Feb 24, 2017 | By Tess

Singapore-based 3D printer company Structo has launched what it is hailing as the “world’s fastest dental mold 3D printer.” Dubbed the DentaForm, the new 3D printer was unveiled today at the Association of Orthodontists Singapore (AOSC) 2017 show at Marina Bay Sands.

Almost exactly a year ago, Structo came onto the dental 3D printing market with its first two products, the OrthoForm and the high-speed OmniForm 3D printers. Structo’s 3D printing products, which are based on the company’s proprietary Mask Stereolithography (MSLA) technology, are specifically designed and built for applications within the dental industry, such as making molds in a quick and efficient manner.

The company’s latest product, the DentaForm, continues Structo’s foray into dental 3D printing technologies as it is ideal for certain dental applications, specifically printing accurate, highly precise models for fitting crowns and bridges in the field of restorative dentistry. The new 3D printer boasts a build platform for 200 x 150 mm and a printing accuracy of 50 micrometers along the x/y axes.

Structo co-founder Huub van Esbroeck said of the new 3D printer: “We are revolutionizing digital dentistry by breaking through the speed limits of 3D printers today. The Structo DentaFrom will open up a whole new range of dental applications that can now work with our lightning-fast Mask Stereolithography (MSLA) technology.”

Structo’s innovative MSLA technology offers much faster speeds than standard SLA 3D printers, the company says. This is due to a unique additive manufacturing system that draws from mask lithography, a process commonly used in Integrated Circuit (IC) manufacturing. That is, MSLA integrates a panel light source array and a liquid crystal film mask that works to control which parts of the printing plane are exposed to the light source.

This, in turn, allows for all features of an entire single layer to be cured at once, opening up the possibility for multiple prints in a single go. As the company points out, its MSLA process allows for scaling up to “industrial dimensions” without sacrificing print speeds.

Like the OrthoForm, the new DentaForm 3D printer utilizes Structo’s MSLA process, only with an upgraded resolution capacity. That is, while the OrthoForm offers a resolution of 96 µm x 96 µm (x/y), the DentaForm offers a higher resolution of 50 µm.

“Customers who have experienced the speed of MSLA through the OrthoForm have been asking for a higher resolution solution for the printing of precisions models. Today we are excited and proud to bring that solution to market with the DentaForm,” commented Dhruv Sahgal, Structo’s Head of Business Development and Sales.

Structo is showcasing its new DentaForm 3D printer at the Association of Orthodontists Singapore (AOSC) 2017 from February 24 to 26. The company will also be present at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2017 in Cologne, Germany from March 21 to 25.

 

 

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