3D Printers’ Next Stop: Your Mouth
As 3D printing progresses into new fields, Israeli company Stratasys continues to push the envelope with its latest product – a 3D printer specially designed to print products for small orthodontic labs and clinics, like stone models, orthodontic appliances, delivery and positioning trays, clear aligners, retainers and surgical guides.
According to Stratasys, the Objet30 OrthoDesk is “affordable and simple-to-use” and will fit on a desktop in any lab. The printer enables orthodontists to create accurate orthodontic models more easily than ever before, simply by pressing “print”.
Digital orthodontics is rapidly becoming the industry standard because of its many business advantages including the ability to significantly shorten delivery times, increase production capacity and eliminate bulky model storage. Until today, due to cost considerations, 3D printers have only been practical for larger labs.
Breaking the mold
With the Objet30 OrthoDesk, orthodontists can automate the entire workflow from CAD file to model fabrication, significantly accelerating production times and increasing capacity. By transitioning to a fully digital workflow, the process of physical impressions can be eliminated as well. Models can now be stored digitally, so bulky physical models no longer need to be saved.
“Stratasys continues to make digital orthodontics happen, one lab and clinic at a time,” said Avi Cohen, Director of Global Dental at Stratasys. “We are excited to launch the Objet30 OrthoDesk and bring the most accurate 3D printing technology to all the smaller labs and clinics who want to benefit from the future of orthodontics, today.”
The Objet30 OrthoDesk combines accurate, precise 3D printing technology with a small desktop footprint. It comes with specialized dental printing materials in convenient sealed cartridges.
The Objet-line of 3D printers has received various awards in recent years, including the Design World 2013 Leaders in Engineering Award, the Dental Advisor 2013 Top Innovative Equipment Award, and the Dental Labs Products 2011 Readers Choice Award.
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