With both LMT Lab Day and the Chicago Dental Society‘s Midwinter Meeting taking place this week, it’s been a busy week in the dental 3D printing world. Announcements have been consistently rolling in about new dental 3D printing products and partnerships, and the latest comes from Stratasys, which is announcing several new dental 3D printing products today. According to Stratasys, the products are designed to help boost widespread adoption of digital dentistry, as well as reduce production times and costs and advance lab service offerings.
The Objet260 Dental 3D Printer is based on Stratasys’ triple-jetting PolyJet technology and can 3D print three different materials on a single tray. It is capable of 3D printing surgical guides, models, and appliances for a range of patient requirements. It can also operate in single material mode, still reducing material waste and change-over time while improving production efficiency. It’s affordable, future-proof and upgradeable, well-suited to midsize dental labs looking to expand their service offerings.
Stratasys has a new material to offer, as well. MEDFLX625 is a flexible biocompatible material that allows dental and orthodontic laboratories with PolyJet multi-material 3D printers to custom mix both flexible and rigid biocompatible materials for short-term patient contact direct print applications, such as indirect bonding trays. It can also be used to 3D print both surgical guides and soft-tissue implant models during a single print run.
Finally, Stratasys is introducing its new Pop-Out Part (PoP) technology, which allows for easy support removal for dental parts, particularly clear aligner arches. It speeds up manual peel-off support for removal of up to 500 parts per hour per operator. This makes high-volume 3D printing easier, allowing thousands of arches to be cleaned with minimal investment in equipment or labor.
“There’s no denying the power of 3D printing for digital dentistry to significantly decrease turnaround time, reduce labor costs, and provide new streams of revenue. Multi-material 3D printing pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in dentistry today, while unlocking the next-generation of applications for tomorrow,” said Mike Gaisford, Director of Healthcare Solutions at Stratasys. “We believe that today’s announcements put Stratasys at the helm of dental innovation – and now we’re placing it in the hands of more customers than ever before.”
Stratasys is the latest company to declare its intention to help make digital dentistry more accessible; there has been a push lately to get the technology directly into dental offices, rather than just large labs, as well as to make the technology easier and more efficient for those labs. 3D printing is not new to dentistry, but it is enjoying a moment in the spotlight as the technology advances and makes new applications possible for dental professionals. Stratasys is focused more on laboratories than offices with its new product offerings, but it does want to make 3D printing more accessible for a wider range of labs.
Stratasys is showing its new products at LMT Lab Day, which is taking place February 23 and 24 in Chicago. Stratasys will be at Booth A-9, offering interactive demos as well as detailed information.
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