Stratasys has unveiled a series of newly integrated additive manufacturing innovations intended to boost accessibility of professional-grade 3D printing technology across a wider range of dental laboratories.
Announced at LMT Lab Day, Chicago 2018, these solutions are specifically designed to help advance lab service offerings, cut production times, reduce costs, and support mass adoption of digital dentistry.
Based on award-winning PolyJet triple-jetting technology, the Stratasys Objet260 Dental 3D Printer offers cutting-edge functionality for laboratories across all departments. With the power to 3D print three different materials on a single tray, the solution has the versatility necessary to build surgical guides, models, and appliances for a variety of patient requirements.
When operating in single-material mode, operators gain production efficiency with shorter change-over and reduced material waste. Its affordability is ideal for mid-sized labs looking to expand service offerings, while not impacting versatility. Future-proofing current investments, the Stratasys Objet260 Dental 3D Printer is additionally upgradeable to “Dental Selection” – broadening adoption of next-generation digitally mixed materials.
Stratasys is also exclusively demonstrating two new products at the show aimed at further increasing laboratory productivity.
The first is a flexible biocompatible material, MEDFLX625 – allowing 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. In addition, MEDFLX625 is built to help laboratories further increase efficiencies by 3D printing both surgical guides and soft-tissue implant models during a single print run.
Stratasys healthcare solutions director Mike Gaisfords said: “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.
“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.”
Also demonstrated at LMT Lab Day, Chicago 2018 is Stratasys’ new Pop-Out Part (PoP) technology for highly simplified and efficient workflows of dental part support removal, specifically clear aligner arches. Shown as a technology demonstrator, PoP speeds manual peel-off support for removal of up to 500 parts per hour, per operator.
The solution eases use of additive manufacturing for high-volume 3D printing applications, allowing producers to clean thousands of arches with minimal investment in equipment or labor.
Stratasys is showcasing these integrated additive manufacturing solutions for the dental market at LMT Lab Day, Chicago 2018 on February 23 and 24.