It used to be that making sweeping technological changes in smaller dental and orthodontics offices just wasn’t realistic or affordable. Innovative companies like Stratasys are revolutionizing and streamlining dental and orthodontics practices though, allowing them to go digital, and integrating 3D scanning, design, and 3D printing into offices where the staff probably now wonder how they ever survived without the new technology.
Stratasys is famous for its work in the dental industry, supplying 3D printing equipment and helping to put smiles on the faces of not only patients, but also many professionals, who now not only have new technology skills as they become familiar with 3D scanning and 3D printing, but also experience greater efficiency and management of files in the office. With a full range of 3D printers for dental offices, Stratasys has captured the market for serving small to medium sized dental and orthodontic practices, to large labs. Their large selection of technology offers an enormous opportunity for more streamlined workflow and turnaround, with happier customers and employees.
Topping themselves yet again though, Stratasys has just announced the advent of the Objet Eden260VS Dental Advantage 3D printer. This new machine is designed for the mid- to large-level practice that is looking for technology with an emphasis on expanded solutions for more finely detailed and delicate dental parts. Because the entire process of creating models, guides, and more can be completed in house from scanning to manufacturing, complete autonomy is created. That presents an obvious list of benefits that were previously unattainable before 3D printing arrived on the scene.
“Stratasys is fully committed to the digital dentistry market,” says Avi Cohen, director of global dental at Stratasys. “The Objet Eden260VS Dental Advantage brings supremely accurate 3D printing technology to any dental lab seeking to benefit from the future of digital dentistry and orthodontics.”
Continuing where the Objet Eden 260V left off, Stratasys is presenting this new 3D printer to its client base in an effort to allow:
- Building of parts twice as fast
- Easier cleaning of delicate models
- Soluble support material that dissolves easily
- Lowest cost per part
- Exponentially higher efficiency
“As our most versatile 3D printing solution for the dental sector to date, this new 3D printer meets a broad range of application needs that demand delicate features or fine and complex details, while offering low cost of ownership,” says Cohen.
Not only can they 3D print dental and orthodontic models with finer details, they can also switch between soluble and water jet modes, allowing for lower cost and efficiency and dealing with the need to manually remove supports at times. The dental office has complete control, including that of digital files which no longer need to be outsourced.
Again, Stratasys is able to offer a 3D printer that takes up about as much space as a copier and also boasts user-friendliness, with the ability to produce stone models and guides. The Objet Eden260VS can also manufacture veneer or denture try-ins, as well as delivery trays. With 16-micron layer resolution, it offers compatibility with all of the PolyJet dental materials: VeroDent (MED670), VeroDentPlus (MED690), and VeroGlaze (MED620), as well as Clear Bio-compatible (MED610).
Switching between materials is easier too, with insertion of a replacement container. The materials are strong and transparent to opaque, in clear, peach or beige. VeroGlaze is especially important because it’s viable for contact with mucous membranes for up to 24 hours, which means a dental lab can use the material for ‘veneer try-ins.’
“The easy-to-use Objet Eden260VS Dental Advantage meets the needs of those dental and orthodontic labs seeking professional grade 3D printing capabilities with Stratasys’ signature PolyJet speed, accuracy and consistency,” says Cohen.
Have you been involved with 3D printing in a dental practice? Tell us what you think of the progress 3D printing is responsible for in dentistry and orthodontics in the Stratasys Objet Eden260VS Dental Advantage forum over at 3DPB.com.