une cavité inférieure (11) et ayant au moins une protubérance (12) et une tige, et dans lequel l'étape de placement de l'insert (7) dans le moule (8) est accomplie en faisant reposer l'insert (7) sur la première partie (9) du moule (8) de telle manière qu'au moins une saillie (7b) de l'insert (7) repose sur la protubérance (12) et qu'une partie de l'insert repose sur la tige.
     
    18. Procédé selon la revendication 16 ou 17, comportant en outre une étape de placement d'un noyau mobile (15) dans la cavité inférieure (11).
     
    19. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 14 à 18, dans lequel la matière versée dans le moule est une matière polymère souple.
     
    20. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 14 à 19, dans lequel l'étape de remplissage constitue une étape de moulage d'un seul tenant d'un patin (5a) de la plaquette (5), définissant une surface d'appui (S) qui peut directement reposer sur le nez d'un porteur, et d'une partie de liaison (5b) de la plaquette (5), ayant un trou traversant par lequel elle peut être reliée à une tige de montage (2b) solidaire de l'armature des lunettes, l'insert (7) étant au moins partiellement incorporé dans le patin (5a) et étant visible depuis l'extérieur à travers la partie transparente du patin (5a) .
     
    21. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 14 à 20, dans lequel la matière versée dans le moule à l'état liquide est transparente et, à l'état solide, est souple et déformable au moins élastiquement, et dans lequel l'insert (7) est constitué d'une matière qui est différente de la matière versée dans le moule à l'état liquide.
     




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