Feb 27, 2017 | By Tess

3D printer manufacturer EnvisionTEC is preparing to launch a new product, adding to its line of Vida dental 3D printers. The new 3D printer, Vida cDLM, will be showcased by EnvisionTEC this Friday at LMT Lab Day in Chicago, IL.

The Vida cDLM 3D printer marks EnvisionTEC’s second Continuous Digital Light Manufacturing (cDLM) additive manufacturing system, the first being the Micro Plus cDLM 3D printer. The company’s patented cDLM 3D printing technology is described as a “twist” on DLP technology that allows for faster build speeds, higher accuracy, and fewer supports.

As mentioned, the new 3D printer will be a part of EnvisionTEC’s line of dental 3D printers, which currently includes the Vida 3D printer (unveiled in 2015), the Vida Hi-Res, the Vida Hi-Res Crown & Bridge, and the Vida Hi-Red DSP. The Vida cDLM offers some of the same features as its predecessors, such as a build volume of 94 x 54 x 100 mm, but its cDLM technology offers much faster print speeds (up to ten times faster than standard DLP systems).

In terms of resolution, the Vida cDLM boasts an XY resolution of 50 microns, and a Z resolution of 25-100 microns (depending on the material). The 3D printer also reduces the need for supports, which in turn allows users to print castable partial frameworks with delicate clasps. All the features mentioned above make the Vida cDLM a suitable option for 3D printing dental applications.

“EnvisionTEC is proud to partner with leading dental professionals around the world on the development of new 3D printers and materials that are transforming the way custom dental parts are made,” commented EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani. “We are excited to bring the Vida cDLM to the dental industry. Our expanding dental 3D printer line is now unrivalled for productivity, accuracy, and flexibility of materials.”

According to EnvisionTEC, the Vida cDLM 3D printer will have a limited availability during the second quarter, but will see a full production launch soon.

In addition to the new Vida cDLM 3D printer, EnvisionTEC will also be showcasing a new 3D printing material at the LMT Lab Day in Chicago. Called E-Model, the new material is described as a “highly accurate and durable resin” with applications in the dental field. Specifically, E-Model was developed to create models of thermoformed aligners, crowns, bridges, and more.

E-Model resin

E-Model is the most recent addition to EnvisionTEC’s line of dental 3D printing materials, which already includes E-Dent 400, for printing temporary crowns, bridges, and roundhouses; E-Gum, for printing flexible gingiva masks for 3D printed dental models; and E-Guard, an FDA-approved biocompatible clear material that is used for manufacturing night guards, bite splints, and retainers.

As mentioned, both the Vida cDLM 3D printer and E-Model will be showcased this Friday at LMT Lab Day in Chicago.

 

 

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