We want our commitment to INNOVATION to result in more than just good products, we want it to change the way athletes perform. There is no doubt that VISION is a key paramount to performance, that's why for over 45 years, we have continued to drive our eyewear category forward. As a result, our HERITAGE is more than a history, it's a compass that guides our business, design, products and culture for the future.
World Wide Expertise
In order to guarantee the best quality and customer service, our SCOTT goggles' process draws from world wide expertise and manufactures.
USA frame industrial engineering & production management & final assembling for USA, America and Asia
Designing and engineering the future
We strive to DESIGN with faith in our instincts, confidence in our techniques and a desire to create breakthrough products that enhance the sport experience. The importance we place on TECHNOLOGY is more than just using the latest materials, it's about understanding what's possible and applying it to the future.
It begins as a concept where SCOTT's eyewear product managers, designers, engineers, athletes and select users collaborate towards an intended result: Making sure our goggles simplify and increase your performance and comfort.
We gather and exchange ideas that could benefit you, and make sure our SCOTT goggles will contribute to the empowerment of your riding days by providing both an outstanding quality of vision and the non-comparable reliability.
First 2D Design and Sketches
When designers start their sketches, they keep in mind the principle of design: forms follow function. Said differently, our team makes sure all required features are well integrated into a product that remains good-looking and attractive.
This inspiration doesn't come out of nowhere. It is derived from the collaborative brainstorming of athletes, users, customers, and SCOTT employees.
As soon as the required specifications and features are set, our engineers start to think about innovative solutions and technical systems to improve the user experience.
At this moment, they are already virtually modeling the pieces, frames, lenses shapes etc. in 3D thanks to dedicated software. This allows the creation of the first prototypes to evaluate function and design early in the process.
As soon as the 3D files are ready, we are able to create the first physical prototypes. For this we use state of the art 3D printing. This enables us to test the interactions of component parts and to evaluate the overall function of the product.
3D Design and Rendering
In parallel with the engineering and prototyping, we have a dedicated team who work on 3D design and rendering.
We utilize the same state of the art software tools used by the automotive industry. This enables us to ensure that both design and functionality are on the right track before we even make the 1st prototypes. This crucial step typically improves the usefullness of early prototypes and often saves time in the development process, time we can allocate to increased product testing later in the process.
Industrial and Tooling Files
Once the physical prototype is working perfectly, with all features, systems and design aspects correct, our engineers can finalize the technical files. These files are used to create the many tools, which are used to create the component parts of your new #SCOTTgoggles.
SCOTT Precision Optics is a quality label which stands for premium materials and innovative manufacturing techniques. This unique combination enables us to offer distortion free, UV protected, high performance lenses of the best quality. It delivers outstanding quality of vision, as well as vital safety.
Light spectra study and lens tint engineering
At SCOTT, we focused a portion of our research on thoroughly analyzing the diverse conditions that we face in our sports. We have increased our expertise on light spectra for each of these conditions, and have identified the crucial and weak colors needed to develop premium, adaptable lens tints.
Powder Mixing to reach the right lens tint
In addition to blocking 100% of both UV and infrared rays, the perfectly combined pigments specifically filter certain colors while amplifying others. As a result, they provide riders with an exceptional quality of vision, reducing fatigue and maximizing the perception of reliefs and details for even more performance and comfort.
The raw plastic material can then be prepared and precisely mixed with the pigment powder to reach the desired lens tint.
Create the Molding tools through CNC technology
In parallel with the lens specific engineering, the factory can create the industrial molds that will be used for the injection of lenses. We use high precision CNC technology to guarantee a seamless integration of all parts responsible for the quality of SCOTT Goggles.
When the molds are ready, they need to be manually polished before every injection phases, to guarantee a perfect finish on all surfaces.
Injection and first quality control
The mixture is injected in the machine to produce the raw lenses. The operators then perform a systematic quality control on each lens.
The raw lenses are then ready to be rinsed with water and varnished for protection against scratches.
Our premium lenses acquire their beauty through color coating operations. This consists of different processes, the most complex being the multi-layer chrome - it requires a special machine that generates a temperature of 1300°C under a vacuum, vaporizing the raw material. This special material is what generates the colorful aspects (the different chrome colors). As the vapors rise they come into contact with the lenses and solidify, producing what is describe as a chrome finish.
One-by-one quality control and shipment to frame factories
Our lenses are now only missing their final shape. They already possess their protective qualities (against UV), light filtering properties and aesthetical aspects. They are individually inspected by operators, and shipped to our goggles factories in Austria or USA, depending on their destiny markets, for the final assemblage.
Cutting of Lenses
This step is done in our Austrian or USA frame factories. The blank lenses are laser-cut or reamed with high precision into the different shapes for the different models of goggles.
In order to guarantee the definitive quality and comfort of our goggles, our frame production is based in two goggles factories, one in Austria and one in the USA. They are the key manufactures that both manage the frame production and the final assembly.
Create the molding tools through CNC technology and electrode buffer
From the tooling files made by our engineers the factory can create the industrial molds that will be used for the injection of the different frame components.
We use high precision CNC technology and a specific high voltage electrode buffer to guarantee a seamless integration of all parts responsible for the quality of SCOTT Goggles.
Pigment and Material Mixing
The raw plastic materials can be prepared by precisely combining neutral and colorful plastic pearls. This mixture is adjusted until we achieve the final color required by the design of the model that is being produced.
Frames and features injection
Our frames and each piece needed to build the integrated technologies and features – such as our exclusive SCOTT Fit System, Lens Change Systems, nose guards etc. – all require a unique mold.
Consequently, each piece that composes your SCOTT goggles requires a specific injection, and are all checked one by one during the process, to guarantee a premium quality.
Decoration with paint
If the design of the model calls for a homogenous color, then each frame is taken into a secure area to be manually sprayed with paint. This ensures that the paint fully covered the frame, achieving a consistent and flawless finish.
Decoration by water transfer
When we design a model with a graphic pattern, the complexity of the frame's shape does not allow for the pattern to be printed directly onto the frame.
As a solution we have a special water transfer technic. This process starts with the graphic being printed on a specific material that is then placed into a water basin. The frame is plunged down into the basin, where the water pressure transposes the pattern onto the frame.
Varnishing and drying
Regardless of the decoration technique each frame is varnished-sprayed manually in a safe environment, to increase the durability of the decoration. Once sprayed each frame is left for a specific drying time to ensure longevity.
Last but not least, the strap. Besides being important aesthetically, it requires the same durability as the lens and frame while providing stability around your head.
Preparing the thread rolls
Each color on a strap requires around 100 threads. You can imagine how complex the machine required to combine 3 to 4 colors into a single strap looks like. This complex process requires the input of our skilled operators who manually combine 50 to 100 threads into a single roll in preparation for final processing.
Preparing the machine
The machine to create the straps have up to 400 needles to ensure speed and accuracy. Once again our highly skilled operators play a critical role by manually threading each of the 400 needles with the correct color thread.
The machine is ready to run the weaving process, and produce rolls of straps.
Protection and Drying
In order to guarantee the best lifetime possible, our straps benefit from a special treatment to preserve color integrity for many years.
Silicone line application
Whether you have already experienced crashing in powder, or simply storing your goggles on top of your helmet on the lift, you probably appreciate the benifits of the added security silicone adds to your SCOTT goggle strap.
Sewing optional decorative add-ons
For our premium goggles and specific graphic series, we sometimes add some decorative features, such as sewn patches... This step comes at the end of the process, just before assembly of your SCOTT goggles.
All components, lenses, straps and frames are gathered in our goggle factories in the USA and Austria, where the final assembling takes place. The manual operation involved results in a final overall quality control. The extra check ensures that you can fully trust your #SCOTTgoggles.
We've been making history as long as we've been making #SCOTTgoggles.
We exist to provide athletes with innovative gear that inspires them to push themselves to their limits. We like to think that those who use our products are a lot like we are. We understand these people, and we know there's nothing more important than giving them what they need to enjoy the experiences they crave.
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